Welcome to Fedi.Tips

This is an unofficial non-technical guide to using Mastodon and the wider Fediverse. You can search or browse the guide below. There’s a quick mini-version at the top, and the complete version below it.


If you’re totally lost and just want to know what the heck Mastodon actually is in really simple terms, watch this very short video ⧉.

If you just want a tiny list of tips about how to get started on Mastodon:

  1. Choose a server and sign up
  2. Choose an app or use your server’s website or use the web app
  3. Fill in your profile
  4. Discover people to follow
  5. Follow some hashtags and follow some groups
  6. Use some tips to get your account and posts discovered more easily
  7. Share your account address with friends so they can follow you
  8. If you’re an official account for a person or organisation, you might want to verify your account so people know it’s official.

Don’t get stressed about which server you choose, you can always transfer your account to another server later.

For a complete list of guides on how to use Mastodon and the Fediverse, keep scrolling!


Here’s a complete list of all the tips and tutorials on this site organised into categories.

♿ Accessibility Notice: The links below lead to individual pages answering specific questions. Each page has a link at the bottom that leads back to this front page.

An intro to Mastodon and the Fediverse

Joining Mastodon and the Fediverse

Posting on Mastodon

Discovering interesting people and posts on Mastodon

Customising Mastodon

Using Mastodon on a computer

Languages and translation options

Federation issues on Mastodon

Staying Safe


The Fediverse beyond Mastodon

Running your own server on Mastodon and the Fediverse

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