How to Delete Your Tumblr Account (2021)

Saying goodbye to Tumblr?
Odin Odin (8)
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Tumblr remains a popular option for those seeking a weirder and more aesthetic social media experience than can be found on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, but the last few years have also seen the social media platform take a heavy beating as its user numbers plummeted. Not only did Tumblr’s 2018 poorly handled (and poorly automated) ban of “adult content” cause friction with the eclectic userbase, a number of serious privacy breaches have caused users of the platform increasing concern. Despite Tumblr’s acquisition by COMPANY NAME and the possibility of a brighter future for the platform, many are fleeing the service in search of calmer climes.

Whether you’re looking to delete your whole account once and for all, ditch an old account you no longer want to keep active, or delete a secondary Tumblr blog that is no longer needed, we at Howchoo have you covered!

You may also wish to download your private information under the GDPR privacy laws before your delete your account.

Be aware that once you delete your Tumblr account, your username and Tumblr URL will be returned to the “open” pool of names and URLs, meaning that you might not find it available should you decide to sign up again later and desire to use your old information.

You may also wish to download your private information under the GDPR privacy laws before your delete your account. Note that receiving your private information can take up to 30 days.

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Privacy info
  • Navigate to Privacy Settings in your account and select “Download Your Data."
  • Click on “Request Privacy Data."
  • The system will update and provide you with an ETA for your privacy request.
  • Return to the privacy settings when your download is ready.
  • You will be able to click “Download” and save your privacy information locally.
Log into Tumblr
  • Navigate to Tumblr using a computer.

You cannot permanently delete your main account using the Tumblr app for iOS or Android (though you can delete your secondary blogs from the apps).

  • Using your preferred web browser, navigate to Tumblr and log in.
account settings
  • The account button looks like the outline of a person’s head and torso.
  • Once there, click on “Settings.”
Account settings delete

Once in settings, look to the bottom of the settings page. There will be a button that says “Delete account." Click on it and you will be taken to a confirmation page.

confirmation

Once you pass this step your blog cannot be recovered! Make sure that you have your information from Tumblr saved before passing this step.

  • Enter your login information to complete the deletion of your account.
secondary blogs

The process to delete a secondary blog is nearly identical to deleting the primary blog.

For PC/Mac/Linux

  1. Under settings, look at the right side of the screen under “Blogs” if you have more than one blog they will all be listed there. Your primary blog will have a little star next to it. If you delete your primary blog all secondary blogs attached to it will also be deleted.
  2. Click on the name of the secondary blog you wish to delete. This will switch the settings screen to the settings for that blog.
  3. The button at the bottom will now read “Delete name-of-your-blog”. Click on it to delete!

iOS users

If you are using iOS, just swipe left to bring up the settings and then tap “Delete."

Android users

If you are using Android, click on the gear icon and then tap “Delete."

Misinformation on Tumblr's "Safe Mode" abounds, but there is a way through.
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There is a lot of conflicting information on Tumblr’s “Safe Mode” (the content filter which hides explicit content from Tumblr search) as well as extensive user interest in the possibility of navigating around, or turning off, said mode. Unfortunately for those hoping for a latter option, there is none, but for those willing to take a few extra steps it is possible to still view “explicit” content hosted on Tumblr. This article provides an overview of the history of Tumblr and the evolution of its Safe Mode feature, and a comprehensive guide for accessing restricted content. Want to jump straight to the guide? Click the links below, or read on for an overview of what Tumblr's "Safe Mode" really is. Tumblr "Safe Mode" for PC, Mac, and Linux users Tumblr "Safe Mode" for Android users Tumblr "Safe Mode" for iOS users Bonus: Tumbex for truly free browsing A brief history of Tumblr's content filter Tumblr is a microblogging platform started in 2007 and now owned by Automattic (the company responsible for Wordpress.com). Everybody has their own favorite social media platforms, but Tumblr users are an even more devoted group than normal, with the site now hosting almost 500 million blogs and over 21 million posts occurring every day. Despite its popularity however, Tumblr has had a rocky history, especially with its handling of adult content. In 2013 the analysis company TechCrunch showed that a whopping 22% of all Tumblr content was pornographic in nature, but this makes sense given the variety of communities that felt safe to flourish there and the broad definition of “pornographic” applied to the site’s content. More serious content, including a child pornography scandal in 2018 that got the iOS app removed from Apple’s App Store, would eventually prove to be the final nail in the coffin of Tumblr’s relationship with adult content. Tumblr released a statement saying that various forms of nudity would still be allowed and that only explicit sexual imagery was being removed. When Yahoo bought Tumblr in 2013, it began restricting adult content across the platform, and in 2018 a ban on adult content went into full effect. The initial ban was plagued by glitches created from the automatic process Tumblr put in place to find and delete blogs which broke its content restrictions. Blogs which posted artwork and health resources, as well as blogs which seemingly had no adult content whatsoever, were removed in droves alongside those that featured explicit content. Quickly backpedaling, Tumblr released a statement saying that various forms of nudity would still be allowed and that only explicit sexual imagery was being removed. Be aware that this does not mean that new explicit, adult, material is allowed on Tumblr — Tumblr merely decided to place a filter over all blogs which were self-identified as “Explicit” during their old pre-2018 rules. Examples of exceptions that are permitted are exposed female-presenting nipples in connection with breastfeeding, birth or after-birth moments, and health-related situations, such as post-mastectomy or gender confirmation surgery. Written content such as erotica, nudity related to political or newsworthy speech, and nudity found in art, such as sculptures and illustrations, are also stuff that can be freely posted on Tumblr. Tumblr Zen Desk. How to view Tumblr’s explicit content Restrictions on adult content have remained in place after Automattic’s acquisition and this has led many who seek such content to abandon Tumblr altogether. However, for those willing to go through a few extra steps, it is still possible to view explicit blogs that remain on the social media platform. Be aware that this does not mean that explicit, adult, material is allowed on Tumblr — Tumblr merely decided to place a filter over all blogs which were self-identified as “Explicit” during their old pre-2018 rules. So, this option is only usable should you happen across links to posts by one of these old explicit blogs. Blogs that have been either self-flagged or flagged by us as “explicit” per our old policy and before December 17, 2018 will still be overlaid with a content filter when viewing these blogs directly. While some of the content on these blogs may now be in violation of our policies and will be actioned accordingly, the blog owners may choose to post content that is within our policies in the future, so we’d like to provide that option. Users under 18 will still not be allowed to click through to see the content of these blogs. The avatars and headers for these blogs will also be reverted to the default settings. Additionally, posts from these blogs are kept out of search results. Tumblr Zen Desk.