Apr 16. • 8 min read
You’re trying to change the cover photo on your social media channels but it ends up looking messy and out of proportion. Instagram stories dimensions haunt you in your dreams. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay on top of all the social media image sizes changes. We’ve all been there. That’s why we’re bringing you the updated social media image sizes cheat sheet.
Social media platforms are not just for personal use anymore. They became places for brands to communicate with their customers and potential customers. To do social media communication the right way is half of your success. You’ll catch the eye of your audience only with a beautifully designed and well-thought-out content. To achieve that, you need to know the correct dimensions for that content.
Profile photo: 170×170 pixels
Video: max 4.0 GB, max 120 min (recommended format MP4, MOV)
Cover photo: 820×312 pixels on computers, 640×360 pixels on smartphones, (must be at least 400×150 pixels)
Cover video: at least 820×312 pixels, 20-90 sec (for best results 820×462 pixels)
Event cover photo: 1200×628 pixels (2:1 aspect ratio)
Group cover photo: 1640×856 pixels (1.91:1 aspect ratio)
Photos shared in posts: (recommended) 1200×628 pixels
Linkpost: at least 1080×1080 pixels (1.91:1 to 1:1 aspect ratio)
Stories: 1080×1920 pixels
Profile photo: 400×400 pixels
Cover photo: 1500×500 pixels
Photos shared in posts: photos up to 5MB (recommended 1024×512 pixels)
Video shared via web: up to 512 MB, max 2 min 20 sec long
Profile photo: 110×110 pixels
Post: 1080×1080 pixels (ratio between 1.91:1 and 4:5)
Stories: 1080×1920 pixels
Company profile logo: 300×300 pixels
Cover photo: 1536×768 pixels
Photos shared in posts: 1200×628 pixels
Sharing videos: resolution 256×144 to 4096×2304, max size 5 GB, duration 3 sec to 10 min
Profile photo: 165×165 pixels
Pin: 735×1102 pixels (2:3 aspect ratio)
Profile photo: 800×800 pixels
Cover photo: 2560×1440 pixels
Hopefully, this list covered the basics. You don’t have to search all over the Internet every time you want to check whether your image sizes are correct. Find all the social media image sizes 2019 in our downloadable infographic below. Our Bot will be happy to give you all the necessary info here:
Google is full of social media cheat sheets. It seems that every week new and new blog posts with the correct social media image sizes are published. Despite this, “social media image size cheat sheet” is one of the most popular search terms. Maybe it has something to do with how often the social media image sizes actually change. Nobody wants to look for this information on their own.
Is there a reason for uploading the right-size images to social media?
Although it may seem that social media sites change the social media image sizes just for their own entertainment, we have no choice but to go with it. There’s nothing anyone can do about it really.
Too big or small images sizes
Uploading an image that is too big can result in a low-quality final image that is funnily cropped. Uploading an image that is too small can result in a blurry pixelated image because it was enlarged to fit the standard dimensions specific for a particular social media site.
What changed recently again is the Facebook event cover photo size. With Facebook and other social media sites, the image sizes often depend on the device you’re using. The reason why you want to be extra careful with Facebook event cover photo size is quite obvious. If you upload a photo that is too big, it’s going to get cropped automatically by Facebook.
It often happens that photos like these have important images and text in them. If your text or some other important detail is too close to the edges, it could get cropped. Then you’ll end up with an amateurish looking photo that looks weird and contains no important data whatsoever.
Always check what the correct event cover photo size is before uploading it. To be completely sure that you get it right, try to keep all the important information towards the centre of the image, as a safety measure.
New year’s check for social media image sizes
It’s probably good practice to check the updated image dimensions at the beginning of a new year. It doesn’t take a long time to do it but still, only a few of us do. And again, even if you did check the social media image sizes 2019 in January, it can happen that by the end of April they’re a little different. That’s why you should always look for the most recently updated social media cheat sheet. Of course, you won’t need to look at it every single time you’re publishing a Facebook post. But it can really help you when uploading cover photos or using a format that you haven’t used in a while.
Do you know what the Facebook image post size for 2019 is? Maybe you’re lucky and your social media materials fit into the fast-changing post image sizes environment. Maybe you’re not so lucky and had to learn this the hard way. It’s a good idea to have an infographic with dimensions for social media images always at hand. You don’t even have to create it on your own, just download this social media image size cheat sheet and have a quick look at it before posting a format you haven’t used for a long time.
Some social media image sizes you can easily find in the help section of social media platforms, for some others you have to search for all over the Internet. If you’re looking for Twitter image size 2019, on their help page, there are detailed guidelines on how to get it right.
You can also easily get to the dimensions for Twitter business. For best practices, try following the aspect ratio for Twitter image size in 2019 which is 16:9 for mobile and between 2:1 and 1:1 for desktop. As with any other social media platform, you don’t want to risk your images being enlarged, cropped or messed up in general.
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn… every social media platform is different
Every social media platform is different. That means you should always be ready to adapt your content to the specific image sizes requirements. Pinterest image size 2019 can be difficult to get right for some social media managers. What you need to remember is that vertical images work best on Pinterest. Horizontal images won’t work. “Pins” were designed to be vertical. One horizontal image in a sea of vertical images would definitely stand out but not in a good sense.
If you really have to use a horizontal image, stack a few of them together, creating an interesting vertical image. There are free tools that can help you with this. You can do this in Canva, for example. Not only can you play with various designs but you can also be sure that you’ll get the Pinterest image size right. Basically, the size doesn’t matter that much with Pinterest, as long as you keep to the 2:3 aspect ratio. Just remember that Pinterest image size 2019 shouldn’t be smaller than 600×900 px.
It’s relatively easy to get these sizes right on your YouTube channel. You’ll consult this infographic with social media dimensions only with regards to the profile photo and header image. Even when you don’t get it right the first time, it’s not the end of the world. The video content is what counts on a platform such as YouTube.
Just be careful – as you should be with all header images and event cover photos – and keep the most important parts of the image (or text) towards the centre. That way you can be 100% sure that even if the social media image dimensions change unexpectedly, your visual will be safe. And that’s what we all want, isn’t it?
Let’s sum it all up
To make sure your headers and cover photos (especially Facebook event cover photo) are displayed properly, you can always check our cheat sheet, the help pages on social media platforms or you can improvise and hope for the best. If your images (for example in cover photos) contain important text or dates, try to keep these more towards the centre of the image. That way, you won’t end up with funnily cropped texts even if the dimensions change unexpectedly.
Photo dimensions on social networks are always tricky to get right. Social media sites keep changing them way too often. Probably the least often changed are Instagram stories dimensions and with them also Facebook stories dimensions. Thankfully, at least some guarantee in this uncertain life… For all other image sizes such as Pinterest image size, LinkedIn post image size or Facebook post image size you have this handy cheat sheet.
Even if you’re not sure about the pixels or your image doesn’t meet the recommended dimensions, don’t worry. The most important thing to follow is the aspect ratio. As long as you get that right, everything else should be all right.
Keeping up-to-date with all the changes regarding various social media image sizes isn’t easy. It’s worth to follow all the updates to achieve a professionally-looking social media presence. The last thing you want is putting off potential customers with poorly sized social media images.
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Now that you have this updated social media image size cheat sheet, nothing stands between you and perfectly sized social media images.
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