After you’ve bought your Silhouette Cameo® 4, you need to make sure to unbox it and set it up properly so that you’re getting the best use out of it. You can use this as a guide to see what you need to do.  

Check the Contents of the Box

Check to make sure you have all of the following pieces in your Cameo 4 box:

  • Silhouette Cameo®4 cutting machine
  • AutoBlade for Cameo 4
  • 12-inch cutting mat
  • 4 tool adapters
  • A/C adapter and power cable
  • USB cable
  • Handheld blade adjuster

Remove Packaging from the Machine

There are strips of tape, cardboard, and foam to hold the moving parts of the Cameo in place during shipment to prevent any damage to the machine.

Take the Silhouette Cameo® from the box and remove the strips of tape that are holding the lid and any machine pieces in place. 

Remove the three tabs that are holding the clear plastic covers in place on the front of the machine; you’ll remove the two pieces on the side panels and the piece along the top of the machine.

Next, lift the lid slightly and slide it back. Remove the tape, cardboard insert, and any foam pieces you see here.

Don’t forget to remove the strip of tape on the back of the machine that is holding the crosscutter in place.

Register Your Machine

Go to to go through all the proper steps to set up your machine. The first thing to do is create a Silhouette account, if necessary, and register your machine. Completing this step is what will allow you to access your 100 free designs in your Silhouette Library.

This is the first screen you’ll see. If you already have a Silhouette account, click the Sign In link. Fill in your information. When you’re finished, click the Submit Registration button.

After you click the Sign In link and input your login credentials, you’ll see this screen, which you’ll use to register your machine. You’ll find the serial number on a sticker on the back of your machine, above the crosscutter cartridge on the right-hand side.

This section also provides you with your warranty information, if applicable. You can come back to this page at any time to review the warranty.

Download and Install Silhouette Studio®

Go to step 3 on to download the latest version of Silhouette Studio®. Click on your operating system (Mac or Windows) and follow the prompts on your computer to finish the installation.

The software is necessary to run your Cameo 4 cutting machine, so don’t forget this step!

Claim Your Free 1-Month Basic Subscription

Once you register your Silhouette machine, you’re eligible to receive a free 1-month subscription to the Silhouette Design Store. Make sure to retrieve the promo code that was sent to your email address after you completed the registration process.

With a subscription, you’ll get a certain number of credits every month to purchase designs. The number of credits you get depends on the subscription tier you have. The subscription you’ll be starting out with is the Basic tier, which means you get $25 of credits for the month.

To claim your free 1-month subscription, start by going to the Silhouette Design Store. You can do this by opening a web browser and going to or clicking on the STORE button in Silhouette Studio® (found in the upper right-hand corner of the software).

Sign in to your Silhouette account in the Design Store. This is the same account information you used when you registered your machine. To sign in to your account, click Sign In located in the upper right-hand corner. Input your email address and password and click Sign In.

Next go to the top of the home page and click Subscriptions or type in This is the page you should see.

Select the Basic tier and click Continue or click the section that says “Payment & Billing Info” to go to the next step. Here is where you can enter your promo code and click Apply to claim your 1-month subscription. When you’ve filled out your information, go to the next step to Review and Confirm your subscription.

Access the 100 Free Designs in Your Library

After you register your Cameo 4, you will be able to access the 100 free exclusive designs that come with your machine.

To view your free designs, go to the Library tab in Silhouette Studio®. The software will prompt you to sign in to your Silhouette account if you haven’t already done so. Next go to the folders on the left-hand side. Click “Free with Machine” and then “Silhouette Cameo® 4.”

NOTE: If the special free content for the Silhouette Cameo® 4 does not appear, please exit the software and confirm your registration of the Silhouette Cameo® 4. You may then reopen the software to locate the content. If continued concerns are met, please contact

NOTE: While you do need to be connected to the internet for initial setup, all content in the Silhouette Library can be accessed and used offline. The Silhouette Library experience, including content and library structure, is synced between all devices you sign in to.

Connect the Cameo 4

Connect the Silhouette Cameo® to the power supply. Start by connecting the cable and the adapter and plugging the cable into the Cameo machine. Plug the power cord into a wall outlet.

Next, connect your machine to your computer using the USB cable. Then press the circular power button to power on your machine.

If you haven’t already done so, open Silhouette Studio®. Go to the Send tab (located in the upper right-hand corner of the software) to open the Send panel. Verify that your machine is connected and displays a “Ready” status.

You may need to click on the machine icon and select your machine for it to connect properly.

Now that your machine is unboxed and connected, you’re ready to start designing in Silhouette Studio® and cutting with your Cameo 4!