The following is a simple guide to Facebook photos. The sizes listed are accurate as of the publishing of this post and will be updated if Facebook ever changes them (which I don’t believe will happen).
Your profile photo is what appears throughout Facebook. It is displayed prominently on your Facebook in the top left of your timeline. The pixel dimensions are 160×160 pixels.
The cover photo is the photo that spans the width of your facebook profile. It is 851×310 pixels and usually is the most memorable thing on your page. It is certainly the first thing that will catch the viewers eye upon visiting your page.
Highlighted Post Images
When you make a post you can choose to “highlight” it. You access this option by clicking the small carat that appears on the top right hand side of the post you have just published. When you choose the option to highlight the photo what Facebook does is make it span the width of your page. It becomes 843×504 pixels.
One thing you may have noticed is that when you upload your photographs to Facebook, crystal clear images become blurry, less sharp, grainy, and just don’t look as good. This is because Facebook compresses the images that are uploaded to its site and as a result some quality is lost. Because of this some people have found that posting is frustrating. It is said that to avoid this and to get the highest quality image on Facebook you should upload photos at one of two sizes.
- 2048 pixels long edge
- 960 pixels long edge
Uploading at these dimensions will allow Facebook’s compression algorithm to run without losing quality.
Let me know how these work out for you!