How To Get Your Tumblr Follow Button Back


If your Tumblr Follow Button, located on the top right corner of your screen, has suddenly gone missing, you’ve probably been doing some modifications to your Tumblr Them code, and in the process, deleted the javascript code snippet that loads the “Tumblr Controls”, these group of buttons, among which are included the Dashboard, Customize, Reblog and Like buttons, also include the classic and most relevant of all, The “Follow Button”.

In order to get the follow button back, there are two main method to restore it. Read below and find out.



How To Get Your Tumblr Follow Button Code Back. Method 1

The first method to restore the follow button if it dissapeared, is to reinstall your Tumblr Theme.

  1. If you don’t remember your Tumblr’s Theme name, go to your blog homepage and try to find the referral link to original theme. You can also search within your html, the theme author usually leaves the layout title in the first lines of code (Customize Theme >> Edit HTML).
  2. Once you find the name, just Google it along with the word Tumblr, all official tumblr themes are located at tumblr/themes, and you get the following page for the layout:

  3. How To Get Tumblr Follow Button Back


  4. Just choose the right blog where you want to install (reinstall to be more exact) and click on install
  5. You can also make sure that no extra widget code is interfering with the missing follow button, so you try as well deleting all that it’s inside the description box (just copy and save in a notepad before doing that.)


How To Get Your Tumblr Follow Button Code Back. Method 2

  1. If you just refuse to reinstall the theme, you can try by placing the following code right after the <body> tag (Customize Theme >> Edit HTML):

  2. <iframe scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0” id=”tumblr_controls” src=”http://assets.tumblr.com/iframe.html?10&src=http%3A%2F%2F{Title}.tumblr.com%2F{block:PermalinkPage}post%2f{PostID}{/block:PermalinkPage}{block:IndexPage}page%2F{CurrentPage}{/block:IndexPage}&amp;{block:PermalinkPage}pid={PostID}{/block:PermalinkPage}&amp;rk=bgGiB47i&amp;lang=en_US&amp;name={Title}” style=”position: fixed;z-index:1337;top:0px;right:0px;border:0px;background-color:transparent;overflow:hidden;width: 330px;height: 25px;”></iframe>


  3. Update Preview >> Save >> Close

In order to accurately verify that your follow button is showing up once again, you’d have to have another separate tumblr account, and once signed in, check your blog from that alternate account.


Do Not Mistake The Classic Follow Buttons with the Tumblr Follow Me Buttons!

9 Responses to "How To Get Your Tumblr Follow Button Back"

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  1. Rita

    April 4, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    and how to hide the follow button? i want to apply that to a blog. also i would like to know how to unhide the already hidden followers, that we removed from the dashboard. thanks.

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  2. Maraa

    June 15, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I did the second method and when i updated the preview it stayed like(updating…) that and didnt save

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  3. Alicia

    September 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I tried both of the ways but I still don’t have a Follow or Customize button . Do you have any other ideas ?

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  4. fawnbirth

    October 4, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Hello, I need some help please ASAP
    :( a couple of days ago i noticed that whenever i go onto someone elses tumblr page, the “follow” and “heart/like” buttons werent appearing, and neither was the “dashboard” button (again this being on other peoples pages)
    I do not know why its not appearing… and i havent done any modifications to my tumblr page at all, so that is not the problem.
    I also tried seeing if this problem was only on IE8 (which is what i use), so i tried opera and it didnt work there either….
    I might just have to get myself a new web browser (perferably google chrome)
    but i was wondering would you know why my tumblr isnt showing those spefic buttons on other peoples tumblr page? and on my own since when i go to my tumblr page, the edit/delete/dashboard buttons dont show either :(

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  5. Becky Humphrey

    November 17, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I tried this and it didnt work! :(
    when i tried to re install the theme it didnt compe up with the box that said choose blog: ? I installed it anyway but it didnt work and i dont understand the 2nd method :(

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  6. Autumn

    March 14, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I’m new to tumblr and have not messed with coding at all! And I never had a follow button.Help

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  7. djjeck

    June 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I get a huge 404 Not Found iframe.
    Is this tutorial outdated?

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    Mr. Tumblr Reply:

    probably, we’ll give it a look in a few days.

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  8. riley

    July 15, 2013 at 6:10 am

    I also got the 404 code :(

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