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Social Media Image Sizes

What image size should I use on social media

Who has not been going around in getting to square an image designed for your Facebook or LinkedIn cover? Well, almost everyone! And the truth, it drives you crazy.

In this blog, you will have all the measures you were looking for each social platform. However, and I recommend it, it would be much easier, more comfortable and professional to use a design platform that already has its templates for each social network. We, in Online-Ads and for our campaigns, work with Canva.

This platform of pre-designed designs (or blank templates for the more creative ones) already provides you with the measurements according to the social network you choose. It will help you quickly create and use the images, covers, photos, and even videos like you never imagined. A really useful tool!

Still, in case you’re looking for a specific measurement, below you’ll find a complete guide covering image measurements according to the social 😊 network.

Image Cheat Sheet Table of Contents 

  1. Images for Facebook
  2. Images for Instagram
  3. Images for LinkedIn
  4. Images for Pinterest
  5. Images for Twitter
  6. Images for YouTube 

1. Images for Facebook

 

The Facebook cover photo is the first image your business visitors see. So, why not use photos of your products or services that represent your company?

Representative Facebook conversations start with great content.  Use your Facebook cover photo and images for your news feeds to encourage engagement. Be sure to include images that catch your audience’s attention.

We have already seen that the list of sizes on Facebook is endless. That’s why I’ve divided it into two categories: Page and Events. It is important to know or understand why there are so many size variations on Facebook.

It’s not that Facebook has done it to annoy us, although I’ve thought about it more than once when I started moving around its platform. The reason is due to the variation in the use of different devices.

And if you think about it well, it has its logic.

You can navigate on a computer or laptop where the screen is horizontal (wide), while navigating on your mobile phone the screen changes to vertical (tall).

That explains the variation of measurements in your images according to the device from which you browse. Plus, instead of stretching your creatives, Facebook cuts them out!

 Facebook Page Image Sizes 

  • Facebook cover photo size:

For writing:  820 x  312 pixels

Mobile: 640 x 360 pixels 

ADVICE: It is recommended to use a portal size of 820 x 360 and place the important elements within the safe zone of 640 x 312. 

  • Facebook profile picture size:

            For desktop: Greater than or equal to 180 x 180 pixels

            For mobile: Greater than or equal to 140 x 140 pixels

  • Facebook banner dimensions: 1200 x 630 pixels
  • Link/Update Image Size: 1200 x 628 pixels
  • For best results, upload JPG files smaller than 100 KB. However, images with text (for example, your brand logo) must be a PNG file.
  • See Facebook’s guidelines for banner sizes and more 

Fact: If you’re promoting your business on Facebook, make sure the image size is 1200 x 628 pixels and doesn’t have more than 20% in text.

Facebook event image sizes

An upcoming event you want to announce. Well, there’s no better way to advertise it than to create a Facebook event. Announcing an event is just the beginning. You could push it to take advantage of more reach, send reminders to the audience, and even announce it through the event image on Facebook.

  • Facebook event cover image: 1200 x 628 pixels
  • Cover image of Facebook groups:
  • For desktop: 1640 x 662 pixels
  • Mobile: 1640 x 859 pixels

Fact: Leave the bottom area clear for typing. There Facebook shows basic information of the group, in the photo on the mobile.

 2. Images for Instagram. 

As Instagram is a platform that is displayed in images, knowing how to use the right size of a post on Instagram makes the big difference.

On Instagram, there are no cover photos. What forms the Instagram cover can be created by a variety of images you share on your profile.

Instagram profile picture sizes

  • Profile photo size: 110 x 110 pixels
  • Photo size: 1080 x 1080 pixels
  • Photo thumbnail: 161 x 161 pixels
  • Appearance on the homepage at 110 x 110 pixels
  • Find more information in the Instagram help centre

 Fact: For best results, I recommend that you upload a photo with a width of at least 1080 pixels with an aspect ratio between 1.91:1 and 4:5.

Instagram story image size

  • Recommended resolution: 1080 x 1920
  • Aspect ratio: 9:16

 3. Images for LinkedIn

 LinkedIn is known as the largest network for professionals.  Unlike other social networks to drive traffic and customers, LinkedIn is the place for B2Bs. Here, recruiters also connect with industry leaders.

Highlight the most relevant about your business and your brand in the image of the banner and on the cover. Taking advantage of this network properly, you can connect and interact with more professionals. In addition, having creative images will increase your chances of them looking at your business. To skyrocket your network, get help from a LinkedIn programming tool!        

LinkedIn Personal Profile Image Sizes

 Personal profile:

  • Profile photo: 400 x 400 pixels
  • Cover image: 1584 x 396 pixels
  • Aspect ratio: 4:1

 LinkedIn Company Page Image Sizes

 Company page:

Logo size: 300 x 300 pixels (min); 400 x 400 pixels (max); File size: 4 MB (max) Cover image: 1128 x 191 pixels

  • Blog post image: 1350 x 440 pixels
  • File size: 10 MB (max)
  • Supported file type: JPG, GIF or PNG
  • Find more information on the LinkedIn help centre

 LinkedIn Life Tab Image Sizes

LinkedIn’s life tab allows you to share the more human side of your company for potential customers and jobseekers. It helps to give people at a glance your company’s culture, ethics, photos, employee perspectives and above all show how great you are!

 

  • Hero image size: 1128 x 376
  • Custom module image size: 502 x 282 pixels
  • Company photos size: 900 x 600
  • Supported file type: JPNG, JPG, or GIF
  • Find more information on the LinkedIn help centre

Fact: By having a profile picture on LinkedIn, you’ll be able to get up to 14 times more views of your profile than members without it. Make yourself seen!

 4. Images for Pinterest

Pinterest is the platform to drive referral traffic to your site.  To drive traffic consistently, you’d need to use our social media automation tool: SԾcial-Dashboard. But above all, it is significant to optimize your Pinterest page regularly and that you use the correct image sizes for the boards and pins.

Although the image of your Pinterest profile is not as significant as on Facebook or Twitter, it does not mean that the one you will put here is not an attractive image.  Pinterest should be even more linked to you or your brand. After all, anyone who finds your board or pins will also check your profile.

  • Profile image: 165 x 165 pixels
  • Pin size: 236 pixels x Adjustable Height; 2:3 ratio for vertical pins (recommended)
  • Board image size: 222 x 150 pixels
  • Supported file type: JPG and PNG for profile pictures
  • Find more information on the Pinterest help centre

 Note: 94% of Pinners use Pinterest to plan or make purchases.  Pull the right images to make the most out of Pinterest.

 5. Images for Twitter

 Twitter is known as one of the best social media networks. It is more often used to discuss brands. Furthermore, to make sure that your page stands out, make your cover photo larger and different from your profile photo.

Your identity will be your Twitter profile picture. It will be visible on your home page and in the Twitter stream of your followers whenever you Tweet. So, let’s make an attractive profile picture!

Recommended: Use a tool to plan your tweets with less effort by maximizing traction. 

  • Twitter profile picture size: 400 x 400 pixels (less than 2 MB)­
  • Twitter cover photo size: 1500 x 500 pixels (less than 5 MB)
  • Shared image: 900 x 450 pixels
  • In-stream photo size: 440 x 220 pixels
  • File size: 10 MB (max)
  • Recommended file type: JPG, GIF, or PNG file
  • You can tweet up to 4 images at one go
  • Find more information on the Twitter help centre

 Fact: If you are using a header image with the recommended dimensions and notice which parts of it are cropped: 60 pixels can be cropped at the top and bottom.

 6. Images for YouTube.

 Almost a third who move around the  Internet are YouTube users, and there are about 30 million daily visitors. Having an attractive cover image and channel will definitely be a game changer!

Here, you should also define an upload size so that  your videos sound visually.

  •  Channel cover photo: 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Channel icon: 800 x 800 pixels
  • Video uploads: 16:9 ratio

With the fixed ratio, you can upload your video in various resolutions such as:

                        4K – 3840 x 2160 pixels

                        2K –2560 x 1440 pixels

                        1080p (HD) – 1920 x 1080 pixels

                        720p (HD) – 1280 x 720 pixels

                        480p –854 x 480 pixels

                        360p –640 x 360 pixels

                        240p –426 x 240 pixels

                        144p –256 x 144 pixels

Make sure you’re using an updated version of your browser so you can upload files larger than 20 GB. The maximum file size you can upload to YouTube is 128 GB.

 

Concluding

In this cheat sheet for lovers and social media professionals, we have shared all the image sizes for the most common social media platforms. However, as I mentioned previously at the beginning of this cheat sheet, I recommend working directly with the Canva tool. You will be guaranteed that your next updates reach their full potential.