Pinterest sees surge as iOS 14 users seek out home screen inspiration

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Pinterest has seen a surge in usage as users seek out design ideas and inspiration for iOS 14 Home Screen customization options.

Credit: Amber Neely, AppleInsider
Credit: Amber Neely, AppleInsider

Apple's iOS 14 update gives users a much wider variety of options to customize their home screens, such as new widgets that can be placed within the app grid.

The new features are reportedly paying off for Pinterest, which has seen record global daily downloads and a climb up the Top Charts on the App Store.

According to TechCrunch, Pinterest saw as many as 800,000 new installs on Sept. 20, and between 616,000 and 68,000 new installs the day after. The social media platform also broke its record for the most daily downloads since 2014, when app analytics firm Sensor Tower started keeping track of app download data. Apple's iOS 14 debuted on Sept. 16.

Additionally, Pinterest surged from No. 47 on the top free iPhone app charts to No.7 between Sept. 18 and Sept. 21. In the Lifestyle category, Pinterest maintains its top position.

The social media site appears to be leveraging the new interest, with the Pinterest homepage showcasing iPhone design trends and iOS 14 customization pins.

"There has been an increase in searches for iOS 14 wallpapers and homescreen design this week by Gen Z users, a demographic group that grew 50% year-over-year in June 2020," a Pinterest spokesperson told TechCrunch, adding that users often use the platform "as a resource for aesthetic inspiration and decorating offline spaces like bedrooms, so it's interesting to see them seek inspiration for their online spaces."

In addition to the new options in iOS 14, many users are also getting creative with custom app icons and wallpapers that match a user's Home Screen widgets.

The customization ability, as well as other new features, may also be driving users to upgrade to iOS 14 more quickly than past updates.

On Monday, app analytics data indicated that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 had hit a 26% adoption rate just five days after they launched. On Tuesday, that number has risen to just over 29%.


  • Reply 1 of 5
    BeatsBeats Posts: 3,073member
    iPhone users really liking this! Only Apple can disrupt markets and cause such trends as Animoji Karaoke and this.

    And why is an app blurred out?
  • Reply 2 of 5
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    Beats said:
    iPhone users really liking this! Only Apple can disrupt markets and cause such trends as Animoji Karaoke and this.

    And why is an app blurred out?
    The writer probably thinks the app could point to some piece of personal data that shouldn’t be set free on the internet. Could be a local app for things to do around the writer’s home town for example. 
  • Reply 3 of 5
    I have nothing but hatred and disdain for Pinterest. The number of times I have been looking for a specific image or come across something interesting and that image is on Pinterest, that lead is dead. Photos have no information or links to where it came from. Absolutely pointless.
  • Reply 4 of 5
    I've been playing with these customisations. This is my current Home Screen:

  • Reply 5 of 5
    Ok. Someone likes Batman 😉

    I’m loving iOS 14
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