How to Create a Pin on Pinterest

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

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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."

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

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

Using the Pin It Button for Chrome

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

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Select an Internet site or image you want to pin.

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

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Follow the prompts to select your description and board.

Pinning from Android

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Download the Pinterest app to your device.

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

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

Pinning From iPad

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Download the Pinterest app from the App Store.

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

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

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

Pinning From iPhone

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Download the Pinterest app from the App Store.

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

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

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Add descriptive information and select "Pin It."