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

Best Facebook Photo Sizes: Cover, Profile, Wall Photos & More!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.

Also read: Facebook Timeline Cover Photo: Size, Template, Ideas

How to Make a Great Facebook Timeline Cover Photo for 15 Bucks (teaches you how 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 Tab Images (Thumbnails)

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.

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

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

Facebook Fan Page Tab Full Image SizeYour 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

Best Facebook Wall Photo SizePhotos 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

Facebook Photo Viewer Photo SizePhotos 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.

Facebook Milestone Photo Size

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.

Facebook Link Photo Size on the Timeline, 2014

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

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About Louise Myers

Louise Myers is a graphic design expert whose designs have been featured by Disney, Macy's, WalMart and more. Her straightforward writing style empowers small business owners to make their own graphics for social media success! Follow Louise on Twitter: @Louise_Myers
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45 Responses to Best Facebook Photo Sizes: Cover, Profile, Wall Photos 2014

  1. Olga Hermans says:

    Love this explanation; you made it so simple and clear to us. I will use this information for sure! From now on, I know where to find you! :)

  2. ronaejull says:

    Love this article!! All those pesky details that I can never remember are right here in one place. Definitely book marking this page!!!

  3. Katrina says:

    Great information! Love what you share! You even answered some questions I didn’t know I had! Your Rock! Keep up the good work.

  4. Norma Doiron says:

    This is a great reference article. Bookmarking it for future use! YOU rock. x0x

  5. Thanks so much for summarizing all this in one place Louise! Got you bookmarked for later use.

  6. Just adding my thanks to those that came before. I appreciate the straight-forward explanation, and the matching pictures help for visualization and reference!

  7. Another great post, Louise. Many thanks for this useful information!

  8. Craig says:

    Hey, thanks. This is very useful. Your site has a lot of good stuff.

  9. Hi Louise,
    I had this on my 2-do list to gather all these dimensions in one place. Now I don’t have to! Thanks a million!

    Anne :)

  10. Akhtar says:

    Thanks for the beautiful post! I’ve bookmarked it.
    It really helped me to post high quality photos on my website’s facebook fan page.

  11. Perfect – even more info than what I was seeking – thanks so much for this post!
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  12. Rob Hurt says:

    Thank you for taking the time to post this information. It was extremely helpful!

  13. Te 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 :)
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  14. 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.

  15. fado
    Twitter:
    says:

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

  16. Mahaprabhu Caitanya Das says:

    Thank you for the nice article. Hare Krishna.
    May God bless you with His devotion.

    yours in Krishna’s service
    Mahaprabhu Caitanya Das

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. Ali khan says:

    This site is very useful for Facebook, like a first aid. We glad about u Louise.

  20. Jennifer 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.

  21. Sajal Sarkar says:

    Hi thanks for sharing :) that’s great .. I have to try it out .
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