Tumblr app not working? Here’s how to fix that

Tumblr is a popular blogging platform, where people can post photos, videos, words, and more. Users can create multiple blogs for different purposes with just one account, and customise it to their liking.

However, the Tumblr app can fail to work at times, which can result in error messages. Here’s ways in which you can solve that.

Tumblr app not working? – What to do

There are some common problems that could be preventing your Tumblr app from working. This can often be from an issue with your data connection or a lack of mobile data on your device, though there are various other possibilities too.

Here’s a list of some of those problems, along with their solutions. Soon, you can go back to browsing and re-blogging posts.

Internet Issues

Tumblr requires internet to work. So, check that your internet is working. Try using something that requires the internet – e.g. YouTube. If it doesn’t work, then there’s probably something wrong with your internet connection.

Check your router to see if the indicator light is red. If so, there is an issue with your internet or router. Try turning it off and on again, before using YouTube once more.

If it still doesn’t work, then you can check if there are any problems with your internet provider by going on https://downdetector.co.uk/ and searching for your broadband. Click on your broadband to see their recent outage reports in the last 24 hours. If there’s a high amount of reports, then there your internet broadband is having problems. These should be solved in the next few days. So, try using Tumblr again in a day or so.


Server Issues

Ensure that the issue lies in the Tumblr app rather than Tumblr’s servers. You can find out whether this is the case by going on https://www.isitdownrightnow.com/tumblr.com.html to check Tumblr’s server status.


If the server status is ‘up’, it means the server is not down at the moment.

Restart Device

Tumblr may not be working due to an issue with your device. Try restarting your device, and using the app again.

For Apple users:

Hold down the lock button on the right side of your phone until the option to ‘power off’ appears on the screen. Slide the switch to shut down your phone.


Then, after about 10 seconds, hold the lock button until the apple logo appears on the screen to start your phone again.

For Android users:

Hold down the lock button on the right side of your phone until the option to restart your phone appears on the screen. Press ‘restart’ to restart your phone.


Update Device

Tumblr may not be working due to your device using outdated drivers or systems. Check for updates and download any that are available. Then, after updating your device, try using the messenger again.

For Apple users:

Go to Settings>General>Software Update. If there’s an available update to download, press ‘download and install’ to update your phone.

For Android users:

Go to Settings>Software Update>Download and Install, to check for updates. If there’s an available update, download it to update your phone.

Update App

Tumblr may not be working because you have an outdated version of the app. Try checking to see if your app needs updating, and update the app if it does.

For Apple users:

Go to the app store, pressing on your profile picture, and pressing ‘purchased’. This will show you a list of all the apps you’ve downloaded. Find the Tumblr app and see if there’s an update option for it. If there is, press on it to update the app.

For Android users:

Go to the play store, and press on your profile icon. Then, press manage apps and devices to show a list of all your apps.

Press updates available to see if there are any updates for your apps. If there’s an update available for the Tumblr app, press the update option for it to update the app.


Log Out

Try logging out of your account, and logging back in again.

Press the account icon on the bottom-right, and then press the gear icon on the top-right to open the settings.

Press on ‘general settings‘ and scroll down to the bottom to find the ‘log out‘ option. Press it to log out.


Finally, log back into your account and try using the app again.

Reinstall App

If none of the solutions above made your app work again, try uninstalling and reinstalling Tumblr via the Play Store or App Store. Then, try using the app again.

For Apple users:

Press and hold the Tumblr app icon on your home screen. This should make a list of options appear. Press ‘remove app’ to uninstall the app.


This will cause another set of options to appear. Press ‘delete app’ to confirm the uninstallation.


A final set of options will then appear. Press ‘delete’ to start the uninstallation.


Finally, go on the app store, press on your profile picture, and press purchased to see a list of all the apps you’ve ever downloaded. Find the Tumblr app and press on the cloud icon to reinstall the app.


For Android users:

Press and hold the Tumblr app to make a row of options appear. Press the uninstall option, which will make a notice appear.


Press ‘ok’ to confirm the uninstallation.


Finally, go to the play store store and search ‘tumblr’ in the search bar. This should show the Tumblr app as the first search result. Press the ‘install’ option to reinstall the app.


Contact Customer Support

If none of these solutions worked, then try contacting Tumblr’s customer support. Fill in the form on their website to send them your issue.



To conclude, there are many reasons for why the Tumblr app may not be working. If it’s due to an uncontrollable factor – such as the servers being down – then wait a day or so before using the app again. These issues shouldn’t persist for long.

In recent years Tumblr has lost some market share to other social media platforms, though most social apps have similar issues just like Tumblr (Facebook messenger not working is a common problem too).

However, if the reason your app isn’t working is due to a more personal issue, such as your device, then a more specialised solution would be best. Contact Tumblr’s customer support if none of the solutions above worked, and I’m sure you’ll find a solution soon.

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