Pinterest basics

Whether you’re new to Pinterest or want a refresher, this article will help you get your bearings! The info here will help you use Pinterest on the web and in our apps. If you’re looking specifically for mobile tips, check out the mobile section of our help center.

Pins | Boards | Home feed | Following | Finding things on Pinterest | Your Pinterest account

 


 

Pins

A Pin is an image (or video) you add to Pinterest that links back to the website it came from. This means that Pins often lead to a place with useful information, such as a recipe, an interesting article or something you can buy.

There are a few ways to add Pins:

Let's say you’re browsing a blog for dinner inspiration and you find a recipe for soft pretzels that look perfect to bring to a neighborhood potluck next month. You click the Pin It button, create a new board that you name “Grub” (boards are where you add Pins by topic) and you Pin it to this board. Once you’re ready to start stockpiling your freezer with pretzel dough, just go to your Grub board, click the Pin image to see it close up, click the image one more time and you’re back to the site it came from!

Now that you're a Pinterest pro, here are some other things you can do with Pins:

  • Like a Pin when you want to say “Hey you! Neat idea” or to save it when you’re not quite sure what board to add it to yet
  • Share a Pin you know someone would love by sending it or @ mentioning their name in the Pin’s description or comment. If you’re feeling social, try sharing Pins on Facebook and Twitter.

These are just the basics - here's more on Pins!

 


 

Boards

A board is where you collect your Pins. You could add dinner ideas to your board called Cook, workout routines to your Fitness board, or watches, suits and Aston Martins to your James Bond board.

Boards can be secret or public, and you can invite other people to Pin with you on any of your boards. If you’re planning a surprise party with friends, you might want to create a secret group board.

Make boards for anything and everything – hobbies, interests, ideas, projects, travel plans, cooking adventures – you name it! Just take a look at boards from some our Pinployees:

 

Mantras | Every Online Article I've Read Starting 7/16/13 | Civilizations and WondersTop Bar Bees | Nom-ables | Fly fishing | Workspace |

Pinspiration | Chinese Calligraphy | Make | Free of Gluten | Pinterest the Movie | Living Aesthetic | Yoga | Woodwork | Interesting Animals |

 

Click to learn more about Boards, Secret Boards, and Group Boards!

 


 

Home feed

When you first log in, you’ll land on your home feed. This is a collection of Pins from the Pinners and boards you follow, and it updates every time a new Pin is added. If we ever have recommendations, you’ll see them here. This is your home base, and whenever you want to find this page again, just click the Pinterest logo.

 


 

Following

Following people and boards is how you fill up your home feed with interesting stuff. It's all about what you like, not just who you know, so if you come across someone who Pins things you love, follow them and you'll see their new Pins in your home feed.

If you want to follow a person, click Follow All on their profile to follow all of their current boards and any new ones they create. To follow just one board, click Follow beneath the individual board.

Just a note: when you follow group boards, you'll see Pins from anyone who adds Pins to that board. This means you might see Pins from people you don't follow.

Let’s say you come across a Pinner with great style and taste so you decide to Follow All her boards. Then she creates a Sourdough board that doesn’t fit with your gluten-free lifestyle. You can click Unfollow beneath the board on that Pinner’s profile to stop seeing all those bread Pins in your home feed. (Don’t worry, we understand your tastes change - that person won’t be notified). Since you chose to Follow All of her boards, you’ll also have the option to Unfollow All. Click this to unfollow all her  boards and any future boards she creates.

 


 

Finding things on Pinterest

Search

To find something specific, just do a quick search in the search box and then toggle between views for Pins, Boards and Pinners. For example, if you search for “bacon" this is what you'll find:

  • Clicking Pins will show Pins about bacon - like bacon tacos, bacon ovens or bacon roses

  • Clicking Boards will show boards with “bacon” in the title

  • Clicking Pinners will show people who have Bacon in their name - like Sir Francis Bacon or Kevin Bacon

You can also search just your own Pins by selecting Just my Pins. Make sure to add relevant descriptions to your Pins so they're easily searchable!

Category feeds

Looking for ideas for your next family getaway but don’t have a destination in mind yet? The category menu lets you browse different category feeds, like Travel, Outdoors or Design. These feeds automatically update with new Pins from that category.  

 


 

Your Pinterest account

Profile
To get to your profile, just click your name and then Your Boards or Your Pins

From here, you can change your username, display name or profile description, click the little pencil on your profile. Your display name is what shows up on your profile and on Pins you interact with. Your username is what shows up in your profile’s address, ex. pinterest.com/yourusername.

Changing your profile picture is easy - hover over the current image and click Change Picture to upload one from your computer. 

Notifications
Notifications tell you when someone Pins, likes or comments on your Pins, follows you or one of your boards, or mentions you in a comment. When you have new notifications, you'll see a number in the notifications bubble – just click it to see them.

Account settings
To edit your account settings, click your name and then Settings. Then update whatever you need to.

Find out more ways to manage your account.

 


 

If you’d like to learn more about Pinterest, read stories about inspiring Pinners or stay up to date on new features, check out our blog. You can also take a look at our Pinterest profile, to see what we're Pinning from our sunny San Francisco office.

We hope this helps you get going!

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