Wondering how to delete Pinterest Pins quickly?
There are many reasons you may want to delete Pinterest Pins – or move them to another board. I’ll cover that too!
The good news is, you can delete or move up to 50 in one fell swoop (on desktop).
You’ll also learn how to delete pins on the Pinterest mobile app.
Using Pinterest for marketing? I’ll also cover a quick method to identify and delete underperforming Pins.
So let’s get started!
This post was originally published June 2016, and updated December 2017 and April 2020.
How to Delete Pins in Bulk
The fastest way to move, copy, or delete Pins is in bulk.
This must be done from browser-based Pinterest on a computer. It’s not an option on the mobile app.
7 things to know about deleting Pinterest Pins:
1 | You can move, copy, or delete multiple Pins from any Pinterest board you own.
2 | Only your Pin on that board will be deleted. Any repins will still exist on Pinterest.
3 | On group boards, you can only move, copy, or delete Pins in bulk if you pinned them – even if you’re the board creator. But there is a workaround you’ll learn further down.
4 | You can’t move, copy, or delete multiple Pins from the Pin feed – only from an individual Pinterest board.
5 | You can’t move Pins from public boards to secret boards, but you can do the opposite.
6 | Deleting Pins is permanent. They can’t be restored.
7 | You also can’t undo a bulk move or copy, so once you’re sure bulk is the way you want to go, follow the directions directly below.
(You’ll find instructions for removing individual Pins on desktop or mobile further down).
Step 1 | Go to the board with the Pins you wish to delete.
Once you’ve opened the board, click the button that says Organize.
Step 2 | Choose Pins to delete.
Simply click each Pin you wish to delete. You can choose up to 50 at a time.
Red-outlined Pins are selected for bulk deletion.
Pinterest will keep count for you at the top. You can choose to Deselect all, or click again on a selected Pin to un-select it.
Step 3 | Choose to Move, Copy, or Delete your selected Pins.
Once you have the Pins selected, click Move, Copy, or Delete at top right of the board.
If you’re moving Pins, you’ll get this dialog box to choose which board to move to:
If you’re copying Pins, you’ll see this dialog box to choose which board to copy them to.
Choose the board and then click the Copy button at bottom right.
If you’re deleting Pins, you’ll be asked to confirm on this dialog box.
Remember, deleting Pins is permanent, so be sure before you click Delete.
How to Delete a Pin on Desktop
Instead of deleting a bunch of Pins on one board, maybe you just want to delete one Pin individually, or random Pins here and there.
You can delete any Pin you’ve saved. Only delete a Pin if you’re sure you don’t want it. Deleted Pins can’t be restored.
Delete individual Pins on either Pinterest.com or the mobile app.
Let’s review the desktop method first.
Step 1 | Click on a Pin to open the Pin closeup.
Step 2 | Click the Edit icon (pencil).
Step 3 | Click Delete, then Delete Pin, to delete your Pin.
How to Delete a Pin on Mobile
Find the Pin you wish to delete on the mobile app, and tap on the Pin to open the Pin closeup.
Step 1 | Tap the 3 dots at bottom right.
Step 2 | Tap Edit Pin.
Step 3 | Tap Delete then Delete Pin to delete your Pin.
How to Delete Pins from a Group Board
If you own Pinterest Group Boards, you can delete anyone’s Pins one by one using the method directly above.
But what if you’ve got someone posting spam Pins?
Or you just want to turn that board into your own personal niched board, and get rid of all other content?
There is a solution. Remove the Pinner, and block him /her.
Blocking the Pinner – at the time of removing them as a collaborator to the board – will remove all their Pins.
Feel free to let collaborators know ahead of time that you’re closing the board in case they want to move their Pins to one of their own boards.
You can also go back to each Pinner’s profile and unblock them afterwards. But blocking is the only way to remove other people’s Pins from your group board in bulk.
Should You Delete Underperforming Pinterest Pins?
The general consensus among Pinterest marketers is that it’s not a good use of your time to delete underperforming Pins.
BUT the people who have tried it have seen the results – getting rid of underperforming pins makes your average repin rate much better.
And since the Pinterest Smart Feed favors Pinners who get a lot of repins (among other things), this is a good thing!
Which Pinterest Pins Should You Delete?
Here’s what I suggest: think twice before deleting Pins from your own website.
Since other Pinners see the total number of times a Pin has been pinned, you’re making your own Pins look less popular.
While Pinterest often changes how repin numbers are displayed, you still want a high total repin number seen in Tailwind tribes or on your blog. And of course, to Pinterest’s secret algorithm!
But you’re probably pinning other people’s content as well. And those are the Pins you should delete – if they’re not performing.
Plus, going through your poorly-repinned Pins will help you see which content isn’t resonating with your followers – and which boards aren’t working for you.
If you’re consistently deleting Pins from certain boards, maybe you should stop pinning to those boards!
- Improve the name and description, if it’s your own board.
- Consider deleting it or making it secret, if none of the Pins are doing well.
- If it’s a group board, consider leaving the group (how to evaluate group boards).
As far as which specific Pins are poor performers – it depends on your personal repin numbers. If you’re averaging a few repins per Pin, just delete the zeros.
Should you delete recent Pins?
I give Pins at least two months to get a repin.
At the end of December, I deleted bad Pins from October. And actually September too, because I never got around to it 😉
So these Pins will have had 2 to 4 months to get a repin.
How to Identify and Delete Underperforming Pins
If you like the idea of deleting poor Pins to enhance your standing with Pinterest, here’s an easy way to identify and remove them.
Pinterest sometimes removes repin counts, which makes it tough to know which Pins are performing – and which are losers.
Whether I can see repin counts in Pinterest or not, I like to use Tailwind to quickly find and delete poor Pins.
Here’s my process. See how this works for you!
Caution: Note the board pinned to, and the domain. You might not want to delete Pins from your secret boards, or from your own website.
- In your Tailwind Plus dashboard, go to Optimize Content > Pin Inspector.
- Go to Filter by Date Pinned and select the desired time period (2 or more months ago).
- Now click the Repins header so they sort by worst to best.
- Check which board and domain you’re deleting from!
- Click on the first Pin image. This takes you to the Pin on Pinterest*.
- On Pinterest, you can click on the Edit button and then delete the Pin.
- The page will go blank. Close it, go back to Tailwind, and repeat.
- Or you can open several Pins at once – whatever works for you.
Note that the left column shows which board this Pin resides on. Take note of the boards that appear frequently and consider if you’re wasting time pinning to these boards.
Also observe which pins keep coming up with low repins, and see if you can determine some commonalities. Domain, topic, look? I saw an awful lot of mostly-white Pins with 0 repins again and again. I’ll be keeping an eye on that trend!
*If you get a “whoops, we can’t find that page,” you’ve probably already deleted the Pin.
Tailwind still shows Pins that have already been deleted, so make note of which dates you’ve “cleaned,” and don’t re-search those dates.
How Long Does It Take to Delete Pinterest Pins?
This will depend on how many Pins you pin, and how aggressive you are about deleting.
When I first wrote this in 2016, I was pinning about 10 times per day (300 a month), and it took me about 40 minutes to delete a month’s worth of underperforming Pins – the first time I tried this method.
In 2018, I was pinning 30 per day. I reviewed 2 months’ worth of Pins (about 1,800) and deleted 22 of them in 30 minutes.
It still takes time to review the boards, but because I’m learning to Pin only what resonates, I don’t have as much to delete!
I feel a half hour every 2 months is a good investment in improving my pinning.
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