Tutorial: Fix broken blogger template designer

A while back I wanted to change my blog design and found my template designer was not working anymore. I thought I had broken it by editing the html and css. So I started from scratch and installed a standard blogger template but found it was still not responding.

I googled this and googled it some more and found many more bloggers having the same problem but no fix. This drove me up the wall for a couple of weeks until I finally found the solution. It seems there is a bug in Blogger. When you disable the mobile template, like I did, it breaks the template designer. Simply turning it back on will not do the trick, you will also have to restore your template. I’m not sure this will work for everyone but here’s how I fixed it.

Solution: broken blogger template designer
1. Login to the blogger dashboard
2. Before you start make a full back up of your blog
3. Go to Template and click on the icon below Mobile

4. Select: Yes. Show mobile template on mobile devices. And save

5. Go to Template > Backup/Restore (in the right top corner)
6. Click on download full template > save file > ok

7. In the same popup window click Browse and upload the .xml template you just saved
8. Click on customize to go to the template designer, it should be working again

20 Comments

  1. Santhar Karuppiah 17 March 2013

    if is not working !!

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  2. little 5 May 2013

    didn't work for me either. and unfortunately i can't start from scratch as all my widgets were on a computer that was stolen. any idea when blogger will fix it?

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  3. Denise Cerro 7 May 2013

    Nope, didn't work.

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  4. happyblogger 9 May 2013

    Didn't work for me either and any time I've started from scratch the same thing happens after a couple of hours to the new blog!!
    I cant believe blogger have yet to fix these problems!! It is so utterly ridiculous!

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  5. Gypsy Gold 9 May 2013

    Yes, i tried exactly what you said above to this blog:

    http://www.happybloggerclaire.blogspot.co.uk

    From what i can gather the problems occur when you customise the blog via CSS?

    All i have done is centre the page list, centre the header image and remove the space where the blogger nav bar would sit.

    Not really heavy customisation! But it really doesn't seem to like it.

    i literally want to scream in frustration!!!

    Its the same for all of my blogs (though i haven't tried the above fix on all of them yet).

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  6. Gypsy Gold 9 May 2013

    Thanks for your help and response anyway! Nice blog!

    Just to check, what browser do you use?

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  7. Gypsy Gold 9 May 2013

    Safari. I might try firefox. I also might try making a new blog and never turn off mobile template…Redo my customisations and see if that works!

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  8. YL 23 May 2013

    Thanks for this nice post! Keep it up!!

    All websites templates at All website Tools

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  9. Cropped Stories 7 June 2013

    Oh no, I hope this doesn't happen to me; that's all I need! So sorry though, what a pain in the a#@! Blogger seriously kills me sometimes! Great post; I'm going to share on Google+ and Pin also :o) Have a fabulous Friday!

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  10. Mary B 22 June 2013

    It hasn't working for me either. I wanted to start creating my new blog and I am not able to go into Template Design. All I am getting once I click it is a blank page. Followed the easy instruction given however not working. Has anyone find another way to correct this issue?

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  11. Alejandra Ramos 11 July 2013

    I tried all this a few times, but unfortunately it didn't work at all. Very frustrating situation, and I don't understand why Google has done nothing to help.

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  12. Dorothy HF 4 September 2013

    It worked for me but the changes I made to my widgets have disappeared!!

    Also, I don't want the mobile to be activated, and when I turn it off again the same problem happens. how do you get it to work and still have the mobile deactivated?

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  13. Dorothy HF 4 September 2013

    Thank you for your reply. It's annoying that it won't work when you don't have the mobile enabled, because the majority of my traffic comes from mobile and my blog looks rubbish on mobile and people will probably click off it before locating the link to view the full site. Oh well, thanks again for your help.

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  14. Garry Sandhu 17 September 2013

    Wow, sounds like you've some wonderful ideas and plans, sounds like the end result will look very nice! Best of luck with the changestemplate designing

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  15. Ty Buchanan 5 October 2013

    Google coders make better rubbish collectors!

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  16. Emer Eir'e 18 April 2015

    It is working,, after you follow the step given above,, then you should to dashboard and click customize… and remove the message below the icon template shown and just click button Apply (orange color).. and done..

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  17. MD Kawsar 3 February 2017

    Your tutorial is really good. This is good good working. I also follow your rules step by step. Thanks for sharing a nice post with us.

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  18. Alan 30 July 2017

    I also followed your tutorial. At first I didn’t get the overall idea of how to fix it. But thanks to you I finally fixed my template design. But some previous widgets have disappeared. Still this post is a life saver for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Affleck 27 August 2017

    It’s worked for me.Thank you so Much, It helps me a lot.Thanks for sharing your valuable tips.

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  20. meNightfury 6 November 2017

    Sorry to say, it didn’t work for me.

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