If you had a bookmark for your everyday purposes, wouldn’t that be great? With Pinterest, you can discover, search and save great content from across the web & its a visual treat. Use it for inspiration or practical ideas for everyday life. Lets look into How to use Pinterest 🙂
Let’s start with downloading the app first.
Step 1: Open Google Play Store(Android) or App Store (for iPhone) & search for “Pinterest”
Step 2: Tap the Download / Get button. ( If your mobile prompts with a list of permissions, like access to photos, etc that your app will be needing, don’t worry, hit OK )
Once installed, open the app by tapping on ‘open‘ or by going to the app drawer and opening it. You will be asked to sign up with either of the three options: e-mail, Facebook or with your Google.
On the next screen, Pinterest allows you to select a couple of categories of items you would be interested in.
You would need to pick 5 or more and then tap on Blue strip that appears “Tap when you’re done” at the bottom to continue.
Inside Pinterest each card or item you bookmark is called a Pin. Pinterest in basically a photo sharing app, in which the vibrant Pinterest community shares a lot many interesting pictures from the internet. Think of it like a Pin board full of pictures pinned to it. You can also see each Pin in detail by tapping on it.
Opening a Pin, you can checkout others who have seen this Pin & liked it. More details is present about the Pin. You can also follow the web link for that Pin to visit the mention website. Also present are suggestions on related topics to the Pin you are viewing. For instance, the image viewed here is a futuristic smart watch. And the suggestions given are Android, Jellybeans, Smartphone which has a connection with your interest in Smartphones.
Now, Go back. On the top are present 3 options. Lets see what these features can do,
- The Search bar is for you to search for anything you want inside Pinterest. The search can also be done in a combination of Keyword + Category.
You can also directly just choose a category and explore inside. Upon choosing, you will see posts related to that. For example, we selected ‘Popular‘
- Under the Activity section, you can see the all the consolidated activities of various types ( people you follow & their recent activities, your activities in the app, messages etc. ) Think of it like the news feed in Facebook.
Swiping to the YOU section is present your recent activities and again swiping on to the MESSAGES section, you can checkout the messages lines up for you, notifications from your pins, boards etc.
Inside messages, you can send a new message to someone by tapping on the ‘New Message‘ option.
The beauty is that you can directly send a mail to your friend, or you an search a contact of your in Facebook & send him a message as well.
Lets look at How to create a Pin in Pinterest 🙂
Like in a physical Pin-board, in Pinterest you need a board to pin something on it. Tap the profile icon on the top right of the screen, to goto your profile screen.
Tap on ‘Create a board‘ ( this will create a board for you to pin stuff ). You would need to give a name for the board you are creating. For demo purpose, we are calling it ‘All in one‘.
Tap on ‘Create‘ for your new board to be created. You can also choose to add a description to it by tapping on “More options”
Now, you have a board but its empty. Let’s fill it with Pins 🙂
You can choose to Pin new images or you can Pin some other image in your board as well. Go to your main screen and select any image you like. Tap on the Red button that says Save, to Pin it to your board.
Since this is the first board & only board you have, the Pin goes here. If you have more boards, you can choose to save on the other boards as well ( You can also directly choose to create a new board from here by pressing the Create Board option )
Repeat the above step several times to get your board filled with beautiful Pins of images.
Now we see a couple more options on the top. Lets look at them,
- The pencil like Edit Option is for editing your Board.
- The paper rocket like Send option is to share your pin or send it to any of your contacts & friends.
- Tapping on the ‘+‘ icon you can add photos or Geo-tagged photos to your board instantly.
You can also share your board with someone by adding collaborators. Tap on the “+” symbol that appears next to your profile picture to add a collaborator:
Cool, now lets see how to configure profile settings. Go to your main page,
Select the ‘Hamburger‘ icon on the top. You can see the options available. The options are pretty self explanatory. Set it according to your preference.
Hope you learnt How to use Pinterest 🙂 If you have any questions or clarifications, do post in the comments section below.
- What is Pinterest?
You can call Pinterest as the world’s catalog of ideas. Pinterest operates a website and mobile app for sharing of photos and pictures in a unique manner. Much like the real life Pin-board, You create boards of different categories and Pin it with interesting pictures. These Pins an be shared to anyone across the Pinterest community. The pictures can have more information in text and links as well. This is what Pinterest is 🙂
- How does Pinterest work?
Pinterest is essentially a photo sharing app – but with an interesting twist. Instead of just sharing photos ( like we used to via. Flicker ), here you share Pins & boards. You Pin interesting stuff ( like a bookmark ) to your board and also keep adding more interesting Pins from across Pinterest to your board. People can viw your pins, comment on it & share it. Hope this answers your question on How does Pinterest work 🙂
- How to use Pinterest for business?
Pinterest can be used in a variety of ways for powering and boosting your business. You can pin interesting pictures of your products, services etc. in your account and promote it to the Pinterest community. Since there is a provision to add text and Links to each picture, you can re-direct traffic from your Pins to your website or destination of your choice. You can also set up your Pinterest business account & use the Promoted Pins option to target a specific demographics of people inside Pinterest. Pinterest also has useful tools to promote your business inside Pinterest.
- How to find friends on Pinterest?
On your main screen, Tap on the Search box-> Enter your friend’s name/username-> Select if shown. (This can be linked with Facebook or your contacts to speed up the process)
- How to post on Pinterest?
Instructions on How to post on Pinterest is covered in detail in the above article. Please scroll up and take a look.
- How to follow someone on Pinterest?
If it’s a particular person you want to follow, search for them in the search option and tap on ‘Follow‘. The same procedure applies for any organization or group. Or you can just browse through Pins & boards and tap on the profile link near the picture to open up the profile page of the user. Then you can tap on the Follow link to follow them
- How to create a pin on Pinterest?
The answer to how to create a pin on Pinterest is pretty straight forward. Select the post/ pin you like and at the bottom of the image, tap on ‘Save‘. It will get saved to the board you wish. You can also upload a new picture and pin it to a board of your choice. A even detailed pictorial explanation is present in the article above. Do check it out.
- What is Pinterest used for?
Pinterest is primarily used for photo sharing & bookmarks. It is also used for marketing purposes.
Pinterest app not working. What could be the reasons?
There is no definitive and particular reason why it would crash. The reasons could vary from device to device. Possible reasons could be:
- Device is not compatible
- Your device is improperly rooted due to which the app doesn’t function properly.
- The particular download may be having a glitch.