How to Create a Pin for Pinterest on a PC or Mobile Device

“Pinners” use Pinterest to bookmark their ideas for recipes, DIY, style inspiration, and much more.


How to Create a Pin for Pinterest on a PC or Mobile Device


It’s one of the best social media platforms for developing brand interest through visual advertisement – “Pins.” If you want to grow your Pinterest following, this article explains how to create Pins.


Read on to learn how to create a Pin from your desktop or mobile device, in addition to using a Pinterest business account to create “Promoted Pins” and “Story Pins.”


How To Create a Pin for Pinterest from your Desktop


To create a Pin on your profile from your desktop, do the following:



  1. Navigate to Pinterest and sign in to your account.

  2. At the top right, click on your username to access your profile page.

  3. Just below your name, select the “Pins” tab.

  4. Click the “Create Pin” button with the red plus sign in the middle.

  5. To upload an image from your computer, click on the camera icon. Or, towards the lower left, click “Save from site” to paste a URL link of an image from a website.

  6. If the image is saved on your computer, locate it amongst your files and then click it.

  7. Click on the “Open” button to upload the selected picture.

  8. To give your Pin a name, click “Add your title.”

  9. In the “Description” text box, you can add a text description or a URL link if you wish.

  10. Click the red “Save” button. You’ll next be prompted to choose a board for your new Pin.

  11. Beneath the “Create board” heading, click on the board you wish to save your Pin to. Alternatively, click “Create board” to create a new board for your Pin.


Your new Pin will now display on the board.


How to Create a Pin for Pinterest from an iPhone


To create a Pin from an iOS device, do the following:



  1. Open the Pinterest app.

  2. To open your home feed, tap on the Pinterest icon found on the bottom left corner of the navigation bar.

  3. At the middle left, click on the camera icon.

  4. You can either take a picture or upload an image from your device’s gallery. Click on the picture icon button at the bottom right to access your picture gallery, then select the image you want to use.

  5. Give your Pin a title and enter a description – if you wish, details can always be included later.

  6.  At the top right corner, click on the red “Next” button.

  7. Next, decide on a board for your Pin. Tap on the board and your Pin will be saved to it.


How to Create a Pin for Pinterest from an Android Device


To create a Pin using your Android device:



  1. Launch the Pinterest app.

  2. To access your Home feed, tap on the Pinterest icon found at the bottom left corner of the navigation bar.

  3. At the top right, click on the camera icon.

  4. You can take a picture or upload an image from your device’s gallery. Click on the picture icon button at the bottom right to access your picture gallery, then select the image you want to use.

  5. Enter a Pin title and description now, if you wish, or you can add it later.

  6. At the top right corner, click on the red “Save” button.

  7. Next, decide on a board for your Pin. Tap on the board, then your Pin will be saved to it.


How to Create a Pinterest Pin Design in Canva


To design your Pin using Canva:



  1. Navigate to Canva and sign in to your account.

  2. From the Home page, click on the “Social media” option just beneath “Design anything.”

  3. Click on the right-pointing arrow at the end of the Social Media options… click on “Pinterest Pin (1000 x 1500)” when you see it.

  4. Now you can design your Pin exactly the way you want using a range of different fonts, colors, Pinterest templates, images, etc.


Throughout your design process, Canva will continuously autosave your design.


When you’re done, do the following to upload it as an image to your Pinterest profile:



  1. Towards the top right corner, click on the downward pointing arrow.

  2. This brings up the file details. To download your design, click on the “Download” button towards the bottom.

  3. Your image will download and open on your desktop. Save it to your computer.

  4. Next, navigate to Pinterest and sign in to your account.

  5. Just below your name, select the “Pins” tab.

  6. Click the “Create Pin” button.

  7. To upload your design, click on the camera icon.

  8. Locate and select it.

  9. Click on the “Open” button to upload your design.

  10. Enter a Pin title and description.

  11. Click the red “Save” button.

  12. Beneath the “Choose board” heading, click on the board you wish to save your Pin to. Alternatively, to create a new board for your Pin, click “Create board.”


Or, if you wish to directly publish your design from Canva to Pinterest:



  1. Click on the “Publish to Pinterest” button at the top right corner.

  2. Click “Connect Pinterest” and a Pinterest sign-in window will pop up.

  3. Enter your details to sign in to your Pinterest account. If you’re using your Google or Facebook account to sign in, give permission to sign in with that account by clicking on the “Give Access” button.


You’ll enter your Pinterest account where you need to “Choose board” or “Create board” to add your design.


How to Create a Pinterest Promoted Pin


To create a paid ad on Pinterest, you’ll first need a business account and then:



  1. Navigate to your Pinterest business account and sign in.

  2. Towards the top of the screen, click “Ads” and then “Create ad.”

  3. From the left navigation, click “Ads.”

  4. Now click on the Pin you wish to promote:

    • To filter your ads by format or existing ads only, click on the filter icon.

    • Select “All Pins” to see all or “Boards” for Pins from your boards.

    • Click on the search bar to enter a search for a specific Pin.

    • To create an organic Pin via “Pin builder,” select “All Pins,” then click on the circled plus sign icon.

    • To edit a Pin, check the checkbox beside it then “Edit selected.”



  5. When you’re done, click on “Publish” to publish your organic Pin.

  6. To add details to your ad, beneath your selected Pin, select “Review selected Pins:”

    • To change how your ad will be labeled in reporting, review and edit your ad’s name.

    • Also, review and edit the ad destination URL and include any optional tracking parameters.



  7. Finally, hit “Launch.”


If your ad is missing essential information, errors will be displayed and highlighted in red in the left navigation. You can click on each error to go to the area that needs fixing.


How to Create a Story Pin on Pinterest


Story Pins are perfect for complete tutorials or to showcase products in one Pin. Here’s how to create one using your business account from your computer:



  1. Navigate to your Pinterest business account and sign in.

  2. At the top, select “Create,” then “Create Idea Pin.”

  3. Click the camera icon to upload your images or videos. Each image should be less than 32 megabytes and videos less than 50 megabytes each. You can also use Canva to create graphics to import.

  4. Now you can have fun designing your Story Pin. You can get creative with a cover photo or video, experimenting with size and position, text overlaying, etc.

  5. Add a brief description if necessary, then select “Done.”

  6. Select the board you’d like to save your Story Pin to.

  7. Next, choose up to 10 related topic tags so people see your Story Pin when viewing related Pins.

  8. When you’re good to go, click on “Publish.”


To create a Story Pin from your mobile device:



  1. Open the Pinterest app.

  2. At the bottom of the screen, click on the plus sign, then “Create Idea Pin.”

  3. Select what the Story Pin is about, e.g., DIY, Recipes, etc.

  4. To choose your cover image, click the camera icon to upload images or videos from your phone’s library. You can then choose up to 19 additional images and or videos. Ensure each image is less than 32 megabytes and the videos are less than 50 megabytes – each.

  5. Now have fun designing your Story Pin. You can choose a cover photo or video and experiment with size and position, text overlaying, etc. Make the information informative, inspiring, and clear.

  6. Next, create a title, then select “Done.”

  7. Choose the board to save it to.

  8. Next, choose up to 10 related topic tags so people will see your Story Pin when viewing related Pins.

  9. When it’s good to go, click on “Publish.”


Pin-Ups for Interest


Pinterest is a popular social media platform that generates interest in topics through visual advertisements called Pins. Pinners use Pins for ideas and inspiration. They bookmark them under categories called “Boards” that form a type of online scrapbook.


Business marketers love Pinterest. It can potentially attract their target audience straight to their website. Pinterest makes it quick and easy for anyone to create a Pin that pops using a combination of images/videos, fonts, colors, etc.


How did your Pin design go – were you happy with the way it turned out? Did you enjoy the design part of it? What would you like to promote through your Pins? Let us know in the comments section below.

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