See how you can easily upload ALL of my SVG files — and any other designers’ SVG files as well — to the Cricut Design Space app on the iPhone and iPad!
Are you using your Cricut with an iPhone or iPad? Did you find or buy an awesome SVG design for your Cricut, but aren’t sure how to get it into Cricut Design Space? In the past, you could not upload SVG files from your iPhone or iPad, but that’s all changed with the iOS 11 update! You can now upload SVG files right from your iPhone or iPad, including the many designs in my free resource library. Let me show you show to upload SVG files to Cricut Design Space with your iPhone or iPad!
Watch this short and sweet video on how to upload SVGs here, or keep reading for a photo tutorial:
Note: iOS changes this process with nearly every update. This process is current as of OS 14 and double-checked on January 2, 2021. If you notice that it is no longer up-to-date, please reach out to us at [email protected] so we can update it. Thank you!
Step 1: Update to iOS 11 or Later
First, make sure your iPhone or iPad is updated to iOS 11 or later or this will not work. To update iOS, tap Settings > General > Software Update. Tap Install Now. If you get stuck on this step, see Apple’s support document on how to update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
Step 2: Go to Safari and Find an SVG File to Download
Next, go to Safari on your iPhone or iPad. (If you attempt to click a link from Facebook, you cannot download files properly.) Once you’re in Safari, go to my blog — I have MANY free SVG files in my Resource Library, which you can access on any device, including iPhones and iPads. (Get a free password to the library by filling out the form here.) But for the sake of learning how to do this, here’s a pretty heart SVG to download. Just tap on the image below to get started.
Once you tap on the image of the heart above (or the link above that), you’ll be asked if you want to download the file. Tap Download to confirm.
Once you tap Download, you may notice that the little blue icon with a downward pointing arrow in the upper right corner of your screen bounces a bit. You can see where that icon is located on an iPhone screen in the image below. Tap the Downloads icon to proceed. The file will go to your Downloads folder.
Step 3: Decompress (Unzip) the SVG Files on your iPhone or iPad
The next step is to locate that file and decompress it (unzip it) so you can access the SVG file inside. To begin, go to your Files app on your phone. It has a blue file folder icon on a white circle on one of your home screens. The app will look something like this once you have opened the app. (You may need to take the back arrow in the upper left corner to go back to this main screen.)
Tap on Downloads and locate the file you just downloaded.
Now press and HOLD the file until a contextual menu opens, like this, then tap Uncompress.
Now when you look at your Downloads folder, you’ll see a folder with the same name right next to the zip file. Tap it to open the folder.
Once inside the folder, you’ll see all the contents … including the SVG file. I’ve circled it below. You did it! Now go on to step 4. (And if none of these steps matched what you see on your phone, keep reading.)
OLDER VERSIONS: Note: If you have not updated your iOS to version 14 or higher, you may instead see a screen like this when you try to download an SVG. If you do, tap Open in “Files” to proceed.
OLDER VERSIONS: Now you need to save this file in a place that you can access this from Cricut Design Space. You have several choices—iCloud Drive, your iPhone itself, or a third-party service like Dropbox. For the purposes of this tutorial, I’m saving to iCloud Drive. So to continue, tap iCloud Drive.
OLDER VERSIONS: Next, tap the Add button in the upper right corner.
OLDER VERSIONS: Once you do that, you’ll get the screen below. This shows you that the ZIP file has been saved, but that’s not enough yet, as ZIP files cannot be uploaded to Cricut Design Space. So to get the actual SVG out of it, tap Preview Content.
OLDER VERSIONS: Previewing the content will likely show you my “About These Files” text document. I recommend you read this, but we need to keep going a couple more steps still. Tap the button with the three lines in the lower right corner.
OLDER VERSIONS: Now we can see what is INSIDE the ZIP file! Hooray! Look at the list and find the one labelled ‘SVG image’ in gray text beneath the filename. This is the SVG file. Tap the SVG file in the list to proceed.
OLDER VERSIONS: Once you do that, you’ll see a graphical representation of the SVG file appear onscreen, as shown below. Now tap the Upload button (it looks like a box with an up arrow in it) in the lower left corner of the screen.
OLDER VERSIONS: Next you want to tap Save to Files. You may need to scroll to the right to see this option. Do NOT tap Save Image — that only save the picture, not the SVG file itself.
OLDER VERSIONS: In the next screen, choose where you want the SVG file to be saved. In the screen below, I am choosing iCloud Drive.
OLDER VERSIONS: Now just tap Add to save your SVG file!
The SVG file is now saved and ready to upload to Cricut Design Space!
Step 4: Upload the SVG File to Cricut Design Space on your iPhone or iPad
It’s time to get your SVG file into Cricut Design Space. Make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of the Cricut app by going to the App store and searching on Cricut. Update it if necessary.
Now open the Cricut Design Space app.
Tap New Project.
Tap Browse Files.
Locate and tap the SVG file (do NOT tap the ZIP file—it will give you an error). Remember, it will probably just be in your Downloads folder. Use the arrow in the upper left corner of the screen to navigate back so you can find your Downloads folder.
Give the SVG file a name if you want, then click Save.
Tap the uploaded SVG and then tap Insert in the lower right corner of Cricut Design Space.
Use and/or edit your files in Cricut Design Space as you wish!
And that’s all you need to do to upload SVG files to Cricut Design Space on an iPhone or iPad! Easy peasy!
Get Free SVG Cut Files to Upload to Cricut Design Space on Your iPhone or iPad
You can get the password to my resource library that has ALL of my free SVG cut files in it by filling out this form:
I hope you found this little tutorial helpful! Being able to upload SVG files on a mobile device is a BIG deal, and it can save you a lot of time and headache.
Jennifer Hovermale says
Hi!!!! I very much enjoy your blog!!! I really enjoy your newsletters, especially “excuse for not creating” & your 30 day organization challenge. Unfortunately I havent done the 30 day challenge because I fell the night when I signed up & broke 3 ribs and my shoulder on the left. now I just want to get back to making cards, but use the excuse i cant because i need to get organized first. However I think creating will win because its been since December that ive made a card due to one health issue or another. just wanted to let you know i appreciate all that you do!!! Thank You VERY MUCH!!!!!
Marilyn Walden says
Hello I have only seen mention of Iphone and ipad. What about android?
You cannot upload SVG files on the Android currently.
When will it be available on Android.
Cricut Design Space is available on Android. This specific tutorial post is focused on the iOS app; however, you can learn more tips at https://jennifermaker.com/cricut-design-space-tutorials-tips-tricks/
How do I upload this on my computer? I’m very new to this I just got my circuit yesterday.
Thanks so much for the tutorial on uploading SVG files on iPad. Will save me a lot of headache.
Jennifer you are AWESOME! Thank you so much for your tutorials and your generous heart. I appreciate you and I now have a clean craft room and know how to use my Cricut Explore. Thank you. ?
I’ve signed up for the 30 day organise my craft room challenge I really need it. Also thank you so very much for detailed info on how to get the SVG files it was very easy to follow. A massive thank you for letting us use your amazing free library the items are absolutely amazing. Thank you again. ?
Nikki Sevenski says
Thank you so much for posting this! It helped me a lot. I recently switched from a windows laptop to an iPad. I’m having to relearn some stuff I thought I knew.
Shannon Ainger says
That was amazingly simple, thank you so much! I hate using the laptop but always did so to upload svg’s. Now I can avoid the laptop even more!!
rita roberts says
thank you for adding me! I really enjoy watching your u-tube vidoes, you make everything look so easy! I have just made things with letters so far, what I can;t wait to try the paper flowers, I love all that you do!
Thank you, Rita!
Kathy Hernandez says
Thank you this is exactly what I needed !!
This tutorial is the most informative I’ve read so far…I have had mine since before Christmas and have not been able to understand any other tutorials but yours ..I feel confident now and cannot wait to try..Thanks so much…God Bless
Thank you for the instructions to put files on iPad. I have been so in the dark on this. It was much needed info. It’s nice to know there is someone who caters to us novices and newbies.
My pleasure, Brenda! Glad to hear this helped you!
Ms Suzanne McGuire says
I really enjoy your blog and read every email of your blog I get from you. I decided to take the plunge and learn how to get one of your svg files from point A to point B on my Cricut Design Space App on my iPhone. I want to thank you for taking the time and your talent to explain how to do it, step by step. I have a Cricut Explore my sister gave me about 5 years ago and love it. I’m 68 yrs old and looking forward to learning this and so much more when I need to creat something. Thanks so very much!! ?
Hi, Suzanne! I am delighted to hear this helped you get the SVG onto your phone!! 🙂
Thank you for your tutorial! I’m still having trouble though. I followed your steps exactly, even went in and updated so my iPhone is ready to go, and when I go to upload it to design space it says “unsupported SVG, unable to open this image, it may be corrupt or the incorrect type”. I used the heart file from this post. What am I doing wrong 😢
If you’re having issues (such as getting a message that says “unsupported file”), please watch my free training series, SVGs Made Simple. It will help you SO much!
When I try to download this, I get a page that looks like bunch of code?? I tried it on my phone and also other SVG files. Any idea what is happening??? Trying to figure this out and it’s a bit frustrating. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you.
Hi Erica, I’m sorry to hear that you’re encountering an issue. Could you please reach out to my Communication Heroes at [email protected]? They’ll be happy to help you troubleshoot this issue so you can download our free design files!
Dixie Shoemaker says
Thank you so much Jennifer. I think I finally understand . Maybe the Cricut will not be quite so daunting anymore.
How can I get the list of steps on one page? I’ll never get back here again n don’t like to scroll through the ads. It’s a great tutorial n I thank you for it.
Hi Georgia! All you have to do is revisit the blog post and use the teal box at the top of the blog to go to the step you need or want.
Billy D Ellis says
I have samsung and pc windows how to down load
Hi Billy! Check out this blog post! https://jennifermaker.com/how-to-upload-images-to-cricut-design-space/
Thank you so much for all your tutorials they are so helpful. I have just downloaded your latest coffee SVG which has multiple images on the one download, is there a tutorial on how to separate them and upload only a single image from a set to design space?
Hi Sam! There isn’t a way to upload just one. You can upload the file and then once on your canvas you can hit the eye icon next to the designs you do not want.