How to Open SVG Files in the Cricut Design Space App

How to Open SVG Files in the Design Space App

Learn How to Upload SVG Files to the Cricut Design Space App on iPad + iPhone

One of the awesome things about Cricut machines is the ability to use the Design Space mobile app to edit and cut SVG designs from your iPad or even iPhone without being tied down to a computer! 

In this tutorial, you will learn how to open SVG files in the Cricut Design Space app using your iOS device.

In this example, I’m using an iPad, but the steps are exactly the same for iPhones – just on a smaller screen.

Video Tutorial

If you prefer written step by step instructions instead of video, continue reading.

First Thing’s First – Unzip Those SVGs!

When downloading Cricut SVG files from most websites, the files will download as a Zip, so before you can upload the SVG to Design Space, you first need to unzip the file. If you’re using iOS 13 or newer, you can unzip files directly in the Files app – without installing a third-party app!

Just tap the zip file and a blue folder will appear above it.

9. Tap Zip file to unzp extract SVG files

Tap the blue folder to see the files inside, including the SVG files.

10. Tap blue folder to see files included with download

If you need more help on how to do this, take a look at my step-by-step tutorial which shows how to download and unzip SVGs on iPhone and iPad, as well as how to find where your downloads are being saved.

Upload SVG Files to the Cricut App

Once you have downloaded and unzipped your SVG files you can open up the Cricut Design Space app. 

Open Cricut Design Space App

Make sure you are signed in, and click “New Project”

in Cricut Design Space App Click New Project

The Canvas will open. In the row of icons at the bottom left, tap the “Upload” icon.

Cricut Design Space Click Upload Icon

In the popup menu that appears, tap “Browse Files”.

Cricut App - Browse Files to Upload SVG File

Click “Browse” and navigate through the Files app to locate where you saved your SVG file. Make sure you are choosing an SVG file – not a zip file.

5. Select SVG file to Upload to Cricut App

You’ll then be prompted to give the file a name.

Cricut Design Space Name SVG Cut File

The SVG design will appear at the top of your “Uploaded” images section. If you don’t see it right away, you may need to swipe down on the screen to refresh the page. 

Tap the image to select it, then tap the “Insert” button at the bottom right corner of the screen to open the design on your Canvas.

SVG Design in Cricut App Uploaded Images

The file will open on your Canvas, but notice that it looks very small. Tap and drag the “Resize” arrow at the bottom right corner of the design to make it bigger.

SVG designs open small in Cricut Design Space App

If the file requires specific dimensions, such as a box or 3D project, you can tap the “Edit” icon and type in measurements using the Width and Height fields. 

Resize SVG File in Cricut Design Space App

Make sure the padlock icon is “locked” to maintain correct design proportions. 

Lock width and height dimensions when seizing SVG designs in Cricut App

By default, all elements of a design will come grouped together. To work with elements individually, tap “Actions”, then tap “Ungroup”.

Ungroup SVG Design in Cricut Design Space

Now each group can be moved separately.

Ungroup SVG to move groups

You may need to tap “ungroup” again, to separate the groups and be able to work with each shape individually.

Ungroup SVG again to work with shapes individually

If you tap the “Layers” icon, the layers panel will appear on the right side, where it’s easier to see the breakdown of groups and layers.

Open Layers panel to see SVG groups easily in Design Space app

Now you can make any changes needed, to prepare the design for your project!

I hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to open SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app. If you’re looking for some ready to cut Cricut SVG files, check out my SVG designs (with over 275 Free SVG files!).

How to Upload SVG Files to Cricut Design Space App

Happy Crafting!


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