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How to access NSFW or adult flagged contents on Tumblr

When Yahoo acquired Tumblr a couple of months ago users of the platform had two main concerns.

First, that Yahoo would introduce ads to the platform, and second, that it would limit access - or do worse - to adult or NSFW blogs hosted by the service.

Ads were introduced not long after the acquisition, and it appears that Yahoo made changes recently in regards to adult and NSFW flagged sites on Tumblr as well.

Tumblr makes a distinction between adult and NSFW flagged sites, with the latter containing occasional nudity or mature-oriented contents, and the former containing substantial amounts of those contents.

The flag determines what is happening to the blog under the new rules:

Unflagged BlogsNSFW BlogsAdult Blogs
Posts appear in tag pages and search pages for logged-out usersx
Posts appear on tag pages when your followers browse in "Safe Mode"xx
Posts appear on tag pages when other users browse in "Safe Mode"x
Posts appear in mobile apps for your followersxxx
Posts appear in mobile apps for other usersx
Blog indexed by third-party search enginesxx
Blog indexed by Tumblr searchxx

As you can see from the table above, consequences are more severe for blogs flagged as adult, as they are not indexed by search engines or Tumblr search anymore, and also do not appear on tag pages for logged out users or logged in users if Safe Mode is enabled (which it is by default).

When you try to open a link pointing to a tag that mostly leads to adult contents, or a blog flagged as adult, then you may receive no search results at all, or may not be able to open the blog if you are not logged in, or if you are logged in but have Safe Mode enabled.

This means basically that your only chance of accessing adult blogs on Tumblr, and adult is used widely here as it may include educational blogs for example, is to use a Tumblr account with Safe Mode disabled. In other words, if you do not have a Tumblr account, you cannot access adult contents anymore on the site.

Disabling Safe Mode

Update: Things have changed a bit. You won't find the option to enable NSFW blogs and search results on the Dashboard anymore. Access to adult content is disabled only when you run searches, but not when you click on links to open blogs or posts directly.

tumblr adult results

Instead, it is available directly on the search results page but only if you are signed in to an account.

There you find a padlock icon on the far right that you can click on to enable or hide adult flagged search results.

Adult content is hidden by default on Tumblr, and there is no option for users without account to reveal it on search results pages.

Content can be accessed directly however by clicking on links from third-party sites for instance.

Update End

Tumblr safe mode

To turn off Safe Mode, open the Tumblr Dashboard by following the link directly, or by opening the settings and then Dashboard after signing in manually on the site.

Locate the "Browse tag pages in Safe Mode" and uncheck the option. Click the save button afterwards and you should be able to access NSFW and adult blogs and tag pages again on Tumblr.

While it only mentions NSFW blogs, it enables access to both NSFW and adult blogs.

Appeal

If your blog has been flagged by mistake, you can appeal the decision by sending an email to the service's Trust & Safety team.

You do need to include information, including an explanation why you think that your blog was mistakenly flagged, in the email.

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  1. AK said on July 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm
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    Actually, it doesn’t. Tag results will never appear if they’re from an adult blog, regardless of what you choose. Safe Mode only affects tags from NSFW blogs as well as the content on the dashboard itself, so unless you already follow the blog in question you will never see the post (and even if you follow it you will never see it on the tag results).

    1. AK said on July 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm
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      Never mind, Tumblr changed that a while after I posted it. So what this post just mentioned works now.

  2. smaragdus said on July 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm
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    The acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo is a disaster. I wish Yahoo were acquired by M$.

    1. OtakuDJ_Gaming(N4G.com) said on December 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm
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      Yeah sure, lets make the mega-corp that is Microsoft even MORE of a monopoly. God, you must be an Xbot shill. Nintendo CRUSHING TF out of your poorboX (btw Micro can’t count of s***).

      1. sgsdgghazxcs said on January 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm
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        This post was made 4 years ago.

      2. DarkStar said on August 7, 2018 at 10:29 pm
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        Calls someone a shill. Acts like a retarded fanboy…
        Yeah, good job making an argument there!

  3. Kirj said on November 15, 2013 at 11:49 pm
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    Wtf is yahoo??!? I should google it and find out..

  4. Anonymous said on June 30, 2017 at 12:01 am
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    this doesnt work for me. help! i dont see a lock on the web. ive tried so many things. i want sensitive content on

    1. anonymous said on July 1, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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      hi this doesnt work for u cause your age is below 18 on tumblr

      1. Anonymous said on July 2, 2017 at 6:41 am
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        mines not, and its not working for me either

      2. Bowtie said on July 20, 2017 at 12:25 am
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        I’m not, and it just refuses to cooperate.

  5. Ella said on July 8, 2017 at 1:40 am
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    My age is under 18, but Tumblr has been blocking all sorts of posts that aren’t NSFW as sensitive and I wish they wouldn’t have changed the way they did this.

  6. Bowtie said on July 20, 2017 at 12:23 am
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    I can’t turn the damn thing off. I have the safe mode off and it refuses to let me be independent. And I’m pretty sure I set my age correctly (over 18)

  7. JR said on July 28, 2017 at 1:59 am
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    How do I deactivate this filter, is there a application to tun off this arbitrary blocker. Is this another Verizon hassle?

  8. Mike said on July 28, 2017 at 6:55 pm
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    So any non-members who want to see Adult/NSFW blogs and not sign up are blocked. I guess Tumblr is trying to become members only.

  9. Anonymous said on July 29, 2017 at 6:24 pm
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    Quote:

    This means basically that your only chance of accessing adult blogs on Tumblr, and adult is used widely here as it may include educational blogs for example, is to use a Tumblr account with Safe Mode disabled. In other words, if you do not have a Tumblr account, you cannot access adult contents anymore on the site.

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    I don’t know why that last sentence is struck out. I will now no longer be able to access tumblr without an account.

  10. emdfl said on July 31, 2017 at 1:04 am
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    tumblr appears to be trying for second place to twitter and its censoring sjw’s.

  11. Anonymous said on August 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm
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    So I have tried the things listed and I’m 18 as of this year but it still won’t let me turn safe mode off! A lot of my favorite artist’s work that I know is safe has been flagged as not and it’s severely making my question even having an account the way things are going. Does anyone have a fix? [AUG.2, 2017]

    1. Anonymous said on October 6, 2017 at 8:36 am
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      I have this exact same problem as well, but I read over the safe mode restrictions carefully and it says that you can’t turn off safe mode unless you are 18 based on the birthday you put in, and then rounded up a year… So I think they’re saying in an annoying and complicated way that you actually have to be 19 and not 18. Which is kind of bullshit.

      1. Person said on December 3, 2017 at 12:35 am
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        DANG! That’s really, REALLY frustrating!

  12. reviver said on October 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm
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    Guys i found out. When u are on search page there are those options of “TOP,VIDEOS, PHOTOS and all other options just slide to its end and you ll find a lock button thats safe search button so just unlock that and you are good to go

  13. Mike H. said on November 7, 2017 at 7:54 am
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    This restriction is apparently a result of Verizon’s purchase of Tumblr. Because Verizon is a communications company, they must comply with the laws imposed by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regarding not only Verizon operations as such, but the same FCC requirements extend to subsidiary companies owned by Verizon.
    FCC requirements specify what a communications company, and their wholly-owned subsidiaries (now Tumblr) can allow as “acceptable” communications. Digging into the fine print and footnotes of the FCC Rules and Regulations, communication of explicit adult content is unacceptable. Communications companies violating FCC Requirements can be heavily fined and if the violations are found to be “blatant”, loose their License to Operate.

  14. stupid said on December 5, 2017 at 3:23 am
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    The Safe Block is bugged and Block a lot of Normal picture… so annoyinig when you have no account … just because you bookmark for like 5 years…

  15. stupid said on December 5, 2017 at 3:25 am
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    The Safe Block is bugged and Block a lot of Normal picture… so annoyinig when you have no account … just because you bookmark for like 5 years…

  16. Fonbzbioein said on December 20, 2017 at 8:11 am
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    I hope TUMBLR -“people” will understand that this will lead to LOTS of people leaving to different platforms – and since Pinterest is no option, I foresee a future where we have a new site that operates just as Tumblr did before this IDIOTIC & PURITAN & PRUDISH “decision”.

    Tumblr is going down.

    I encourage everyone to leave. I’m doing it now. Mass exodus can lead to new things, leaving Tumblr to kids and people who look at pictures of food (….)!

    Why doesn’t Tumblr -“geniuses” understand, that this completely removes the basic IDEA of the site, that you can build your own presentation of whatever, and everyone can see it, as an expression of free speech?

    I’m moving my whole Tumblr -content now just to a BLOG for a while; look & see, a year from now and there will be a new site, and TUMBLR will go where Myspace went!

    (I’m still wondering why they did this…. is this some ‘American’ protectionism of “kids”, basic puritanism, or something all-together straight evil fascism?!?!!)

    1. smaragdus said on December 20, 2017 at 9:10 am
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      @Fonbzbioein
      Call it liberalism and you won’t be wrong. Liberalism is the arch-enemy of freedom and free speech. Liberals try to resurrect the term fascism because they need an enemy. Please refrain from using the term fascism irrelevantly because this way you are serving the liberals’ agenda to extinguish free speech labelling it fascist, racist, homophobic, etc.

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