How to Set Up Leapster Explorer

Updated April 17, 2017

Leapfrog developed the Leapster Explorer to be an educational toy for children ages four to nine. The electronic toy is handheld and includes several games, applications and eBooks that children will enjoy. Also included with the Leapster Explorer is the Leapfrog Connect application. The software allows parents to download additional applications onto the handheld. Prior to using the Leapster Explorer for the first time, parents should install the necessary software and batteries.

Locate the battery compartment on the back of the Leapster Explorer handheld. Using a screwdriver, loosen the screw that holds the battery compartment together. Insert four AA batteries into the compartment, following the polarity "+" and "-" signs. Replace the battery compartment and secure the screw.

Press the "Power" button on the front of the Leapster Explorer. Using the directional pad and the "A" button, select the language and set the current time and date. In the space provided, create a player name for each child (up to three) that will play with the Explorer.

Insert the provided Leapfrog Connect installation CD into the computer's CD-ROM tray. Once the pop-up appears, click "Yes" to accept the Terms and Conditions for installing the application. Click "Next." Follow the on-screen instructions to install the application onto the computer.

Connect the smaller end of the provided USB cable into the handheld's USB slot (located at the top). Insert the rectangular end of the cable into the computer using an available USB port. Open the installed Leapfrog Connect Application and select one of the player's names.

Click the LeapLet Store tab to display a list of available games, eBooks, videos and apps available to download onto the handheld. After making a selection, enter the code on the back of the provided LeapLet card to download it. Allow a few minutes for the selection to download. Disconnect the Leapster Explorer and begin playing.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
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