Considering a move to Mastodon, a microblogging site, which is emerging as a rival to Twitter run by Elon Musk? Here is a quick guide on how to set up a new Mastodon account on iOS and Android phones.

New Delhi,UPDATED: November 13, 2022 2:13 PM IST

By Divya Bhati: The social media space is currently juggling between tweets and toots. While Elon Musk is celebrating the record number of active users on Twitter, many users overwhelmed by the current chaos and confusion on Twitter are looking for an alternative to the Bird app. Among all the other options, Mastodon is the one that has been widely noticed.

Mastodon is an open source microblogging site similar to discord. The platform offers an ad-free decentralized space to share ideas on dedicated community servers. One can join, create servers, post “toots” (instead of tweets), follow other people and organizations, and favorite (like) and boost (retweet) the posts of others. It is said to be easier and safer than other social media websites.

But what exactly are servers and how do you set up your new account on Mastodon? Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process of creating your profile at Mastodon.

How to create an account on Mastodon

The account creation process is simple and similar on Android and iOS. All you need to do is provide a username, email address and password and click the checkbox to agree to the terms of service and server rules.

Step 1: Download Mastodon from Play Store or App Store.

2nd step: Now open the app and click start to create your new account.

Step 3: Mastodon will show you a few servers available on the platform. You can select which servers you want to start with. The servers are based on a variety of people’s interests, including general news and more.

Step 4: After selecting the servers, tap next.

Step 5: You will be shown some basic rules of the platform. Read and click Next.

Step 6: Add your profile details including name, profile ID for Mastodon, email and profile password.

Step 7: Mastodon will send verification link on your mentioned email id. Go to your email and click on it.

To note: It may take a few minutes for the platform to send the link. Also check your spam folder and sometimes the verification mail shows up there.

Step 8: Once the email is verified, you will be redirected to the Mastodon homepage. You can now check messages from people on your selected servers.

Notably, Mastodon is Fediverse – interconnecting various servers that users can choose, create or even leave. You can join multiple servers and switch instances at any time. Most Mastodon servers are open for registration and will only ask for your email address and a password to log in.