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Make Your Own Cards - Overview

Step by step guide showing you how to create your own cards to use in your Yoto Player

What are Make Your Own cards all about?

With Make Your Own cards, you can choose what you want to put on them, so it’s time to get creative.

You can make a card from stories, songs and sounds that you record yourself. Or you can use songs from your own music collection - if you have a bunch of MP3s you’d like to make a playlist from.

You can also make cards from our curated selection of radio stations and podcasts - which are available on the app - so that you can play these on Yoto Player, directly from a card.

You can even make cards for radio stations and podcast episodes not featured on the Yoto app. And you can make replacement cards for ones you have temporarily misplaced behind the sofa!

And if you want to update a card with new tracks, you can do this. And if you want to put something completely different on the same card, you can do that too, just by repeating the instructions below.

How much can I put on each card?

The limit for each card is as follows:

  • 100 tracks per card
  • 100MB maximum file size of any single track
  • 500MB maximum total file size of the audio content for any one card

How it works

There are three steps to make your own cards; deciding which audio you want to use, creating a playlist, and then linking that playlist to a Make Your Own card.

Pick your audio   >   Make a playlist   >   Link it to a Make Your Own card


How it really works

There are five options you have to Make Your Own, depending on what type of content you want to use. Here are instructions for all of them.

Option 1: How to make a card from your own recordings

  1. Record audio on the Yoto app - navigate to the Make Your Own section of My Library and click on Record Audio. From here, you can record as many tracks as you like and they will be saved onto your phone, in a folder ending Yoto/Voice
  2. Create a playlist - The next step is to upload these audio files from your phone to make a playlist on Yoto. Go to the My Library tab, and select Make Your Own. Then select the MAKE NEW PLAYLIST button at the top.

    This will take you out of the app to a web browser page (login using the same email address as you do for the app). Select MAKE NEW, then follow the instructions to upload your audio recordings and create your playlist. You will need to find the folder where your recordings are stored the first time you do this, but next time your phone should show this folder automatically.

    You can add more than one track, change the icon for each track, and you can give this playlist a name. Click SAVE to finish.
  3. Link your playlist to a card - go back to the app and navigate to the Make Your Own tab in the My Library section. You should see your newly created playlist in the library. Now, tap on that title to open the detail page for it, then select the three dot menu and select Link To A Card. Next, insert a Make Your Own card into Yoto Player and confirm by pressing the LINK button. You should see a 'record' icon on the display, followed by a green tick to indicate a successful link. The card should now be removed and reinserted in order to play it.

Record Audio on Yoto

See our dedicated step-by-step guide to recording audio and making cards from these recordings on this other page, here.

 

Option 2: How to make a card from your own music collection

  1. Pick your audio - if your MP3s are saved on your phone, you can use the same instructions as in option 1 above (without the recording bit). If your MP3s are on a computer, which is more likely, you should go to step 2 below.
  2. Create a playlist- in a browser on your computer, go to yotoplay.com/create, then select the GET STARTED button. You should then login using the same details (email address) as you use for the Yoto app. You will then see a library view of any cards you have already created. To make a new playlist, select the MAKE NEW button and follow the instructions to upload your music files and create your playlist. You can add more than one track, change the icon for each track, and you can give this playlist a name.
  3. Link your playlist to a card - go back to the app and navigate to the Make Your Own tab in the My Library section. You should see your newly created playlist in the library. Now, tap on that title to open the detail page for it, then select the three dot menu and select Link To A Card. Next, insert a Make Your Own card into Yoto Player and confirm by pressing the LINK button. You should see a 'record' icon on the display, followed by a green tick to indicate a successful link. The card should now be removed and reinserted in order to play it.

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Option 3: How to make a card from radio stations and podcasts in the Yoto app

  1. Pick your podcast or radio station - to make cards from our curated selection of radio and podcasts, on the app, go to My Library, then swipe right to the Radio or Podcasts tab. Find something that you would like to listen to using a real card, and tap on the title to open the detail page for it.
  2. Create a playlist - this step is not required since the content for radio and podcasts already exist on the Yoto app.
  3. Link to a card - select the three dot menu from within the detail page for your chosen content, then select Link To A Card. Next, insert a Make Your Own card into Yoto Player and confirm by pressing the LINK button. You should see a 'record' icon on the display, followed by a green tick to indicate a successful link. The card should now be removed and reinserted in order to play it.

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Option 4: How to make a card from other radio stations and podcast episodes that are not on the Yoto app

BETTER FOR RADIO: This option works well for radio stations, but not so well for podcasts as it requires you to update the card each time there is a new episode. We will be improving the experience for finding and making cards from podcasts from out in the world at some point.

  1. Pick your audio - if you want to listen to something not covered in the Yoto app, you can make a card using any radio station you like that has a live stream on the internet, and any single podcast episode from a series you like. The first step is to find the direct stream URL for that piece of content. (We'll be adding a support page with advice on how to do that soon.)
  2. Create a playlist- then, on the Yoto app, go to the My Library tab, and select Make Your Own. Then select the MAKE NEW PLAYLIST button at the top. This will take you out of the app to a web browser page (login using the same email address as you do for the app). Select MAKE NEW, then follow the instructions to to add your chosen stream to a playlist. You can add more than one stream, change the icon for each track, and you can give this playlist a name.
  3. Link your playlist to a card - go back to the app and navigate to the Make Your Own tab in the My Library section. You should see your newly created playlist in the library. Now, tap on that title to open the detail page for it, then select the three dot menu and select Link To A Card. Next, insert a Make Your Own card into Yoto Player and confirm by pressing the LINK button. You should see a 'record' icon on the display, followed by a green tick to indicate a successful link. The card should now be removed and reinserted in order to play it.

For podcasts, make sure you link to the URL stream of a particular episode, not the link to a series as this will not work.


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Option 5: What to do if you lose a card

Make Your Own cards are also useful if you happen to lose a card (maybe it gets wedged down the side of the sofa, or behind the bed!). All the Yoto cards you purchase are visible as virtual copies in the Yoto app.
  1. Link your virtual card to a real card - go the My Library section of the app and find the virtual version of the card you have lost. Tap on the title to open the detail page for it, then select the three dot menu and select Link To A Card. Then insert a Make Your Own card into Yoto Player and confirm by pressing the LINK button. You should see a 'record' icon on the display, followed by a green tick to indicate a successful link. The card should now be removed and reinserted in order to play it.
  2. Immediately find the 'lost' card in the sock drawer - because isn't it always the way!

If you do find the original card again, you can always put something else on the Make Your Own card by simply overwriting it and linking to a different title.