How To: Pin to Pinterest From Safari on an iOS Device

Pin From Safari to Pinterest in iOS

If you use Pinterest on an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, you most likely already know how to re-pin things within the Pinterest app. But what if you want to pin something from the Safari app? Like, you’re looking at a great DIY on someone’s blog, and you want to pin it, but you don’t want to have to remember to do it when you get back to your computer. Did you know you CAN pin, straight from the Safari app on your iOS device? It takes several (easy) steps to set it up, but once it’s done, you never have to do it again. So, here we go. Here’s how to pin stuff to Pinterest from Safari on your iOS device.

(N.B. There are two ways to do this. I’m showing you a somewhat longer way, because I don’t want to assume anyone has bookmark-syncing set up. Also, if you’re familiar with the Pinterest bookmarklet that you can install in your desktop’s browser, this is just like that.)

First of all, launch the Pinterest app on your iPhone/iPad, go to your profile, and tap on the little gear in the upper-left corner.

Tap on the gear

Next, tap on “Pinterest help.”

3Then tap on “mobile and tablet help.”

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Tap on “iOS iPad, iPhone.”

5Next, tap on “How to install the Pin It button on an iPhone or iPad.”

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Then scroll to the bottom of that page, and copy the bit of code that appears in the box. (To copy, tap and hold on the text, then adjust the starting and ending points to include all of the code, then tap on “copy.”

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Now close the Pinterest app, launch the Safari app, and tap on the arrow button at the bottom of the screen.

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A little box will pop up, and you’ll tap on the “bookmark” button.

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Change whatever text appears as the name of the bookmark to “Pin It!” and tap on “save.” (Ignore the fact the the URL doesn’t match. We’re going to edit that soon. Also, make sure that the third box reads “Bookmarks” like mine. If it doesn’t, just tap on it, and choose “Bookmarks” from the list that pops up.)

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After you’ve tapped “save,” it will take you back to the page you were on when you started. This time, tap on the bookmark button.

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Now we’re going to do two things. We’re going to move our “Pin It!” bookmark to the very top of the bookmarks list, then we’re going to paste the code that we copied into the URL box. First thing’s first: let’s move “Pin It!” to the top of the list, that way it’s easy to access when you need it. To do that, tap on “edit” in the lower-left corner. Then, tap and hold on the three little lines to the very right of your “Pin It!” bookmark, and drag it up as high as it will go in your list of bookmarks. It might not go to the very top, and that’s okay.

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Now that our bookmark is in a convenient location, tap on the “Pin It!” text, and replace whatever URL is in the URL box with the code you copied earlier. To do that, make sure everything in the URL box is deleted, then tap and hold in the empty space. When “paste” pops up tap it, then tap “done” in the bottom-right corner.

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Now we’re basically done. Just tap “done” in the lower-left corner, and we can test out our “Pin It!” button.

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Navigate to something in Safari that you’d like to pin, or just pin something random to test out your button. When you’ve found the thing you’d like to pin, tap the bookmark button on the bottom of your screen, then tap the “Pin It!” button we created. (At this point, Pinterest might prompt you to login if you’re not already. This should be the only time you have to do that.)

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If there are multiple pinnable-images on the page, you’ll see them  here. Tap on the one you want to pin. (Mine only has one image, so that’s pretty easy.)

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Now choose your board, write a description, and pin it, just the way you would if you were using the Pinterest bookmarklet in your desktop browser. Done!

I know I broke it down in to MANY steps, but I didn’t want to lose anyone. Hope this helps you out, and if it does, please do share! Happy pinning!

mj

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Summer of 7: Jamie Sets Me Right

A “Summer of 7” sister, Jamie, of  Six Bricks High, recently posted some thoughts about “stress week.” She took a much wiser approach than I did, and, like I told her, I WISH I could have read her post before I began “stress week.” Talking about making time to read the bible, Jamie writes

It’s amazing how I have the urge to just get the laundry started and then I’ll sit and read.  Or let me just get the dishwasher unloaded first then I will sit and read.  When I’m spending time on Pinterest I never have those thoughts.

When I’m spending time on Pinterest, I never have those thoughts.

When I’m spending time on Pinterest, I never have those thoughts.

When I’m spending time on Pinterest, I never have those thoughts.

What is wrong with my head, that I check Pinterest borderline obsessively, yet I feel compelled to do every chore in my house before I sit down and read my bible? I know I’m not the only one in this boat, and I am SO grateful to Jamie for holding up a mirror to this particularly bad habit of mine.

Maybe you’re not a Pinterester; do you sometimes find yourself putting off reading because you have “too much else to do,” but still check facebook (etc) compulsively?

With every day that passes, I know that “media week” is going to be very very hard for me. But in a good way. In the way that training for a marathon is hard.

I am both eager, and terrified.

When Inspirational Turns Aspirational (ie Pinterest Envy)

Pinterest Logo. Familiar?

(This is one of those trying-to-write-something-before-the-baby-wakes-up situations, just so you know.)

I have a passionate love-affair with Pinterest, specifically the Pinterest iPhone app. If you’re not familiar with Pinterest, basically it’s bookmarking (like, on the internet) with a social aspect, and instead of bookmarking URLs (you know, links that look like a bunch of blahblahblah: http://www.clvrwebsitenamethatsometimesdropsitsvowls.com, for example), you book mark images, and Pinterest remembers the URL for you, hiding it’s protocol-ugliness from your sensitive eyes. It’s brilliant and fun and flipping addictive.

Pinterest eats entire baby nap-times to sustain itself. True story.

You’ll love Pinterest, I promise. Even if you’re not familar with Pinterest, you’re probably familiar with HGTV, or Food Network, or Martha Stewart, etc. And if you’re mostly staying at home with a kiddo (or kiddos), you might keep something like HGTV on in the background almost constantly. (Embarrassing, but true.) I’m so often inspired by this type of programming, that many days it’s seeing images of these well-designed, sparkly spaces that motivates me to put my cleaning gloves on (again) and scrub my sink. Or declutter my dining room table. (You get the idea.) And yes, quite often I see a fabulously styled space and think “I can do that!” This is where inspiration meets aspiration, and to be clear, I think that’s totally fine. I completely believe in wanting/loving/having gratitude for what you already have, but I don’t see any fault in wanting to improve on it. Who doesn’t want a more functional play-space for their kids, for example?

BUT. But. But sometimes aspirational turns into “desperational” (I made that word up), and that’s where the danger of inspirational content like Pinterest, HGTV and even Ms. Martha Stewart herself lies. It’s so so easy (at least, for me) to fall off of the edge of inspired and aspiring into the mindset of “I-will-literally-DIE-if-I-don’t-repaint-my-living-room!” Silly, right?

Our living room is renter-friendly, generic, ubiquitous off-white, and there’s really nothing wrong with that. Do I know how much better it would look if it were (almost) any other color? You bet your Dear Genevieve watching eyes I do! Do I have, like, 47 different ideas for redecorating it? Why not ask my friend Emily Henderson (Secrets From a Stylist)? (She’d say yes.)

So…Where’s the balance? (That’s pretty much my go-to question, all day, every day.) In my (humble, uneducated) opinion, the styling of a home is icing on the cake. So long as the home serves its primary purpose (a “haven” from the outside world where family can let down their hair and enjoy good times together), then you’re fine. It doesn’t need to be ultra-chic for it to be a place that facilitates family bonding.

And that’s what I remind myself whenever I begin to notice my aspirations turning into envy of other people’s stuff. Pictures of my home will probably never circulate Pinterest, inspiring thousands across the internet to drool on their keyboards, but my family sure is happy. We love playing with Ellie in our renter-white living room, and I’d rather spend more time chasing Ellie around than caring for hard-wood flooring (we’ve got vinyl tiles in our kitchen, GASP!). Sure, I’ll continue making improvements, but the goal will always be to create an environment that my family is happy and excited to come home to. (Vertical blinds and all.)

Can you relate to my Martha Stewart envy? Sharing is caring, so I’d love to hear your decor “vices” in the comments!

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