Wondering the best Facebook photo sizes?
Here’s all the info you need to size your photos and graphics to look their best on your Facebook Fan Page.
Plus, I’ve summarized everything on a handy infographic you can pin on Pinterest, and even embed on your own website.
And don’t miss best practices to optimize photos for Facebook, and file types to use.
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 albums.
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.
How to Make a Great Facebook Timeline Cover Photo for 15 Bucks (teaches you how to resize images in a FREE image editor)
Facebook Profile Picture Size
The 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!
Facebook Fan Page Tab Images (Thumbnails)
The Tab Images, or Thumbnails that appear under your Cover Photo, are 111px wide by 74px high. Keep them simple – maybe just type that expresses a call-to-action.
Facebook Fan Page Tab Favicon
A favicon for a web page is a tiny 16px square image that appears in your browser’s address bar. Well, FB Fan Page Tabs also have tiny 16px favicons too! When you click the drop-down arrow at the end of the row of Tab Images, you’ll see the app favicons below the Tab Images, to the left of the text name of the tab. These can be replaced with custom favicons at the time you create a custom tab by following these directions. Woobox tells me you can’t change them on a tab you already have installed.
Facebook Fan Page Tabs
Your Fan Page tab itself 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
Photos shared on your wall are displayed at a maximum of 403 pixels wide by 504 pixels high. For best appearance on the wall, upload photos that are at least at least 403 pixels wide. Height can vary – horizontal and square images will work, but the proportion of 4:5 will give the biggest impact on your Fan Page Wall.
Facebook is now recommending uploading an optimal size of 1200 pixels on the longest dimension, for best appearance on high resolution displays. That works out to 960px wide by 1200px high for the Fan Page Wall.
For complete details on how photos appear on the Fan Page Wall in 2014, see Best Facebook Photo Sizes for Timeline 2014.
Facebook Photo Viewer Photo Size
Photos you’ve uploaded will appear in the Photo Viewer, or lightbox, at the size you uploaded them, up to 960px x 960px. The maximum Facebook photo size for upload and download is 2048px square. If you upload a larger image, Facebook will reduce it so the longest side is 2048px, but it will appear in the Photo Viewer no larger than 960px on the longest side. It can be downloaded at the full size, however.
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 could thus be reused, even though this is a copyright infringement (unless you have given permission for reuse). 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) and also suggest you watermark your images.
Facebook Milestone or Highlighted Post Photo Size
Milestones and Highlighted Posts span both columns of your Timeline, and are displayed on your Wall at 843px wide by up to 504px high. I like using a variety of heights – skinny ones like the one below break up space on the Wall, but become pretty small in the News Feed.
Milestone photos less than 843px wide, or a taller aspect ratio than 843 x 504, will be centered in the space with a light gray bar on each side.
Link Thumbnail Size
Dimensions of the link thumbnail on desktop display is 377 x 197 pixels, and on mobile 560 x 292 pixels (recommended minimum size to place on your blog posts). If you’re posting a link via Facebook, and the linked page includes photos, you can use the arrows to choose the desired thumbnail, or check the box for no thumbnail.
For more details, read New Facebook Link Thumbnails.
Be sure to check out and bookmark the Infographic: Facebook Photo Size Dimensions 2014.
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