Social Media Image Sizes 2022: Cheat Sheet for Every Network
DashClicks Team
Mar 24th, 2022 at 07:12 AM

Social Media Image Sizes 2022: Cheat Sheet for Every Network

When it comes to social media branding, presentation is everything.

It’s all too common for brands to come up with the perfect image, only to realize social media image sizes change for every platform. You find yourself with a pixelated profile picture and an ill-fitting banner image that’s an eyesore for everyone.

If you need to know the best size for social media images, you’re at the right place. Check out our quick guides below for the most popular social media websites.

Facebook Image Size Recommendations

Facebook has several image upload formats, whether you’re optimizing your profile or looking to run paid social media advertisements. These recommendations come courtesy of Facebook’s help center.

Regardless of where you’re uploading the image on Facebook, you’ll want to ensure that the file is of the highest quality possible. You’ll want to utilize either JPEG or PNG format to obtain higher resolutions while maintaining a reasonable file size.

Facebook Profile & Feed Optimization

Facebook Image Size Recommendations

Profile Picture

  • 170 x 170 on desktop
  • 128 x 128 on mobile

Cover Photo

  • 820 x 312 on desktop
  • 640 x 360 on mobile
  • 400 x 150 minimum

You can upload a larger image size and attempt to reposition it, but larger sizes can result in longer load times. If your photo meets the recommended file size, avoid repositioning.

Timeline Posts

  • 1200 x 630 recommended
  • 600 x 315 minimum
  • 1:1 ratio

Timeline and general posts photos are different as this resolution technically exceeds Facebook’s aspect ratio. All posts will auto-adjust to 500 pixels wide, but making your photo slightly larger will help to avoid stretching or pixelation.

Facebook Event Cover Photo

  • 1200 x 628
  • 2:1 ratio

As an important note, you cannot edit an event photo after it’s been added. You may reposition it to get it closer to your liking.

Facebook 360 Photos

  • Less than 30,000 pixels in any dimension
  • Less than 135,000,000 pixels in total size
  • 2:1 ratio
  • 45 MB maximum for JPEG
  • 60 MB maximum for PNG

Due to the slightly more technical nature of 360 panorama photos, we recommend checking out Facebook 360’s extended help article on the topic here.

Facebook Stories

  • 1080 x 1920
  • 9:16 ratio (full mobile screen)

As an additional recommendation, leave the top and bottom of the story text-free (approximately 250 pixels). This will ensure that users can still interact with your profile picture and any buttons that are otherwise present on the screen.

Facebook Ads

Facebook Ads Image Sizes

Feed Ad

  • 1080 x 1080
  • 600 x 600 minimum
  • 1.91:1 to 1:1 ratio
  • File size no larger than 30 MB

Right Column Ad

  • 1080 x 1080
  • 254 x 133 minimum
  • 1:1 ratio.

Instant Articles

  • 1080 x 1080
  •  1.91:1 to 1:1 ratio
  •  File size no larger than 30 MB

Marketplace

  • 1080 x 1080
  • 1:1 ratio
  • File size no larger than 30 MB.

Search

  • 1080 x 1080
  • 600 x 600 minimum
  • 1.91:1 to 1:1 ratio
  • File size no larger than 30 MB

Sponsored Message

  • 1080 x 1080
  • 1.91:1 to 1:1 ratio
  • File size no larger than 30 MB

Inbox

  • 1080 x 1080
  • 254 x 133 minimum
  • 1:1 ratio
  • File size no larger than 30 MB

Messenger Stories

  • 1080 x 1080
  • 9:16 ratio
  • The minimum width allowed is 500 pixels

For more detailed information about Facebook Ads guidelines, you can check out the resource we used courtesy of Facebook here.

Instagram Image Size Recommendations

Instagram supports both horizontal and vertical images. While this gives you more options, it also means there are more guidelines for you to remember when posting or sharing images. Check out the recommended social media image sizes below:

Instagram Profile & Feed Optimization

Instagram Image Size Recommendations

Profile Picture

  • 320 x 320

While the images you upload are generally square, the image will be rounded in the final display. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure that the focus of your image is in the center.

Landscape Images

  • 1080 x 566

Portrait

  • 1080 x 1350

Square

  • 1080 x 1080

Note that image heights vary between 566 and 1350 pixels. This will vary depending upon whether you’re choosing to post your image horizontally or vertically as previously explained. The width will always remain at 1080.

Instagram Stories

  • 1080 x 1920
  • 9:16 ratio

Be sure to utilize the recommended aspect ratio to avoid any errors in displaying your content.

Instagram Carousel Images

The Carousel feature utilizes the same recommended resolutions as your feed images. Once again, the height of the image should vary between 566 and 1350 pixels depending on whether you’re using landscape or portrait settings.

Instagram Reels

  • 1080 x 1920 (for both Reel and cover photo)
  • 9:16 ratio

Reels appear as a 1:1 image in the Instagram profile feed but appear as a 4:5 image in the home feed.

Instagram Ads

Instagram Ads Image Sizes

Landscape

  • 1080 x 566

Square

  • 1080 x 1080

Instagram Stories Ads

  • 1080 x 1920

Instagram ads may utilize widths ranging from 320 to 1080 pixels as well as aspect ratios of 1.91:1 and 4:5.

Furthermore, Instagram Stories works similarly to Facebook Stories. This means that you’ll want to avoid adding text or images to the top or bottom of the Stories feed. You’ll want this space free so that users can click on your profile image and other appropriate links that might otherwise be obscured.

You can learn more about Instagram ad specs here.

LinkedIn Image Size Recommendations

LinkedIn is the social media platform for professionals, and you’ll want to include high-quality photos with each post to attract more clicks.

LinkedIn image sizes will differ from the platform recommendations so far. Each image section seems to support different resolutions, meaning you’ll take additional care to ensure your company profile page has a quality appearance.

LinkedIn Profile & Company Page Optimizations

LinkedIn Image Size Recommendations

Profile Picture

  • 400 x 400 (though it can support up to 7680 x 4320)
  • Must not exceed 8 MB

Cover Photos

  • 1584 x 396
  • 4:1 ratio
  • Must not exceed 8 MB

Company Logo

  • 300 x 300

Company Page Cover

  • 1128 x 191

Life Tab Main Image

  • 1128 x 376

Life Tab Custom Module

  • 502 x 282

Life Tab Company Photo

  • 900 x 600

Square Logo

  • 60 x 60

Except for your cover photo, all image sizes should utilize an aspect ratio of 1.91:1.

Blog Posts & Updates

  • 1200 x 627
  • 1.91:1 ratio
  • 200-pixel width minimum

LinkedIn Ads

LinkedIn Ads Image Sizes

Company Logo

  • 100 x 100

Spotlight Ads logo

  • 100 x 100

Spotlight Ads Background

  • 300 x 250

Sponsored Content

  • 1200 x 627
  • 1.91:1 ratio

Sponsored Content Carousel

  • 1080 x 1080
  • 1:1 ratio

You can find more information about the latest LinkedIn ad specs here.

Twitter Image Size Recommendations

Twitter is a social media platform that’s all about the fast and dirty distribution of information. With a limited character size of 280, users rely heavily on images, GIFs, and videos to attract engagement.

With our help, you can ensure that your image posts and ads have the greatest impact possible. Check out Twitter’s official recommended image sizes and aspect ratios below.

Twitter Profile & Feed Optimizations

Twitter Image Size Recommendations

Profile Picture

  • 400 x 400 recommended
  • 200 x 200 minimum
  • Must not exceed 2 MB

Twitter will round your profile image, so be sure to keep the focus of the image directly in the center.

Header/Banner Photo

  • 1500 x 500
  • 3:1 ratio

Twitter Feed Photos

  • 1600 x 900 recommended
  • 600 x 335 minimum
  • Anywhere between 2:1 and 1:1 ratio on desktop
  • For mobile, use 2:1, 3:4, and 16:9 ratio

Twitter URL Preview / Card Images

  • 120 x 120
  • Must not exceed 1 MB

As an important note, all uploaded Twitter images must be either in JPEG or PNG format. You may also upload GIFs.

Twitter Ads

Twitter Ads Image Sizes

Image Ad (Single or Multi)

  • Minimum resolution of 600 x 335

Website Card

  • 800 x 418 when using a 1.91:1 ratio
  • 800 x 800 when using a 1:1 ratio
  • Must not exceed 20 MB

App Card

  • 800 x 418 when using a 1.91:1 ratio
  • 800 x 800 when using a 1:1 ratio
  • Must not exceed 3 MB

Carousel

  • 800 x 418 when using a 1.91:1 ratio
  • 800 x 800 when using a 1:1 ratio
  • Must not exceed 20 MB for collectively 2-6 cards

Direct Message Card

  • 800 x 418
  • 1.91:1 ratio
  • Must not exceed 3 MB

Conversation Card

  • 800 x 418
  • 1.91:1 ratio
  • Must not exceed 3 MB

You can learn about more detailed specs for different types of Twitter ads here.

Pinterest Image Size Recommendations

Pinterest may be one of the less popular social media platforms on this list, it’s still an excellent place to advertise to the right demographics. Its unique form of sharing, pins, allows you to come up with some creative image ideas to share for increased engagement.

Check out Pinterest’s recommendations to ensure that your pins look stellar when browsing your profile.

Pinterest Profile Optimizations

Pinterest Image Size Recommendations

Profile Photo

  • 165 x 165

Pinterest crops the photo into a circle, so be sure to keep the focus of the image in the center.

Cover Photo / Banner

  • 800 x 450
  • Recommended to use 16:9 landscape photos

Pin Optimizations

Pins

  • 1000 x 1500
  • 2:3 ratio
  • Must not exceed 20 MB

Square Pins

  • 1000 x 1000
  • 2:3 ratio
  • Must not exceed 20 MB

Collection Pins

  • 1000 x 1500
  • 1000 x 1000 for square
  • 1:1 ratio recommended, can use 2:3
  • Must not exceed 10 MB

Story Pins

  • 1080 x 1920
  • 9:16 ratio
  • Must not exceed 20 MB

For all pins, Pinterest currently accepts PNG and JPEG image files. For multi-image pins, ensure that all images have the same aspect ratio. If you cannot meet the aspect ratio requirements, be aware that the Pinterest platform crops out details from the bottom up.

Pinterest Ads

Pinterest Ads Image Sizes

Shopping Ads

  • 1000 x 1500
  • 2:3 ratio
  • All other details are the same as standard pins

Carousel Ads

  • Can utilize 1000 x 1500 or 1000 x 1000
  • Can utilize 1:1 or 2:3 ratio

App Install Ads

  • 1000 x 1500
  • 2:3 ratio
  • All other details are the same as standard pins

Learn more about Pinterest Pins and ad specs by clicking here.

YouTube Image Size Recommendations

YouTube might be the world’s most popular video-sharing platform, but optimizing your images is equally important. Whether you’re optimizing your profile or perfecting your thumbnails, you need to know Google/YouTube’s platform recommendations for getting your image sizes to look perfect.

YouTube Profile Optimization

YouTube Image Size Recommendations

Profile Picture

  • 800 x 800
  • Accepts JPEG, PNG, BMP, and GIF

Be aware that YouTube scales photos down to 98 x 98 when displayed on desktop or mobile. To avoid cropping out important details, ensure that the image focus is found at the center.

Banner Image

  • 2048 x 1152 minimum
  • 16:9 ratio
  • Must not exceed 6 MB

If you plan to add text to your image, allow for 1235 x 338 of space within the minimum recommended size. You can learn more about branding your channel on YouTube here.

Video Thumbnails

  • 1280 x 720

This file size matches the minimum recommendation for YouTube video uploads. However, YouTube strongly recommends uploading the actual video at 1080p or higher. Because thumbnails are smaller, you can safely upload at 720p without distorting or pixelating your image.

Get Your Social Media Image Sizes Right Like a Pro!

Getting a photo just right can be a hassle, but uploading with the proper resolution is what separates amateurs from professionals. Instead of scaring away would-be followers with shoddy, pixelated assets, bookmark this list and be sure to get your images in order before your next campaign.

Be sure to stick to the recommended guidelines as opposed to the minimum, so that your images can remain useful even if platform requirements shift. Certain platforms like Facebook are notorious for this, so be on your toes and check back for updates regularly.

If all else fails, be sure to lean on each platform’s respective help center to get specific and advanced guidelines for all of your image and media uploads.

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