Using Pinterest from an iPad

Kristin and I recently got an iPad for Christmas (Thanks mom!). We quickly discovered one of the best parts about having an iPad was being able to surf the web while sitting on the couch. It is much easier than a laptop because of its size, and the battery lasts forever. One of the first things she we wanted to do was be able to pin stuff from searching the web. Well, since there is no Pinterest app for iPad and no way (we thought) to install a “pin it” button, we kind of brushed it aside. Then, I started doing some research and found out there is actually a way to be able to pin any picture from the web to any of your boards straight from your iPad, and it was actually really easy.

I found this article through Google, so the credit must really go there. I just wanted to add a few things to it, but it really was a great step-by-step explanation of how to do it.

First, you will need to be looking at this on your iPad. Then, just copy the script below. It should be noted that this should work on your iPhone/iPod also.

javascript:void((function(){var%20e=document.createElement(‘script’); e.setAttribute(‘type’,’text/javascript’); e.setAttribute(‘charset’,’UTF-8′); e.setAttribute(‘src’,’http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js? r=’+Math.random()*99999999);document.body.appendChild(e)})());

Next, open a new tab/window and go to any website you want and bookmark it. I will just use Google to keep it simple. Click on the arrow button next to the address bar and hit “Add Bookmark”.

After you add a bookmark, you can go ahead and hit save. You can edit the name here to whatever you want so it will help you keep track of it.

After you have saved this, just click on the bookmarks button (the book next to the arrow button). Then click “edit” and your screen should look like this:

In this case, I had changed my bookmark title to “pin it” to keep it similar to how it is on our desktop. Next, you will want to click on the arrow to the right of your bookmark title. This will take you to the following screen.

This is where the script that we copied earlier comes in; just paste that into the URL line (starts with the word javascript and ends with ; ). Once that is done, you should be ready to roll. Open a new tab and make sure you are logged in to Pinterest. Then, go to your favorite place to pin photos ( from danielsmithdesigns.wordpress.com is a great place to start!) You may have to click “View Full Site” at the bottom of the page if it takes you to the mobile version. Once you have found a photo you want to pin, just go to your bookmarks and click on the one you have just created. Once you click on your bookmark, you should get a similar screen. This should look pretty familiar if you have pinned stuff from the web before.

Next, you will just want to click on any picture you want to pin and hit “Pin This (You may get an error message like this, but just ignore it or click “OK” and it should move on ).

Then, you should get a screen like this (this should all start looking familiar, so if I am just going on about stuff you already know, just skip ahead). Note: You may need to remove your Pinterest app if you have one installed. When doing this from our iPad it kept trying to open the iPhone version of the app that had transferred over from iTunes. After I removed the app, it just went straight to this screen like it should.

Just select the board you want it to go to, describe it and you are done!

Please leave me some feedback to let me know how it works for you. Thanks for looking!

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