By far, one of the most exciting updates that Apple brought to the iOS 14 operating system had to do with widgets – the small, graphics-heavy tiles representing all of our favorite apps that put the information we need to know right at our fingertips.
Now, it’s easier than ever to check the weather or get those sports scores without opening a dedicated app. In fact, you don’t even have to swipe away from the “Home” screen – it’s right there at all times.
With a recent update, social media giant Pinterest has even gotten in on the fun, rolling out an update that brings iPhone users a widget to call their own.
It’s a great alternative to the static photo widget offered by Apple, and it brings with it a number of unique features.
Pinterest’s New iOS 14 Widget: Breaking Things Down
With Apple’s own “Photos” widget, you can select either a photo or an entire album of photos saved to your Camera Roll to display at all times on your “Home” screen. The new Pinterest widget, on the other hand, allows you to select a Pinterest board as your source.
This can be either one of your own, or one that you follow.
The benefit here is that the content being displayed by the widget itself will be changing all the time, always guaranteeing a fresh stream of content on your iPhone.
If you wanted to pin a seasonal board with Christmas or fall images, for example, you can choose to update the photo it features on either an hourly or daily basis depending on your needs.
Selecting boards that tie into seasonal themes like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or ones that offer up constant photos of travel inspiration ahead of your next big trip, are a great way to extend the personalization of your iPhone even further.
As is true with many of the other iPhone widgets, the Pinterest widget can be set to multiple sizes depending on the design of your “Home” screen. Interestingly, you only get to choose from “Small” or “Large” – there is no “Medium” option, as is true with Apple’s own “Photos” widget.
Likewise, the Pinterest app is also interactive – meaning that when you tap on the widget tile itself, you’ll be taken directly to that pin in your associated Pinterest app.
As you scroll through Pinterest and find new photos that fit your “Home” screen aesthetic, you can also add them to your board to keep a steady stream of photos appearing on your iPhone whenever you want.
Pinterest released their iOS 14 update on October 26 so if you have yet to already do so, select the “App Store” icon on your iPhone and tap “Updates” to download and install it right away.