When I first signed up for Mastodon, I created my account
salcode on mastodon.social. Eventually I decided I wanted to be on a smaller server, specifically phpc.social. These are my notes on how I made this move.
The data move is limited to: (1) Updating your new account to follow the people you followed on your old account and (2) redirecting anyone following your old account to follow you at your new account. Other data can be exported from your old account before or after the move.
1. Create a New Account on the New Server
Setup an account on the new server and waited for it to be approved. You can use the same username as the old server or a new username. I used the same username,
salcode, on both.
2. Configure the New Account to Accept a Move from the Old Account
To ready the new account (phpc.social/@salcode), create an alias to your old account (mastodon.social/@salcode).
To do this on the new account, click
Account in the sidebar menu.
On this page, scroll down to
Moving from a different account and click the
create an account alias link.
For a shortcut, you should be able to go directly to
/settings/aliases on the new server (e.g. phpc.social/settings/aliases).
Here you enter the old account using the “handle” format (e.g.
3. Move the Old Account to the New Account
Go to the
Account page on the Old Account, i.e. go to
/auth/edit on the old server (e.g. mastodon.social/auth/edit).
Scroll down to
Move to a different account and click the
configure it here link.
Enter your new account using the “handle” format (e.g.
email@example.com) and your “Current Password” on the old account, then click
and you should get a message that says
Your account is now redirecting to firstname.lastname@example.org and your followers are being moved over.
Scot Hacker says
I’m going through this process now, and discovering the hard way that even though I backed up an archive on the old instance, it is not possible to import it into the new instance! With all this talk about portability between instances, they sure don’t make it clear that you will *LOSE* all of your existing content! Huge bummer.