Best Facebook Photo Sizes: Cover, Profile, Wall Photos 2014

Best Facebook Photo Sizes: Cover, Profile, Wall Photos 2014Need the best Facebook photo sizes?

Here are all the details you need to size your photos and graphics to look their best on your Facebook Fan Page. Includes Cover Photo, Profile Pic, and Wall Photos.

Updated for the new Facebook Page design June 2014!

Facebook Cover Photo Dimensions

Starting at the top, your Cover Photo will be displayed at 851 pixels (px) by 315px. You have the opportunity to adjust the cropping, but cannot resize the image that you upload or choose from your Fan Page albums.

Best Facebook Cover Photo Size 2014

To ensure you’ll like the results, size in an image editor before uploading. Start with an image that’s at least 851 pixels wide. Enlarging a lower resolution image can make it look fuzzy or pixelated.

NOTE: Your Page Name, category, and buttons have moved inside the Cover Photo as of mid-June 2014. Grab my template at the link below so they won’t obstruct an important part of your Cover design.

Read: Facebook Timeline Cover Photo: Size, Template, Ideas (get the updated template here).

How to Make a Great Facebook Timeline Cover Photo for 15 Bucks (learn to resize images in a FREE image editor).

Marketing with Facebook Fan Page Cover Photos

Facebook Profile Picture Size

Facebook Profile Picture SizeThe Facebook Profile Picture is displayed on your Fan Page at 160px square, but must be uploaded at least 180px square. You can also upload a larger image, preferably in a multiple of 180, such as 360, 540, or 720, and Facebook will resize it for you. This may give you better clarity, and will definitely give you a larger image in your Photo Album!

Also read: How to Make the Best Facebook Profile Picture

Facebook Fan Page App Images / Thumbnails

Facebook Fan Page App Thumbnail Size 2014The App Images, Tab Images, or Thumbnails that used to appear under your Cover Photo have moved to the left column. Only 3 show on the page, but when the arrowhead is clicked, every app thumbnail can be seen. It’s a good idea to customize them.

The Facebook app thumbnails are still 111px wide by 74px high. Keep them simple – maybe just type that expresses a call-to-action.

Also read: How to Create Custom App Images for your Facebook Fan Page

Facebook Fan Page App Favicons

The FB Fan Page Apps used to have tiny 16px favicons. These have been eliminated.

Facebook Fan Page Apps

Facebook Fan Page Tab Full Image SizeYour Fan Page app can be a single image (sample here). The width of the tab is 810px, and the maximum height for a full-tab image is 1200px. This is the only Facebook image that I’ve found to have a file size restriction, and it’s 400kb. Choose the appropriate compression when saving your jpeg, It won’t upload if larger than 400kb.

For info on how to add custom tabs to your Fan Page, read: Facebook Timeline Fan Page Tabs: Add Your Website to FB

Facebook Wall Photo Size

Best Facebook Photo Sizes 2014: Wall PhotoNew as of June 2014! Photos shared on your wall are displayed at 504 pixels wide and up to 504 pixels high. When sizing your graphics and photos, make them at least 504 pixels. Facebook is recommending 1200 pixels.

Height can vary – horizontal and tall images will work. I used to recommend a tall proportion of 4:5, but now these will be reduced to 504 pixels tall with gray bars on the sides (see sample).

Horizontal images will fill the 504 pixel width, but won’t have the impact of square. Square looks best on the wall.

For complete details on how photos appear on the Fan Page Wall in 2014, see Best Facebook Photo Sizes for Your Fan Page Wall 2014.

Facebook Photo Viewer Photo Size

Facebook Photo Viewer Photo SizePhotos you’ve uploaded will appear in the Photo Viewer, or lightbox, at the maximum resolution possible, depending on the size you uploaded them and the viewer’s display device. The maximum Facebook photo size for upload and download is 2048 px square. If you upload a larger image, Facebook will reduce it so the longest side is 2048 px. Remember that photos can be downloaded at the full size you’ve uploaded, at least up to 2048 px.

For optimal display, Facebook recommends that you resize your images before uploading to one of these widths they support:

  • 720 px
  • 960 px
  • 2048 px

If you upload 2048 px photos, be sure to choose the High Quality option.

WARNING: Photos you upload to Facebook can be downloaded by anyone you’ve allowed to view them in your permissions (and Fan Page posts are always public). Any images might be downloaded and reused, even though that would be copyright infringement (unless you give permission). How to Report Claims of Intellectual Property Infringement.

You’ve also allowed Facebook to distribute your images according to their Terms of Service:

For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.

I recommend you NOT upload your professional images at high resolution unless you have a specific reason to do so (for example, you want fans to download printable images of an event). I also suggest you watermark your images.

Facebook Milestone or Highlighted Post Photo Size

Milestones and Highlighted Posts used to span both columns of your Timeline. Now that Fan Pages have only one column for posts (as of mid-June 2014), there are no double-wide images.

Facebook Milestone Photo Size

Link Thumbnail Size

Updated June 2014! Dimensions of the link thumbnail on desktop display is 484 x 252 pixels, and on mobile 560 x 292 pixels. Minimum size to place on your blog posts: 600 x 315. If you’re posting a link via Facebook, and the linked page includes photos, you can use the arrows to choose the desired thumbnail, check the box for no thumbnail, or upload a different image.

For more details, read New Facebook Link Thumbnails.

Facebook Link Photo Size on the Timeline, 2014

Be sure to check out and bookmark the Infographic: Facebook Photo Size Dimensions 2014.

And more: learn to optimize photos for Facebook here, and which file types to use.

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Comments

      • Ann says

        Most photos don’t show the square. I use Ms Office Picture Mgr. to resize and compress photos. I guess compressing to 448×336 (pre-set for web pages) isn’t sufficient. When I’ve added text to a photo at bottom or top it sometimes gets cut off. Is this an optimal size or 403×403?

        • says

          Any square 403 or larger will work. But the non-square image is only cut off on your Timeline – it should show in its entirety in the news feeds of your fans. The square image will be larger in the news feeds tho.

  1. says

    This is great. I’m going to have to make some templates using these guidelines. That way I only have to place my image in and voila it’s ready to go. Thanks for the info :)

  2. redkiteyorks says

    Very useful advice. For those processing their own photos in something like Photoshop or Lightroom, I’d also strongly recommend that any ‘sharpening’ they apply to the image should only be done AFTER applying the image sizing recommended above. If it is a photo that you need for printing, screen size and Facebook size, save the original unsharpened at original size in a lossless format (not .jpeg!). Open the original image and resize to the output size required and then sharpen for that size. For Facebook, save as an 8 bit (if you normally process in 16bit) .jpeg image. Why do this? On Facebook, lots of beautiful images are spoiled because they have been sharpened at print output resolution and then rendered by Facebook to the size they need.

  3. fado says

    hi but i didnt get why theres alot of pixels when i upload my photo on my facebook fan page i didnt get how can i fix this :(

  4. Bala says

    One of the best way for a creative profile picture is to convert your pic to cartoon. I have done it from fiverr.com.
    It has come so good. I suggest it for you also.

    • says

      That could be fun for a personal page, but I don’t recommend cartoons for a business page (except in limited circumstances where it may be appropriate – like the business does cartoons, or kid stuff). Showing your face is a better way to help people get to know you, and then trust you.

  5. Tom Bender says

    Recently facebook has instituted a new event layout with the event picture on top like a cover photo on the timeline. Do you know what the correct dimensions of that new photo area on the events are? Thank you!

  6. says

    I’m a photographer and I’m really struggling with what dimensions/sizes are the best for sharp images to post on my page. Would you just upload the largest size they allow? I’m not having much luck with this.

    • says

      No, I wouldn’t, Jennifer. I’d actually upload the smallest, and even lowest resolution, files you find acceptable for viewing. This will deter people from stealing, and possibly even selling, your images.

  7. says

    Louise, would you say the photo size for offers and therefore what ends up as the ad for those offers would be the Link Thumbnail Size??

    • says

      Hi Lindsey!
      Yes, the offer photo is the same proportions. Minimum size for the image is 470 x 246 pixels, and Facebook recommends 1200 x 630 for best display on high-resolution devices.

  8. says

    Hi Louise Myers,
    Nice information you have shared. This is really awesome post. I have a question for you, My website have rectangle images when i share the link on Fb, Images automatically fetch from the link but it cuts the corner text. For eg, if image have mention “software development company” , in the FB share image the text “ware development com” show and image becomes blur.

    Please guide which dimension should i have upload on website so that it will become fine on FB while i share the link.

    Thanks,
    Ashutosh Kumar

    • says

      Hi Ashutosh,
      The size to appear correctly on Facebook should be 600 x 315 pixels (or larger).

      I’m not sure I understand about Facebook cutting the corner text. Would you like to give me a link to your FB page, or a post where that has happened?
      Louise

  9. Ashok Koparday says

    Hi Louise,

    Greetings.

    I did not get precisely this information on FB help though they are supportive and quick. Further search brought me here for answers to my query about sizes.

    You have a clean, clutter less website with tasteful colors.
    Best,
    Dr. Ashok Koparday

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