DMs aren’t getting through to me on Pixelfed! What do I do?

For safety reasons, the default settings on Pixelfed automatically block DMs from people you don’t follow.

If you want to receive DMs from people you don’t follow, you will need to change the settings:

  1. Log into your account on your Pixelfed server
  2. Go to Account Settings
  3. Go to Privacy
  4. Tick the box marked Receive Direct Messages from anyone
  5. Click the Submit button at the bottom of the screen

If you change your mind, repeat this process but untick the box and click Submit.

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Finding people to follow on Pixelfed

To find people to follow on Pixelfed, you can use most of the same techniques and directories that Mastodon etc. users use.

Pixelfed is not just about Pixelfed accounts! You can also follow non-Pixelfed accounts from elsewhere on the Fediverse like Mastodon etc. To follow a non-Pixelfed account, paste its Fediverse address into the search box within Pixelfed. The account’s profile will then appear in the search results and you can click Follow to follow it.

After you follow them, non-Pixelfed posts will start appearing in your timeline but they will look just like Pixelfed posts, and you can interact with them in exactly the same way. The process is so seamless you probably won’t notice they’re from another type of server.

Can I follow text-based accounts on Pixelfed?

Yes, but it’s a slightly complicated situation.

  • New accounts on the latest version of Pixelfed will see text-only posts automatically
  • Old accounts on the latest version of Pixelfed will not see text-only posts
  • Accounts on older versions of Pixelfed can opt into seeing text-only posts if they want to (see the procedure below)

On older versions of Pixelfed you could opt into seeing text-based posts by doing the following:

  1. Log in through your Pixelfed server’s website
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Go to Timelines
  4. Go to Show text-only posts and tick the box, then click Submit

If you change your mind, do the same thing again but untick the box.

This procedure doesn’t work on the latest versions of Pixelfed though.

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Pixelfed: Photo sharing on the Fediverse

Pixelfed is a photo and image sharing network on the Fediverse with a photo-oriented interface that includes albums, filters, moments etc. You can follow Pixelfed accounts from Mastodon, and Mastodon accounts from Pixelfed.

See the official site at ⧉ to find out more.

Where do I sign up for Pixelfed?

The official site has a curated list of servers to join ⧉.

How do I use it? Which apps can I use?

Server website interface:

You don’t have to use an app at all if you don’t want to. Pixelfed can be used entirely through a server’s website on computers and smartphones, and has a good web interface. If you do want to use an app, there are a number of options (see below).

Dedicated Android apps:

Dedicated iPhone apps:

Mastodon apps:

Pixelfed is compatible with the Mastodon API so you can also use Mastodon apps with PixelFed accounts if you want. However, some Pixelfed-specific features may not be available.

How do I set up my own Pixelfed server?

If you are not technical you can host your own Pixelfed server through managed hosting ⧉, or if you are slightly techy you can use tools like YunoHost ⧉. If you are very techy and just want to install and maintain a server without any help, see the official documentation here ⧉.

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