Help/FAQ - Dinner Spinner
 
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What is Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner is a FREE Allrecipes.com mobile app for your iPhone or iPad that provides access to your Recipe Box and other Allrecipes membership features from your mobile device.

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner is compatible with Apple iOS7 or newer. Allrecipes is considering an Android-compatible version for future release.

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How do I get the Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner can be downloaded for free on iTunes with an iPhone or iPad using iOS7 or greater.

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What can I do with Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

You can use the Allrecipes Dinner Spinner app to find any recipe on Allrecipes.com. Spin the Dinner Spinner to find a recipe meeting your criteria (iPhone only), share recipes via email, Facebook, or Pinterest, create a Shopping List, and save recipes to your online Recipe Box.

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How do I use the ‘Spinner’ Feature on iPhone Dinner Spinner™?

Select Dinner Spinner from Dinner Spinner’s menu options in the top left corner. You can spin the individual rows with a fingertip or spin all the rows by shaking your device. Once the categories have stopped spinning, “View Matches!” will appear at the bottom of your screen. Click on “View Matches!” to see the recipes that met the criteria of your search.

You can also spin just one or two rows by highlighting the items you specifically want and only the rows without a selection will spin when shaken. From the list-view of results, select the recipe you would like to see. Go back to the list-view by tapping your device’s back button.

The Spinner feature is available only on the Dinner Spinner for iPhone and is not accessible in the iPad version of Dinner Spinner.

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How do I search for recipes on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

To search for recipes, tap the search bar at the top of your screen, next to the magnifying glass icon. Type in your desired search term and tap the “Search” button shown on your keyboard to populate results.

To search by ingredients, by dietary need, or cooking time, tap the small arrow on the right side of the search bar. This provides the ability to further expand your search.

For example, to search by ingredient, tap “Add” next to “With/Without Ingredients.” This will open a new window that displays “Pull down to enter an ingredient.” Pull down to enter your desired items and select the + icon to search with the ingredient or select the - icon to Search without the ingredient. Press the top left arrow to return to the specialized search menu. Finally, press the larger search button to see the recipe results based on your search filters. Please note, to search only by ingredients you are not required to enter a main search keyword in the search bar.

To search by dietary need, press “Add” and select your dietary restrictions. Press the top left arrow to return to the specialized search menu and tap search to see the recipe results.

To sort search results by relevance, rating, or popularity, select “Pull to sort.” When the search results are not sorted by relevance (i.e. by rating or popularity), the results will be presented in a fixed grid display from highest rating/popularity to lowest rating/popularity of recipes. This sorting criteria will reset with each new search.

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How do I view the nutritional information of a recipe on Dinner Spinner™?

To view the nutritional information of a recipe, press the bar graph icon that appears below the cook time and reviews of the recipe. This opens a scrollable window with details including amount per serving, calories, fat, sodium, etc.

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How do I read recipe reviews?

iPad:To see the reviews on any iPad Dinner Spinner recipe page, tap on “Reviews” next to “Directions” at the top of the page. To add your own review, you can either follow those same steps and tap “Have you made this? Review it!” or tap the stars on the left side of the recipe page, directly beneath the recipe photo and name.

iPhone:To see the reviews on any iPhone Dinner Spinner recipe page, simply scroll down the page to reach “Reviews.” To add your own review, you can either follow those same steps and tap “Have you made this? Review it!” or tap the stars directly under the recipe photo and name.

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What are the recipes shown in the main menu on Dinner Spinner™?

The recipes shown on the main menu are seasonal, popular selections, and staff picks curated from the Allrecipes.com website.

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How do I email a recipe from Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

iPad:For the iPad Dinner Spinner, tap the up-arrow box icon at the top right of any recipe page. A small window will open and allow you to email the recipe by tapping the envelope button.

iPhone: For the iPhone Dinner Spinner, tap the “...” icon and select “Share this Recipe” at the top of any recipe page. A small window will open and allow you to email the recipe by then tapping the envelope button.

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How do I share a recipe from Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™ on Facebook?

Make sure that you are logged into your Facebook account with your device’s general settings. This will provide the ability for the Facebook button to appear. At the top of any iPad recipe page, tap the up-arrow box icon. A small window will open and allow you to share the recipe by then tapping the center blue Facebook button! For the iPhone, select the “...” icon to enable this sharing feature.

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How do I pin a recipe from Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™ on Pinterest?

First, make sure that you have logged into your Pinterest account with your device’s general Settings. This will provide the ability for the Pinterest button to appear in Dinner Spinner’s menus. At the top of any iPad Recipe page, tap the far-right up-arrow box icon. A small window will open to provide the ability for you to share the recipe by then tapping the center white and grey Pinterest button. For the iPhone, select the “...” icon to enable the sharing features of the app. Select the white and grey Pinterest button to Pin your recipe from your iPhone.

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How can I rate or review a recipe from Dinner Spinner™?

iPad: To rate or review a recipe from the iPad Dinner Spinner, tap on “Reviews” next to “Directions” at the top of any recipe page and then tap “Have you made this? Review it!” or tap the stars on the left side of the recipe page, directly under the recipe photo and name.

iPhone: To rate or review a recipe from the iPhone Dinner Spinner, tap on “...” at the top of any recipe page and then tap “Have you made this? Review it!” or tap the stars directly under the recipe photo and name.

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How can I upload a photo to a recipe from Dinner Spinner™?

iPhone: Select the appropriate recipe and tap the “...” icon at the top of the recipe page. Next, select “Add a pic.” Then press “Take a Photo” or “Use Existing” to upload your preferred recipe photo by tapping “Use” at the top right of the photo window.


There are two ways to upload a recipe photo on iPad Dinner Spinner:

iPad: Select the appropriate recipe and tap the camera icon at the top of the recipe page. Then press “Take a Photo” or “Use Existing” to upload your preferred recipe photo by tapping “Use Photo” on the photo window.

Alternatively, tap the oven mitt icon next to the camera icon at the top of a recipe page. Next, click to progress the cooking steps to the final step. Once the final step has been checked, a button will appear at the bottom that displays “You’re all done! Snap a photo.” Tap the button to upload your preferred recipe photo (Make sure that you have already snapped a photo of the recipe.)

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How do I access my Recipe Box and Shopping List on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

iPad: First, make sure to properly log into your Recipe Box to see its contents. To view the Recipe Box, tap the heart icon on the top left of the main menu. To access your Shopping List, tap the list icon to the right of the Heart icon.

iPhone: First, make sure to properly log into your Recipe Box to see its contents. Next, tap the “Options” button in the top left corner. From this menu, select Recipe Box, Shopping List or Dinner Spinner depending on which part of the app you wish to view.

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How do I create and edit a Shopping List on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

On any recipe page, you may add individual ingredients to your Shopping List. Tap the + icons to the left of each ingredient and select “I need it.” To save all ingredients for a recipe to your Shopping List, tap the List box icon at the top of the page. The + icons by each of the ingredients will change to checkmarks to confirm the addition of these items to the Shopping List.

To delete individual items from your Shopping List, first access your Shopping List by tapping the list box icon at the top of the main app screen to view its contents for iPad, or for iPhone tap the options icon in the top left corner. To delete individual ingredients from the Shopping List, press the item name and swipe to the left. The “Delete” box will display which you can press to remove the ingredient from your list. To remove individual ingredients from your list, tap the ingredient name with your finger and the ingredient will move to a “Checked Items” section of your Shopping List at the bottom.

To remove all items from your Shopping List, tap the Trash Can icon at the top right and select “Clear All.”

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How do I access my Recipe Box on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

iPhone: To access your Recipe Box, first make sure that you are logged into the app. Next, tap the options icon at the top left corner of the screen and select Recipe Box.

iPad: To access your Recipe Box, first make sure that you are logged into the app. Next, tap the heart icon at the top of the screen to view your Recipe Box.

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How do I add a recipe to my Allrecipes Recipe Box on Dinner Spinner™?

To add a recipe to the Recipe Box, tap the heart icon at the top of any Recipe Page.

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How do I sort the recipes in my Allrecipes Recipe Box on Dinner Spinner™?

To sort within the Recipe Box, select “Pull down to sort.” By default, the Recipe Box will be ordered according to the dates that each recipe was saved, with the newest being shown on top. You may sort the contents of your Recipe Box by relevance, rating (highest to lowest), or title (alphabetically).

If the search results are not sorted by relevance, the results will be presented in a fixed grid display with recipe titles truncated after two lines. Sorting criteria will reset with each new search in the Recipe Box.

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How do I delete a recipe from my Allrecipes Recipe Box on Dinner Spinner™?

To delete a recipe from the Recipe Box, press and hold on a specific recipe. The option to remove it from your Recipe Box or cancel that action will appear. Once you choose to delete the selected recipe, the Recipe Box view will be refreshed.

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How do I change the serving size of a recipe in Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

To change the serving size of a recipe, tap on “servings” below the recipe title. Next, scroll to your desired serving size, up to a maximum of 100 servings. Tap on the “Set” or “Change Servings” button below to adjust the recipe.

Please note that changing the number of servings changes only the amounts in the ingredient list; it does not change the recipe directions.

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How can I see a kitchen-friendly version of the recipe instructions on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

Kitchen-Friendly view is a new feature to the iPad version of Dinner Spinner. To access, first select a recipe. At the top of the recipe page, tap the oven mit icon. This feature provides a simple layout of the recipe ingredients and instructions. Additionally, many recipes have a video option which will be displayed on this page.

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How do I share a recipe on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner™?

From the recipe detail page, tap on the “ … ” icon at the top of the screen. It will expand to a menu where you can select “Share This Recipe.” You will be able to share via email, text message, Facebook, or Pinterest.

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“Oops. You can’t see new recipes when you’re offline.” appears when I attempt to use the Dinner Spinner™. What do I do?

You may see this error message when Dinner Spinner cannot connect during the attempt to process your request. Please make sure that your device has a strong connection to the Internet. Repeat the action you were attempting before you saw this message. If repeating the action still does not yield results, please email us at CustomerSupport@Allrecipes.com, and include the error message and we will investigate further.

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“Oops. The device momentarily lost your connection. Please try again.” Appears when I attempt to use the Dinner Spinner™. What do I do?

This error message might display if your device switched from one connection to another (for example a Wi-Fi connection to a 3G connection, or a 3G to a 2G connection. Please repeat the action you were attempting before you saw this message. If repeating the action still does not yield results, please email us at CustomerSupport@Allrecipes.com, and include the error message and we will investigate further.

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“We are having technical difficulties. Please try again.” appears when I attempt to use the Dinner Spinner™. What do I do?

Please attempt to complete the action a second time. If repeating the action does not yield results, please follow the below steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click Log Out
  3. Click Log In
  4. Re-enter your username and your password

If following these steps does not yield results, please email CustomerSupport@Allrecipes.com. Please include your device model, operating system, the task you were attempting to perform and the date you saw the error message.

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How can I give feedback about this app while using it?

Share feedback regarding the iPhone Allrecipes Dinner Spinner application by selecting “More Options” after logging into the app and tap “Give Feedback”.

Please note: The feedback feature is only available on our iPhone application at this time. However, our Development Teams are working to integrate this with the iPad Allrecipes Dinner Spinner app in a future release.

 
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