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Playing cards for the first time

A guide to playing cards in Yoto Player for the first time

How do cards work?

Yoto cards have an NFC chip in them, which is read by the Yoto Player when the card is inserted. This is like a key that unlocks the audio content, which then plays in one of two ways:

1. From a locally stored file - If the content has been previously played in that Yoto Player, it will download to the Player (this may take some moments to complete) and, as a result, the next time you play the card the audio will start playing from the file stored locally on Yoto Player.

2. Streaming audio - If the card is being played for the first time, or hasn't completely downloaded to the Player yet, or is a piece of streaming content like a radio station, the content will stream to the Player. This means the Wi-Fi connection needs to be solid.

Playback issues

You should have no issues with card playback. But in some cases where the Wi-Fi connection is poor, or if Yoto Player is trying to download several audio files at the same time - for example when you first setup the device - you may experience break up or stuttering to the audio. You can read our support page for this, here.

Content will only download when Yoto Player is not being used, and has no cards inserted. (Parallel play and download is being developed)

A good way to start playing cards

If you want to make sure the first experience your child or children have with Yoto Player is really positive, you may choose take the following steps:

  1. Go though the Setup process to get Yoto Player online and paired with your account.
  2. Take all of your cards and pop them into Yoto Player one by one.
  3. Then remove your final card and leave Yoto Player switched on, on its dock and online, overnight.
  4. This will give Yoto Player ample time to download all the content, and when you come back to it the cards should play seamlessly.