How to create your own Pinterest pin by uploading a photo or attaching a web image

By Dave Johnson

While you might be satisfied browsing only other people's Pinterest boards for a while, eventually you will probably want to create your own pins and share photos with others. If you're new to Pinterest, the process can be a bit confusing because it's not obvious how to get started. Here's how to create your own pins on Pinterest. 

How to create a Pinterest pin on the mobile app

1. Open the Pinterest app and go to your profile page by tapping your account icon at the bottom of the screen.

2. If you don't see the search bar at the top of the screen, swipe down until it appears. Then at the top of the screen, tap the plus sign to the right of the search box.

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Tap the plus "+" sign icon at the top right of the screen.
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3. In the pop-up window, tap "Pin."

4. You have several options. If you want to take a new photo, tap the camera icon. To grab a photo from a web page, click the globe icon and enter a URL. Otherwise, choose a photo and then tap "Next."

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You can take a photo, choose a photo from the web, or upload a photo from your phone.
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5. Fill in information about the pin – give it a title and description. If you want to add a URL for the photo, tap "Add" and enter the web address, then tap "Add Link."

6. When you're done, tap "Next."

7. Finally, choose an existing board from the list or tap "Create board" and name a new one. 

How to create a Pinterest pin on a web browser

1. Go to the Pinterest website in your browser and log in if you're not already.

2. Click the plus sign at the bottom right of the webpage (this should be visible no matter what page you're on). In the pop-up window, click "Create a Pin."

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After clicking the plus sign, choose to add a pin.
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3. You have several options. If you want to grab a photo from a web page, click "Save from site" and enter a URL. Otherwise, drag a photo from your computer to the box on the pin builder page. If you prefer, you can click the box and choose the photo from a folder on your computer. 

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The fastest way to add a photo from your computer is to drag it to the Pinterest webpage.
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4. Enter information about the pin. You can add a title and description, and add a URL for a webpage associated with the image. 

5. At the top of the page, choose the board you want to save the photo into via the dropdown menu. If you prefer, you can click "Create board" and make a new one. 

6. When you're done, click "Save."

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