Choose Correct Facebook Timeline Cover Photo Size

By 17-12-2011   FacebookSocial Media

The new Facebook Timeline cover photo size is 851×315 (851px wide and 315px height) and this new Facebook Cover image dimension size has initiated a new craze of 851x315px Facebook wallpapers across the web as many free wallpaper sites are encouraging Facebook users to choose their Facebook Cover art.

Facebook Timeline Cover Photo Size

You can activate Facebook Timeline right now and get the new Cover Photo which serves like a header image of your Facebook page and is a great opportunity to use a large 851px wide image to showcase a unique image about your life, or events.

facebook cover photo size

What Cover Image size  to use?
Its is a good idea to upload a high resolution image with exact size of 851px wide and 315px height which fill fit perfectly.

timeline cover photo

What is the minimum width of the Cover Photo?
Officially Facebook FAQ says your cover image must be least 399 pixels wide and 150 pixels tall. Smaller images will get upload errors. I tried to upload a smaller image and got a message to upload cover photo at least 399px wide. I was able to upload images 399px wide and above (which were zoomed out and could not be re-positioned). Any image height is accepted it seems.

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What if you use cover photo of any other size?

Firstly Facebook Cover photos below allowed size will not be accepted for Cover Photo upload. If you upload any other size, Facebook  will be forced to resize / virtually crop the image, which will make it distorted and pixelated. Upload the exact size.

Can you crop / edit the Cover Photo? 
Facebook will only allow you to reposition the Cover image if you upload a larger image . For most large images, this will work more like moving the image ‘up and down’ till you get all the area of your interest in the fixed size of 851×315. Then you can save your Facebook Cover.

Can other people save Cover Photos?
This image is visible for public use and can be saved. What is important is that this is like a virtual crop, so if people decide to right click and save your Facebook cover, they will save the full uncropped image. e.g. if you upload a big full size photo of yourself, and then decide to make the head as you cover photo, people saving the image can see the full image. So its a good idea to upload the exact size.

Remember all cover images are public, so choose wisely as all will be able to see them.

What is the Facebook cover size on mobile phones?

The same image will appear in a size of 640px wide and 360px tall on smartphones. They say an image of less than 100kb JPG file will load fastest.

33 comments on “Choose Correct Facebook Timeline Cover Photo Size

  1. pooja says:

    my picture is too big and hence doesnt fit the cover size. help me get the entire pic in the given area please:(

  2. QuickOnlineTips says:

    Pooja – Crop you image to an exact size of 850×315 using any image editor like Microsoft Paint, Irfan View, Photoshop etc. and then upload.

  3. Darkeyez says:

    I made the exact size but when uploaded its all washed out, the original was pristine. Are there compression settings that specifically need to be used or is it a file size issue?

  4. QuickOnlineTips says:

    Darkyez – Facebook normally compresses all images by default. You can try uploading an image this way > Go to Photos>Upload Photo – then while uploading you get an option to click ‘High Quality’. Later instead of uploading a new cover photo, select that image as Cover Photo.

  5. Huerta says:

    What can I do if i already crop my photo in 850×315 but the resolution is not good?

    • QuickOnlineTips says:

      If the resolution is poor, it will get poorer as Facebook compresses it. Try a high res picture and dont crop it, Facebook will resize it.

      • jokesarcade says:

        so the size given is minimum size to set? if we have highter dimension then facebook will resize it according to their requrement?

  6. mcvera says:

    I followed the right dimension but the quality is really F**** up. -__- the original is good and looks really quality..

  7. mee says:

    hi guys. please visit this site for the tutorials on how to add facebook timeline cover and check also their facebook cover layouts.

  8. Sandeep Singh says:

    Took me a while to figure out the size.But its a nice addition for sure.

  9. Cover photos says:

    Facebook have done a gud job by enabling timeline for all profiles this will help us to style facebook profiles

  10. Fern Porras says:

    I can see a big drawback with this whole photo size thing. I tried the Timeline format, and a lot of my photos were posted without captions, which makes some of them meaningless. I usually just browse the internet, download then upload to Facebook within a couple of minutes. This will add considerable time and trouble to the way I post. I love the way it looks though. Very classy.

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