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Size of FB Timeline Cover and Profile Photo

Samyak Lalit | March 7, 2012 (Last update: September 13, 2019)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Although there are a number of users who don’t like it but Facebook is slowly pushing Timeline profile format forward. Beginning from 31 March 2012, Facebook converted all the current FB Pages into the new format. Now, businesses and individuals are preparing their pages for this imminent change.

One of the major questions that people are asking is “what are the sizes of timeline cover picture and profile picture?”. Facebook users want to know the measurements / dimensions for various images to be used on new FB Timeline profile. To answer this, Skandnet has done a bit of hit and trial and found out what they believe to be the exact sizes of cover photo, profile photo and also the sizes of Facebook App, Thumbnail, Post and Highlighted pictures. Well, here are the dimensions in pixels:

SEE ALSO: Cover image guidelines from Facebook

  • Size of Facebook Cover Photo: 851 x 315;
  • Size of Facebook Profile Picture: 180 x 180;
  • Size of Facebook App Image: 111 x 74;
  • Size of Facebook Thumbnail: 32 x 32;
  • Size of Facebook Images within wall posts: 404 x 404; and
  • Size of Facebook Highlighted and milestone images: 843 x 403.

You should upload these images in exact size, otherwise FB will resample the image to fit the size. Such resampling will certainly damage the quality of uploaded photos. I have also published an article of some great ideas for creating interesting cover images for FB Timeline format.

To visualize these sizes, the following infographic shows the sizes and locations of various images that are part of the Timeline format.

Source: Skandnet

Creative Ideas for Facebook Cover Photos

Cover image is one of the most important change that this new format brings to your pages/profiles. And it is important to harvest its full potential. Facebook is giving you a large real estate space on their website. Use it well.

Have a look at the following video and start thinking of your own cover image to dazzle the world!


I hope this articles answered your query. Go on and make some cool-looking cover photos and dashing profile pictures for your Facebook Timeline. Let me know if you have any questions in this regard. Keep coming back to TechWelkin for more such tips!


7 responses to “Size of FB Timeline Cover and Profile Photo”

  1. Jeannie Morey says:

    I don’t want large colored box on fb timeline! How do I get rid of that?

  2. Nazmul H. Palash says:

    What is the size of FB group cover photo?

  3. Angela's Assays says:

    just what I was looking for, thanks for showing up at the top of my google search

  4. Virus says:

    WRONG! Images are 403×403 px

  5. Sunil Tomar says:

    WoW GReat information

  6. mc says:

    Thank you!

  7. Sheth Raxit says:


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