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Frequently Asked Question #187. How do I post by email or text message?

This FAQ applies only to Paid, Plus, and Permanent accounts. To check your account type, please see your profile page.
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Paid, Permanent and Plus users can post by email or text message. On your Mobile Post Settings page, start by setting an allowed sender address and an authentication method (PIN, PGP or GPG public key).
Your emailed entry will post correctly if it is sent in plain text format (not rich text or HTML format). If you want to disable automatic formatting, use the <lj-raw> tag instead of the web interface's Auto-Format HTML option.

Additionally, you can use these instructions to post to a community via email, specify current mood and music, and add image attachments. If you are logged in when you read the instructions, the examples will be customized for your account. After setting up mobile posting and your ScrapBook account, you can even post pictures from your cellphone.


If you create a PIN, you will then be able to post by sending email to exampleusername@post.livejournal.com with the PIN in the subject or the body of the message, or by sending email to exampleusername+PIN@post.livejournal.com (more methods). Replace exampleusername with your username if necessary, and PIN with your PIN.

PGP or GPG Public Keys

If you would like to use your PGP or GPG public key for authentication, you will need to upload it to LiveJournal and configure your email client to support the sending of emails which have been digitally "signed" to prove the identity of the sender. If you would like to create a key, or need more information about PGP and GPG public keys, please see http://www.pgp.com/ for PGP information, and http://www.gnupg.org/ for GnuPG (GPG) information. Posting to LiveJournal requires GPG 1.2.4 or later.

Once your email client has been configured to support digitally-signed email (please see your client's documentation for more details), you can use your public key as a means of identification, and you will not need to use a PIN. You can paste your public key into the field provided on the Set Public Key page; once you have clicked the "Save Settings" button, this key can be accessed via the yellow key icon on your User Info page.

Text Messaging

  • If your cellular or mobile phone sends text messages from an email address, you can add that email address to your list of sender addresses and then post to your journal by sending a text message to the Post By Email address with your pin, as explained above.
  • LiveJournal also offers access to the Nokia Photos service for text and image posts.


If you have problems posting by email, or if your posts do not appear, you can view your last 50 email posts, along with any error messages, for troubleshooting.

Last Updated: April 30th, 2011

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