The Facebook event image size differs from both the Fan Page and the personal profile!
Photos on the event page wall will be seen at 470 pixels wide, up to 470 pixels tall, depending on the shape photo you upload.
Feel free to make them bigger (but not smaller, for best results). Both myself and Facebook often recommend a 1200 pixel width.
And the event cover photo? It keeps changing!
2018 Update: Facebook Event Cover Photo Size
Checked and verified January 2, 2018: The recommended Facebook event cover photo size is 1200 x 628, same as a link share. This is a 1.91:1 ratio.
I strongly recommend you use a larger photo! I checked the display size on iPhone, iPad and desktop, in both the Event and the linked Group. Four of these six display at larger than 1200 pixels wide! Friends, you don’t want Facebook stretching your beautiful Event Cover Photo.
I recommend 1920 pixels wide. You can go with the 1.91:1 proportion and make it 1005 pixels tall. Or, just use a standard 16:9 shape, and know that there will be a bit of cropping top and bottom (see template).
The great news is, the cropping is virtually identical in all 6 places.
And, no Facebook-added type overlay to worry about!
Facebook retired the separate Groups App on September 1, 2017, so we no longer need to be concerned with that weird crop.
Facebook Event Cover Photo Size: Download the Template!
This template will help if you don’t have software that lets you set a specific pixel size – or you’re using a video cover photo! You can use a standard 16:9 shape, and visualize the small amount that will be cropped out.
Right-click and choose “Save Image As…” to download the full-size template.
Instructions for using my social media templates
1. Open in Photoshop or other graphics editing program that has layers.
2. Change Image > Mode to RGB (the template is an indexed color PNG).
3. Add guidelines to match template, or use template as a translucent layer for guidance.
4. Delete template from image file when your design is done.
If your design program doesn’t have layers, you can use them for size and visual reference.
There are more social media templates in the Free Member Area.
How to upload your Facebook Event Cover Photo
Read my above suggestion that the FB-recommended size below is too small. Here are the sizes I measured as of January 2, 2018:
- Seen in iPad group 1128 x 590
- Seen in iPad event 1210 x 632
- Seen on iPhone (both) 1242 x 650
- Seen on desktop event 1250 x 656
- Seen on desktop group 1190 x 624
So go larger! Nonetheless, here are Facebook’s own tips.
To add a cover photo or video to an event as the host:
- Go to the event and click Upload Photo or Video or . For best results, choose photos or videos that are 1200×628 pixels (about a 2:1 ratio). The recommended length for videos is between 30 seconds and a maximum time limit of 5 minutes.
- Choose your photo or video and reposition it if you like, then click Save.
Note: Keep in mind that you can’t edit the size of a main photo or video after it’s been added to an event. If this is a public event, anyone who views the event can see its photos and videos. Photos and videos posted on private events are only visible to people who were invited. source
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To learn ALL the updated social media sizes: Read this blog post.
For a recent history of FB Event Cover Photo sizes, read on…
Older Facebook Event Cover Photo Size Info
Below you’ll find prior recommendations that are likely outdated. However, I’m keeping them in the post in case you find the new dimensions aren’t working for you! Please leave a comment if you’re still having problems with the new Facebook event size.
From May 2017: The correct Facebook event cover photo size is 1920 x 1080 pixels. This is a 16:9 ratio.
Photos uploaded at less than 1920 pixels wide will be enlarged to fit. This isn’t ideal as you lose resolution, making your photo look fuzzy or jaggy. Start with a large enough image, preferably in a horizontal format. As mentioned above, 16:9 ratio will work best.
To upload, Click Add Event Photo at the top right of the event page.
Choose your photo and click Save Changes. Keep in mind that you can’t edit the size of a photo after it’s been added to an event.
Pictures uploaded in a wider proportion will have the sides cropped. Taller images will be cropped top and bottom.
The event photo appears in three different locations. They all look best when following the 1920 x 1080 recommendation.
- Upcoming Events: Those you invite will see the Facebook event photo displayed as a thumbnail in their upcoming events. Choose an image that looks good at full size and as a thumbnail, so users can recognize your event.
- Event Page: Your event image displays at 470 x 174 on your event page. This is the main resource for the event’s specific details, comments and updates.
- Newsfeed: Event images within your Newsfeed display at nearly the same dimensions shown on the actual Facebook event page.
A reader’s comments:
On April 30th, 2017, I did some tests on multiple devices and apps for Facebook’s event image headers crop dimensions.
- Event Page header image on desktop and some apps is full 1920 x 1080 / 16:9 image.
- News Feed image across multiple apps crops top and bottom off to roughly 1920 x 1000.
- Groups App seems to crop into the side in at 1757 x 738.
I always appreciate my readers’ comments!
From March 2017: Facebook is always changing things! A reader has done extensive testing and provides these suggestions:
Just spent today experimenting with a few things, and honestly, 1200×675 or perhaps 1640×675 is still best bet.
What I found:
- 1920×1080 doesn’t improve anything. Still has same compression, just different aspect ratio. And the aspect ratio is hard to design with.
- David’s 1640×675 produces the same result as 1200×675, but with different aspect ratio.
- For the most part, 1200×675 worked better across platforms.
- FWIW it looks the worst on desktop in all formats, and the best on mobile.
He left more about the compression issues in the comments, so scroll down and check it out if you’re interested.
If you’re having trouble with fuzzy text or artifacts in your flat tones, try saving your image as PNG-24 in Photoshop.
For another take, listen to reader Stephen Billington:
I’ve found that, although not perfect, a size of 1200 x 628 works the best for the cross platforms. For me it’s important that the mobile event picture should appear full in the page feed. The mobile event page picture itself loses a touch off the sides and it looks good on the desktop version in both the feed and the event page.
If you do a lot of FB Events like Stephen does, and use text on your Cover Image, you might play around to see what works best for your needs. True confession: I almost never look at the FB news feed, so I couldn’t tell you what looks best there.
If you’re on desktop and want to see what your event, page, or profile looks like on mobile, just replace the “www.” in the URL before Facebook.com with an “m.” Voila! Mobile layout on desktop.
This post was originally published on October 8, 2014, and last updated January 2, 2018.
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