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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 virtual card, and then linking that virtual card to a real card.

Pick your audio   >   Make a virtual card   >   Link it to a real 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. Create your audio - the first thing to do is record the audio you want to use and save it on the phone used to access the Yoto app. The easiest way to do this is to record the audio using a voice recording app directly on the phone. The format should be MP3 or AAC.
  2. Create a virtual card - then, on the Yoto app, go to the Menu tab, and select Make Your Own Card. This will take you out of the app to a web browser page where you will need to log in using the same details as you do for the app. Once you have logged in, select START CREATING and CREATE NEW. Then follow the instructions to upload your audio recordings to the Yoto Cloud. You can add more than one track, and you can give this virtual card a name.
  3. Link your virtual card to a real card - once your virtual card has been created, go back to the app and navigate to the Make Your Own tab at the top of the My Library section. You should see your newly created virtual card in the library. Now, select Link To A Card, then insert a blank 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.

When you link a virtual card to a real card it will show up in the My Cards tab of My Library, from where you can play it remotely on Yoto Player from the app, should you wish.

 

Option 2: How to make a playlist 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. If your MP3s are on a computer, which is more likely, you should go to step 2 below.
  2. Create a virtual card - In a browser on your computer, go to yotoplay.com/create, then select the START CREATING button. You should then login using the same details 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 card, select the CREATE NEW button and follow the instructions to upload your music files to the Yoto Cloud. You can add more than one track, and you can give this virtual card a name.
  3. Link your virtual card to a real card - once your virtual card has been created, go back to the app and navigate to the Make Your Own tab at the top of the My Library section. You should see your newly created virtual card in the library. Now, select Link To A Card, then insert a blank 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.

    When you link a virtual card to a real card it will show up in the My Cards tab of My Library, from where you can play it remotely on Yoto Player from the app, should you wish.

     

    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 real cards from our curated selection of radio and podcasts, on the app, go to the My Library tab on the main navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, then select either the Radio or Podcasts tab near the top. Find something that you would like to listen to using a real card.
    1. Create a virtual card - this step is not required since the virtual cards for radio and podcasts already exist on the Yoto app.
    2. Link to a real card - select Link To A Card, then insert a blank 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.


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

    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 individual 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 virtual card - then, on the Yoto app, go to the Menu tab, and select Make Your Own Card. This will take you out of the app to a web browser page where you will need to log in using the same details as you do for the app. Once you have logged in, select START CREATING and CREATE NEW. Then follow the instructions to add your chosen stream to a virtual card. You can add more than one stream, and you can give this virtual card a name.
    3. Link your virtual card to a real card - once your virtual card has been created, go back to the app and navigate to the Make Your Own tab at the top of the My Library section. You should see your newly created virtual card in the library. Now, select Link To A Card, then insert a blank 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.

     

    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. Now, select Link To A Card, then insert a blank 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 virtual card.