Performing a search
To get started, tap the magnifying glass in the app, look for the search box at the top of your dashboard, or visit tumblr.com/search. Type things in and hit enter. Witness a rich mosaic of results. You have just performed a search. 🔥
Filtering search results
On the web, you have a few different drop-down menus at the top of your search results:
- You can filter by post type via the menu at the top left. The default view is “All posts.”
- You can choose whether you want to sort the posts by most recent or most popular. That’s in the next menu over, and the default view is “Top posts.”
- If you’re over 18, you can use Safe Search to show or hide sensitive content from your results. Click the padlock at the top right.
- You can toggle between two different views of the results—a compact grid and a traditional list—via the icons to the left of the padlock.
In the app, there’s a little strip of options to choose from at the top of your results:
- Top: Shows the most popular posts about whatever you searched for.
- Recent: Shows the most recently posted posts.
- Tagged: Just posts that have been tagged with your search term.
- GIFs: Just GIFs!
- Tumblrs: Blogs that are about whatever you searched for.
- Photo: Just photo posts!
- Text: Just text posts!
- Video: Just video posts!
- Quote: Just quote posts!
- Chat: Just chat posts? Well, okay…
- Audio: Just audio posts!
If you’re over 18, you can use Safe Search to show or hide sensitive content from your results.
- On iOS: Go to the main Settings app, and scroll to Tumblr. Tap Safe Mode, then select "Hide sensitive search results."
- On Android: Safe Search is a little lock in the search results filters bar: swipe over till you see it. Locked means Safe Search is on, unlocked means Safe Search is off.
- On Web: There's a lock at the top right of search results. Locked means Safe Search is on, unlocked means Safe Search is off.
(Just FYI: If you have Safe Mode enabled, Safe Search will also be on, and you can’t turn it off until you turn Safe Mode off.)
Viewing an individual blog
To get to a user's blog from the dashboard or search results, just click or tap on the avatar or the username of the blog you’re interested in. It’ll slide in from the right side of your screen. Whoosh. Scroll through its posts, like and reblog them as you please, and when you’re done just click anywhere outside of the panel that the blog is in (on the web) or tap the back-arrow next to the blog's username. Ah, there’s the dashboard, right where you left it.
If you're on the web and want to open the blog in a new tab, just click the username at the top of the panel that slides in. Or, straight from the dashboard, you can ctrl-click (or right-click) on a username or avatar and select “Open Link in New Tab” from the menu that pops up.
Grabbing a post permalink
To get the link to a particular post when viewing search results, click or tap the paper airplane icon at the bottom of the post. Then depending on the device you're using, choose "Permalink" (web), "Copy" (iOS), or "Copy to clipboard" (Android).