Remember those incredibly elaborate instructions I wrote a couple of years back on how to add a Pinterest “Pin It” button to your iPhone or iPad? Well, go ahead and toss ’em.
Thanks to the new iOS 8 update (which you’re not going to install until next week, right?), you can easily pin anything cool on the web to your Pinterest boards directly from the mobile Safari browser, all without having to paste arcane snippets of code into your Safari bookmarks.
The trick: fiddling with the settings for the revamped Share button, which now lets you add a variety of third-party sharing services, ranging from Instapaper and Pocket to Evernote and—you guessed it—Pinterest.
Here’s what you do…
- First, make sure you have the Pinterest iOS app installed and that you’re logged in to your account.
- All set? Now open Safari, then tap the Share button. On an iPhone, it’s at the bottom of the screen (it’s the square one with the arrow pointing up); on an iPad, it’s in the top corner.
- The Share window will now slide into view, and just below the Airdrop icon you’ll see a row of buttons, starting with Message, Mail, Twitter and Facebook. Slide that row of buttons from right to left, then tap the More button.
You’ll see a list of apps that you can add to the Share window, including Pinterest. Go ahead and flip its switch on, then tap Done. You should now see the Pinterest button right next to the other main sharing buttons.
Now, find something neat on the web that you want to Pin, tap the Share button, then tap the Pinterest buttons, and presto! A Pin It window will appear. Compose your pin, tap “Pin It,” and you’re done.
You can rearrange the buttons in the Share window by tapping the More button, then dragging the little handles next to the available Share services.
Stand by for more iOS 8 tips in the coming days. Have questions? Let me know!