Facebook Image Sizes 2024: Everything You Need to Know

facebook image sizes

What are all the Facebook image sizes you need to know in 2024? Well, consider this your one-stop guide to everything from Facebook cover photo size to profile picture size, ad sizes, and more.

In the beginning, Facebook was mostly text and links with the occasional baby photo flying through your stream. However, with the changing trends in social media, visual content has become a dominant force and the world’s largest social network has evolved with the trends.

Photos. Videos. Animated GIFS (soft g on that pronunciation). They’re all the rage.

Truly, a picture is worth more than a thousand words, and Facebook has ensured that you can effectively communicate your thoughts and experiences with the use of high-quality images.

And those making great use of Facebook’s visual nature are getting the best results with their social media marketing.

Facebook is the leading social media platform, after all, so it’s important that you approach it armed with all the information you need.

Keeping up with the ever-changing image sizes and formats on Facebook is a dizzying, and exhausting task.

But I’ve got you covered.

In this post, I’m going give you the most accurate and up-to-date references to the ideal Facebook image sizes and dimensions. This post includes:

  • Facebook Profile Photo Size
  • Facebook Cover Photo Size
  • Facebook Page Cover Photo Size
  • Facebook Event cover photo size
  • Facebook Group cover photo size
  • Uploaded Image Sizes
  • Link Post Image Size

Now, this information will be extremely helpful to the many of us who are plagued with perfectionism and want to make sure every image is the right size. But if you’re just looking for some quick and dirty “get-r-done” templates, you’ll want to download my Social Media Image Templates.

With that said, let’s dive in!

Want to skip strait to the free, downloadable templates?

Facebook Profile Picture Size (Profiles & Pages)

facebook profile screenshot with photo highlighted

Unlike cover photos, profile pictures will not only appear on your Facebook timeline (a.k.a. profile page) but will also appear on each post that you share, every comment you leave, in Facebook search results, and on people’s timeline where you post messages. In most cases it will be a small thumbnail, so you want to crop it right.

Needless to say, this is probably the most important visual representation of you on Facebook, so you’ll want to get this one right.

A profile picture is a square image that measures 168px by 168px on desktop. However, be aware that even though you’ll be uploading a square photo, it will be cropped into a circle.

So make sure your picture accounts for those corners being rounded off. You don’t want any logos or focal points to be cut off.

facebook profile image with edges cut off

Facebook also stores a higher resolution version at 320px by 320px.

The size of the profile picture that is seen in the comments you make, however, is scaled down and resized to a square image of 40px by 40px.

Lastly, if someone clicks on your profile photo, it can be displayed as large as 850px by 850px. The highest resolution Facebook will store is 2048px by 2048px.

Holy heck, Dustin, that’s a lot of sizes to remember—my head is dizzy trying to follow all that.

Have no fear, friend; I’m going to make it really easy for you.

When creating your profile picture, I recommend creating them at the highest resolution, 2048px by 2048px.

That will ensure that you are presenting the highest quality image for your most important Facebook asset—your profile picture. It’s how people will come to know you, so you want it to be good.

Down and dirty dimensions:

  • Max size: 2048px by 2048px
  • Minimum size: 168px by 168px
  • Minimum recommended size: 761px by 761px
  • Aspect ratio: 1:1

Pro-tip: People like to connect with your eyes, so make sure your eyes (and mouth, preferably a smile) are visible in the smallest size of your Facebook profile picture.

facebook profile photo template

You can right-click the image to “Save as” or you can just download the entire set of templates from this article at the end of this post.

Facebook Cover Photo Size (Profile)

facebook profile cover photo screenshot

Located at the top of your personal Facebook timeline, your cover photo is the perfect place to showcase your personality.

A Timeline cover photo measures 851px by 315px. This is the minimum size that Facebook will display the photo at.

For those of you who like aspect ratios, the cover photo comes in at 2.7:1.

However, just like Instagram’s image sizes, the display size isn’t the only size you should know.

Bonus Reading: If you’re looking to create a great Twitter Profile Header image, YouTube Channel art, LinkedIn header too, I have a post all about Social Media Cover Photos.

If you peek behind the source code, you find that Facebook is storing a higher resolution version, and the upper limit seems to be 2037px by 754px. So, if you want the highest resolution image use those dimensions.

However, if you’re viewing it on a mobile device with Retina Display or other high resolution displays (which most smartphones have nowadays) the actual display size is 1125px by 633px.

Down and dirty dimensions:

  • Maximum size: 2037px by 754px
  • Minimum size: 851px by 315px
  • Aspect ratio: 2.7:1

Pro tip: Make your profile cover something personal that makes you look like a real human being.

Don’t think of it as a banner ad, think of it as an extension of your profile picture. Avoid text and calls-to-action at all costs.

Also, be aware that because of certain user interface elements, parts of your profile cover will be covered up.

If you like, I’ve gone ahead and mapped out a template for you below.

facebook profile cover photo template

You can right-click the image to “Save as” or you can just download the entire set of templates from this article at the end of this post.

I’ve also created free social media cover photos templates for all the most popular networks if you want to give them a look.

Facebook Page Cover Photo Size

facebook page cover photo screenshot

If you’re using Facebook business to grow your brand, you’ll want to make sure your cover photo is the crown jewel of your business page.

For Business Pages, Facebook cover photos are an incredible way to display what your brand is about, and visually connect with your target audience. However, the cover photo dimensions are slightly different from that of personal profiles. They display at a size of 820px by 312px.

As with everything else, Facebook will store a higher resolution version if you upload it. The maximum resolution you can upload is 1958px by 745px.

Facebook will automatically resize it as needed for various screen resolutions.

The great thing about these new Facebook Page Cover Photos is that they no longer have any obstructed area on them. There are no interface items over the cover photo, nor is your profile photo partially blocking it.

You get to utilize 100% of the space to maximize your cover photo.

As with my previous recommendation, however, I would not use this space as just another banner advertisement.

Use it to give personality to your page—a branding opportunity rather than a marketing opportunity.

Bonus Tip: If you want to design your Facebook cover photos with ease, there are two tools I recommend: Canva, and Picmonkey. Both are free to use and have pre-built Facebook cover photo templates. For more recommendations read The Best Tools for Creating Visual Content.

Down and dirty dimensions:

  • Maximum size: 1958px by 745px
  • Minimum size: 820px by 312px
  • Aspect ratio: 2.63:1

And here’s a simple template to give you a starting point.

facebook page cover photo template

You can right-click the image to “Save as” or you can just download the entire set of templates from this article at the end of this post.

Facebook Group Cover Photo Size

facebook group cover photo screenshot

Now, this one is tricky because Facebook decided to make it complicated.

You see, it’s not as simple as just uploading an image in the exact display dimensions. The group cover photo requires you to have a cropped area and adjust the image vertically in the viewable zone.

Why? Nobody knows.

But here’s the details you need to know.

The minimum viewing area is 820px by 332px. But if you upload an image that size (or equivalent ratio) you will need to adjust it horizontally. It’s a nightmare.

So, instead, what looks to be the optimal size to upload is an image that is 820px by 461px. This will allow you to reposition the image vertically within the viewable area.

For the highest resolution, I recommend going with double those dimensions (to accommodate retina displays) and use the dimensions of 1640px by 922px.

There are other templates and tutorials out there recommending to do 1640×921, but I like clean numbers. Especially knowing that Facebook will resize the image to only be 820px wide on standard displays, I don’t want them sizing down to a half-pixel size.

Down and dirty dimensions:

  • Maximum: 1640px by 922px
  • Minimum: 820px by 461px
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Feel free to use the following as a template to make sure you’re getting all of your important elements in the viewable area.

facebook group cover photo template

You can right-click the image to “Save as” or you can just download the entire set of templates from this article at the end of this post.

I’ve created it so that the bigger gap is on the top, so when you upload the final image to your Facebook Group, all you need to do is drag the photo up as high as it will go.

Facebook Event Cover Photo and Video Size

facebook event cover photo screenshot

If you’re hosting an event on Facebook, you’ll want to utilize their cover photo as well.

An event cover photo displays at 500px by 262px on standard displays.

For the best result, however, you can double those dimensions to be 1000px by 524px to ensure that the photo looks great on all screen resolutions.

Down and dirty dimensions:

  • Maximum: 1000px by 524px
  • Minimum: 500px by 262px
  • Aspect ratio: 1.91:1

And if you’re looking for a handy template to get started with, here you go.

facebook event cover photo template

You can right-click the image to “Save as” or you can just download the entire set of templates from this article at the end of this post.

You can also upload video to your Event Headers, and it will be displayed at the same size as an image header.

The resolution of your video can be standard HD, but just be aware it’s going to get resized and cropped to the dimensions mentioned above. Users can view at full screen, however, and it will not be cropped there.

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Facebook Image Upload Sizes

facebook upload sizes

Over the years, Facebook has gotten much better at maintaining image quality when uploading photos. It used to be absolutely horrific.

mario photo before upload and after upload to facebook

(Of course, I’m slightly exaggerating. But only slightly.)

These days, when you upload a photo, the quality loss is very little. I’m very glad they’ve now made image quality a priority when resizing and optimizing photos on their platform.

When you upload a single image to a Facebook post, the maximum width it will display in-stream is 492px.

The height will depend on the orientation or aspect ratio of the image you’re uploading:

  • Square: in-stream display will be a maximum of 492px by 492px
  • Portrait: in-stream display will be a maximum of 492×738
  • Landscape: in-stream display will be a maximum of 492×276
facebook image upload mockups

Expanding Images in Theater View

When you click on the image to expand it in “theatre” (a.k.a. Lightbox) view, it will scale up to fit whatever screen size it’s being shown on.

There is no way to account for every possible screen size in the world, so the following are basic guidelines.

Facebook seems to have an upper limit of 2048px for height or width.

So regardless of your image orientation, if one of its measurements is higher than 2048px, then Facebook will resize the image to get that value as close to the 2048px as possible while maintaining the same aspect ratio for the image.

Make sense? Of course it does—you’re very smart. I like you.

Now, the following sections are for the super-obsessive types that want to know the exact pixel sizes of everything.

If you’re one of those people, good for you. And here you go!

Multiple Square Oriented Photos

For uploading square images, here are the various sizes based on how many photos are uploaded:

  • One square: 492px by 492px
  • Two squares: 245px by 246px (both)
  • Three squares: 492px by 245px (top), 245px by 245px (bottom two)
  • Four squares: 245px by 245px (all)
  • Five squares: 245px by 245px (top two), 163px by 163px (bottom left, bottom right), 162px by 163px (bottom middle)
  • Six squares: Same as 5 but bottom right photo has an overlay displaying the number of photos not shown.

For everything over six images, the layout will be exactly the same.

Multiple Portrait Oriented Photos

If you’re uploading multiple portrait oriented photos, here are the various sizes according to how many are uploaded:

  • One portrait: 492px by 738px
  • Two portrait: 245px by 492px
  • Three portrait: 327px by 492px (left), 163px by 245px (right top and bottom)
  • Four portrait: 327px by 492px (left), 163px by 163px (right top and bottom), 163px by 162px (right middle)
  • Five portrait: 245px by 245px (top two), 163px by 163px (bottom left, bottom right), 162px by 163px (bottom middle)
  • Six portrait: Same as 5 but bottom right photo has an overlay displaying the number of photos not shown.

Again, for everything over six images, the layout will be exactly the same.

Multiple Landscape Oriented Photos

Hopefully, now, you see a pattern. Here are the layouts for uploading multiple landscape photos.

  • One landscape: 492px by 276px
  • Two landscape: 492px by 245px
  • Three landscape: 492px by 327px (top), 245px by 163px (bottom left and right)
  • Four landscape: 492px by 327px (top), 163px by 163px (bottom left, bottom right), 162px by 163px (bottom middle)
  • Five landscape: 245px by 245px (top left and bottom left), 245px by 163px (top right and bottom right), 145px by 162px (middle right)
  • Six landscape: Same as 5 but bottom right photo has an overlay displaying the number of photos not shown.

And if you guessed that for everything over six images, the layout would be exactly the same, you’d be 100% right!

Uploading Photos with Multiple Orientations

If you’re uploading multiple images, all with different sizes and orientations, Facebook is going base the layout on the first photo.

So if your first photo is a Portrait, you can expect to see the Portrait layouts applied based on how many photos are being uploaded.

Make sense? Great, now let’s move on.

Facebook Ads Images

In case you didn’t know, there are various ways in which you can use images in Facebook Ads. And the image specs vary based on where you want your ads to be viewed.

Current Facebook Ad image placements include:

  • Facebook Feed: Displayed inline as a standard Facebook post
  • Facebook Right Column: The small spot at the bottom of the right sidebar in Facebook on Desktop only
  • Facebook Instant Articles: This is a specialized article format for delivering fast-loading articles on mobile
  • Facebook Marketplace: This similar to the Facebook Feed type, and is only displayed in the Marketplace (mobile only)
  • Sponsored Message: These ads show up just like any Facebook message from a friend
  • Messenger Home: These will be seen on the main “Home” page of the Facebook Messenger app

The recommended image size for an advertisement image is 1200px by 628px which works out to an image ratio of 1.91:1.

However, since you can advertise on Facebook by promoting your page’s posts, all of the previous image sizes, dimensions, and layouts can apply.

The only instances where the 1200px by 628px image rule applies is on Link Posts, which are the next thing we’re going to talk about.

Link Post Images

facebook link post screenshot

Shared link images that appear on personal timelines or when they appear on the news feeds measure 476px by 249px. To ensure a high resolution image, the recommended image size is 1200px by 628px.

Now, the problem here is that if you’re sharing a link to a website, Facebook no longer gives you the ability to customize that image that shows up. The image has to be automatically pulled from the destination web page.

So that means if you’re sharing your own website pages, you’ll need to make sure you have the proper HTML markup–known as Open Graph– on those pages that will identify the image that Facebook should use.

It just so happens that one of the products I co-created, Social Warfare, will allow you to do this easily if you’re using WordPress.

And, of course, I’ve got a template for that as well.

facebook link post image template

You can right-click the image to “Save as” or you can just download the entire set of templates from this article at the end of this post.

Bonus Resource: If you’re like me and would rather just have a “minimum viable product” image template, then you’ll want to grab my Social Media Images templates. Only 4 sizes you need, and I’ve templated them for you.

Facebook Image Sizes Infographic

It wouldn’t be right for me to have all these beautiful image size graphics and not put it into one, beautiful infographic for you.

So here you go, your Facebook Image Sizes cheat sheet:

facebook image sizes infographic

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Anyone Else Ready for a Nap?

It was exhausting finding all these photo sizes.

But I hope it saved you from scouring the internet for hours on end looking for all the proper image sizes and dimensions you need. Your Facebook account will never have looked better after putting these into practice.

If you feel I’ve missed anything, or just want to say, “thanks for this amazing Facebook image size guide”, please let me know in the comments below.

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131 responses to “Facebook Image Sizes 2024: Everything You Need to Know”

  1. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Glad to hear it, Jenny! Thanks for letting me know. These kind of comments make my day. 😀

  2. Jenny Avatar

    Hi Dustin! I’m just an amateur social media admin for a volunteer group. Your info saved my day! The size for FB Group cover page is killing me! Thank God I found your page!

  3. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Hmm… I’m not really sure as I haven’t investigated that. Will add it to my list for potential additions to the article the next time I update it.

  4. Michael Avatar

    What is the best size images for posting items for sale in FB Marketplace?

    Not referring to ad sizes but actual product images of items for sale.

  5. Chloe Avatar

    I just created my first Facebook group and CANNOT figure out how to change the profile photo. It’s just using the cover photo and I cannot see anywhere to make the profile photo different from the cover photo. The Facebook FAQ for doing this has instructions for changing the cover photo – are they one and the same now? Can you not have a separate cover photo and profile photo for group? HELP!

  6. Chhoeum Thoeung Avatar
    Chhoeum Thoeung

    So nice to share the size of social media.

  7. Donna Wittlin Avatar

    As usual, Facebook continues to change and confuse us. Thank you for breaking it all down and staying on top of it!

    Previously, like last year, the cover image size for personal and business were different. Are they now the same?

  8. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Facebook seems to be making a LOT of small changes with this new layout, so I’m holding off to see if it stabilizes before updating my guides.

  9. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Since it’s still changing slightly, I’m waiting for everything to be 100% consistent before updating my guides.

  10. Eloise Drenthe Avatar
    Eloise Drenthe

    Here’s my issue:
    With the new format, all rectangular photos and memes are cropped into a square. And always the right 3rd of it.
    So I’ve been posting square images instead and guess what? The right 3rd of the square images are cropped too!
    Am I supposed to change a setting somewhere?
    Can you help?

  11. Tina Avatar

    With Facebook’s new layout some graphics I post are too large so are cut off. Do you have a solution for this?

  12. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    No, you can’t move the circle. But you can move your image if it’s larger than the circle.

  13. Tabitha Blaisdell Avatar

    Is there a way to move the circle for the thumbnail of a profile picture? One of my eyes isn’t shown in the circle that Facebook suggests for my thumbnail.

  14. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    I have not noticed this, Adam. However I do recommend reducing the size of your images because (as I noted in the article) that by not optimizing your images for Facebook, you’re leaving it up to them to optimize them for you. And that means you’re giving up quality control. You may believe that by uploading the larger resolution that it will be higher quality, but it just forces Facebook to add more aggressive file size optimization, reducing the quality of your image.

    Facebook will never display a 20mb image. And they’ll never display a resolution higher than what I’ve outlined above because that just doesn’t fit digital display standards. Remember–they have to make your image compatible with thousands of devices and screen resolutions, so they default to the lowest common denominator.

    Take your image quality into your own hands by optimizing for what Facebook wants/needs to display, and you’ll see better results. I have an article all about image optimization that shows the best ways to reduce file size without quality loss.

  15. Adam Gee Avatar
    Adam Gee

    Has anyone noticed an issue with viewing large images uploaded to albums in the last few days (September 2020)? I have been uploading 4000px x 3000px in high resolution for a long time but lately, these files (uploaded at 20mb) do not open – I just get a black loading box. Any help appreciated as I don’t really want to reduce the resolution/size of my uploads on a photography page already compressed by Facebook.

  16. Tomasz Avatar

    Hi. Do this guidelines apply to the new FB interface, since the old one will not be available?

  17. Dennis Walters Avatar

    This article gave me the most accurate and up-to-date references to the ideal Facebook image sizes and dimensions. Amazing article keep posting.

  18. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Yea, I miss the simpler times for sure. Haha! Thanks for stopping by! (And for the social share 😎)

  19. EMMA CLARKE Avatar

    Thank you for this excellent material! I remember the time that didn’t have so many options and sizes to upload for a post or cover images on FB. But things change very fast in this social media world. You made a great work, organizing all this information. Thank you!

  20. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    It really depends on the composition of your image and the file type. PNG (historically) look better when compressed. And depending on how complex your image is, there may be more or less interpolation.

  21. Ed Cruz Avatar
    Ed Cruz

    Thanks, Dustin!
    Another question: If I upload a full resolution cover page (1958 x 745 px), when Facebook reduces dimensions automatically, the sharpness and image original definition are keeped? Are there no interpolation that generates pixel artifacts?

  22. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    The new interface has just rolled out in the last month, so I haven’t had the chance to update yet.

  23. Ed Cruz Avatar
    Ed Cruz

    Hey, Dustin!

    Congratulations for this hard work. But, I wonder if this guidelines are still applied to the new Facebook web interface? Thanks in advance!


  24. Daniel Hidalgo López Avatar
    Daniel Hidalgo López

    The best post in relation to this topic. Your passion and dedication is appreciated and appreciated.

  25. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re welcome.

  26. Kathryn Kenosian-Viola Avatar

    Thank you so much for putting all useful information together for the world to reference. It’s super generous of you.

  27. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    What populates for a link is what’s known as Open Graph data. What Facebook does is it visits the page that you’re linking to and looks for specific information coded into the page. If that page has declared an Open Graph image, it will use that image. If it does not find an image tagged for Open Graph, it will use the first image it finds on that page. Now, on top of that, if the image doesn’t meet the specific height + width specifications to display full width in the Open Graph preview, it will instead show a small square.

    This article tries to focus mostly on photos uploaded to Facebook rather than photos from other sites populating in Facebook links. But hopefully that adds some clarity for you.

  28. Walt Avatar

    Some great information. However, the one thing I need help with is not covered. My wife and record and release music digitally. The link to any of our songs will pull the image associated with the song directly from that website (for instance, Spotify), which mandates a square image. That is at odds with the Facebook 1.91 to 1 ratio on post link images. Any suggestions or just live with it?

  29. Michele Avatar

    Thanks for the great guide – it makes more sense than all the others out there!

  30. Jorge Avatar

    Hey man i really appreciate all the time and effort you put into creating this doc it’s very well writen, it clear my doubts when creating the images for my website. I was able to create the images with the proper dimensios to integrate with facebook.
    Once again i appretiate the effort because from experience i know you lost a bunch of time with this.
    Thank you VERY much!!!

  31. Moe Htet Wai Yan Avatar
    Moe Htet Wai Yan

    I just want to say Thank You Very Much

  32. Kevin Avatar

    Hey Dustin,

    yes thats correct! Sorry for explaining it not clear enough. So it’s not a problem of my facebook images? Do you know how to solve that?

  33. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Hi, Kevin. I’m not sure I understand the issue you’re seeing. Mentioning a page doesn’t populate an image. Sounds like you might mean that someone is sharing a link to a page and the snippet preview is not displaying as you would expect it. Is that the case?

  34. Kevin Avatar

    Hey Dustin, thanks for your work! I had already my pictures in the recommended size on my business page, but I’m still facing the following problem:
    When someone is mentioning my page in a post, the picture that is displayed below this post is cut off and one can just see the middle of my profile picture, how to solve that?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

  35. Anell Avatar

    Just want to say, “thanks for this amazing Facebook image size guide”!

    Thanx, Dustin – rarely find “how to” pages that is so to the point, yet absolutely complete and precise.

  36. Kyle Avatar

    Thanks Dustin! With all of the updates Facebook has been making lately I’m having a hard time keeping up with the dimension sizes. Great to see an updated guide – helped a ton! 🙂

  37. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re welcome!

  38. Lada Avatar

    I just wanted to say thank you for your time. Super needed info.

  39. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Wow! Sounds like you know a lot about this subject. I didn’t know that about PNGs.

    I use a few different lossless methods to reduce my JPEGs (outlined in my How to Optimize Images article). Taking my JPEGs through all 3 of my optimizations leaves to visible signs of degradation. BUT, they still get a bit degraded on social networks (because their compression methods are terrible).

    I just recently found a really good PNG compression tool that I’ll have to try out though to see how Open Graph images do with that method.

    Thanks for the info!

  40. Al Avatar

    PNG files are actually better than JPG files except they take up more room due to higher number of bytes for an image. That is because PNG is lossless while JPG is lossy. So with JPG the image is changed slightly while with PNG it is not. That means if you copy a JPG over and over it will start to look very pixelated while a PNG will copy perfectly.
    As mentioned though, a JPG file will typically be just 1/10 th of a BMP file, while a PNG can be as high as 3/4 of the size of the original BMP file unless it is a line drawing or something simple and then it could be a small size file.
    For my personal use, i use JPG, PNG, GIF, and BMP. BMP is results in the largest size file, then PNG, then JPG, then GIF on average although as mentioned sometimes PNG can be smaller.
    For real world photos of people either PNG or JPG, but then PNG will be larger but wont change the image at all while JPG will be smaller but change the image and introduce some artifacts.

  41. Petra Ana Avatar
    Petra Ana

    Thank You!

  42. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re right. I didn’t get into the technical info about pixel density in this article because 99% of the people reading it won’t even know what that is.

    Every graphic designer should know that you only work in 72ppi for digital, and 300ppi for print. Every social network (and website for that matter) will only display images in 72ppi because it’s the lowest common denominator for screen resolution. And it will likely stay that way for many years to come, unfortunately.

  43. Clay Avatar

    All these Explanations and comments, none if them reveal the True image processing by Facebook.
    FYI Facebook always use 72ppi density for all image uploads. And I must say, the result of Scaling down if the image uploaded was higher than 72ppi, let’s say 300ppi, is horrible. Even if the original image has very high resolution.
    The only workaround for this is to export/edit/save as Your images with 72ppi using Lanczos Resampling before uploading it to Facebook, so the server will accept it as is without compressing it.
    I tried it myself uploading 2048×2048 px of 2 same images with 72ppi vs 300ppi. The result is the one with 72ppi retain its quality, the other with 300ppi became blurry and slightly aliased pixels since it compressed down to 72ppi by FB server.

  44. Sue Fitzpatrick Avatar
    Sue Fitzpatrick

    I’m also looking for these dimensions.

  45. Sue Fitzpatrick Avatar
    Sue Fitzpatrick

    Hi there 🙂 I’m desperate to find the measurements for a Facebook “Group File” photo.

  46. Tiffani Avatar


    Super helpful info. The one thing I can’t seem to find is what the standard album cover size is? Can you help?


  47. Sam Avatar

    Hi, Dustin, great stuff you have there,

    I’ve been testing a couple of sizes, including yours
    I still have a problem for desktop and mobile responsive design,
    when the desktop version is fine, the mobile one completely cropped.
    Anyways, I hope you can help me with this one.


  48. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    This is a great question, Tom. And I wish I had an answer. Unfortunately this is an engineering mystery.

    My best guess about how it works is that Giphy and Facebook worked out a deal to let these previews happen. The destination URL of the GIF likely has a set of meta data that tells Facebook what size the gif is supposed to be, and Facebook displays it accordingly.

    So basically it’s just like Open Graph data on a web page… but way more complicated.

  49. Tom Ford Avatar
    Tom Ford


    Nice work. Thank you. I got one for you that I cannot figure out that I am pretty sure you did not cover. It is truly a mystery to me how it is done.

    I am talking about some posts on Facebook which are previews of GIF images from the Giphy website. When I post a Giphy link on my Facebook feed the preview is shown in the normal aspect ratio you describe above, but, I have noticed some people’s links to Giphy material has a preview which has a width/height which equals the ratio found on the Giphy website.

    BTW, the link leads directly to an URL on Giphy.com (I suspect this is some sort of server re-direct) and on Tumbler it leads to a GIF file.

    How is this done? Ideas

    Please scroll through the Facebook group Grandma Funnies to find examples.

  50. Nafees Tariq Avatar
    Nafees Tariq

    Nice work Dustin! Really appreciated.

  51. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    The output you see is really going to depend on your screen size and resolution. Checking this on different sized screens resulted (for me) in different resized versions so it seems that Facebook is creating various resizes and serves up the most appropriate size for the screen.

  52. Bane Avatar

    When I upload photo in portrait orientation which is 1536×2048 FB always resize it to 720×960. Is there another compression rules for portrait photos ?

  53. Michel Joachim Avatar

    Hi, Dustin
    I was not really sure what size is perfect for facebook this post help me a lot.

    thanks for sharing

  54. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Hi, Belinda. I’m not sure I understand what you’re trying to do.

  55. Belinda Franklin Avatar
    Belinda Franklin

    I need a size for a FB photo frame for a non-profit. Can you help with that? What I’m doing in FB Frame is not working. My artwork is mine and I’ve saved a .png for transparent center.

  56. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    The way it works is the photo takes up the full width. There’s no way to get around it unless (as you said) you add your own whitespace in the photo.

  57. YossiD Avatar

    Thanks for putting all of this useful information in one place.

    My question may be dumb, but I haven’t managed to find it addressed anywhere.

    Whenever I add a picture to a Facebook posting, it takes up the entire width of the posting, regardless of resolution. I want the picture to take up only about 1/4 of the width. Is there a way to specify width, or do I have to add a bunch of white space images to take up the rest of the width?


  58. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    I have no idea.

  59. Karl-Erik Tande Bjerkaas Avatar
    Karl-Erik Tande Bjerkaas

    I hav published a frame, and would like to know the number of users that have used it on their profile image. Is that possible to find?

  60. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    I’m not sure I follow exactly what you’re saying. As a general rule, though, I never use PNG on photos. That file format is wrongly associated with smaller file sizes and is actually a lower-quality format depending on the content of the file. The ONLY time I use PNGs are when I need something to have transparency.

  61. Toby J Avatar
    Toby J

    Hi Dustin,

    Thanks for the info and apologies if this query is answered somewhere above.

    Creating a facebook album of multiple photos and trying to get the best resolution. I have followed tips here and elsewhere to resize to 2048px longest side, and to convert JPG to PNG before uploading. Uploaded a photo. Tried then downloading it from facebook – result of 1 MB rather than 108 KB, great improvement. BUT the image quality when displayed on facebook still appears to my eye, when zooming and comparing, to be exactly the same as a version of the photo which I didn’t edit to 2048 and PNG and which downloads as 108 KB. So to the viewer the quality still looks just as bad.

    Any tips?

    Many thanks

  62. Apollo Avatar

    For all the work you’ve put into finding optimal dimensions, I just downloaded your templates to start generating FB artwork, and notice right away that you’ve left out some of the most important details.

    Without digging in any further, two things jump out at me immediately:

    1) The first template I looked at is the FB page cover photo. Ignoring for the moment that it doesn’t show any areas that would be potentially blocked by buttons, etc. I see also that if has no mobile safe zone indicated… without which I’m flying blind as to what the majority of users will actually see. Some of that info is in your article, but oddly missing in actual template.

    2) There’s no mention in your article about page load times, or whether FB tries to actually serve the highest res images, or rather they automatically generate stepped down versions. For instance, if they always deliver an optimized version for any given situation (only the actual pixel dimensions that will be displayed), then great, upload the highest res as mentioned. If, however, they always try to serve that high res version despite the fact that not one single user will ever actually see it as such, then all you’re doing is increasing page load times and potentially losing people on slow connections who would have otherwise seen your page. (VERY big deal in many countries outside tech hubs).

    I’m not claiming to know either way whether they are serving the high res image or not… just noting that it’s a critical question because it changes what the “right” answer is in terms of what one should upload.

    Food for thought.

    Otherwise liked the article.


  63. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Hmm, I haven’t tried Page Covers as a slider. Didn’t even know you could do that. Must be newer than this blog post and potentially either a bug or maybe the sliders have different rules.

  64. Anthony @ Green Mochila Avatar

    Hey Dustin! Thanks for putting together this list of dimensions, that’s very helpful!
    Unless I missed the info on this page, I haven’t found the proper dimensions for the page cover photo as a slider. I just uploaded one that looks great on computer but too large on mobile.
    Do you reckon it’s a problem in the dimensions I chose (820×312), or a technical bug on the platform’s side?

  65. Jenny Avatar

    This is awesome! Will save this post for sure. However, I am missing one. In Facebook groups, you can have image covers in the group files. What dimensions do they have?

  66. Kathleen Avatar

    Hi there, i was wondering if you know if Facebook Messenger sends your photos with the original size and resolution, or does it change it when you send?

    Thank you.

  67. Rahul Yadav Avatar

    Wow Dustin! That’s a well research and written article. Really learn much about the topic and its solve my problem for Facebook and Instagram too!

    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

  68. Priya Sharma Avatar

    Thank You Dustin for this perfect and minimal guide. I love to read every article you publish and every article is unique in itself.

  69. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    It’s listed in the article above. Glad I could help!

  70. Bernie Avatar

    Hello Dustin.
    Thanks so much for the post.
    I’m trying to make a Facebook profile frame and I need to know the correct dimensions of the photo to use as a frame.
    Thanks beforehand

  71. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    What do you need me to check, Nang? Can you be more descriptive?

  72. Nang San Hleng Avatar
    Nang San Hleng


    A very useful information and I am currently applying it for my business page. Could you please check Three portraits orientation? That size doesn’t work correctly for me.

    Thank you and really appreciate your effort.

  73. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re welcome, Alejandra!

  74. Alejandra Avatar

    Wow! Wow! Amazed. Your info is very useful, clear and structured.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge!

  75. Alex from Serbia Avatar
    Alex from Serbia

    Great job, Dustin! Many thanks for sharing this info. I was looking for the explanation about the layout of multiple orientation images, and you’ve really nailed it. My first picture is square, though, the 2nd being also square, while the remaining 3 are landscape. FB correctly laid them all out in landscape. Thanks again!

  76. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Hi, Jon! Yes, the Facebook story maximum size is 1080×1920 (or simply a 9:16 ratio). I haven’t tested any maximum capacity resolution for it because it’s just too difficult.

  77. Jon Avatar

    Hi, do you know the size for the facebook story photo size?


  78. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re welcome, Martha!

  79. Martha J. Henderson Avatar

    Very helpful. Thanks so much for taking the time to research all the sizes and then for sharing. Much appreciated.

  80. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re welcome, Raquel!

  81. Raquel Gonzalez Avatar
    Raquel Gonzalez

    Can’t thank you enough for posting this!! I’ve been looking for answers all over the internet ? with so many different answers; it’s an insanity! I got the best results trying the size rules you have posted, so very neat! Thanks again!

  82. Mojibur rahman (Jony) Avatar
    Mojibur rahman (Jony)

    Facebook shop ‘products image size’ ?

  83. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Hi, Nicholas! They’ve been cropping the thumbnail version of profile and page photos for a while now, but only recently did they apply it to the main profile photo display area. In the Profile photo section above, I talk about the cropped circle area, and this is the exact same recommendation for pages.

  84. Nicholas Richardson Avatar
    Nicholas Richardson

    Has Facebook updated to now be circle profile photos everywhere? I noticed that in this article, you discuss your official page having a square photo, but if you visit it now, it has a circle one: https://www.facebook.com/DustinWStout/

    Is this a new thing? Is anyone allowed to have square photos now?

  85. Charalambos Pieris Avatar

    need the latest dimensions of story image banner

  86. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re welcome, Stephano!

  87. stephano Avatar

    thanks for this amazing Facebook image size guide

  88. Alan Avatar

    Huge THANKS.

    I’ve been looking for this for many weeks. Why FB doesn’t deal with this?! Hasn’t he enough money???

    Big thanks again, Dustin.

  89. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    So good to hear, James!

  90. jamesl mercer Avatar
    jamesl mercer

    I created cover photos today and they looked horrid. Searched for info on new sizes and found this link. Made the changes based on these dimensions for a group, my profile and my page. I’m please with how they turned out!

  91. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    If you’re looking for Instagram dimensions I have a separate article for that.

  92. victoria Avatar

    thanks so much I downloaded the templates! am i being completely stupid? I was looking for the quick and dirty dimensions on the 3 instagram sizes

  93. Arianna Avatar

    Very interesting! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Do you have any advice for image with text? I have tried everything and the text on my image posts is always blurry. 🙁

  94. Malik Abdulgadir Avatar
    Malik Abdulgadir

    great work Dustn, L appreciate your effort, Goad bless you. you helped me a lot.

    You the super hero blogger ^^

  95. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Glad to hear it, Malik!

  96. Malik Abdulgadir Avatar
    Malik Abdulgadir

    thanks a lot Dustin it was very helpful

  97. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Thanks, Vince!

  98. Vince Avatar

    Absolutely appreciate your efforts Dustin this would have definitely been a challenging task for you to collate cheers

  99. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Glad you found it useful, Yollie!

  100. Yollie Avatar

    Utterly appreciating all the effort and time it must have taken you to do this, Dustin. Brilliant and very informative, Thank You!

  101. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Oh, and for Stories, it’s just a vertical 16:9, so the dimensions are 1080×1920. 😉

  102. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Hi, José! Thanks for your keen eye, but you’re misunderstanding the point of showing those dimensions. The point is that those are the maximum dimensions for a given side. So if the width reaches a maximum size of 2048 on a landscape photo, the shorter side will be reduced accordingly to maintain the aspect ratio of the original. Since there are an unlimited possibilities for what your uploaded photo length x height ratio will be, I can’t show an example of an exact size that will be displayed. I can only give you what the maximum dimensions for each side will be. Hope that clears things up for you.

  103. José Avatar

    Nice post and graphics! Thanks for the info.

    What about stories size? And btw, there are a few images on the post with incorrect texts, like this one: https://dustinstout.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/facebook-different-upload-orientations-920×518.jpg where max & min measures for landscape posts are the same for squared posts, it could be awesome if those images were corrected, so we could trust the sizes showed there without having to search for the correct measures on the post’s text.


  104. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re welcome, Phil!

  105. Phil Avatar

    Thank you!!

  106. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re welcome! Hope it helps.

  107. Dorian Avatar

    Thank you Dustin for the Guide!!! Great job!!! 🙂

  108. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re very welcome, Dan!

  109. Dan Avatar

    Thanks a lot!!!

  110. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re welcome, June.

  111. june Avatar

    this is Super helpful! thanks a loooooot!

  112. Marion V Avatar
    Marion V

    I too really appreciate all the time and effort you put into creating this doc. Thank you VERY much!!! Best, Marion

  113. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    You’re very welcome! And thanks for visiting! Did you find exactly what you were looking for?

  114. Luka Avatar

    Thanks, Dustin! Very helpful article.
    Greetings from Slovenia! 😉

  115. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    I’m not sure I understand what you mean by “my file document in a group,” can you be more specific?

  116. Lena Johansen Avatar
    Lena Johansen

    What a job, nice.. But I did not get what I was searching for, so I am going to ask. I want to put a header in my file document in a group. And I can not find the right dimensions, so hoping that you know 😉

  117. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Hi, James! Glad you found it useful. I do not have any knowledge of Facebook’s maximum file sizes.


    Thanks Dustin, an excellent piece of work. Do you have any information available for the maximum allowable file sizes. Particularly the event image and for posts with either individual or multiple landscape or portrait oriented photos please?
    Thanks again, James

  119. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    The minimums are my recommendation, not a forced limit. Anything smaller than my recommendations will not look as good.

  120. Max Anderson Avatar
    Max Anderson

    Hi Dustin, the infographic says the minimum “uploaded photo dimensions” are 492px x 761px. Should that be 200 x 200?

  121. Dale Van Den Heuvel Avatar

    Hello Dustin
    Ok Dustin, you use the same dimension for personal and business profiles photos, but you would not be able to use this 2048px by 2048px as a profile photo, because it is way to big, or do I have size and resolution mixed up?

    Dustin, I’m not sure what you mean by and individual personality, now if you mean does one person make up the business, then yes, but otherwise I’m unclear what you mean? The business is all about dogs, from what we talk about to what we will be selling. The part that I do understand, is that logo or image must be viewable even at 40 pixels.

    Okay, so you should never use a generic product image, but for us we will never have any inventory or stock, everything is done for us in other locations, what I could do for the cover photo, is see if the company looking after one of our products has a video of the full process that they would allow us to use? What would your suggestions be?

  122. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Hi, Dale! Yes, I use the same Profile Photo dimensions for both Business and Personal profiles. Just use the templates I include in this post and you’ll be fine.

    For your second question, it really depends. Is your business driven by an individual personality? If not, a logo is the way to go. Just make sure it’s a version of the logo that is recognizable at a really small size.

    And your third question–avoid generic photos at all costs. Make it a product shot or even a location shot (if you have a physical location).

  123. Dale Van Den Heuvel Avatar
    Dale Van Den Heuvel

    Thanks Dustin

    But I am still confused about the Business Profile Photo and have a few questions, do the resolutions/sizes of the Business Profile Photo stay the same as the personal profile/Personal account, and if so what size should we actually be uploading?

    My second question: in the business profile photo area, as a business should we not be uploading a logo instead of a personal photo?

    My third question: for the cover photo you suggest to use it as a branding area, should it be an image of your own actual product or products or can it be a generic photo?

  124. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Ha! That’s a great question. Maybe because they like letting me do all the hard work of documentation. lol

  125. Carola Avatar

    Thank you! Why don’t they put it so nicely in their own support pages? Big thanks!

  126. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Haha! Glad to hear it, Shelley! Glad you found my obsessive and meticulous work helpful. 😀

  127. Shelley Avatar

    You are my hero.

  128. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    Haha! Thanks, Scott. It was dizzying trying to make sense of all Facebook’s insane specifications and sizings.

    And yea–Cowboys fan for life!

  129. Scott Ayres Avatar

    Damn dude!! Quite the list of dimensions..
    And nice to see your a Cowboys fan!!!

  130. Dustin W. Stout Avatar

    It’s always nice to be appreciated, Lynne. 😀

  131. Lynne Hunter Avatar

    Thanks Dustin – th is post has taken a huge amount of time and effort to create – to make the life of others easier. I’m grateful for that. Really I am.

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