How To Join Mastodon

In theory, joining Mastodon is as easy as creating any other social media account.

However, in practice, the fact that Mastodon is decentralized makes it a confusing process as the Mastodon network exists across hundreds of different servers (websites).

It is easy to get confused, particularly if you have no idea what server you want to sign up via. Our step-by-step guide below will help walk you through the process:

1. Head to exists to simplify the potentially complex process of joining the decentralized social network.

tap get the app

2. Click Download The App

You can download the Mastodon app from:

download the mastodon app

3. Open The App And Select ‘Get Started’

open the app and tap get started

4. Find A Server To Join

This is the tricky bit that many people find confusing.

Mastodon is hosted over many different servers, servers are built around different interests or regions.

If you already have friends on the platform then it makes sense to go on the same server as them, though don’t worry if you don’t do that, you can still follow people on different servers.

choose your server and tap next

If you’re not sure what server to join there are more general-purpose servers available such as, alternatively you can go to Instances.Social for help finding a server that suits you.

Once you’ve found a server select it and tap ‘next’.

Then read through the ground rules and tap ‘I agree’.

agree to the server ground rules

Then review the privacy policies and tap ‘I agree’.

5. Setup Your Account

Choose a display name and username, then input your email of choice and password.

Click the link sent to your email to verify your account.

input your details to sign up to mastodon

6. Make Your First Post

your account is setup

7. Explore Mastodon

To expore Mastodon tap the magnifying glass icon at the bottom of the app.

You can then use the tabs at the top of the app to explore.

explore mastodon