How to Turn Off “Safe Mode” on Tumblr: An In-depth Look

Tumblr’s Safe Mode is misinformation, but there is a way.

Tumblr’s Safe Mode (the content filter that hides explicit content from Tumblr searches) has a lot of contradicting information. There is also a lot of interest among users in the possibility to navigate around or turn off said mode. The latter option is not available for those who are looking for it. However, those who take the extra steps can still see “explicit content” hosted on Tumblr. This article will give you a brief overview of Tumblr’s history and how it evolved into Safe Mode. It also provides a guide to access restricted content.

You can jump right to the guide by clicking on these links You can click the links below or continue reading to get a general overview of Tumblr’s Safe Mode.

  • Tumblr “Safe mode” for PC, Mac, or Linux users

  • Tumblr’s “Safe Mode” is for Android users

  • Tumblr’s “Safe Mode” is for iOS users

  • Tumbex Bonus: Enjoy truly free browsing

Tumblr’s content filter: A brief history

Tumblr, a microblogging platform that was started in 2007, is now owned by Automattic (the same company that owns WordPress.com). Everyone has their favourite social media platform, but Tumblr users have a greater devotion than most. The site hosts nearly 500 million blogs, and there are over 21,000,000 posts every day. Tumblr’s popularity is not without its problems, particularly with adult content handling.

TechCrunch, an analysis company, found that 22% of Tumblr content was pornographic. This is a surprising number considering the many communities that thrive there and the wide definition of “pornographic.” Tumblr’s relationship to adult content would be weakened by more serious content like the 2018 child pornography scandal that saw the iOS app being removed from Apple’s App store.

Tumblr issued a statement stating that nudity in all forms would be permitted and that explicit sexual imagery would not be removed.

Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo in 2013. It began to restrict adult content on the platform. In 2018, a ban on all adult content took effect. Tumblr’s automatic process to delete and find blogs that violated its content restrictions caused problems. Along with blogs that contained explicit content, blogs that posted artwork or health resources were also removed. Tumblr quickly backedpedaled and released a statement stating that nudity in all forms would be permitted, but that explicit sexual imagery would be removed.

This does not mean that explicit or adult material will be allowed on Tumblr. Tumblr simply decided to filter out all blogs that were identified as “Explicit” in their pre-2018 rules.

Exposed female-presenting nupples are allowed in connection to breastfeeding, birth, or after-birth moments and other health-related situations such as post-mastectomy, gender confirmation surgery, or post-mastectomy. Tumblr allows you to freely post written content, including erotica and nudity that is related to newsworthy or political speech. Tumblr Zen Desk.

How to see Tumblr’s explicit contents

Automattic’s acquisition has not changed the restrictions on adult content. This has caused many to abandon Tumblr in search of such content. It is possible to still view explicit blogs if you are willing to take extra steps. This does not mean explicit or adult material is banned on Tumblr. Tumblr simply placed a filter on all blogs that were identified as “Explicit” in their pre-2018 rules. This option can only be used if you come across posts from one of these explicit blogs.

Blogs that were flagged as “explicit” by us per our old policy before December 17, 2018, will be displayed with a content filter. Although some blogs might be violating our policies, we will take appropriate action. However, blog owners may decide to continue posting content that conforms to our policies in the future. Users below 18 years old will not be permitted to click through these blogs to view their content. These blogs’ headers and avatars will be restored to their default settings. These blogs’ posts are not included in search results. Tumblr Zen Desk.

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Tumblr’s Content Filter can be bypassed

  •  Disable the “Safe Mode” feature on your PC, Mac, or Linux
  • Tumblr’s “Safe Mode” is for Android users

  • Tumblr’s “Safe Mode” is for iOS users

  • Bonus: Tumbex (the only method to bypass Tumblr’s content filter)

 Disable the “Safe Mode” feature on your PC, Mac, or Linux

 

  1. Navigate to https://www.tumblr.com in your browser.

This method works with Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

  1. Use the button at the top of the screen to log in

Once you’ve entered your email address, click “Next.” If you have your password ready, you can log in to your account using it. You can also use Tumblr’s option to “Send me a magic link”. Tumblr will send a link to your email address and log you in.

  1. Look for content

Your Dashboard is the landing area on your Tumblr that houses your feed. From there, you can browse, search for specific tags or navigate to saved blogs.

Tumblr will hide content that it feels violates its content rules by default. It is possible to stumble upon such content by simply reblogging from an explicit blog or reading the original post.

  1. When you come across an “explicit blog”,

When you come across a link or a blog that Tumblr considers “unsafe,” a warning will pop up. This overlay will be displayed on the right-hand side of your screen.

 

  1. Click “View this Tumblr”

You can browse the blog at your own pace by loading it in the sidebar overlay. This choice cannot be saved. You will need to do this every time you want to navigate to an unsafe blog.

  1. Please note: Blogs only load in the overlay sidebar

Clicking on the blog name will take you to a page that will redirect you to your dashboard. The blog will appear in a sidebar overlay so it’s easier to click “view this blog Tumblr”.

 

Tumblr’s “Safe Mode” is for Android users

 

Android users will experience almost the same Tumblr content filter experience as those on a PC. Only the “unsafe” blog will appear on the entire screen of their Android device.

Download the Tumblr App from Google Play now if you don’t have it. If not, you can skip ahead.

  1. Log in to the Tumblr Android App by opening it

From your dashboard, begin browsing. Be aware that “explicit” posts may not be visible in Tumblr searches, but could show up as reblogs on other “safe” blogs. You can click the link to the original blog post from such posts.

  1. You can view filtered content within the Android app

Once an explicit blog is clicked on, an identical message will be displayed to computer users. To browse, simply click on the “View this Tumblr button.” You will need to do this each time you visit the blog.

Tumblr’s “Safe Mode” is for iOS users

 

IOS users will find the process almost identical to Android users.

Download the Tumblr App from the Apple App Store if you don’t have it. If not, you can skip ahead.

  1. Log in to the Tumblr iOS App.

From your dashboard, begin browsing. Be aware that “explicit” posts may not be visible in Tumblr searches, but could show up as reblogs on other “safe” blogs. You can click the link to the original blog post from such posts.

  1. The iOS app allows you to view explicit content

Once an explicit blog is clicked on, an identical message will be displayed to android users. To browse, simply click on the “View This Tumblr” button. You will need to do this each time you visit the blog.

Bonus: Tumbex (the only method to bypass Tumblr’s content filter)

 

Tumbex is an independent website that allows you to view Tumblr blogs marked as explicit. It does not repeat the warning about “Sensitive Media” warnings. Tumblr can be viewed on Tumblr by Tumbex, even if your account is not set up.

Navigate to Tumbex, and type the URL of the post or blog you want to see. Tumbex will then provide it for free.

 

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