Frequently Asked Questions


Recovering Download Content

If you are unable to find library content (designsfonts, patterns, etc.) that were either downloaded from the Silhouette Design Store or obtained by purchasing your machine, please check the following points first before attempting to recover them:

  • Ensure all library folders are expanded. If a folder has a + symbol inside it, you can click on the folder to expand it.
  • Any purchased Fonts will be automatically downloaded to your Fonts folder. Digital patterns will be in your Patterns folder. All others designs and content should download to your Recent Downloads folder.
  • A STUDIO version of designs are downloaded to your Library. If you are looking for SVG versions of files, please note that these are not stored in your software library. Click here for help retrieving SVG content purchased from the Silhouette Design Store.

If you are still unable to locate your library content that you obtained from the Silhouette Design Store or the "free with machine" designs, proceed to recover your missing content according to the information found in the sections below.

In order to properly retrieve your missing library content, you will need to follow the steps below for your software version.

Please check your software version as follows:

  1. Open Silhouette Studio
  2. For PC/Windows, click Help on the top menu bar. For MAC users, click Silhouette Studio on the top menu bar
  3. Click About Silhouette Studio

A pop-up screen will appear and display the software release number you are running. You can then follow the instructions to recover from the relevant section below.

Please perform the steps listed below to ensure a proper sync of your Silhouette Studio library content:

  1. Open Silhouette Studio
  2. Go to the Library
  3. Log into your Silhouette account, if you are not already logged in
  4. Click on the Sync button located in the lower left-hand side of the Library

Please perform the steps listed below:

  1. Open Silhouette Studio
  2. Go to the Library
  3. Locate your email address
    NOTE: If account email is not there, Right-click ([Ctrl]+click) and select Add User
  4. Right-click ([Ctrl]+click) on email and select Sync
    NOTE: If you see an option to Sign In, please select that option to start the sync

If your cloud icon displays a green check mark but you are still missing your downloads, please proceed with the following steps:

  1. Go to the Content Recovery Tool
  2. Log in to your user account, if you are not already logged in
  3. Select Reset Cloud Library Sync
  4. Open Silhouette Studio

This process will initiate a Library Sync for your older software version. Any content that had not previously been downloaded will shortly appear in the Cloud User section of your library.


If you encounter any issues during this process, please update your software and recover according to the instructions provided for Version 4.1 and higher.

Please perform the steps listed below:

  1. Go to the Content Recovery Tool
  2. Log in to your user account, if you are not already logged in
  3. Select Reset Cloud Library Sync
  4. Open Silhouette Studio

This process will initiate a Library Sync for your older software version. Any content that had not previously been downloaded should shortly appear in your library.


If you encounter any issues during this process, please update your software and recover according to the instructions provided for Version 4.1 and higher.

If your Library is missing the free with machine content, please do the following to access your free with machine content:

  1. Register your machine
  2. Open the software program for your machine
  3. Go to the Library
  4. Sign into your account (using the same account information for the address your machine was registered under)
  5. Locate the "Free with Machine" folder

Your content should be located in this folder under the machine model name.

If your Library is missing the free with machine content, please do the following to access your free with machine content:

  1. Connect your Silhouette Machine to the computer using the included USB cable. Make sure your machine is also plugged in.
  2. Power on the Silhouette machine
  3. Open Silhouette Studio
    ⚠ NOTE: Ensure Silhouette Studio is running the current version
  4. Go to the SEND panel
  5. Verify your machine is connected and displays a "Ready" status
  6. Once your machine can be confirmed as connected, the content should be loaded into your Library

If you are still missing your free designs, please proceed with the following:

  1. Close Silhouette Studio
  2. Power off the Silhouette machine
  3. Disconnect the USB cable from both the Silhouette machine and the computer
  4. Disconnect the power cable from the Silhouette machine
  5. Firmly plug in and power on the Silhouette cutting machine after a minute of being unplugged
  6. Firmly connect the USB cable directly to the machine AND directly to the computer (bypassing any USB hubs)
    ⚠ NOTE: All connections should be made using Silhouette cables. Other cables are not guaranteed to be compatible with the Silhouette cutting machines.
  7. Open Silhouette Studio
  8. Go to the SEND panel
  9. Verify your machine is connected and displays a "Ready" status
  10. Once your machine can be confirmed as connected, the content should be loaded into your Library

If the Silhouette machine is plugged in and detected but the pre-loaded images still do not show up, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to the Edit menu on the top tool bar
  2. Go to Preferences
  3. Go to Advanced
  4. Select the "Restore pre-loaded designs" option

If your Library is missing the free with machine content, please do the following to access your free with machine content:

  1. Connect your Silhouette Machine to the computer using the included USB cable. Make sure your machine is also plugged in.
  2. Power on the Silhouette machine
  3. Open Mint Studio
    ⚠ NOTE: Ensure Mint Studio is running the current version
  4. Click on the Mint leaf icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen
  5. Verify your machine is connected and displays a "Ready" status
  6. Once your machine can be confirmed as connected, the content should be loaded into your Library

If you are still missing your free designs, please proceed with the following:

  1. Close Mint Studio
  2. Power off the Mint machine
  3. Disconnect the USB cable from both the Mint machine and the computer
  4. Disconnect the power cable from the Mint machine
  5. Firmly plug in and power on the Mint machine after a minute of being unplugged
  6. Firmly connect the USB cable directly to the machine AND directly to the computer (bypassing any USB hubs)
    ⚠ NOTE: All connections should be made using Silhouette cables. Other cables are not guaranteed to be compatible with the Mint.
  7. Open Mint Studio
  8. Click on the Mint leaf icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen
  9. Verify your machine is connected and displays a "Ready" status
  10. Once your machine can be confirmed as connected, the content should be loaded into your Library
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