How to Remove Themes From Tumblr

While Tumblr lets you customize your blog by installing free and paid themes, it provides no option for removing an installed theme. You can, however, revert back to your default Tumblr theme, Optica, by manually searching for and applying the theme via Tumblr's Themes panel or Theme Garden.

Themes Panel

Step 1

Click the Account icon on your Tumblr dashboard, and then click Settings.

Tumblr Dashboard
The Settings option opens Tumblr's Settings panel.
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Step 2

Select a blog from under the Blogs section.

Tumblr Settings
The Blogs section lists your primary blog and any additional secondary blogs.
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Step 3

Click the Edit Theme button next to Website Theme.

Tumblr Settings
The link next to Website Theme lets you preview your blog's theme.
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Step 4

Click Edit Theme on the left sidebar.

Tumblr Themes
The blog's current theme is listed on top of the pane.
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Step 5

Click the magnifying glass icon, enter Optica into the search bar, and then click the Optica search result. To apply the theme, click Use.

Tumblr Themes
The search bar only shows up after clicking the magnifying glass icon.
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Step 6

Click Save to finalize the changes.

Tumblr Themes
Use the Exit button to go back to your dashboard.
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Tumblr Theme Garden

Step 1

Visit the Tumblr Theme Garden. Search for the Optica theme, and then click the Optica search result.

Tumblr Theme Garden
Clicking the Optica search result loads Optica's Install page.
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Step 2

Click the Install button to start applying the theme.

Tumblr Theme Garden
Use the Preview button to preview the theme.
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Step 3

Select the blog to reset, and then click Install to apply the theme.

Tumblr Theme Garden
The pull-down menu features a list of your blogs.
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