New Facebook Profile Photo Size Impacts Cover Photos [Infographic]

November 19 Update: If you suddenly saw that your profile and cover photos don’t “fit” properly, read this! Facebook Page Profile Photo Problem: The Fix

Just when you get everything the way you want it, Facebook makes another change…

Today, a new Facebook profile photo size was rolled out for brand Pages. Formerly 125×125 pixels, Facebook has increased the size of profile photos to 160×160 pixels. In either case, the minimum size of the photo you use needs to be 180×180 pixels, but Facebook shrinks it down to the smaller size.

I know, that’s confusing. Just know that you need to pick a photo that is at least 180×180 pixels, just as before, but it will now appear as 160×160 pixels instead of 125×125 pixels.

This matters, as I discovered with a couple of my own Pages. I created a nice little montage of baseball cards on the Brewers Updates From 1982 Facebook Page, making a 1982 Topps Robin Yount card the profile photo. Sweet, right? Well, with the change, it no longer fits…

Brewers Updates From 1982 Cover Photo

Of course, I’m not the only one with this problem. Countless other Facebook Page admins got cute with their Cover Photos and Profile Photos and now need to scramble and make adjustments.

I’m here to help. The infographic below details all of the dimensions you need to know. Which are:

  • Submitted profile photo must be at least 180×180 pixels
  • Facebook will shrink profile photo to 160×160 pixels (formerly 125×125)
  • Including padding, profile photo area is 170×170 pixels (5 pixels all the way around)
  • 23 pixels from left edge to profile photo border
  • 210 pixels from top edge to profile photo border
  • 658 pixels from right edge to profile photo border
  • 105 pixels from bottom edge to top profile photo border

[Click the image for a close-up]
Facebook Timeline Dimensions New Profile Photo

I’ve also updated the reference of all Facebook Timeline dimensions Infographic to reflect this change.

Are you having to scramble as a result of the larger profile photos? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Maroshmobil

    Ithink that 115px is not correct it is smaller.

    • Jon Loomer

      The 115 pixels measurement is to the top of the profile photo border, which is 5 px above the top of the profile photo itself. Is that what you mean? That measurement would actually be 110 px.

      • KateC

        I’m having the same trouble as Maroshmobil.  Using your dimensions, 210px from the top of the cover image to the top of profile border, plus 115px from top of profile border to the bottom of the cover image is 325 px, but you say the overall cover height is only 315px – so does that not mean it’s 10px out somewhere?

        Sorry if I’m missing something obvious, I’m something of a novice to working on things like this.

        • Jon Loomer

          Oh, man, you’re right. Bad math on my part. It’s 105 pixels from the bottom to the top of the profile photo.

          Thanks for pointing it out and sorry for any trouble the miscalculation may have caused!

          • Agem

            Excelent Job!
            Thanks!Just one correction, if the 23px are correct, 658px must be 648px to fit :)

          • Jon Loomer

            Hi, Agem. The 180×180 pixel profile photo is shrunk down to be 160×160. With the 5 pixel buffer, the profile photo area is 170×170.

            Hope that makes sense!

          • Cristian

            I just want to point out that I have (using these dimensions) made a cover photo/profile picture combo that actually is quite a bit out of the pixel dimensions you state! On my attached image you can slightly see the area underneath the PP square from the cover photo to the right and left. In addition, the top of the profile picture is quite a bit further up, cutting off any image I had under it. (the image attached should show a white border of two blocks used in the image all the way around, which it still does on the cover photo, but is cut off by the PP placement).

            I say this with confidence, as what I made was pixel perfect, I urge you to test it with colour blocks for easy identification possibly and maybe update this post?

            Thanks man, I enjoy reading your stuff anyways though :)

          • Jon Loomer

            Cristian — I was very thorough with this, so it looks like Facebook made a change (which wouldn’t be a surprise). I just double checked, and it appears that the distance from the top of the cover photo to the padding above the profile photo is now 211px, not 210. The distance from the bottom of the cover photo to the top of the profile photo is now 104px, not 105px. I’m showing that the other distances are correct.

            I’ll update. Thanks for letting me know!

  • Bret

    Thanks for the Info! Really nice of you to post it!

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  • Kathryn

    no matter what size banner image I upload to my facebook fan page – it doesn’t size right. It’s all blurry and too large. I made it exactly the size of 851×315 pixels. don’t know what to do.

    • Scot

      So nice when people take the time to post specifics on issues like this. You are my internet hero. Thanks.


      Try this online tool to resize images, please tell if you find it useful.

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  • João dos retratos no Retratex

    As an admin of FB pages, I also got this problem when FB rolled out the update in April. It messed up the design I did for blending with the cover for a client of mine.

  • Rich Mistkowski

    Thanks for the great information. I appreciate it!

  • Sad Clownfish

    I’ve been using a profile picture that was perfectly blended into the cover photo. But with the new resizing, is that still possible? I’ve been playing around in Photoshop for a while now, but I haven’t been able to do it correctly yet. Is it just not mathematically possible, considering the way it shrinks then enlarges the image?

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  • Millennium Design

    The reason why it appears blurry is that… when you start making the cover with photoshop “only if you us ps :p” the pixels per inch ammount is low. It is like 20 pixels per inch… All you need is to increase that ammound to 500 or even 1000 and the image won’t be blurry anymore

  • Random Citizen

    PERFECT!! Thank you thank you thank you! Makes life so easy and makes my facebook look professional.

  • Tessa Macapil

    Hello! am new here and very interested on learning about Facebook as a tool for social media marketing, sir I would just like to know the dimension of a picture to be used as profile picture and banner when you make adjustment on it on Photoshop? Thank you very much.

  • Stingraybiz

    Good stuff here John, thx for taking the time. I especially like the flashback to 1982. Lifelong O’s fan here, I was at the doubleheader between Brewers & O’s at the old Memorial Stadium. O’s had to sweep to win the division, came up one short. No wildcard back then.

    • Jon Loomer

      Oh, that was a heart stopping series! Sorry to see the O’s get bounced this year.

  • Susan

    yes I just uploaded a number of photos of jewelry from my online store to facebook and notice the photos on facebook are huge. Do I have to now change the size of the photo on my online store and repost to facebook? Tell me it’s not so

  • MillsteadART

    I try uploading a customized cover to my personal page and it ends up very pixelated or blurry. I am using the right sizes etc. What should I do?

    • Jon Loomer

      Use a png file.

      • MillsteadART

        I am

  • Remo

    It looks like they’ve changed it again since you’ve made this. I followed your very clear example, but my picture doesn’t line up and my profile photo looks noticeably higher than your example… Could you update this? Thanks~

    • Jon Loomer

      I have a new infographic coming out in about eight hours! Stay tuned.


    Great details, but now things can be more easy since there are online social media tools to resize images.