An Overview of Pinterest Apps for Mobile Phones

Pinterest mobile for Android and iOS

Pinterest doesn't offer developers a robust, third-party development platform. Still, the company does offer official mobile apps for both Android and Apple iOS devices. There are three official mobile apps for the image-sharing network.

2019 update of Pinterest mobile app
Pinterest Newsroom 

iPhone Pinterest App

The dedicated iPhone app lets you do just about everything you'd do on the Pinterest website on your iPhone. You can access your Pinterest account if you're a registered user or browse images if you're not.

Images are displayed large enough to be able to see them. 

In addition, the iPhone version is nicely focused. The app shows five buttons across the bottom of the screen, icons for Following, Explore, Camera, Activity, and Profile.

Following lets you browse recent pins of people you follow. Explore shows various themed categories you can browse. Camera enables you to take a picture and pin it with your phone. Activity shows the same summary displayed on the left sidebar of the website. And Profile shows your Profile page, summarizing your number of followers, people followed boards, pins, and likes. You can click on each to browse other people's boards, pins, and profiles.

Two slick touches can save pinned images from Pinterest.com to your iPhone's camera roll and the ability to take pictures with your iPhone camera and save them to your boards on Pinterest.com.

Pinterest iPad App

The Pinterest iPad app is bundled with the official iPhone app but offers a different design and functionality differences. The iPad app takes advantage of the iPad's touchscreen capability to let users swipe to the side and view a list of available categories.

The iPad app has a built-in Web browser and an integrated pin-it button to easily pin images to your Pinterest boards. Users, however, have complained about the lack of tabs in the browser.

All in all, it's a decent app, even though it doesn't allow a lot of advanced editing for boards and sometimes feels a bit unstable.

Pinterest Android App

Pinterest's application designed explicitly for Android devices has won mostly positive reviews from users. It makes "pinning" speedy and straightforward and covers most of the essential functions available on the website pinterest.com reasonably well.

The app provides access to the Following tab from your home feed, suggests ideas from most recently engaged boards, and makes it easy to find your boards as well as individual pins.

Other iPad Options

For iPad users who don't want to install the official Pinterest app, another option is to use the built-in Safari browser and add the Pin It bookmarklet to the bookmarks bar. This article explains how to install the Pinterest bookmarklet on the iPad and mobile phones. Pinterest has done a lot of work on its standard web app, improving the typical web browsing experience on Pinterest.com from many phones and tablets.