How To Change / Update Your Tumblr Profile Portrait Photo

[Note: This works in new tumblr 2011 June onwards!]

When you sign up for a tumblr tumblog at, your blog profile will display an anonymous head in your dashboard and in other tumblogs where you reblog or like other posts.

Obviously this is ugly, so here is how you can change / update your tumblr profile photo.

Tumblr Update / Replace Profile Portrait Photo Video

If you prefer to see and do, here is a screencast video I put together, that shows you how you can change or update your profile portrait photo in the new tumblr via the dashboard.

Tumblr Update / Replace Profile Portrait Photo – Step By Step Instructions

  1. Logon to your tumblr blog dashboard.
  2. Click the link with the name of your tumblog right next to the dashboard link in the top menu. See screenshot below (Fig 1).
  3. This will display a Settings button in the right sidebar.Click this Settings button. (Fig 2)
  4. Here, you will see the Portrait Photo section with a box and a browse button next to it. Click the browse button and select your favorite profile portrait from your hard drive. Ideally this photo should be square, so that cropping is minimized or completely eliminated.(Fig 3)
  5. Once you have selected the portrait photo, scroll all the way to the bottom of this Settings page and click the Save Preferences button. (Fig 4)
  6. That’s it!.

tumblr portrait profile photo update instructions pic

You should now see your profile photo in your regular blog posting tumblr dashboard, and everywhere else on where you are reblogging or liking or socializing with other tumblr bloggers!

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87 Responses to "How To Change / Update Your Tumblr Profile Portrait Photo"

  1. Althea says:

    This was really helpful, thanks for the clear instructions.

  2. Bri says:

    The name of my Tumblog isn’t on my dashboard. What do I do?

    • Shiva says:

      That is strange. Do you see “Untitled” next to the Dashboard link in the top? If you have not set a name, it will default to “Untitled”.

      • chyna rose says:

        thats only because u havent changed yours

        you have to go to customize then go to info
        & where it says ‘title’ thats where u put something like hw he has oobly or w.e.
        then u save it then it hould have something there

    • What up says:

      Click the one that’s called “Posts”.

  3. nikki says:

    same for me it just says dashboard and nothing beside it but all those other buttons :/

  4. lemmy says:

    settings button not on my dashboard.

    • lemmy says:

      find it now. At the top you will see where it says “Dashboard” and then beside it there will be your URL. Click on that, and then you will click on the button that says settings, then you should see the option for changing your portrait picture.

    • What up says:

      Click the “Posts” that is right next to “Dashboard”.

  5. emma says:

    thankkssssss!!!!!!!! this really helpedd

  6. Ella says:

    the portrait option is not coming up !

    • Nofull says:

      me too.. i still found my dashboard and setting button, but in the setting section i’m not find the portrait photo button..

      how caaaan?????

  7. chyna rose says:

    i cant click on my thing next to the dashboard sign — its not even highlighted.. so what do i do? if thats the only way i can change it

    I HATE TUMBLR!!!!!!!! this is the 2nd profile i had to make because its stupid & it doesnt work i changed my email & then i couldnt log back in SMDH

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!????????????

  8. chyna rose says:

    NVM i figured it out :)

  9. chami says:

    very helpful answer.. :)

  10. Unknown says:


  11. Danshelle says:

    Thank you ever so much!!! When they move things around on a website and don’t tell you where it is it’s like having your mom come and clean your room…you can’t figure out where anything is.

  12. Meredith says:

    Thank you sooo much!! :D
    i was so frustrated before i found ur clear post!

  13. brianna says:

    this solved a problem ive had for days!! thankyouuu!!!!!!

  14. F says:

    Thank you, for people that cant see their name, try another browser….It wasn’t appearing on my firefox but once I switched to google chrome, i could see it clear as day.. Thanks oobly

  15. J. says:

    Thanks, but ow do you get your portrait PHOTO in a portrait photo but with 2 pictures ??

  16. Cindy says:

    Possibly the dumbest question ever here: What am I doing wrong that I don’t have that sidebar at all (as shown in the screenshot)? Mine shows only people and tags I’m following, and a search box. I’m not generally that stupid with websites, but I’ve played with this for days and cannot get that “settings” option I need in order to add/change a profile photo. Input would be much appreciated! :-)

  17. kareen says:


    I can’t seem to find the option to change my profile portrait. In fact, my dashboard page layout does not show the “settings” button, only the icon for “preferences”.
    Do you have any suggestions as to what I might not be doing, or doing wrong?


  18. dianne samantha says:

    yey! problem solved! thanks! but how do i put a portrait photo on my sidebar???

  19. dianne samantha says:

    ok..problem isn’t solved yet..i still can’t see it:'(

  20. Jonie says:

    thank you…

  21. Jules says:

    Thank you so much this was soooo incredibly helpful :)

  22. clouds says:

    Hei, this buttom dont appear on my page :s

  23. clouds says:

    oh i got it :)

  24. Sophie says:

    I dont have that button ?

  25. Ayrabella says:

    I’ve already done this and it works for seeing the picture on my dashboard but it never shows up on my actual page.

  26. sandra says:

    i can’t center my image, it crops out my head and i can’t figure it out.

  27. Nate Balcom says:

    Thanks for the post. I can’t believe how poorly this is documented. I’ll be passing this page through the social networks.

  28. Cortney says:

    Can someone please explain to me how you upload a photo on your sidebar now???? Ever since they changed the customization screen I can’t find anywhere to do it. It’s really frustrating!!!!

  29. lisa says:

    i cant find my name thing, is it cause im on my phone?

  30. Johanna says:

    awesome ! ( :

  31. Cari says:

    thank you thank you thank you! :) Exactly what I needed!

  32. May says:

    Thanks ! It’s really helpful :)

  33. sudha says:

    thank you what a great article

  34. Heather says:

    No matter what I do I cannot get my profile picture on my tumblr to show up.
    I can see it on my dashboard but if I click onto my page it shows up as a red X
    Ive done and tried everything, I need help please!

  35. Marta says:

    Thank you so much!!! :)))

  36. Bridget says:

    Ahhh yay

  37. Alan Success says:

    thank you so much, u have helped me much.

  38. Ashley says:

    My portrait photo won’t fit into the picture box. When I upload it, the top of the picture is sorta cut off as if its too large. What can I do about this ?
    *the theme I use is ‘Themanati’

  39. ME :D says:

    THANK YOU!!!

  40. Sam says:

    How do you change the icon from the tumblr app? I can’t find anything. :/

  41. reza says:

    There is another simple way to upload Your Tumblr Profile Portrait Photo in few steps.

  42. Velasquez says:

    Do Any Of You Know How To Change The Profile Picture Through A iPhone ?

  43. Annmaree says:

    How do you center pictures that you upload on tumblr?

    i cant seem to figure it out.
    i have heard there is something you type in. but im not sure where your suppost to type it.
    Please help :)

  44. Jack Yan says:

    That was very useful, thank you! They made it a lot trickier than I expected, but given that I have three Tumblogs, I can understand why they structured it this way.

  45. Tabbyy96 says:

    Thankyou so much dude, I have been searching this on tumblr for the last 15 mints! This info was very useful!

  46. kendra says:

    I dont have a tumblog name…. im so confused

  47. angela says:

    thank you so much ! maraming salamat in TAGALOG .

  48. tumblr user says:

    Thank you so much :))

  49. Rosa says:

    very useful. Thanks!! :)

  50. says:

    What about from iPhone ..?

  51. rahrah says:

    I don’t see this “settings” button anywhere. Pretty much going in circles, it’s just not there. :(

  52. Elvira says:

    ahahah thank god! feel kinda stupid that i didnt find it at first… :) But thanks, the video is awesome

  53. Oona says:

    How does one change or costomize your settings when on a phone?

  54. Ridel says:

    Thank you SO much!!!!

  55. Did you browse and select a proper image / photo file?

  56. nj says:

    hi ok, so i did all of these steps and everything worked out perfectly fine, but see my problem is, everytime i want to share my tumblr on facebook the little portrait doesnt show up but the little blue man portrait that is the standard photo shows up. how do i step up my portrait that it show up on my facebook too?

  57. Brenda says:

    Okay so Im new to tumblr & I’m barley getting the hang of it. And I want to change my profile picture because, like you said, the default one is uncanny. Anyways my problem is that once I get to step four it doesn’t show a little browse section box thingy.
    It just say profile picture & has the default one on there :(

    Please help! :0

  58. Maya says:

    I’m on my iPad and iPod , and I’ll go onto settings and it will come up with portrait photo with my photo next to it but it doesn’t come up with an option to change it … I’ve tried tapping on it and stuff but it won’t change .ive downloaded the tumblr app and stuff but I still can’t change it please help!

  59. Tumblr user says:

    I don’t have a computer and I can’t figure it out on the app PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!

  60. Help me says:

    Mine says blog settings and when I click on it I can’t set it so wat do I do

  61. Brooke says:

    Why isnt my picture showing up on my tumblr? ill give you my link so you can see the icon it it giving me.

  62. Cara says:

    My avatar/portrait photo shows up in my dashboard, but when I go to my actual tumblr blog, there’s a white square where it should be. Help?

  63. Janelle says:

    Well tumblr change their site and no longer has that “settings” option when you click your tumbr name, so now how do you change your icon?

  64. Emily says:

    thank you, this was actually very helpful to me! :)

  65. MVSloan says:

    i changed my pic on the computer but it doesn’t show up the same on my i pod >.<
    then i went back on my i pod to investigate and had the same problem as JANELLE there was no settings

  66. Tylisha says:

    Well I go on tumblr on my iphone or ipod how do youh set a profile pic on that??

  67. Whispermarie says:

    Hi so um, I’ve dont everything I can, but there’s no setting button for me! Alls it has is preferences? I’m so confused and frustrated, please help me!

  68. Joseph says:

    What if my tumbler app page looks nothing like yours? I have tried every online help instruction and I cannot find a way on my iPad app to change this ridiculously tough-to-find feature? I have asked help from tumblr, no help there, always being referred to the help menu, which does not have any direction. I’m dumbfounded. Am I crazy? I cannot figure out how to do this. Help!!

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