Facebook Photos Size Guide / 2015

Ever tried using photos or graphics on your Facebook page? It can be frustrating. So here's an up-to-date, unofficial guide to what's what, what's where, and how big.


In its early days, Facebook was all about text and links. But as it has grown up, images have become more and more important. They’re now more important for design and identity on the user interface, like your profile picture or cover photo. And it’s a great way to share photos in galleries and on the timeline. Facebook photos are now a huge part of the site’s appeal. The site still isn’t as photographer-friendly as Google+, but it’s getting better.

Working out what image sizes to use on Facebook isn’t as easy as it could be and involves some wrangling to get the result you want. Each type of image on a page, profile, and timeline has its own size and quirks. And Facebook never has been very good about making its help pages easy to find.

Making things even more fun is that Facebook changes things from time to time. Sometimes it’s a small, incremental tweak. Sometimes it’s an entire overhaul (such as when timelines were introduced and again when they were changed from two columns to one column). So it’s always a bit of a moving target. And there always seems to be a new system just around the corner.

So here’s my updated 2015 version of the unofficial guide for the sizes of Facebook photos on the various parts of the site. This post is the first in the series. You can find similar guides for Event Pages, Newsfeeds, and Facebook Image Quality in the box at right. And I also have photo size guides for Instagram, Google+ and Twitter that might be of interest.

You can also see the examples below in action on my Facebook page. I try to keep this as up-to-date as possible, but Facebook has a nasty habit of making unannounced changes and then rolling them out gradually to users so that not everyone gets them at once. If you’ve noticed something that’s changed, please let me know in the comments so I can update it.

Facebook’s New Layout (mid-2014)

In March 2014, Facebook announced a new layout for the timeline of business pages. As of June, most pages are being switched over. I’ve updated the information below to reflect the new layout.

The new layout brings pages in line with personal profiles. There’s a single column at the right with updates. The narrower column at left is for admin features and static information.

The new layout looks like this:


Early 2015 Tweaks

In early 2015, Facebook made a few minor tweaks to the display of links and photos on the timeline. The main change was related to a slight enlargement of the left column and corresponding reduction in the right column. So the functional image box was reduced from 504px down to 470px. Most of the other behaviors remained the same.

Facebook Cover Photo Size

The Facebook Cover Photo is the large panoramic image space at the top of the timeline.


It’s displayed at 851px wide by 315px high, like this:


The image you upload must be at least 399px wide–one that’s at least 720px wide will work best. You can upload a photo already cropped and resized to precisely those sizes (here’s how if you’re using Lightroom). Or you can upload a larger image, in which case you’ll be given a chance to move the image to choose the crop you’d like displayed.

You can only designate one photo as your Cover Photo. Panoramas are ideal. Simple crops also work.

And there’s nothing stopping you from assembling a collage in your imaging software, saving it as a single image file, and uploading that. Here’s an example using TurboCollage (see Creating a Photo Collage with TurboCollage for step by step instructions).


And here’s an example using Lightroom (see How to Make a Facebook Cover Photo Collage with Lightroom for step by step instructions).

Facebook Photo Size Guide

If you’ve just set up a new Facebook profile or page and don’t yet have a cover photo, just click on the “Add Cover Photo” button at the top of the page where the Cover Photo will go. You’ll then get this warning popup:

Facebook Photo Size Guide

Once you’ve added your photo, you can change it easily. When you’re logged in to your account and on the Timeline view, if you hover the mouse over the Cover Photo you should get a “Change Cover” button at the bottom right of the Cover Photo. Click on that and you’ll get the menu item to choose where photo comes from. You can choose from existing photos you’ve uploaded to Facebook or upload a new one. And if you decide you want to reposition or remove the photo, you can use the same menu. It looks a little something like this:

Facebook Photo Size Guide

Facebook offers this advice: “To get the fastest load times for your Page, upload an sRGB JPG file that’s 851 pixels wide, 315 pixels tall and less than 100 kilobytes. For images with your logo or text-based content, you may get a higher quality result by using a PNG file.”

For more information on the latter point–about using text, logos, or watermarks on images, I have a separate post on that which goes into more detail.

I also have a separate post with more detail on Facebook Cover Photo Size.

Facebook Cover Photo Gradient

In the new layout, cover photos now have a narrow gray semi-transparent gradient running along the bottom. This is something personal profiles have had for a while, but it’s now also on cover photos on business pages.

It’s presumably there because the page name, page type, and admin boxes now overlay the bottom of the cover photo (they used to be below the cover photo). Because the text is always in white, the gradient makes the text legible even against a white cover photo.

I can’t say I’m a fan, but unfortunately there’s no way to remove it.

Facebook Profile Picture Size

The Profile Image is now the smaller, square at bottom left of the header, overlapping the cover photo.


You have to upload an image at least 180px by 180px. It’s displayed at 160px by 160px. (Its “natural” size is actually resized to 168px by 168px, but it’s only displayed at 160px by 160px.) The thin white border is added automatically and there’s no way to remove it.


If you use a photo that’s not square, you have some control over which part of the image to use for the crop. When you’re logged in, hover over the profile image and choose “Edit Profile Picture” and then “Edit Thumbnail”.

Facebook Photo Size Guide

You can then click on the crop lines to choose the part of the image you want to use.

Facebook Photo Size Guide

Tip: If you find that your resulting profile picture, after it’s downsized in Facebook, is blurry, try uploading an image twice the size of the downsized image (that is, an image that is 320px by 320px). That should give a sharper result.

Profile Picture on the Timeline

The profile image that appears next to your name on comments and posts is the same image but is automatically scaled down to 32px by 32px.

Facebook Photo Size Guide

Shared Link Thumbnails

Some things got simplified in the new layout. Shared link thumbnails didn’t.

There are different ways that Facebook displays thumbnail images with links. Ideally, you can get full-width thumbnails that are scaled to fill a box 470px by 246px. Like this:

Shared Link Thumbnails

But not every link thumbnail displays full-width. What the specific criteria are is still to be determined, but it likely has to do with whether the page you’re linking has the OpenGraph image property defined (ie. the og:image tag). It might then also depend on the size of the image and orientation, as it does with Google+.

When the thumbnail doesn’t display full-width, it goes into a small box at left. In that case, a landscape thumbnails fits in a box 155px wide.


And a portrait thumbnail fits in a box 114px high.


You also have the option of uploading a new image for the thumbnail if you don’t like the one automatically suggested from the original page. I’m still experimenting, but it appears that if you upload a new image you’re stuck with the small thumbnail even if the original suggested one was full-width.

One Photo on the Timeline

When you upload an image to the timeline, a thumbnail is generated automatically to fit within a box that is 470px by 470px. So if you want to use the maximum space allowed, upload a square photo at least 504px wide.

full-size square

If you upload a landscape (horizontal) image, it will be scaled to 470px wide.


If you upload a portrait (vertical) image, it will be scaled to 470px high and flushed left with white space to its right. How much empty white you get on the sides depends on the aspect ratio of your original photos. A narrower image will result in more empty gray than a wider image.


Uploading Multiple Images to a Page Timeline

You can upload multiple photos at once to the timeline. How they’re displayed depends on how many images you’re uploading and the orientation of what I will call the primary image.

The primary image is what I’m calling the one that displays first, and it also displays larger in some of the layouts. So far as I know there’s not official name for it, but I’m going to go ahead and use primary image.

As well as displaying first, the primary image has another important role. It determines the layout you get. If you upload 3 images with a square primary image you’ll end up with a different layout than if you upload 3 images with a rectangular primary image.

The easiest way to select which image serves as the primary image is to drag it to the left in the upload dialog. In this example, the photo of the lion will become the primary image. If I want the photo of the monkey to be the primary image, I’d just drag it to the left.


In many circumstances, the order matters not just because it determines which photo is to the left or on top, but because the way that the thumbnails displays is determined by the orientation of that primary image.

2 Images With Horizontal (Landscape) Primary Image


2 Images With Vertical (Portrait) Primary Image


2 Images With Square Primary Image


3 Images With Horizontal (Landscape) Primary Image


You can mix and match the orientations of the non-primary images–they’ll still display the same.

3 Images With Vertical (Portrait) Primary Image


You can mix and match the orientations of the non-primary images–they’ll still display the same.

3 Images With Square Primary Image


You can mix and match the orientations of the non-primary images–they’ll still display the same.

4 or More Images with a Horizontal (Landscape) Primary Image


You can mix and match the orientations of the non-primary images–they’ll still display the same. If you upload 5 images or more, it displays only the first 4 images but will add an overlay to the bottom right thumbnail with the number of images that are not displayed (eg. +2 or +4, etc).

4 or More Images with a Vertical (Portrait) Primary Image


You can mix and match the orientations of the non-primary images–they’ll still display the same. If you upload 5 images or more, it displays only the first 4 images but will add an overlay to the bottom right thumbnail with the number of images that are not displayed (eg. +2 or +4, etc).

4 or More Images with a Square Primary Image


You can mix and match the orientations of the non-primary images–they’ll still display the same. If you upload 5 images or more, it displays only the first 4 images but will add an overlay to the bottom right thumbnail with the number of images that are not displayed (eg. +2 or +4, etc).

Full-Width Photos on the Timeline

The new layout that Facebook introduced in the summer of 2014 did away with the option of having a featured image span both columns. Your updates now only show in a single column, and there’s no way to make photos wider than that column.

Facebook Photos Cheat Sheet

Width Height Notes
Cover Photo 851px 315px
Profile Picture in Header 160px 160px Must be uploaded at 180px by 180px
Profile Picture on Timeline 32px 32px Same image as main Profile Picture, automatically downscaled
Shared Link Thumbnail 470px 246px Only for full-width thumbnails. In some cases much smaller thumbnails are used.
Uploaded Timeline Photo Thumbnail 470px max 470px max See exceptions above for multiple images.


  1. says

    Thanks! Such a helpful resource. I’ve found that when posting as a page, I can upload a new image to the link preview, and if it’s properly sized, it will display the larger size. That was a nice update.
    I haven’t been able to figure out how to upload multiple pictures to a post from a Business page (not personal) without creating a photo album. You seem to share above that you can do this though? Could you elaborate? Thanks for the help!

  2. says

    I’m a notice and always just use photos straight from my android. They’ve always been nice & large, whether horizontal or vertical. Just recently the photos are very small. Is there a simple fix? I don’t have time nor the knowledge to alter the photos as you have mentioned. I thought it might be my phone settings, but changing them didn’t make a difference.

  3. says

    Hi David

    I have noticed a change in the Facebook group app on android. They have changed the layout. The cover photo was all good set at 351 x 815 but now viewing this on my mobile cuts outs a lot of the cover photo. This is the cover photo on my group page. Seems the pic is not as wide anymore.

  4. says

    I have tried just about every size from 400 px to 2048px and FB crops them so badly that they are unuseable. I don’t get it. Does anybody have the right dimensions. I used all those in this document. Nothing works.

    • says

      What aspect ratio are you starting with and what kind of cropping is it doing? If you start with a square 470×470 or larger you should get the maximum size on the timeline.

    • says

      Yes, they’ve modified the sizes while sticking to the same basic layout. So it still functions much the same way but the display sizes are a bit smaller than they were. An updated version coming very soon.

  5. says

    Thanks for this, very helpful. Question: how does fb determine if the first image is a portrait, landscape or square display? I uploaded 4 “square” images, the orientation for all looks very square to me, but fb keeps displaying the first one as landscape or portrait. I tried changing the first image, testing all four images, but fb still keeps displaying the first one as portrait or landscape. I would like all four to appear in four equal sized boxes. Is there a way to make this the default? Thanks.

    • says

      I don’t know what the secret sauce is or of any way to change the behavior. My first suspicion is that the images might not be pixel-perfect squares, so I’d look at that first. You can find the pixel dimensions in Finder on Mac or Windows Explorer on Windows, looking for Properties or Info. There are a bunch of other programs that can tell you that kind of information. A good free one for Windows is Irfanview. On Mac, the default image viewer Preview will do it (Tools > Image Inspector). If they’re not perfect squares, you could try cropping them and re-uploading them.

  6. says

    thanks for this article, What about video size? I am always confused. Some square video do not appear as square in timeline, some others does. Some videos starts in auto play, some other does… this is very confusing. What are the differents rules known for video format on facebook? both for mobile and desktop.

  7. says

    Thank you! I have been struggling for hours to fit some info graphics from the movie “BOUGHT” (www.boughtmovie.net) to my timeline and non of them came out the way I wanted until I followed the directions on this post. I This post in awesome, very cool and very helpful!

  8. Robert says

    I have a Facebook group that contains more than nine photo albums. Facebook will only display 9 albums on the front page so the other albums are displayed on a second page. I want to move a photo album from page 2 to page 1, and another one from page 1 to page 2. I’ve been unable to do this. Any idea ? Or is there a way to diaplay more than 9 photo albums on the front page of the group ? Thanks.

  9. Sarah says

    My shared photos used to be 640x640px. Starting on Feb 1st they are now 960x960px, which means its grossly enlarging photos that were never that large to begin with. Now they’re all distorted and I am forced to upload directly to FB and then the photo on the timeline is all wrong. So-so-so-annoying!

  10. martha says

    hi, great article, i’m sorry if there is an answer for this already here, didn’t see one.
    what is the current size for cover page on groups? if you can mention the dimension including the (join, share, notification area)?

  11. Dennis says


    Great article and very useful!

    Do you know if Facebook recently changed the dimensions for status update images used on Facebook company pages? Previously I always used the 155 pixels in width and 114 pixels in height dimensions but last week I noticed the images are being cropped to square dimensions. Do you have any insight on this?

    • Martin says

      I’m seeing this too. Links posted on company pages now seem to display the image at 158×158 pixels, so all my old ones look all pixelated and rubbish. And they’ve started cropping the edges to make them square. :(

      I do wish Facebook would document these changes themselves somewhere. They have the inside knowledge, they could just tell us instead of leaving everyone guessing.

  12. Nola Colman says

    I just discovered this tutorial. Wonderful! It works. Thank you so much! Photoshop is too complicated for this.

  13. says

    I post 3 memes daily on my FB page. All my memes are 900×900. I usually get quite a few shares for my memes, and I checked one out today. To my shock, it was cropped on all sides, cutting off my URL. When did FB stop scaling and start cropping shared page post images? Do I need to rescale all my memes to 504 x 504? They always appear fine on my page @900 sq.

    • Dennis says

      Hi, I think your comment post relates to my recent comment post. It seems Facebook has implemented some changes in the way images/pictures are being scaled.

    • says

      As a follow-up to my earlier post about how Facebook changed the way they are cropping shared images . . .

      They are cropping the images on the sides, and the bottom. So if you have a URL in the image, it needs to be above the crop.

      I was using memes that were 900×900 and changed them to 504×504, but they were still being cropped. So I took a cropped image and laid it over the original, and posted a new meme with a safe area built in. After it was shared, I looked at it, and it was fine.

      This is what I found out:

      If using a 900×900 image, you should have a safe area of 22px on the top and sides, and a safe area of 30px on the bottom. I hope this helps everyone.

  14. Monica says

    Why did you delete my question? It was valid… maybe it was a mistake. Here it is again: My image on my Facebook Page is perfect. When I post the same image on my Facebook Group, it’s fuzzy? My image is 504 X 504 72 dpi, PNG-24. Doesn’t Facebook treat the news feed on a Page and on a Group the same way?

    • says

      Hi Monica, It wasn’t deleted–just not moderated yet. Without moderation there’s a lot of spam.

      I’m afraid I don’t have a good answer for you off the bat, but other users have also noticed similar issues when using groups.

  15. Monica says

    Hi David. Thanks for the info. MY PROBLEM: I created a 504X504 PNG-24 image for my company’s Facebook PAGE and it’s great. I upload the same exact picture on my company’s Facebook GROUP and it’s fuzzy! I searched Google to understand why, but no answer… I want to put a different image each week, so I would appreciate your help.

  16. says

    David, very nice article. Can you provide info on mobile, specifically iPhone 5 and 6? The cover photo shrinks down and cuts much of it off on the mobile app. Thanks for any help you can provide. Sandy

    • says

      If you have the luxury of starting with large images, 2048px is a good target. It’s more than you need for now–there aren’t many monitors yet that can display that many pixels wide–but it provides some cushion for future technology as well as higher density display screens like Apple’s Retina screens.

      • Margie Heath says

        H i David, Thanks for your great info. I am a pro phototograher and one of my HS senior clients wants to post a bunch of the images I took or her on her facebook page. Some are horiz and most are vertical. What size do you suggest I give her so that hopefully she can’t print them but that they will still look good on Facebook. I am thinking also of adding my logo at the bottom of each image. Can I get your advice? Thanks so much!

        • says

          You can’t entirely prevent the from printing them, but you can certainly keep them small enough that any prints won’t look great. For that, somewhere around 800px to 1000px across the longest edge is probably a good target. While it will still allow printing at “full” resolution (240ppi-300ppi) up to 3-4 inches across, it won’t look great for printing any bigger. But it is big enough to still show off the image well when displayed on screen. You can of course go smaller, too.

        • says

          Thanks for replying to me, David, re sizing images for facebook,. You said they could still print them at full resolution at 240 or 300 dpi but wouldn’t it be better to change that to 120 or 150 dpi? Or would they not look good at that resolution on the Facebook page?

        • says

          It doesn’t work like that. For digital images, the ppi setting doesn’t really mean anything. An image that’s 1000px wide at 300ppi is exactly the same size as an image that’s 1000px wide at 150ppi. Both will allow printing of a 3 inch wide print at 300dpi. For digital images, what matters are the number of pixels, not the ppi setting.

          It does mean something when it comes to something physical, like an actual print (usually then it’s dpi) or the display density of a monitor/display. In those cases, the density (or ppi/dpi) corresponds to a physical dimension (specifically, an inch of paper or screen).

          The upshot is that you can ignore the ppi setting for this purpose and control the size with the dimensions (width by height).

  17. Will Simpson says

    This looks a fantastic resource! Does anybody have a Twitter equivalent? I’m particularly looking into how single and multiple images are displayed. I recently published a square image, assuming the higher and lower 25% of the content would be cropped for preview. However, it looks like Twitter has assessed the photo and decided to show the lower 50% of the photo in preview…

  18. Stacey says

    Thanks this is super helpful having all the specs and examples in one place! With our pages, we tend to upload more horizontal photos to the timeline and just make sure that the sides that will get cropped have nothing important in them. This lets us upload large images, but gives us more space to adhere to the 20% text rule when we need to add some copy.

  19. says

    A very helpful piece of information my friend you have shared with us here. I am really thankful. Facebook has a nasty habit of changing stuffs without informing. Moreover they tend to push such updates in parts and hence some pages are up-to-date and some are still stuck with the old layout. But now I have got the average idea about how to still control the photograph views on my Facebook timeline. Thanks again.

    • says

      There’s not one simple answer, unfortunately. Resizing precisely before you upload does give you finer control over any sharpening or compression, but only if Facebook isn’t going to recompress the file automatically. So that means keeping it under 99KB. A downside is that when Facebook next tinkers with their display and image sizes (which they will, at some point) your already-posted images might end up displaying oddly. It’s also not ideal as more and more displays shift to high resolution displays like Retina.

      A safer bet might be to upload images at exactly twice the size you need. That’s slightly more future-proof while also giving you control over aspect ratios. The “twice the size” sizing seems to provide better recompressed quality in some instances. But it also means that Facebook will automatically recrunch your images.

  20. says

    Thank you so much – excellent resource!! One problem I have sometimes is when I hyperlink to another page on my website for a lost pet or pet for adoption and the image cuts off the heads of animals – which is a bit distressing! How can I avoid this? I can upload a picture instead of using the suggested picture, so maybe I could create a different size image on white and then paste the whole image on it (with head!) so the animal shows in it’s entirety. What could you suggest, woudl that work, if so what size would that image need to be ideally? Thanks so much for help our pets have heads on facebook…! Please see our facebook http://www.facebook.com/petsonthenet and the post today 27.11.14 for the Lab X for adoption at Hastings . His head was intact on the original picture, but facebook have cropped it off…Thanks from us and the pets in New Zealand.

    • says

      Yes, it’s extra work each time, but since there’s not much flexibility with link thumbnails, your best bet is probably to create your own image to fit on a background that’s 484×252.

  21. Leo Gilliland says

    Hi! I just have a question. I have made my cover photo in my Facebook page and i am so satisfied. But when i look at it through my phone (iphone) it does not fit the whole thing. Is there anyway to solve this?

  22. Meg - ModMark Group says

    This article is fantastic – it is in my bookmark feed and I utilize it daily – great social media resource!

  23. says

    David what would you recommend to be a good size/ratio for photos in a new album? I generally edit travel, event, etc., photos before uploading, but the size for the lightbox viewer I cannot pin down as to what is preferred. I know that a width of uptown 2048 can be uploaded, but those seem awfully big to me for web viewing. I’ve read that 960×720 shows best, but my testing seems to show that 1200×900 works perfectly. Comments?

    • says

      I’m not sure there’s a perfect size since FB resizes it automatically to fit different screen sizes. Viewing it on a 27-inch screen is going to be quite different than on a laptop. An a large proportion of FB users access the service via mobile. I personally prefer to keep the images I post on FB the smaller side if only to keep the range of uses of any “borrowed” images to a minimum.

  24. lisa says

    I’m wondering if you might be able to help me figure out a WordPress to Facebook mystery. As per your suggested guidelines I resized my image to 504 x 504 pixels for the “featured image” slot on WordPress. When I posted it to Facebook the thumbnail came out perfect on my timeline but when I looked at the posting on my newsfeed the image was completely wrong. It is as if Facebook enlarged the image dramatically and then just pulled a random 504 x 504 pixel section from within it. I enthusiastically welcome your thoughts!

  25. says

    Hello and thanks for the precious information. I am using a dialog box to post a link, also specifying the preview picture in the URL. Following the guidelines the picture get the full size in the timeline (OK), but is displayed in the small box at left when the link is viewed from my personal page. Is this normal?

    Also, I have seen that on iphone (5s), the picture is displayed in the small box at the left ALSO in the timeline; I have seen other posts on iphone having the full pic at the top and I don’t understand what is the reason. I have also tried to add the og:image meta tag (in addition to the picture specified in the dialog box URL) but nothing changes.

  26. R. Van Hoosier says

    Thank you so much for the valuable information…surely with your input, I can figure out a quality looking cover page!

    • says

      I can’t reproduce this issue. When you first go to select the area for the profile pic the selection is automatically just a small part of the image, but you should be able to move the blue crop borders to enlarge it.

  27. Shelley says

    Wish I could say this works for me, but sizing my timeline cover collage to 851 x 315 still leaves it unsharp and fuzzy looking. Any other suggestions? I have tried sizing with the W x H and also Dimensions on export from LR. Getting super frustrated! Consequently I have no cover photo posted right now. Thank you for any input.

  28. says

    I’m curious about the nine photos it shows as your most recent tagged photos… I want to find an image I like, split it into nine and then tag myself so the image will appear there, but every preview in that box is centred and also resized, how does that work??

  29. says

    Excellent resource. Thanks so much for this post. Something I noticed in a test I ran today is that every single image has anywhere from four to eight pixels unevenly shaved off all four sides when shown in the posts on our group page even when within the size limits. Very odd. Very facebook.

  30. Brandon says

    Thanks, David! This was extremely helpful, and it is very satisfying to have a question on the internet and find a post like this that answers it so thoroughly. Great stuff!

  31. says

    Thank you so much David greatly appreciate this information. Know I have a very clear understanding of utilizing images on Facebook. You ROCK man!

  32. says

    Many thanks for all this truly helpful info. its been a fantastic resource for me personally to learn how to create for twitter and FB. The level of detail you’ve covered is immense and it covers much more than what’s found elsewhere. Its been a definite time saver! I’ll be back for the rest too!
    A big thank you from me. You have a new fan! :)

  33. says

    Thanks David, do you know about the image resolution? I prepare my files for web at 72ppi but the other day I downloaded one of my images from facebook and to my surprise it was set at 96ppi. I always wondered why the facebook images don’t look as good as the original. I think I know now: heavy compression and if you did like me and prepare for 72ppi which then got up-scaled to 96 ppi then you are sure to have a horrible result. I would appreciate your thoughts on this?

    • says

      The only dimensions that matter for the size for this are the length and width. So a 1024x768px image at 72ppi is exactly the same as a 1024x768px image at 96ppi (or 300ppi, for that matter). You can put whatever number you want in that EXIF field, but it doesn’t affect the image size, resolution, or image quality. If you’re getting poor results, the most common culprit is the heavy JPG compression that’s being automatically applied. It’ll affect images with many tones more than ones with only a few, and be particularly noticeable in smooth gradations.

  34. says

    This is very helpful. The only thing that’s missing (the thing I need, of course) is the photo size for EVENTS, which seems to keep changing…

  35. says

    Good information, thanks!

    I recently took a tour to Tibet, bringing only my iPad and my camera. When I got home I noticed a significant difference in resolution when uploading from my iPad, compared to the my PC.

    I’m not sure if this applies to all photo uploads, but I test-uploaded one picture with both iPad and PC, and got the following:

    Original picture resolution: 5184 x 3456

    After iPad upload to Facebook: 960 x 640

    After PC upload to Facebook: 2048 x 1365

    So there is a huge difference in resolution, between iPad and PC. If picture size is important to you, always use the PC.

    • says

      Thanks for the tip. I suspect those size limits are imposed by the iPad (or other) apps and uploaders. I haven’t tested, but there might be ways to use the non-default Facebook upload that’s built into iPad to work around those limits.

  36. says

    So awesome article that I wanted to click on an ad to pay you back but it seems you don’t have any :)

  37. says

    I would like to add a large “Second” to what KBT said. I do web development and understand the work that goes into something like this. THANX for your efforts and for sharing!! As you said, FB doesn’t make it easy for us to use it.

  38. LR says

    Does anybody know how to get to the previous months with the new layout? You used to be able to select 2013 then a drop down menu would give you access to all the previous months. Not anymore.
    Thanks if anybody responds!

  39. says

    On my blog page, where I promote floating homes, I just posted a new album and pictures also populate the photos area in my left hand column. . I would rather have “photos” show a selection of pictures from previous posts. I thought I could hide individual pictures there, or delete them from that section, bring some of the older ones back up. No longer seem to be able to do this (without I assume deleting the images from the album, which I do not want to do. Am I missing someting here, or is this the new reality.?

  40. Dean Nixon says

    A pity the full width highlight feature seems to have gone…which greatly diminishes the impact an eyecatching photo.

  41. Daniel Doherty says

    Image size is not my problem – If I upload more than nine photos – let’s say twelve in a photo album – only nine are ever displayed on my main page. How do I fix this?

    • says

      Sorry, but I can’t replicate this issue. I just tested with 13 images and it seems to have worked fine. If you change the order of them in the upload dialog, is it the same ones each time that don’t show up?

    • says

      470px wide by 394px high. Unlike regular timeline, it’s not cropped automatically, so on vertical photos it gets pushed to left with white space at right.

  42. Sally says

    Hello, great work! I’m a little confused however as I’m looking at conflicting information – photo thumbnails on a page timeline, you’ve said they’re 403 px wide yet this site says they’re 470 px wide…I note that yours identifies the white space while this other resource also points that out but has other sizes which seemingly overcome this issue?

      • Sally says

        Hi David,

        So are you saying that the specs above are potentially not as up-to-date as those here then?

        • says

          Most pages have not yet been switched over to the new layout yet, so the information below is still current for the vast majority of pages. Facebook is in the process of rolling out a new layout, but very few pages are using it yet. But in looking at the pages that are using the new layout, the information at that link you sent is not correct for either the current or the new layouts. In short, a new layout is coming, but the information on the external link appears to be wrong.

          I aim to add the image dimensions for the new layout in the next day or two.

  43. Richard White says

    In posting to Photo Albums of FB, some of the pictures come out very large, nearly filling the screen, others appear much smaller, yet they are all the same size files.

    • says

      I’ve not seen that behavior, and I’m afraid it’s hard to say what the issue is without seeing the original image files.

  44. says

    Thanks this is the BEST overview of the image size rules I’ve ever seen. I saved it to PDF to reference in the future. I especially love the pixel numbers drawn over the photos for quick reference. But I was unaware of how to change photos associated with posts and many of the new features. MANY thanks!

    • says

      470px wide by 394px high. Unlike regular timeline, it’s not cropped automatically. On vertical photos it gets pushed to left with white space at right.

  45. says

    Very informative, thank you. But I have an issue: when I post a link to a page I manage, the photo is showing up the old fashioned way (small cropped photo box to the left of the link preview) instead of the new larger, wide photo ABOVE the link information. Any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    • says

      It’s possible that for some reason your page is still getting the old layout. They roll out the changes gradually, often over weeks or months. But I would have thought the page would have been updated by now–the change was made quite a while ago. Other than that, I’m not sure what could be causing it, I’m afraid.

  46. Hind says

    Hi !

    Thank you for posting this, been really helpful.
    I can’t find the box “fit to sclae” to fit in the logo of a company and it’s been really irritating. The logo is rectangular and woul’d like to have it fit to scale, but I can’t figure it out. I followed your steps but I don’t have any “fit to scale” box.
    Any ideas ?

    • says

      You’re right. I’ve just tried it and it appears they’ve quietly changed that so it’s no longer an option. I’ve updated above. The way I’d work around it is to flesh out the square before uploading so as to upload a square image.

  47. says

    Hi, my FB cover photo looks great on my laptop, but on my phone, it gets completely cut off (the focal point of the image is on the right side, which doesn’t appear at all when the phone is vertical). Is there a way to set the cover photo image to be right-aligned, or something along those lines so that the right side of the image appears on my page? Thanks.

    • says

      I don’t know of any way off the top of my head, but will look into it. What browser are you using? Some mobile browsers are better than others about rescaling images.

      • says

        Thanks for the reply. The issue occurs in the Facebook App on my phone (Samsung Galaxy s3). When the phone is horizontal, it’s fine; when it’s vertical, the entire right side of the cover photo is missing. Kind of weird that they seem to automatically crop off the right half without allowing the user to align the image as he/she wants .

        • says

          I’m not sure that there’s anything that can be done about that. Whether that’s controlled within the app itself or in Facebook’s style sheet, unfortunately there’s no way for the user to influence it.

  48. says

    … thanks for the informative article.

    I like facebook, but consider their terms of service, and the stripping of all metadata, really evil.

    The obvious answer would seem to be to host images elsewhere, and post links to them – are there any disadvantages in taking that route?

  49. ajay says

    I am using Photoshop with “403×403 and more size with high resolution, but when i post on my page text on picture get blur? suggest me some tips for HD picture with text,

  50. says

    Hi, I found this a useful article and then saw this issue of not having control of what thumbnail image appears when posting on a FB page. (It also happens with messenger). I ran across this same issue recently at http://www.squerb.com where I work.

    The solution to this is to make the the appropriate meta tags are present on your website that Facebook understands. In this way FB won’t just scrap for any images it finds. This is referred to as Open Graph. I think the best page to review if you are new to this subject is: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/web/webmasters/

    There’s a lot to Open Graph but you need simple make sure the meta properties for og:url, og:title, and og:image are set. You should be able set multiple images and then you can cycle through the thumbnails. Of course, this approach assumes you have control of the web page.

    I also found it very helpful to use the Open Graph Debugger: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/ which will tell you what Facebook will actually pickup when pointing to your site.

    I hope this helps!

    • says

      Thanks Rob. Excellent tip. Unfortunately controlling the meta tags works better on roll-your-own sites rather than if you’re using a content management system like WordPress, but maybe someone has started a WordPress plugin (or Joomla, Drupal, etc) since I last looked. But as you suggest, if you’re rolling your own site and have control over the HTML, this is the way to go. Thanks!

  51. Doug says

    Great article very informative. Ive had problems with vertical images appearing jagged like you mentioned. It looks on FB “like” pages vertical images do not appear jagged for some reason. Do you think this anything to do with it?

  52. Luke says

    Hi David,

    Great article.

    It would seem Facebook has changed the image dimensions once again. Previously, highlighting an image would stretch it to 846 x 403 px (on a desktop company page at least). In the past couple of weeks I’ve noticed the image height seems to fit but the sides don’t stretch out to fit–thereby leaving grey bars on the left and right of the images. I’m wondering if this is a bug or if there’s new image dimensions to adhere to? (Seems to do the same to videos now.)

    All the best,


      • says

        Great article on image sizes for FB and their power to use our images as they like. I have recently opened a page on FB but am now concerned about my images being borrowed by them or anybody else for that matter. It seems majority of FB users are not aware of what they are signing up for. There must be a lobby to fight against FB policy. Is there any?


  53. Donna says

    Can i make my photo a full-width photo thumbnails on the timeline in my personal page? (not fan page) It seems that even i’ve had highlighted it but it still remain the same :( please help.



  54. Arielle says

    This is awesome, thanks! Although I’ve posted a timeline image larger than 403×403 – and I can’t see how there’s an option to reposition the centre of the photo. The only pencil icon I can get is when I click to enlarge the image and select “edit”. Perhaps FB has changed this since you originally posted this article?

  55. meagan says

    I am a photographer (just starting a business) and want to post a collage of photos (with the ok of clients) taken at recent photo shoots. What would be a good size for the collage to be used for Facebook? Also when I create this collage in photoshop do I do it using the web preset size? thank you for any insight you can offer>…

  56. says

    Hey David,

    This is a great article. Thanks for taking the time to compile all this information. As a PR pro, we manage a number of social media accounts for our clients, and figuring out all the different picture sizing issues can be complicated. This article made it easy. I will definitely be referring to the cheat sheet.


  57. Leandro says

    Thank you so much for this article, it was very helpful and complete. It was exactly what I was looking for.
    One thing, though, on the Facebook’s Terms of Service, there is no Strikethrough or Bold text, I had to go to Q&A in order to understand what was being removed and what was being added.
    Thanks again!


  58. says

    Thanks for this great writing. I am a retiree helping other retirees and newbies to use this social network. Your writing is comprehensive and easy to understand (the graphics help, too).

    A question, though. What is the latest on the ownership/copyright issue? Us retirees have lots of memories to share :).


  59. says

    Your section titled: Photo Thumbnails on the Timeline was great. (I’ve long been infuriated by the way FB handles thumbnails on the Timeline. [This explained it all: “this is being applied to the thumbnail: height: auto; width: 100%. That translates as the image filling the full width no matter what, but the height doesn’t have to”.] Guess I’m crazy to want to see my vertical photos looking as pristine & well-composed as my horizontal photos on my Timeline? Curse you, FB!) Anyways, thanks for explaining, David. Helped a lot!

    • Peter Cornell says

      It seems to me that the best option would be to create a white horizontal image with the correct aspect ratio and then to paste your vertical image into that before uploading. You would then control the amount of white space either side.

      Some image manipulation programs allow you to add margins of a particular size and colour. Adding the appropriate white margins to either side of your vertical image would enable youth construct an appropriate horizontal image.

      You may need a one pixel black border on extreme left and right to prevent the Facebook software automatically cropping off the white space.

  60. says

    Thanks so much David, I’m pretty new to this all and you have helped me a lot. Very well written and easy to understand. I appreciate it. Got some adjusting to do now!

  61. says

    Hello David, thank you for your wonderful solutions.
    I have learned since to size my images for Facebook accordingly, but I see to be doing something wrong. The text on my images still appears blurry, even though I make the images on Illustrator on the prescribed size and make sure the image is not above 100kb to ensure that it is not compressed.
    This link will explain my query. Could you perhaps help in identifying my mistake?
    Thank you so much, Asma M

    • says

      Looks like Facebook’s compression is taking a toll on it. As an experiment, try replacing the background image with a plain single color and see if it still does it. I suspect it’s because of the gradients in the background image.

    • says

      As a work-around for issues like this I’ve been rendering my images for Facebook as PNG 24s. The compression doesn’t seem to be as aggressive with PNGs IMO.


    Thank you David for this, I have been struggling to make a standard for the size of photo posts on our page and after permutation and combination of several sizes, finally i have a nice cheat sheet from your page. I hope this helps me. Thanks once again!

  63. says

    I have uploaded cover at the recommended size (851×315). Shows up full size on computer. When page is viewed on iPad or iPhone cover photo is chopped off left and right. I notice that your cover photos are adjusted on these devices so that the entire photo is viewable. What are you doing that allows FB to adjust for portable devices?

  64. Tony says

    I just uploaded a landscape photo directly from my Samsung S3 to the Facebook news feed and it’s appeared in square format (it seems to have squeezed it rather than crop it) – any idea how I make it appear in the landscape format next time?



  65. says

    Hi there David,

    I’m trying to figure out the upload dimensions for photos on a ‘friends’ profile (not a fanpage).
    I always adjust the sizes to 403 x 403 px (or higher), but lately, Facebook seems to cut the photo off.
    The photo is visible in the square size in the friend’s timeline, but on my own profile, it’s a rectangle in stead of a square pic.

    For instance this one: http://on.fb.me/16ChHti
    In the timeline people see the square pic, but on our fb profile (www.facebook.com/vlla.nl) it shows as: http://postimg.org/image/po8qrg005/

    The size of the picture was 404 x 404 px, so it should have been displayed as a square pic, right?

    Have you experienced this bug as well?
    Looking forward to your answer!

    Kind regards,

    • Wiwit Gunawan says

      i’ve got exactly the same problem as yours a lot and here’s some suggestion for you.

      first reposition your photo to it’s bottom. it will make your photo’s viewing in facebook looks like cut off at the top by the text you type.
      here’s your photo when i post it in my time line and do the reposition http://postimg.org/image/dq6xry2el/

      now right-click on your photo then select Inspect Element (i use Firefox as my browser)
      a dock bottom window shows up then choose inspector tab, you will see a highlighted script like this

      img class=”scaledImageFitWidth img” width=”504″ height=”504″ alt=”Photo: LEKKER WEEKEND
      ALLEMAAL! En kom langs vanaaf bij VLLA op Vrijdag met r.i.t.m. (VLLA, VOS) Michiel Verbeek (Catch!, ADE) & Loran Hamelink (Kleurenblind Festival) [[ https://www.facebook.com/events/322515771227415/ ]]” src=”https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/p480x480/1466121_607279925974699_891211120_n.jpg” style=”top: -126px;”>

      pay attention at this on the script above:
      1. width=”504″ height=”504″ which means your photo scaled to 504×504 pixel dimension
      2. style=”top:-126px;” means that the text you type cut off your “new scaled” photo by 126 pixel from the top

      now open your original photo (403×403 pixel dimension) in photoshop then adjust to 378×378
      that number came up from 504 minus 126 pixel

      open new image with 504×504 pixel dimension and copy-paste the 378×378 photo on it

      adjust the position like this http://postimg.org/image/yzrhrt1zl/
      you may use another background color instead of white but the focus here is the position

      now you can post the new 504×504 photo on facebook, add the text, and here’s what it look a like

      i just found this trick recently and will do this till there’s more practical way

      i’m sorry with my English coz i’m Indonesian

      • says

        Thanks for this detailed post, David.

        I had the same problem as Geertje. Even if I did not post any text, the photo gets chopped. I also used 403 x 403.

        Thanks also Wiwit. Your English is fine btw. It seems so complicated though. So we have to adjust the photo size depending on amount of text we will post with it?

  66. Luigi says

    Hi David, Nice article. I uploaded over 50 images to a FB album then it posted a few sample images on my timeline to show I have added new images. Can I edit which images it displays on my timeline?

  67. says

    This is a very helpful article, Thank you for writing it. As an accountant using social media to advertise and spread the word, I often spend a lot of time trying to navigate the perils of marketing and technology. I have clipped your article to Evernote already, and I have a feeling I will refer to it each week when I work on my “Sales Tax Tuesday” posts. Thanks again!

  68. says

    Hey David,

    Thank you so much for this article. It has made it’s way well up the Google ranks and I found this as my first hit and answered my question. So thank you again. :)

  69. says

    Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve been searching for these guideline and somehow people explain it in a very confusing way. But your explanation is completely clear and easy to understand.

  70. Rosamari says

    Hi David!
    Thanks for this post!!! It’s indeed helpful!!
    I prepare pictures b4 uploading them on facebook using the sizes you have indicated here above. They fit awfully! But the ugly jagged artefacts around the pictures still occur. What’s wrong?
    Thanks for your kind attention!

    • says

      Jagged artefacts are usually from too much compression. Assuming the sizes are all set correctly, when you prepare before uploading, you could try setting the JPG compression to the highest possible setting (100, 10, or 12, depending on what software you use) to see if that clears it up. The highest possible setting (ie. least compression) isn’t really necessary for most uses, but in this case it’s going to be recompressed by FB anyway.

      Artefacts can also come from too much sharpening. If you’re applying sharpening, you could try reducing the amount.

  71. says

    Awesome article! Thanks for putting this great resource together. Best article I found on sizing pictures.

    I’m having issues resizing my icon app image. FB says 111 x 74 pixels and I’ve tried everything and it won’t load it. Any suggestions? I use Paint. Is there a better program to resize photos in? I’m on a PC

    • says

      Not necessarily better, but there are a bunch of Windows programs that will handle resizing. Some free ones worth a look include Irfanview and Gimp. As for why it won’t load, right click on the file in Windows Explorer or My Computer, then choose Properties, and check that the pixel file size is indeed 111×74. Sometimes aspect ratio issues can trim a pixel here or there.

  72. says

    Hi David, thanks for excellent post. As for profile picture, if you upload it at 180×180, when downscaled to 160×160 the picture becomes blurry. Usually the best results when downsizing are when resulting image dimensions are precisely 1/2 of original ones. So I’d suggest uploading profile picture at 320×320 pixels. This will give crisp and sharp picture vs. the one downscaled from other size.

      • says

        Just a suggestion for your incomplete page. I have been Google searching for nearly 10 minutes, And the maximum size, or ratio for a comment photo is no where to be found. (Photo comments are usually meme’s on fan page posts if you weren’t sure what I meant)
        If you include this, you may have the most complete guide to Facebook image sizing!
        At the moment I am still searching for information but I am afraid I will most likely have to test for the ratio myself. I will post my findings or results of my test once I find it. (Don’t worry about inaccurate pixel dimensions I am a graphic designer.

        > 277x231px ref: http://www.blivz.com/SizeTest.jpg

        Your Welcome :) Please include ‘Photo Comment Maximum Resolution’ in your keywords so others may find this, as I had to find out manually and could not find after 15 minutes of Google searching.

    • Maxime says


      i searched everywhere and i just tried your tip to upload profile picture at 320px*320px but it still appears blurry on small avatar size and on advertising sample on the right. I do upload a Png file (24). The image looks perfect as profile square picture but awfully blurred on small size avatar (aka 32×32). Do you have an other suggestion ? Should i try a 640px*640px ? I am really struggling with this and we are about to launch our business page. Thanks a lot. Regards

  73. lalith says

    i want to upload a photo which should be displayed in the whole horizontal width of my timeline….right now the whole image is shown at one side of the timeline and another image nearby…..pages like abercrombe and fitch have uploaded photos to the whole width…!!how am i supposed to do it..!!!

    • says

      I’ve just taken a look at the FB page, and I’m afraid I don’t follow. All the images I see are displaying regularly as squares on one side of the timeline or the other. Without seeing exactly what you mean, two possibilities come to mind: images will display full-width on many mobile browsers because the two sides of the timeline are condensed into one vertical column, or perhaps they’re using a separate FB custom page aside from their timeline. If you know of another example I can take a look at, send it along.

  74. APhinx wu says

    David, i want to upload album to facebook. What size should i make on photoshop? What about ppi? I tried to upload but the pictures really bad n not clear to read in text part. Thanks David..

    • says

      There are many “right” answers to this, but a good place to start is sizing to something like 1024px on longest edge and then using 72ppi (the ppi doesn’t actually matter, but many standard computer screens using a pixel density of 72ppi, so may as well put that in if you have to enter something in that field). With text, you might want to try experimenting with a larger image of, say, 2048px on longest edge.

  75. Christopher says


    Great article!

    I experience some problems with vertical photos, and I hope you can help me out.
    All of my horizontal photos looks perfect (quality and resolution), except my vertical photos. It seems like when i upload vertical photos directly to facebook….its look like crap!!!! any solutions?
    Lightroom export settings:
    2048 in long edge… quality 100…. output sharpness – standard.

    Thanks in advance!

    • says

      Hmm . . . it *should* be fine with those settings, and I’m afraid I haven’t seen that problem before. Are they stretched or is it a pixelation issue?

      • says

        I get this problem as well. Horizontal photos look great, while vertical images take on a mushy, overly compressed quality. I use similar Lightroom export settings as Christopher, but am wondering if, for vertical photos, I should make the long edge shorter than 2048 pixels. Thoughts?

  76. says

    This is a great post – I came across it because I’m hunting down an explanation for the following problem:

    When I share tall infographics on my page timeline (and I almost always schedule in advance), everything on my activity log looks great and the image scales appropriately. However, when the image posts, the entire picture is displayed, making for a very long, very tiny, very unreadable graphic (see https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=573735716011459&set=a.367098320008534.94074.290631597655207&type=1).

    Have you come across anyone having this issue?

  77. says

    It is impossible for me to upload such color pictures sharp on FB. Terrible results!!!
    On other sites i’ve no problem at all. They look very sharp. What to do?


  78. says

    David, thanks for a great post. Very helpful.
    One question: I recently created an event, uploaded an image as the event profile image. However, on the mobile, the event shows partial pic. Apparently the partial pic it has is an odd section of the image. I need to fix it. Is there a way to specify positioning for the mobile? Or even better upload an entire new pic for mobile size?

    • says

      The mobile display appears to have been changing a bit lately. I plan to investigate fully soon, but I’m afraid I don’t have an answer for you right now.

  79. says

    Thank you so much David, I was to post my new singing video on my Facebook page but the image size is not kinda right, it doesn’t really show the content, I’m so glad to find this.

  80. Mira says

    “short edge to 403px” do you mean the shortest side of the photo? (I usually crop and resize – and copyright) and then the pics look shitty. Recently uploaded original size, those look good. Makes sense now, reading your story. But I rather stick to putting up smaller pics.
    We usually have either 750by500 pixels, or 400*600. Thanks for info!

  81. says

    I hear Uploaded Timeline Photo Thumbnail dimensions will be changing soon. I’m already seeing changes when viewing my business page on my mobile app (not the Pages app, but the regular Facebook app) – they are now landscape orientation! It’s driving me crazy – the square dimension made it simple to keep things looking nice whether viewing on the mobile app or on a desktop’s Timeline format or in the Gallery. Any idea what the new dimension will be so I can somehow start working within that when creating images? I’m not a professional photographer by any means, but I use my amateur photography heavily to promote my business. Just when I think I’ve gotten ahold of things, they change the “game”.

    • says

      Yes, apparently there are changes being rolled out that are driven by mobile browsers. I’ll update when I can get access to an account that has them implemented.

      • says

        This was all very, very useful for someone with knowledge of pics but not how the manage size and placement. King of like drivers training. Now I know everything and I’m a really dangerous 16 year old loose on FB, LMAO! Watch me go. Seriously thank you for the well thought out explanation that even I grasped on the first pass. Job well done Sir.

        Please keep us up to date on any size changes.

  82. Sarah says

    Thank for this great advice David! I use photoshop to edit my photos, what do you recommend using for the resolution for these types of photos for Facebook? Does it make a difference on the internet like it does when you print? Nothing worse than a great photo that looks blurry just because of the resolution. Thanks!

    • says

      No, except in very rare circumstances, resolution never really matters on the web. The ones that matter are the number of pixels in each dimension.

  83. Prashant Dudhaiya says

    Its very nice article with the essential information about the pictures on Facebook. As, now a days, everyone is uploading more and more photos on Facebook.
    Well, I used to upload the photos with 960 px. What is your suggestion for regular post/pictures uploads? (I am not interested in uploading photos at full resolution as it is not a wise choice ot do.)

    • says

      I set short edge to 403px. That keeps thumbnail looking good but small enough that image security issues are minimized. It would be great to be able to offer larger images, but too risky (speaking from experience).

  84. Monica says

    Thanks for this! Awesome tips. Can I offer a suggestion? Next to your cheat sheet, can you throw in a visual map of the various image types? There’s so many, I don’t know what a Cover Photo is from an Uploaded Photo! :)

  85. Monica says

    This is awesome! Posted on my Facebook page. And, as my company’s social media person, I’m finding that I refer to these tips often!’

    • says

      Not sure what you mean. Did you zoom in the browser window (that is, does it affect everything in the browser window or just Facebook)?

  86. says

    Hi, I have a corporate facebook page, with a profile photo that is currently my logo (sometimes my photo). But when I’m logged in, and then go to the pages of other people, I’m allowed to comment…but it shows a gray box “anonymous” head rather than my profile photo. Any recommendations for how to fix? Can’t find info anywhere!
    Thanks so much for any tips you can provide.

    • says

      Not sure what could be doing that, since the current profile picture is always public, by design. Have you got it set to “Use Facebook As” your corporate page rather than your personal profile?

  87. TJ Given says

    Is there a new spec that Facebook rolled out for sizing photos within the last day or two? I always resize to 2048 on the longest side to avoid Facebook’s compression but noticed a degradation in quality last night (March 13, 2013) to a vertical photo uploaded that evening.

    Facebook had changed my home page which now features larger photos (which I tend to upload one at a time with no “high quality” option button that I can see), much larger than ever before.

    So will there be a new, larger size for those who like to resize for optimization? It seems that Facebook keeps this information hidden for some reason. Everyone will get their home page changed to this new layout within the next few days, it seems.

    Thanks so much for any input.

    • says

      Not sure. Thanks for the tip–will keep a close eye on it and update as necessary. If they are updating things, some of the rollouts can take a while to get to everyone.

  88. Oli says


    I have a question. I resized my image to be 403 height and less than 403 width but facebook still cuts the bottom of image off. I have to Highlight the photo for it not to do that. I tired resizing to less than 403 and it still does this. What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks so much.


  89. Catherine Karnow says

    HELP! How do I reposition a single photo when it is one of a two photo “gallery” on my page?
    Take a look at Catherine Karnow Photography and see the two photos I posted side by side and you will see that in the right hand photo, I am almost cropped out. I want to move just that one photo to the right. How do I do this?
    I really like your website by the way.

    • says

      Hi Catherine,

      I’ve taken a look, but I’m afraid I’m not sure which one you mean. If it’s selecting which part of the image shows up in the square used for the thumbnail on the timeline, in the timeline move the mouse over the thumbnail and then choose the pencil icon from the top right of the post. In the drop-down menu, there’s a Reposition Photo option. You can only drag in one dimension, but that might be what you’re after. If it’s not, let me know.

      You have an incredible collection with absolutely beautiful photos.

  90. says

    Thanks, man. I’m applying for a job to take over the social media campaign for a group of hotels, and this is one of the many things they’re not doing well. Now I know the trick to right-sizing the image! You rock!

  91. Christine says

    Hello. What I’ve noticed is that you can upload fairly large files (ie, I don’t shrink or resize first because FB compresses them–it’s just a step I skip). However, if you download that same file from FB, it’s only KB in size now. So, even if someone does steal it, they can’t really print it effectively at that 40kb size.

    • Lindsay says

      Actually I had someone download and print my photos – with the watermark on them, but I hadn’t compressed them first. They used them in a photobook, so the size of the photos was not large, but they used them anyway and they came out ok. This was someone in my family who I would have happily sernt the full size files had they asked, but now I’m annoyed that they used them without my permission and probably won’t share photos with them in the future.

  92. says

    Can I add something to the “403px” debate on Facebook timeline images? What I found was the width is key. When I posted an image 403px high but less than 403px wide, Facebook scaled the image up to be 403px wide with the result that it truncated the bottom off – which was now greater than 403. When I made sure the original image was 403px wide (and 403 high), it behaved itself. So, key message is make sure images are 403px wide and if you want the entire image to display make it 403px high too. Hope this is helpful.

  93. Swapnil Malushte says


    Do you by any chance happen to know what’s the apt size we need to stick to when it comes to the Facebook experience on mobile.

    When we set the width to 403px….. it appears cropped from both, left & right, sides.

  94. Gregg O:) says

    Dave, they’ve changed it all again :/
    Seems like a 507 x380 dimension will get you the whole pic if you edit it for that ratio.
    Unfortunately I couldn’t get the ‘highlight’ feature,which used to spread across the page landscape format, to work any more – even using a 1014 x 380 for testing..

    ah well,, thank you FB that you are FREE O:)

    • says

      Do you mean for the link thumbnails? 507×380 is basically 4:3 aspect ratio, which is within a few pixels when resized for 155×114. So if you use a 4:3 image you’ll basically get the full image (technically, it’ll crop about 2 pixels off).

    • says

      403 is not correct – and niether is 507 – if you upload photos of either size to the timeline they ar enot displayed in the proper dimension and when you click on the photo in timeline to view it full it’s distored and not in the original size……..

      • says

        I’m afraid I can’t reproduce the issue you’re having. I’ve added an example above when uploading an image 403px by 403px where the full image is used as the timeline thumbnail and displayed at the same size in the photo viewer.

    • Gregg O:) says

      ohhh dear – this is embarrassing :O) – but the very next day, all my FACEBOOK pics reverted to ‘normal’ (which really is a setting on a washing machine) – and my new ‘ratio’ for
      FB pics mutated into abnormal views. So in fact, my ‘507 x 380’ idea was only good for less than 24 hours…. just seems like there a was a temporary glitch in how FB displayed photos – but it was quickly resolved.
      So back to your observations, Dave, which I wholeheartedly concur with O:).

  95. john jackson says

    i’m having trouble uploading photos. it seems only very small 300,000 file size will be accepted. this didn’t seem to be a problem in the past. if facebook reduces the size automatically, why are larger file sizes not accepted? also, i seem to have seen an option to upload high quality photos somewhere in facebook before. does this option still exist? finally, if i choose to just add a link (with thumbnail) to the photo on my website, does facebook have the right to use the image even though i have not uploaded it to facebook? thanks.

    • says

      For the 300,000 file size image, what width and height in pixels is it? If possible, resizing it to under 2048 x 2048 should be safe.
      You can upload fairly large files directly into Facebook photo galleries.
      As for the rights issue, it’s a good question and would really take an intellectual property lawyer to answer (which I’m not). The best I can do is refer you to the terms of use, which are at the end of this post. Without being a lawyer myself, my guess is that they could only use what you actually upload to Facebook. But I see the complication that the thumbnail is just a smaller version of the same image content and I’m afraid I don’t have a good answer.

  96. says

    I had so many problems trying to uplaod my image for my photography page! It kept on modifying the logo size at 180×180 to the point it would cut off the corner edges of my logo. I ended up having to open a blank document in photoshop and adjust to 300×250 and copy/pasted the 180×180 logo. Worked for me.

  97. Mark Suchon says

    Great article and resource!

    Do you have any experience with photos in Facebook “groups”? I can upload and albumize, but everything disappears very soon. (Yes, I “Post”). Even more baffling, I can upload the exact same photos to non-“group” pages!

    I know you’re not FB support, but thought I’d ask……


  98. Jenny says

    I need help with this too: “Robert Lowdon: Anyone know why it seems to hate the colour red and blue. Facebook always seems to pixelate these colours.”

    We use a pinkish color for one client and blues for another. These always turn out pixelated! Especially the timeline photos we use with posts. Why and what’s a fix for it?

  99. Brian says

    Here’s what should be a simple question but I’ve not found the answer yet.

    I’ve uploaded some photos to an album. How do I use those in a post? It seems like when creating a post I only have the option of uploading a new picture, not using an existing one. Thanks for any help.

  100. says

    What do you consider the optimum size for a photo that a company posts on their page? I ask because in the past, my company has consistently posted (displayed) images that are 520 x 370 and once loaded to the page, most of the image is cut off. Would you recommend 960 x 720 instead?

    • says

      Unfortunately there’s no correct answer for that. It all depends on the design of the page. The ones on this site, for example, are usually around 900 or 940 pixels wide. Much wider than that and they crop on a lot of computer screens. But if there’s text around it, like in the post text pages, then I do them smaller.

  101. says

    Can you tell me if its possible just to have a cover photo without profile pic. I know I can delete my profile picture but I’m left with a square empty space and would like to show the whole of my cover photo. Thanks Sue

  102. says

    FB compresses, at least now, the heck out of uploaded photos. I was looking at your dimensions and comparing to one I had just uploaded and mine is smaller @775 x 560 and yet they STILL compress it even further to make it look terrible.
    Check the watermark I used on the muay thai boxers on my page and you’ll see what I mean. http://tinyurl.com/8cdwg3h
    Oh well!

  103. Cecilia Power says

    Thank you, David, for your informative article! It should be very helpful for me when I start modifying my FB page. I am so non-techy it will be a bit of trial and error for me even after reading helpful things like yours, and catching the recording of the webinar from TAA. I was a dummy an missed seeing it live. Again, thanks!

  104. uat says

    Thanks for the info. When I try to save my image using a graphic program to 2048 x 2048, the final out is 2048 x 1370. I don’t understand why it cannot be 2048 x 2048 (width and height). Any idea?

    • says

      It has to do with aspect ratios. If you crop your image to square shape (us the 1×1 setting in Lightroom’s crop tool), you’ll be able to export to 2048×2048. Otherwise, it sounds like you’re you’re trying to fit a rectangular image inside a 2048×2048 square container, so the long edge will be 2048 and the short edge shorter than that.

  105. says

    Nice article with the several dimensions, i think its the first time that i see it in a table, more easier if we already know the imagens name and locations. :-) Greetings.

    • says

      In most situations, PPI setting doesn’t actually matter much. But if you want to match it to the output, typically printing is done at somewhere around 200-300ppi, typical screen monitors are at 72ppi. High resolution displays like new generation iPads, etc, use a higher ppi display setting. But ultimately what really matters is the number of pixels in width and height.

  106. Doug Revell says

    This is helpful – wish Facebook made things this clear.

    Can you tell me why, when aq photo well within allowed dimensions is posted, sometimes only part of it appears in the actual ttimeline? The whole picture appears when it is clicked on, but Facebook crops it arbitraily in the normal display.

    • says

      When sharing a Web page to the Timeline, I have discovered that Facebook appears to do what you described if the URL gets translated. For example, if you do not supply the protocol prefix (http://), or you include or exclude “www” but the website is set up to default the other way, or you use “http://” and the web server forces it to “https://”. So, when sharing a page with a graphic as a means of publishing it on Facebook, make sure the image is the right size for (e.g., 484×252), then be sure to use exactly the right, complete URL for the page.

  107. Tanya says

    I see images from the Aol Image page listed as “may” by subject to copyright. Does that me they are or that it’s an option? If you use one of these images for a FB Cover doesn’t that clear copyright infringements–because you are using it for artistic purposes?

    • says

      Sorry, Tanya, but I’m afraid I can’t really answer that. Only an intellectual property lawyer could give you an authoritative answer on that, sorry, and I’m definitely not one.

    • Tony says

      All images are subject to copyright unless specifically named as copyright free. If you want good low price images try istock or similar.

  108. says


    i noticed that you had a the dimensions of “linked photos” being 90 X 90 (which seems to increase depending on where the image is linked from)

    i did noticed as well when i link a youtube file it posts a much bigger image. it does the same when posting a video on facebook.

    take a look at this fb page and scroll down it – most of the pics are 90 wide – but then a video hosted by fb is larger and the same with a video hosted on fb.


    wanting to know if there was any way to really maximize my image thumbnail???


    • says

      Thumbnails for links are 90×90, but the thumbnail for a regular photo you upload to a Facebook photo gallery displays larger–same for videos. So it depends on what it is you’re sharing, whether link, photo, or video.

  109. John says


    Can you tell me whether it is possible to place photos on Facebook that are taken from Istockphoto, Flickr and other such sources ?

    I have heard that Facebook requires ownership of photos.

  110. B says

    I have a question. I’m the admin of a company fb page and I’m having trouble posting a link to a blog entry from the company website. I attach the link but it doesn’t give me a choice as to which thumbnail i want posted. The arrows are there but unclickable. The image it gives me is a random image on the company website. I can’t find info anywhere on the web. Do you have any ideas?

    Thanks so much for any ideas you can provide.



    • says

      If you add a link from within Facebook, it will try to grab one of the images from the linked page but it won’t give you the option of uploading another one. There are third-party options that allow you to specify a particular image; some I’ve used for that are sendible.com and Post It At, and there are probably others. There’s also a way you can specify a particular image to use in the html code of your page, but that isn’t especially practical for anything running off a CMS.

    • Sheila says

      Lots of folks are having the same problem B. It is a behaviour change when posting a url to a blog post on fb. The past behaviour was one where there was a choice of pics from the blog post to choose from, now we can’t get anything but our profile pics to post as default even when pictures are the correct size. No one seems to be owning the resolution to this, see this discussion.