Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know about how to use Collections

What is Collections?

Collections is the beautifully simple visual notes and reminders app, designed to help you organise your ideas, inspirations and events using photographs.

Using Collections is the easiest way to snap, store and collaborate on photos and notes of the things you love. When you spy that jacket you’ve always wanted, or the entrance of a beautiful hotel you want to stay at, or a poster for that gig you’ve always wanted to go to, you want to capture and catalogue that idea instantly. With Collections this takes seconds.

What is a Collection?

A 'Collection' is a place to group and organise your ideas - similar to a 'folder' or an 'album'.

Start by creating a ‘Collection’, let’s say its ‘Clothes I Want to Buy’, and then add as many Items as you want to this Collection.

There's no limit to how many Collections you can create, or what you can create them for. People use Collections to keep track of things like:

• Clothes you want to buy
• Gifts you want to get for friends
• Restaurants and bars you’ve been to or want to go to
• Recipes you want to cook
• Inspiring Places you’ve visited or want to visit
• ‘Work in progress’ pictures for a project you are working on
• Ideas for your home - furniture, pictures, colours
• Pet pictures
• ...and anything else you can think of

You can also share a collection with friends or family so you can collaborate on your ideas together!

What is an Item?

An 'Item' is where you capture your ideas and inspirations. An ‘Item’ is more than just an photo - it’s a group of as many photos as you need, along with notes, price, vendor and location details. Simple, but powerful, so you won’t forget the important bits about the things you love.

Every Item is stored inside it's relevant Collection of your choice, and you can create as many Items as you need.

So, for instance you might see a jacket in a shop you like but don’t want to buy right now. Simply take a few pictures (the jacket, the tag, maybe even the shop front), add a note about it and a link to where you can order it online, and save it to your ‘Clothes I Want to Buy’ Collection for the future.

You can also share an Item to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and more

So it's like Pinterest?

A question often asked, Pinterest is the obvious comparison to make at first glance, but actually Collections is very different.

Pinterest is about visual content discovery via the Pinterest a social network - finding more of the things you are interested in, from other users.

Collections is much more about your personal private experience - cataloguing the photos of the things you find in your own day-to-day, along with additional details like notes, prices, locations, vendor etc. At the same time, Collections allows you to collaborate privately with selected people.

Try it out, you’ll see it’s a totally different type of app!

What devices does Collections run on?

Collections runs on all iPhones and iPads running iOS11 or greater.

Can I share collections with friends?

Yes, you can! Collections lets you invite friends to collaborate on any collection together via iCloud. It’s free, secure, and you don’t need to sign up additional services. Just tap the ‘Add User’ icon on any collection page to send an invite to your friends and family.
(* Invitees will need to have an iOS device running iOS11, and an active iCloud account)

Can I export items for Instagram, Email etc…?

Absolutely! Collections even lets you choose exactly what information you want to export - so you can share just the images, or include any additional information like notes, links or location too.

Can I backup my data to iCloud?

Collections will constantly keep your data securely backed up and synced to iCloud. If you have Collections on multiple devices it will keep them in sync for you too.

Is there a limit to how many collections and items I can have?

Nope, once you’ve purchased Collections you are free to use it as much as you like - no limits!

How do I add a new Collection?

Tap the ‘folder’ icon on the bottom right of the main Collections screen. You can create your own title for your collections, or pick from a list of suggested titles.

Alternatively, tap the camera icon to create a new item. When you come to save the new item, you’ll be able to create a new collection to add the item too.

How do I delete a Collection?

To delete a Collection, go into the Collection and tap the 'Edit' button on the bottom left of the toolbar. Scroll down and you'll see the 'Delete Collection' button appear at the bottom of the screen.

Alternatively, if you are using a newer iPhone with Force Touch, press hard on the Collection from the main screen and swipe up. You will see the option to delete the collection here.

How do I edit a Collection?

Editing a Collection is as simple as going into the Collection and tapping the 'Edit' button in the bottom left of the toolbar.

When you are done, tap the 'Edit' button again to save your changes.

How do I add an Item?

Tap the ‘Camera’ icon in the middle of the main Collections screen, or the collection detail screen. From here you can take new pictures or select existing ones, add any extra details you need like notes, link, price etc, and select a collection to save the item to.

How do I delete an Item?

To delete an Item, go into the Item and tap the 'Edit' button on the bottom left of the toolbar. Scroll down and you'll see the 'Delete Item' button appear at the bottom of the screen.

Alternatively, if you are using a newer iPhone with Force Touch, press hard on the Item from the collection screen and swipe up. You will see the option to delete the item here.

How do I edit an Item?

Editing an Item is as simple as going into the Item and tapping the 'Edit' button in the bottom left of the toolbar'. If you want to add more pictures to your Item, tap the camera button in the middle of the toolbar.

When you are done, tap the 'Edit' button again to save your changes.

How do I reorder my Collections, Items and Images?

Reording anything in Collections is as easy as pressing and holding on it, you'll then be able to drag it around to the position you want it.

How do I set the overview image used for a Collection?

The overview image you see for your Collection is the first Item in that Collection. To change the image, go into the Collection and press & drag the item you want to use as your overview image so it is first in the list.

How do I set the overview image used for an Item?

The overview image you see for your Item is the first image in that Item. To change the image, go into the Item and press & drag the image you want to use as your overview image so it is first in the list.

Where can I suggest new features?

We love hearing about how you use Collections, and what features you’d like to see in the future. Send your feedback to support@collectionsapp.co.uk and we’ll get back to you asap!

Where can I report a bug?

As hard as we try to make Collections bug free, inevitably mistakes can happen. Please let us know if you have any issues using Collections by sending us an email to support@collectionsapp.co.uk - customer service is really important to us a we usually respond within a matter of hours.

I love Collections - how can I spread the word?

If you love using Collections (and we really hope you do!) then please take the time to spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram however you’d like. Maybe a picture of you using it, or just some words of praise. Also, leaving a positive review on the App Store is always appreciated.

We’re a small team, just two of us (Dave and Emile), so happy users telling the world about our cool app really makes a difference!

What are you waiting for?

Collections is launching in the App Store this Christmas. Send us your email and we'll let you know as soon as it's available!