How to Create a Pin on Pinterest

By Katherine Hagan

A pin is the Pinterest method of sharing a photo or video and information using the Pinterest media-sharing community. Pins are created using JPG, PNG or GIF image files. Videos from YouTube, Vimeo and Ted are also pinnable as of August 2013. A pin creates a thumbnail image which links to the original source. The thumbnail is shareable and likable while still attributing all its information to the original source.

Pinning From the Home Screen

Step 1

Create pins from a laptop or desktop computer using the plus icon shown near your name and photo at the top of the Pinterest screen. Click the icon to upload a pin or add a pin from a website. Choose from "Upload a pin" and "Add from a website."

Step 2

Upload a pin by selecting a file or entering a website URL and choosing a photo.

Step 3

Add a short description of the pin and select a board for display.

Using the Pin It Button for Chrome

Step 1

Go to the Chrome Web store and add the Pin It button.

Step 2

Select an Internet site or image you want to pin.

Step 3

Click the "Pin It" button on the upper left side of your browser.

Step 4

Follow the prompts to select your description and board.

Pinning from Android

Step 1

Download the Pinterest app to your device.

Step 2

Select a photo from your mobile device and click the "Share" button.

Step 3

"Create Pin" should display as an option. Click it and follow the prompts.

Pinning From iPad

Step 1

Download the Pinterest app from the App Store.

Step 2

Open the app and select the "Menu" button. This icon looks like three horizontal gray lines.

Step 3

Select "Camera" and either take or upload a photo. Alternatively, select "Browse the Web."

Step 4

Select a photo, write a description and click "Pin It."

Pinning From iPhone

Step 1

Download the Pinterest app from the App Store.

Step 2

Open the app and select the plus sign from the bottom tab.

Step 3

Select an option by tapping "Camera" or "Website."

Step 4

Add descriptive information and select "Pin It."

Tips & Warnings

  • Pinterest allows the upload of high-resolution images, but does not display these images in high resolution. All pins display in a low-resolution format.
  • Images must be at least 100 by 200 pixels for compatibility when pinning from other websites.