Getting started with Pinterest for Android

Pinterest is now available for Android smartphones, tablets, and the Kindle Fire. We'll show you how to get started.

Pin from the Web
Pinterest app on Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Viewing boards and pins
Viewing boards and pins with the Pinterest app is pretty straight-forward. To view the details of a pin, simply tap on it. You can then choose to repin it, like it, or leave a comment. You can also swipe the main screen over to the right to search and explore other pins.

View and explore pins
Pinterest app on Kindle Fire. Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Viewing your boards and profile
The Pinterest app also gives you easy access to your own boards and profile. Swiping over to the very right screen will display basic info, including the number of your followers and the number of of people you follow. You can also see the most recent activity of your pins. Tapping on your name will display four tabs -- boards, pins, likes, and about. The about section displays your profile, but as Jaymar Cabebe noted in his review, the Pinterest app does not allow you to edit your profile or boards (though they're working on it).

Personal boards, pins, and profile
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

That's it. If you're looking to kick your pinning up a notch, take a look at Sharon Vaknin's post on seven essential tricks for Pinterest power users .

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About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at



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