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Social Media Photo Sizes: A Guide

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No one wants their social media profile to feature a pixelated photo of their face or brand. You spent time deciding which photo to use, so you’ve got to make sure it looks right.

The dimensions of the profile picture and cover photo are far from uniform across the Internet. They vary from site to site, so it can become quite confusing when trying to add a new photo to an existing profile, or creating a new profile altogether. Below are the recommended dimensions for the profile pictures, cover photos, and visual content you post to your different social media so that your profiles can look the way you’ve envisioned them.

Twitter

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The recommended dimensions of a Twitter profile picture are 400×400 pixels.

For a cover photo, the dimensions are suggested to be 1500×500 pixels.

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If you want a tweeted picture to be visible in your followers’ feeds with no clicking required, you must upload your picture via pic.twitter.com. For the entire picture to be visible without clicking, use a 1024×512 pixel photo. If your picture is more square, the preview will crop the top and bottom to match a 2:1 ratio. The blue areas in the tweeted photo above highlight the area cropped in the preview.

 

Facebook

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The recommended dimensions for a Facebook profile picture are 180×180 pixels. This will then be scaled and shown as a 160×160 photo.

Ideally, your cover photo on Facebook should be 851×315 pixels. And, according to Facebook, if your logo or text is included in the picture, a PNG file will yield the highest quality result.

When uploading an image to post on your Facebook page, it is suggested that the photo be 1200×1200 pixels in order to be viewed equally well on both desktop and mobile devices.

 

Google+

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Your Google Plus profile photo should be 250×250 pixels.

So that nothing is unintentionally cut out or absent from the display of your cover photo, Google recommends this picture be 1080×608 pixels.

 

YouTube

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According to YouTube’s support page, the picture you upload for your YouTube channel’s Channel Icon should be 800×800 pixels.

For a Channel Art banner that looks good on desktop, mobile, tablet, and TV, it is recommended to upload a 2560×1440 pixel image with the text and logo within the 1546×423 “center.” The template above clearly shows how Channel Art will be cropped and displayed on each device.

 

LinkedIn

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LinkedIn personal pages have square profile photos. They suggest that it be between 200×200 pixels and 500×500 pixels.

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Company pages feature standard logos fitted to 100×60 pixels.

Premium members can display a background photo on their profiles, a feature slowly being introduced to all free members’ profiles. They recommend the background photo fall somewhere between 1000×425 pixels and 4000×4000 pixels, but after looking at multiple companies’ pictures we found that the dimensions are always 646 pixels horizontally and ~220 pixels vertically. 646×220 pixels should work just fine.

 

Instagram

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Instagram is known for only letting you feature square pictures, but your profile picture will be cropped to a circle with a diameter of 640 pixels. Upload a 640×640 pixel square image and keep in mind that the corners will be cropped to form a circle.

 

Pinterest

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A picture with square dimensions is recommended by Pinterest if no cropping or resizing is desired. A 600×600 pixel photo is listed as the ideal size, yet a 165×165 pixel photo will work just as well.

Pinterest boards put a limit on width (236 pixels), but not height. Clicking on Pins expands images to a minimum width of 600 pixels with height proportionally scaled to match.

 

Other Social Media

Tumblr: Profile photo size is 128×128. Images in posts show at 750×500.

Yelp: The maximum photo size Yelp will display is 533×400, so we recommend uploading pictures with these dimensions.

Vimeo: The website suggests your portrait be sized to 300×300 pixels to avoid unwanted cropping.

No one wants to see their face pixelated, stretched, or cropped in odd places; it’s unnatural. By using these recommended picture dimensions on your social media profiles, you can present yourself or your company to the world without headaches and in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing.

Charlie is a content writer and strategist at Chicago Style SEO. Follow him on Google+ and Twitter.

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