How to Reset Your Tumblr Password

Forgetting things is a part of how our brain works.  And it might so happen that one thing that you end up forgetting is the password for logging into your Tumblr account.  Or maybe you didn't forget it, and instead someone has hijacked your Tumblr account.  Fortunately, the latter situation is quite rare, but it calls for the same action.  And that action is resetting your Tumblr account password, which this lesson will cover how to do.

To reset your Tumblr password:

  1. Go to and click Log In.

  2. Click Forgot Your Password?

  3. Enter your email address, and click Reset Password.

  4. Log into your email client, open the email from Tumblr Support labelled "Tumblr Password", and click Reset Password.

  5. Enter two copies of your new password, and then click Set New Password.

Now, what does that process look like in action?  Glad you asked!  Read on to see how resetting a Tumblr password is done, with all of the details and pictures included.

What to do if you forgot your Tumblr password

  1. Go to in your web browser and click Log In in the top-right corner.

  2. Underneath the sign-in box, click Forgot Your Password?

  3. Click in the box labelled "Email" and type in the email address associated with your Tumblr account.  Then click Reset Password.  This will cause Tumblr to send you an email with a hyperlink that will let you reset your password.

  4. Go to your email client and log in.  Find the email from Tumblr Support labelled "Tumblr Password" and click it to open it.  Then, click the big blue button inside it labelled Reset Password.

  5. You'll be taken back to Tumblr.  Click in the box labelled "New Password" and type in the password that you'd like to use to secure your Tumblr account from now on.  Then, click in the box labelled "Confirm New Password" and type in a copy of the password that you just picked.  Finally, click Set New Password.

Okay!  You should be able to get back into your Tumblr account with your new password.  If you'd like some help with remembering your passwords so that you can avoid having to constantly reset them in the future, we have a list of tips on how to manage passwords.

How to Change Your Tumblr Password

The thoughts that you put on your Tumblr blog(s) are yours, so you don't really want people messing with them.  This is especially true if you've made your blogs private.  You also probably don't want someone using your account to buy themes excessively, much less get a hold of your personal or financial information.

Having a good password protecting your Tumblr account is a key security measure that you can take to prevent this.  If you need some tips on how to come up with a good password, see our How to Make a Strong Password tutorial.

To change your Tumblr password:

  1. Go to in your web browser and log in.

  2. Click the Account icon in the top-right corner, and then click Settings in the drop-down menu that appears.

  3. Click the pencil icon beside "Password".

  4. Type your old password and your new password into the respective boxes, and then click Save.

Can you figure out the process from that list?  Great!  If not, don't worry; we won't leave you hanging.  Below is a complete walkthrough of how to get your Tumblr password changed, with pictures and everything.

Detailed instructions for how to change your Tumblr password

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

  2. From your dashboard, click the Account icon in the top-right corner, and then click Settings in the drop-down menu that appears.

  3. Click the pencil icon beside "Password".

  4. Click in the box labelled "Current Password" and type in the password that you are currently using to secure your Tumblr account.  Then, click in the box labelled "New Password" and type in the password that you would like to use to secure your Tumblr account from now on.  When you're done, click Save.  Or, click Cancel if you change your mind and don't want to change your password after all.

That's all there is to changing your Tumblr password!

If you've instead forgotten the password to your Tumblr account and can't log in, head on over to our tutorial on how to reset your Tumblr password.

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 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, 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.