Did you open up the Pinterest app, only to discover that you’ve been randomly logged out?
Or even worse, did it happening while you were actually browsing?
This issue is surprisingly common, but quite alarming to experience. Thankfully, most of the time there’s a simple explanation behind it.
In this article, we’ll cover the primary reasons why Pinterest may have logged you out, and what you can do to prevent it from happening again!
1. Your Account Has Been Suspended
Let’s start with the big one – an account suspension.
I should say, this is NOT the most likely scenario to have happened, and you shouldn’t panic thinking that you’ve been banned.
In fact, Pinterest is notoriously hard to get suspended on unless you deliberately go out of the way to break the rules. This is because community interaction isn’t a forefront of Pinterest – so, there isn’t really a group of people who can report you for what you have to say.
If you are suspended though, Pinterest will immediately log you out, and you will be unable to sign back in.
Signs That You’ve Been Banned On Pinterest
The following signs may indicate that you’ve been banned on Pinterest:
- After being logged out, you are unable to log back in. Pinterest may state that your login credentials are incorrect, an account doesn’t exist, or they may specifically state that your account has been suspended.
- You may receive an email stating that your account has been suspended.
- Your profile will no longer be visible if you try visiting it manually in a web browser. To check, visit https://pinterest.com/YOURUSERNAMEHERE
2. Pinterest Believes Your Account May Be Compromised
Secondly, Pinterest may automatically sign you out if they believe that your account has been compromised, or that somebody is trying to break into it.
This is done as a security precaution. If their systems detect that your account has been logged in by an unauthorized person, they may immediately sign it out of all devices in order to keep it safe.
The problem is, this can be a little too sensitive.
For example, it could be triggered by trying to sign in at a new location, such as while traveling.
Or, it could be triggered by trying to sign in on a different device, but accidentally typing your password wrong.
If you believe that you were the one that caused Pinterest to log you out (for example, you DID try to sign in on a new device), then you likely have nothing to worry about.
However, changing your password might be a good idea just to be safe.
3. There’s A Glitch With Your Pinterest App
In rare cases, technical glitches can occur that can cause the Pinterest app to crash, or log you out.
This is more common shortly after installing it, or after the app has automatically updated.
However, it can occur at any time, even through no fault of your own!
In these instances, it helps to do a quick run-through of the most common fixes for software issues. So, you should:
- Make sure the Pinterest app is up-to-date.
- Force close the app by double-tapping on your home button, and swiping it away – then opening it again.
- Fully restart your phone.
- Change from your cellular data to Wi-Fi, or vice-versa.
- Disable your VPN if you’re using one.
- Update your phone or tablet’s firmware, if an update is available.
- Fully delete and reinstall the app if nothing else works.
Unfortunately, if nothing else works than this is likely a problem on Pinterest’s end.
4. Pinterest Is Experiencing A Glitch That’s Affecting Many Users
If you’ve ruled out all of the points above, than it’s likely that Pinterest is experiencing a temporary glitch.
This means that it’s likely affecting other users as well, and Pinterest is likely already working on a fix.
But how would you know for sure?
Thankfully, there are services like Downdetector available that can monitor Pinterest outages. So, it is worth checking one of these to see if the issue is widespread.
One thing we love about Downdetector is that it has a comments section at the bottom of the page. So, if other people are experiencing the exact same issue, you’ll probably see comments left about it!
If it is in fact a widespread issue, all you have to do is wait.
5. You Cleared Your Cookies (PC Only)
This last one only applies if you’re using a computer to access Pinterest, and a computer is what you were logged out of.
If you recently cleared your cookies, this will immediately log you out of Pinterest. The next time that you go to access the website, you will be asked to sign in again.
Note that some people have their cookies cleared automatically every so often, so this is another possibility.
Typically, you’ll know that this is the cause because you’ll be signed out of ALL websites, not just Pinterest.
However, we wanted to mention it in case this happened to you, as it can provide a quick explanation as to why you’ve been randomly signed out of Pinterest.
Most of the time, getting randomly logged out is nothing to worry about – even if it happened in the middle of a Pinterest browsing session.
In rare cases however, this can mean that your Pinterest account has been permanently banned.
I hope that you’ve found this article helpful. If you have any other questions about Pinterest, please ask them using the comment form below.
Wishing you the best,
– James McAllister