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How To Backup A Tumblr Blog

How To Backup A Tumblr Blog

Don’t want to lose your Tumblr blog? Then it’s important to know how to back it up!

It might seem like you don’t need to back up your blog on Tumblr. After all, it’s all saved online and Tumblr isn’t known to run into server issues.

But there are a number of reasons it’s important to back up your blog. These can include restoring old or deleted content, resolving webpage issues, and being prepared in case of hacking or a breach of security.

Another reason to back up your Tumblr blog can simply be forgetting your login information!

So even if you’re not a professional blogger, it’s still worth backing up your Tumblr blog for peace of mind.

There are various ways you can back up your Tumblr blog, which are listed below in this simple guide with step-by-step instructions.

Export Your Tumblr Blog

Exporting your blog is the first way you can back up your Tumblr blog. The process lets you download your Tumblr blog, including all the Tumblr content you’ve created, blog drafts, media files, and more, as a ZIP file. 

Once you have the ZIP file downloaded on your computer, you can then make further backups of your Tumblr website by copying the ZIP file onto a separate hard drive, or uploading the ZIP file to cloud-based storage.

How To Export Your Blog On Tumblr

  1. Log in to your Tumblr account and go to your blog’s homepage.
  2. Click on the “Account” icon (the human silhouette) in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  4. Scroll down to the “Export” section and click on the “Export [blog name]” button.
  5. Enter your email address and select the file format you want to use for the backup (HTML or JSON).
  6. Click on the “Export” button.

Tumblr will then prepare your blog for export and send you an email with a link to download the backup file. Depending on the size of your blog, this process can take several minutes or longer.

Once you have received the email, click on the link to download the backup file to your computer. You can then save this file on an external hard drive or upload the file to any cloud storage service.

Backup Your Tumblr Blog On WordPress

Another way you can back up your Tumblr blog is by importing your Tumblr content to another blogging site, like WordPress. This isn’t as easy or as quick as exporting your Tumblr blog (as explained above) but it is another method that’s worth knowing about.

It’s also ideal if you plan on moving your blog to WordPress in the future.

Importing your Tumblr blog to WordPress will allow you to select the individual blogs you want to back up. The process takes longer but, thankfully, it’s not difficult to do.

How To Import Your Tumblr Blog To WordPress

  1. Create a WordPress.com account (this is the free WordPress service, not the paid WordPress)
  2. Open WordPress Admin on the dashboard and click on “Other Importers”
  3. Select Tumblr from the list
  4. Allow WordPress to gain access to your Tumblr blog by clicking on “Connect to Tumblr to begin”
  5. Choose the Tumblr blogs you want to import to WordPress
How To Backup A Tumblr Blog

How Many Times Should You Back Up Your Tumblr Blog?

No matter which method you choose to back up your Tumblr blog, it’s just as important to make regular backups.

This is because you might have posted new blogs or made important website changes since your last backup, which means that these new changes and content posts won’t be backed up.

For this reason, it’s a good idea to back up your Tumblr blog as regularly as possible. And, ideally, every time you create a new blog post or make a change to your Tumblr site.

If you tend to create regular drafts, private posts, and media files on Tumblr, backing up your Tumblr blog regularly (by exporting your blog using the steps listed above) will also ensure that you don’t lose this data. 

Ultimately, how many times you back up your Tumblr blog is up to you. You may choose to back up your Tumblr after every new change you make, or over a regular schedule, such as weekly or monthly.

How To Delete Your Tumblr Blog

If you plan to delete your Tumblr account after backing up your blog, then it’s simple enough to do from the settings menu on the Tumblr website and Tumblr app.

It’s worth noting, however, that deleting your Tumblr account or blog is final. Deleting your Tumblr account will also delete your blog and all the content you’ve created, which may not be able to be restored.

So before deleting your Tumblr account, it’s always a good idea to back up your blog in case you want to access the content in future. 

How To Delete Your Tumblr Account

  1. Click/tap the account icon on the Tumblr website or Tumblr app
  2. Click/tap on the cog icon in the top right corner
  3. Click/tap on “General settings”
  4. Scroll down and click/tap on “Delete account”
  5. Enter your email address and password
  6. Click/tap on “Delete everything”

How To Restore Tumblr Account

Unfortunately, if you accidentally deleted your Tumblr account or want to access your old Tumblr blog, it’s not possible to restore a deleted Tumblr blog. 

This makes it all the more important to back up your Tumblr blog!

If you have forgotten your login information, however, it’s possible to recover your account by filling in the “Account Recovery Form” on the Tumblr website. To restore the Tumblr account, you’ll need to provide certain information to prove that you are the owner of the blog.


To summarize, you can back up your Tumblr blog by exporting the content through Tumblr or importing your Tumblr blog to another blog website, like WordPress.

Exporting your Tumblr blog is the easiest method, which saves your content, media files, blog drafts, and more into a ZIP file that you can further back up onto a separate hard drive or cloud storage.


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