Do you want to move your Mastodon account, but you don't want to lose your followers?

✅ You can transfer your followers from one Mastodon instance to another by following these steps:

1️⃣ Log into the NEW account on the new instance you want to move to. Go to Edit Profile > Moving From A Different Account > Create An Account Alias

2️⃣ Log into the OLD account on the old instance. Go to Edit Profile > Moving To A Different Account > Configure It Here

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As well as followers, you can also transfer your other data when changing instances.

✅ To transfer your Mastodon follows, mutes, blocks etc, use the Import/Export feature:

1️⃣ On your OLD Mastodon account go to Preferences > Import And Export > Data Export and download the relevant files for what you want to transfer.

2️⃣ On your NEW Mastodon account go to Preferences > Import And Export > Import and upload the files you just downloaded from the old account.

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@feditips For the record I've encountered other types of mastodon instance change data transfer techniques that don't jibe with this procedure, leading to a lot of extra work and loss of follows etc. CHECK BOTH INSTANCES first to make sure the data transfer files will be compatible.

@Pelican3301

As far as I know there aren't any other official techniques for transferring accounts?

But yes, make sure both instances support transfer (for example by checking they are running up to date Mastodon software, the version number is at the bottom left of the screen).

@feditips kolektiva.social uses another technique that does the transfer via their server using an alias you create. I think other instances do this as well.

@Pelican3301

Isnt that the method that is mentioned above?

"Log into the NEW account on the new instance you want to move to. Go to Edit Profile > Moving From A Different Account > Create An Account Alias"

@feditips @ kolectiva The instance does the xfer to the new instance without a file download. Other instances give you the files and you upload them to the new... Those two methods are incompatible...

@Pelican3301

Umm... I think you're mixing up two separate things? 😕 One is for moving follows, the other is for moving followers.

The file download is for transferring people that you follow (aka "follows").

The alias is for transferring people who follow you (aka "followers").

All instances running the latest software do both of these things, because you need to do both of these to transfer your account fully.

Both of these things are covered in the two original posts of this thread.

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