If the Cover Photo is the place to make a good first impression on your Facebook page, the Profile Picture is what represents you. It displays prominently on your page, but it also follows you everywhere you tread on the site.
Most people use a photo of themselves–and that’s really what it’s designed for–but you can use any image you like, even a logo. Some people use a photo of their kids. Some use it to make a political statement.
In choosing a profile picture, choose something that will work well at small sizes. While the one that’s displayed with the cover photo is a reasonable size, the same profile picture is also used much smaller elsewhere on Facebook like next to any comments you post. Also remember that your profile picture is always public (as is your cover photo).
It’s always displayed as a square. You can upload a rectangular image, but it will be cropped to a square shape.
The image you upload has to be at least 180px by 180px. It will be displayed at 168px by 168px.
You have to upload an image at least 180px by 180px. 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”.
You’ll then get a basic cropping tool. Drag the corners of the box to change its size. Click in the box and drag to choose a different part of the image.
You can then click on the thumbnail and drag. Click “Done editing” when you’re happy with it to go back to your page.
Tip: If you find that your resulting profile picture is blurry after it’s downsized in Facebook, try uploading an image twice the size of the downsized image (that is, an image that is 336px by 336px). That often gives a sharper result.
The Profile Picture is automatically overlayed on the Cover Photo. It’s 22px from the left edge of the Cover Photo and 211px from the top.
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.