How to Password Protect your Tumblr

If you want your Tumblelog to be private, only letting access to the people you choose, there’s a feature called password protect.  So you can now share your blog with friends, family or classmates.  In addition you can block access to search engines, making your blog totally secret.

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How to Password Protect your Tumblr

  1. Go To Your Secondary Blog’s Dasboard
  2. Click on Blog Settings, located on the right sidebar
  3. Scroll Down until you see the option “Password Protect This Blog”

  4. Tumblr Password Protect

There are some limitations that make the password protect feature on Tumblr not complete:

  • You cannot password protect your main Tumblr blog, meaning, if your tumbelog is rather old, you would have to export your posts to the secondary blog
  • If you want to customize your additional tumblelog html, you will have to make your browser remember the password you just entered, there’s a bug that prevents you from seeing the customize navigation bar after you enter the pass

20 Responses to "How to Password Protect your Tumblr"

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  1. Cheng

    May 30, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Hi, I’m wondering about the tag function in password-protected tumblr blog. Can we tag posts in password-protected tumblr blogs and not have the posts show up publicly with that tag? For example, posts tagged with the word Japan would turn up in


    Mr. Tumblr Reply:

    Yes, the effect is the same, otherwise this password option would useless.


  2. deykamol

    July 27, 2010 at 11:32 am

    While this is a good idea, I started my tumblr ages ago and never gave details to anyone, however recently one person I know has found it and has told everyone about it. Now I’m getting stick for it as people read the back pages.
    I never created a second blog off the main one because I didn’t want/need two blogs.
    I really enjoy tumblr and would like to keep using it, but I’m being forced to consider deleting my blog now because of all the problems I’m getting. This could be easily solved by tumblr staff allowing main blogs to be password protected, I don’t understand why you only added that feature for use on side-blogs. It’s seems silly to force people to create a second blog if they want to password protect it, when this doesn’t help those who, like me, wish to only update one. I don’t do this for the fun of it, this is a serious blog for me, I use tumblr because I love the flexibility of the website and blogging. This website was actually recommended to me by a therapist to log my issues and face them head on, but now people have found it…
    Seriously tumblr, everyone seems to be asking you allow this feature on all blogs- why won’t you ?


  3. Emily

    April 25, 2012 at 6:23 am

    So if someone has the password for a private blog, and follows the blog, will the posts show on their dash? or will they have to specifically visit the blog and enter the password everytime?


  4. rottenflowers

    May 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    When someone has gave you the password to their private password protected blog can I follow it? or when I enter the password I automatically follow it and the post will show up on my dash? or do I have to just check in on their blog to keep updated


  5. Robbie Atkin

    May 30, 2012 at 5:27 am

    i just made a tumblr, and i can’t search tags because its password protected even though its my main blog, why is this?


  6. Sven

    June 1, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Is there any way to upload pictures directly from Instagram-app to your password-protected tumblr-blog?? When I upload now, the pictures goes to the public blog…


  7. Rose

    July 10, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Why is it not possible to password protect your main blog? Would it be possible to make a secondary blog the admin rather than having your primary blog be the admin?


  8. Zsofia Kepleni

    July 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Hi, I have a little problem, with this “password protect”, cause I don’t have this option in my blog settings. After “Directory” comes “Delete your account”. Why? Please, help me! Thanks!


  9. frankie

    August 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    it doesnt say under directory password protect this blog.


  10. abby

    August 15, 2012 at 2:21 am

    hey so i agree that we should be allowed to password protect our main tumblrs, because i really don’t like the fact that we are FORCED to make a secondary blog. I do not wish to create a secondary blog, i just want my sister to stop reading my ONLINE JOURNAL because it is for my eyes, not hers. thank you.


  11. invisibleescape

    September 15, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I want to try and edit a password protected blog, but I cannot find a ‘customize’ button like on my original blog. I want to edit the description for the second blog, but I can’t find the edit button to do that…


  12. mon

    November 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I started a password protected blog as a separate blog. How do people with password follow the blog? is the post going to show on their dash once they input the password?


  13. serena

    February 1, 2013 at 12:21 am

    heey! thanks this helped a lot :) but then i changed my html and the passcode doesnt appear anymore…what should i do? thanks again! xoxo


    Mr. Tumblr Reply:

    the theme has nothing to do with it. Try getting a default theme and see if that gets it fixed.


  14. Marguerite Slabber

    March 1, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Is there a way to password protect your blog NOT through tumblr? like a html code?


  15. Girl

    April 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I am being prompted to enter my password twice; the first time on tumblr’s light gray password page. The second time, on a popup that (when on my iphone) adds “:80″ to the end of the URL and asks for a password AND username. I have to enter both. When on Mac/PC, I also get a popup asking for a username, but I can get away with just using the password (entered twice).

    Why is this happening?


  16. Patric

    June 13, 2013 at 12:45 am

    And how to create a password protected page (only one page) on tumblr, not the entire blog?


    Mr. Tumblr Reply:

    When creating a post, from the bottom menu on the edition window, choose Private, the post wont be published in the main streamline, but you will have the chance to grab a private url to share it with only the people you choose. It is not password protected though.


  17. django

    July 13, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Hi i was just wondering what to do if i forgot the password that i set to enter my blog not my account’s password


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