How to Use Tumblr


This wikiHow teaches you how to use Tumblr on your computer or mobile platform. Tumblr is a social media platform that encourages creative text- and image-based posts, community engagement, and general entertainment.

Part 1
Creating an Account

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Go to in your preferred web browser to open the Tumblr website. On mobile, tap the Tumblr app icon, which resembles a white "t" on a dark-blue background. If you haven't yet downloaded the Tumblr app on mobile, you can do so for both and platforms.

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It's the blue button in the middle of the page.

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Fill out the following fields: Email - Enter your preferred email address. You'll have to verify this email address later, so make sure that you have access to it. Password - Enter your preferred password. Username - Enter your preferred username. This is the name that other people will see for your account. On desktop, Tumblr will also generate a list of usernames from which you can choose. You may have to try a few different usernames, since some usernames related to you preferred one may already be taken.

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It's at the bottom of the page. On mobile, tap Next in the top-right corner.

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Type your current age into the text field in the middle of the page.

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.." box. This indicates that you agree to Tumblr's terms of use and community guidelines. Skip this step on mobile.

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It's a blue button below the "I have read..." checkbox. On mobile, tap Next in the top-right corner instead.

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Click the "I'm not a robot" checkbox, then follow the on-screen instructions. You'll usually have to pick instances of a specific item (e.g., a car) out of a series of related pictures. Once you complete this step, you'll automatically be taken to the next one. Skip this step on mobile.

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Click or tap at least 5 categories of content that you'd like to see on your Tumblr page, then click or tap Next in the top-right corner of the page or screen.

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The last step in creating your Tumblr account is verifying your email. To do so: Open your Tumblr email address' inbox. Select the "Verify your email address" email from Tumblr. Select the This is me! button in the body of the email. Check the "I'm not a robot" box, complete another spam check, click Verify Email, and click or, skip to your dashboard (desktop only).

Part 2
Interacting with Posts

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At any time, you can select the house-shaped "Home" button on the Tumblr page (or at the bottom of your screen on mobile) to return to your dashboard, which is where all of the content from your blog and any blogs you follow will appear.

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Scroll through your dashboard until you find a post that you want to like, reblog, or send in a message.

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If you like a post's content, you can click or tap the heart-shaped icon below the post to "like" it. This will also add the post to your profile's "Likes" section so that you can find it later if you please.

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To add the post to your blog, click or tap the rectangular arrow-shaped icon below the post (to the left of the "like" button), then click Reblog (desktop) or tap Post. You can add a comment to the post before reblogging it. To do so, click or tap the text box below the post, then add your commentary. You can also schedule a reblogged post for later by clicking next to Reblog (or by tapping ⚙️ in the upper-right corner), selecting the Schedule option, entering or selecting a post date and time, and selecting Schedule again. To add a reblogged post to your queue, click next to Reblog (or tap ⚙️ in the upper-right corner), select Add to queue, and select Queue.

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You can forward a post to another person by selecting the paper plane-shaped icon below the post, entering a username in the text box at the top of the message window, and then selecting the paper plane-shaped icon again. Like reblogging, you can add your own commentary to the message by selecting the text box below the post and entering your text before sending the message.

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Select the profile picture of the person who created a post, then select Follow to add them to your "Following" list. Content from people who you follow will appear in your dashboard. If you have someone specific whom you want to follow, you can search for them by clicking the text field on the dashboard (or by tapping the magnifying glass icon on mobile) and entering their name, selecting their name in the drop-down menu, and selecting Follow.

Part 3
Viewing Your Content

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Click or tap the person-shaped silhouette icon in the upper-right side of the page (desktop) or in the bottom-right corner of the screen (mobile). On desktop, a drop-down menu will appear. This will take you to your profile's "POSTS" section on mobile.

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It's at the top of the drop-down menu (desktop) or below your blog's title (mobile).

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If you've liked any posts, they will appear here. You can remove liked posts by tapping the heart icon on them here.

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Open the profile menu again, then select Following. You can see a list of the people who you follow here. On mobile, just tap FOLLOWING to the right of the LIKES tab. You can unfollow users by clicking Unfollow to the right of a profile (desktop), or by tapping a profile, tapping the person-shaped icon in the top-right corner, and tapping Unfollow in the resulting menu.

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Open the profile menu, then click your username in the drop-down menu. On mobile, tap POSTS on the far-left side of the page.

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This is where you'll see any posts that you've created. If you haven't created any posts, this will be a blank page.

Part 4
Creating a Post

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You can create a post here, or you can create a post from the dashboard. You can also make posts from different pages on Tumblr as well by selecting the pencil icon in the top-right corner of the page (desktop) or in the middle of the bottom of the screen (mobile).

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On desktop, you'll see seven different colored post options near the top of the page; on mobile, you must first tap the pencil icon at the bottom of the page. The post types are as follows: Text - A text-only post. Photo - A photo (and possibly text) post. Quote - A quote and source post. Link - A post formatted around a link (e.g., "www.google.com") that opens to a different site. Chat - A post formatted for two or more chat recipients. Audio - An audio recording (e.g., music or a podcast). Video - A video post. GIF (mobile only) - A dynamic photo post.

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Depending on the type of post that you select, the process for doing so will vary: Text - Enter a title in the "Title" box, then enter the post's text in the "Your text here" box. Photo - Select a photo upload option, select a photo, and enter a caption (optional). On mobile, you will have to allow Tumblr access to your camera and photos. Quote - Enter your quote in the "Quote" box, then enter the quote's source in the "Source" box. Link - Enter the link's title (mobile only), enter the link's web address, and add a caption (optional; mobile only). Chat - Type in a recipient's name followed by a colon (e.g., "Mom:"), enter their dialogue, start a new line, and repeat. Audio - Enter a song or audio clip's name, select it, and add a caption (optional). Video - Select a video upload option, select a video, click the "This is my original work" switch (desktop only), and add a caption (optional). GIF (mobile only) - Select a video to turn into a GIF, tap Next, add text and then tap Next, and tap Next one last time.

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Click or tap post at the bottom or in the top-right corner of the post to add it to your blog. Your post will also appear on your dashboard and on the dashboards of anyone who follows you.

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You can save a draft of a post to continue working on it later from the "Drafts" section of your profile. Instead of selecting Post, do the following: Desktop - Click to the right of Post, click Save as draft, and click Save draft in the bottom-right corner of the post. You can find drafts on desktop by clicking the Drafts tab on the "Posts" page. Mobile - Tap the gear-shaped icon in the top-right corner of the post, tap Save as draft in the drop-down menu, and tap Save as draft in the top-right corner of the screen. You can find drafts on mobile by tapping the gear-shaped icon in the top-right corner of the "Posts" page and then tapping Drafts.

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This allows you to post the content while you're away from your Tumblr account. To do so: Desktop - Click to the right of Post, click Schedule, enter your preferred time, and click Schedule. Mobile - Tap the gear-shaped icon at the top of the post, tap Schedule, select a time, and tap Schedule.

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Return to the "Posts" section to see all of the posts that you have created. You can delete posts from here by selecting the gear-shaped icon (or trash icon) below a post and then selecting Delete when prompted.