iOS Devices

Shortcuts & Tips

How do I send messages to other users through the app?

To send Fan Mail or ask a question, press the envelope icon while viewing any blog. If the user hasn’t enabled Asks or you haven’t been following them for more than 24 hours, the icon won’t be there.

Can I change my blog's appearance through the app?

For sure! Learn more about editing your blog's appearance here.

How do I log out?

Log out? We’ll just assume you’re looking to relive the experience of logging in again. Visit the Account screen and press “Settings.” Scroll to the bottom and press “Log Out.”

How do I give the app permission to access my photos?

If your device is using iOS 9 and above:

  1. Go to your phone's Settings app > Privacy > Photos.
  2. Set the Tumblr app to "On."

How do I fast reblog?

Press and hold the reblog icon on any post to reblog it in a single step. The status indicator will disappear once the reblog is complete.

How do I post photos and links from other apps?

If you’re using iOS 9+ you can post things from almost any app.

If it's a photo:

  1. Press and hold the photo.
  2. In the Action Sheet, swipe to the Tumblr icon, then tap it. A photo post form will open.
  3. Add a caption if you want, then tap "Post."

You can also post links from web browsers like Mobile Safari:

  1. Tap the Share icon to open the Action Sheet.
  2. Swipe over to the Tumblr icon, then tap it. A link post form will open.
  3. Add a caption if you want, then tap "Post."

Can I share or download photos?

Sure. Just press and hold (long tap) the photo, then tap ‘Save Image’ in the Action Sheet and it’ll save to your camera roll. 

How do I switch from mobile view to desktop view in my mobile browser?

Aw, no app? No problem. You can request a desktop version of the site using your web browser's settings. For Chrome, tap the 3 dots menu and choose "Request Desktop Site." For Safari, tap in the address bar and pull down on the resulting bookmarks menu to reveal "Request Desktop Site." Additionally, you can download and use our mobile app.

Push Notifications

What are push notifications?

Push notifications are a great way to keep up with the activity on your blog(s). Find out when someone likes or reblogs one of your posts, as well as when someone starts following you.

Can I choose who I receive notifications from?

Of course! You can even configure notifications for each of your blogs separately. Here's how:

  1. Open Tumblr on your device.
  2. Go to the Account tab.
  3. Tap "Settings."
  4. Tap "Notifications."
  5. Choose one of your blogs.
  6. Update your preference.

How do I receive push notifications for new posts on a specific blog?

  1. Open a blog in the Tumblr app
  2. Tap its user menu (the little human-thing).
  3. Select “Get notifications.”

Why don't I receive push notifications for group blogs that I'm a member of?

You can only receive notifications for blogs on which you're an admin.

How do I turn off push notifications on all my devices?

  1. Open Tumblr on your device.
  2. Go to the Account tab.
  3. Tap "Settings."
  4. Switch the Notifications toggle from On to Off.

How do I turn off push notifications on a specific iOS device?

Simply hide Tumblr notifications in your device settings.

  1. Open Settings on your device.
  2. Tap "Notification Center."
  3. Tap "Tumblr."
  4. Tap None.


Sticky Settings

These features remember the last setting you used, and continue to use that setting unless you change it.

Asks: When replying to questions, you can reply privately instead of posting the answer to your blog. Future replies will stay private until you update your preferences and switch to public, and vice versa.

Learn more about Asks.

Posting: Once you post to a blog, all future posts will post to that blog until you switch via the top bar when selecting a post type. So yeah, be sure to select the right blog before pressing “Post."

Learn more about managing multiple blogs.



What if I’m having trouble with the app?

First off, make sure your device is running iOS 9 or newer. If the app is being slow or acting dumb, try the following:

  • Log out and log back in.
  • Switch from mobile data to wifi.
  • Remove and reinstall the app.
  • Check your phone storage. Is it full? Try unfilling it.
  • Try resetting your device. Press the sleep/wake button (at the top) and the home button for approximately 10-20 seconds. After holding both buttons for about 5 seconds, the "slide to power off" button will appear. Ignore it and continue to hold the buttons for a few more seconds until the screen goes blank and the Apple logo appears. This may take longer on older devices (up to 30 seconds).

If you still need help, send us a note.