Tumblr Privacy and Account Settings

Sometimes, you'll want to change up how Tumblr works for you, or how one of your blogs behaves. If you need to tinker with your overall Tumblr.com account settings, or the settings for one of your blogs, here's what to do.

How to adjust your Tumblr privacy and account settings

1. Open your web browser, go to www.tumblr.com, and log in.

2. Click the account icon in the top-right corner, and then select Settings from the drop-down menu.

Tumblr Account menu button

3. The Account tab contains general account settings.

Tumblr Account Settings menu

Here, you can:

  • edit your email address, and decide whether people can find your blogs by searching for it
  • edit your password (see our tutorial on how to change your Tumblr password)
  • decide whether or not you want to be notified when activity happens on your account
  • enable or disable two-step account verification (making it hard to hack into your account)
  • set Tumblr up to allow you to post to your blogs from your phone
  • select the language that Tumblr's interface displays in
  • delete your Tumblr account (read our tutorial to learn how to delete your Tumblr account)

4. The Dashboard tab allows you to change how your main page on Tumblr behaves.

Tumblr main page settings

Here, you can:

  • decide whether or not you want to be notified of new followers, reblogs, likes, or replies
  • permit Tumblr to notify you of new activities from people whom you follow as they happen
  • enable or disable Tumblr's ability to continuously load new posts as you scroll down the page
  • change the interface for writing a new text post

5. The Notifications tab allows you to select how you receive alerts about activities on your blogs.

Tumblr Notifications settings

Click the pencil icon beside one of your blogs to change your notification settings for that blog.  You can choose to have Tumblr email you when someone:

  • follows your blog
  • mentions your blog
  • answers a question that you asked on your blog
  • sends you fan mail about your blog

You can also choose whether you want to receive notifications about activity on your blog from nobody, people you follow, or everyone.

Finally, you can choose whether or not you want to receive general emails from Tumblr about blogs that you might be interested in, topics that are popular right now, or other Tumblr stuff.

6. The Apps tab lets you manage any third-party applications that you've connected to your Tumblr account. We haven't connected any, and your options will differ depending on the application, but this is where you can manage them.

Tumblr third-party connections settings

7. To set an individual blog's preferences and privacy settings, click on it in the list to the right.

individual Tumblr blog settings

Here, you can:

  • click Edit Appearance to change your blog's header and icon
  • edit your blog's web address on Tumblr
  • decide whether or not to show your user icon along with your blog icon
  • change your blog's theme (see our tutorial on how to change/create a Tumblr theme)
  • encrypt access to your Tumblr blog, so visitors can't be spied on
  • allow visitors to your Tumblr blog to ask you questions
  • let other users submit posts to your Tumblr blog
  • only allow Tumblr users whom you follow to send you messages on this blog
  • set up when the posts in your "queue" will automatically be published
  • share a link to your blog on Facebook or Twitter
  • set up an email address that lets you post to your blog by email
  • select the language that your blog displays in
  • select the time zone that your blog uses
  • allow or disallow non-Tumblr users to see your blog
  • allow or disallow people to search for your blog through Tumblr or other search engines
  • mark or unmark your blog as being adult-oriented
  • enable or disable password protection for the blog (and set up the access password)
  • manage blocked users on Tumblr
  • delete the blog

Reasons you might want to change your Tumblr settings

You might want to consider changing your settings on Tumblr to ensure the security of your account. Tumblr makes it easy for you to increase your own level of safety with things like two-step verification. You can learn more about staying safe on Tumblr if you check out our Tumblr safety article.

You might also want to switch up your account settings if you simply want to change the look of your blog, allow other users to send you questions, or allow people to submit content for you to post. There are lots of different options that can enhance your experience using Tumblr, so having a look at them is a good idea!



That’s all you need to know about changing your privacy and account settings on Tumblr. Be sure to have a look at the rest of our free Tumblr course to learn how to do all sorts of fun things on the site, like how to post content to your blog, how to reblog someone else’s post, and how to change up the look of your blog by adding or creating a Tumblr theme.