I’ve been asked many times how to export and share ScratchJr projects.
It is a common problem (especially on Android tablets) that the imported ScratchJr project does not show up. Fortunately, there is a simple workaround that usually helps!
How to save a ScratchJr project and send it via email?
First, create your ScratchJr project and save it on one device. To save your project, click the yellow ribbon in the upper right corner, then enter the name of the project:
Next, click the “For parents” button and you will be asked to solve a very difficult math problem 😊 This is because an adult must approve sharing projects online.
Next, click the “Share by email” button, choose your favorite mail app and send the auto-generated email with attachment. Of course, you can change the default content of the email – what matters is the attachment.
This attachment is your project saved as a special file in the .sjr format.
Open ScratchJr project from an email – the happy path
As the next step, we will try to open the same project on a different device.
It may seem obvious, but you have to make sure that the ScratchJr app is installed on the other device! 😊
Open the email and find the .sjr file (you can download it, but it’s not necessary). Next, click (tap) on the .sjr file attachment. When you do it for the first time, there might be a popup asking what app you’d like to use. Choose ScratchJr.
On some systems the ScratchJr app opens up automatically. And sometimes, you must close the email app and open the ScratchJr app yourself.
On the home screen, you should see your imported project with a blue ribbon on it:
ScratchJr project does not show up! How to open ScratchJr project on Android?
If the happy path didn’t work for you and you still cannot see the new ScratchJr project, try this way:
1.) open up the ScratchJr app and open a new project (just a new blank project).
2.) do not close the ScratchJr app in the Android system (it should be running in background)
3.) open the email app, open the email with attachment and tap on the .sjr file
4.) go back to the ScratchJr app and (only now!) click the orange house icon to go back to the “My Projects” page
The new project should be visible there!
Did it work for you, was it helpful? Please let me know!