How to migrate from one Mastodon server to another without losing followers:

1. Sign up on new server
2. On NEW server: Go to Account -> Moving FROM another account
3. Enter old account's handle
4. On OLD server: Go to Account -> Moving TO another account
5. Enter new account's handle and submit

@Gargron the migration worker still has several show-stopping bugs in the last release

@Nynaeve The old account won't disappear (although you can delete it if you want)

@Sir_Boops @Gargron i wonder.. this won't work for followers who don't use mastodon or the current version of mastodon, right? since follow is recorded on both ends of the relation.. the followers' servers will have to be notified and accept the change..

@Gargron eee pls dont ban me. But I need to express myself through bad words sometimes

@Gargron cucha, @Juanmi_News , aquí hay algo que puede interesar, algo de luz a este potaje 😂😂😂

@Gargron remember to log out of new server between 3 and 4, I didn't stumped me for hours

Note that this does NOT migrate posts! Which I would argue are more important than followers - you can do followers manually. Posts, you're out of luck.


Try #hubzilla
It's another software connected to the #Fediverse and you can migrate between instances without losing anything.

@bob You know, I've heard of Hubzilla, but I'm not entirely sure what it is. Didn't know it's connected to the fediverse, that's cool!

@kidddefense We have multiple mobile apps, check out the "Mobile apps" link in the footer

@Gargron As addition for people trying this: Sometimes, the old server happens to have old data fetched. This means, it doesn't have the newest account data of the new account. This might result in the error that the new account doesn't properly refer back to the old one.

In this case, do a simple search for your user URL(!) (e.g. to update the data and then try again. :)

Thanks so much Sven @esureL, this was the info I needed!!! Tried to get it to work for 2 days

@Gargron It's only possible to move from another account which is on Mastodon 3.0.1 😢

@Gargron Logged on to my account on a web browser.

Went to Account Settings -> Account Migration -> Move to a different Account

@Gargron Damn! Hit Toot! Too soon!

Ok, logged into my account

Went to Account Settings -> Account Migration -> Move to a different account.

Entered Handle of the new Account

Entered the Password if the Current ( account

Tells me my Account is not back referencing this account.

@Gargron of cause this only works when both servers are on mastodon 3+ and all the followers are too, unfortunately there are still a lot on earlier versions

@alexbarra You're on and talking to me on

@Gargron xD yeah, but I mean, with my @alexbarra account could I create an account on ?? Because I just created anothere one here... xd @alexbarra You can use the same e-mail address to sign up across different servers. The e-mail address is private and not shared between servers in any way.

@Gargron okey, what I thought then, thanks you very much!! <3


6. Find out several instance admins of your followers/followees have previously blocked your new instance for dubious reasons and you can no longer communicate with them, with no indication that the links are broken :(

@Gargron I really wish people would be more consistent about doing this.

For friends in Japan and especially on the instance of @mstdn_jp. I feel sorry to hear the bad news. I would like to reference to Eugen @Gargron 's toot as an instruction to migrate your important Mastodon accounts.

Eugen's post =>

More information on Docs.JoinMastodon.Org =>

( If someone has already translated the migration instruction into Japanese, that would be much helpful. )

Take care! We stand solidarity with you.

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