Social Media Timeline Cover Size List

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Branding your offline experience is important, so why not make branding your online experience a priority too? Facebook’s timelines and cover photos gave people (and companies) real estate to add a little more personality and individuality to the page without taking away from the the simple, clean interface and uncluttered experience of Facebook that everyone has become accustomed to. Other social media sites like Google plus, Linkedin and Twitter followed the trend and jumped on the timeline cover photo bandwagon allowing you the opportunity to add a larger photo to the top of your page in addition to the profile photo. Since social media sites are indexed in Google and other search engines like Bing and Yahoo, these pages are increasingly valuable to your brand. So it is important that you take advantage of the updating your social media pages with the right timeline cover sizes to capitalize on your already captive audience of fans and the new universe of potential customers who might find you via search.

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Facebook vs. MySpace

Now, remember the old MySpace days when customization went overboard? Not only was it a design mess but it required some pretty savvy web coding experience to customize your Myspace page. Well, those days are gone thanks to sites like Facebook, that make branding your page simple. You can easily and quickly add customized banners to your social media profiles, and thus improving your fans’ online brand experience by following these easy steps (and a click of a button).

Timeline Cover Sizes

Facebook Image Sizes

  • Facebook Profile Picture Size: The photo or logo you upload must be at least 180 x 180 pixels but will display at 160 x 160 pixels (140  x 140 pixels on mobile)
  • Facebook Timeline Cover Size: 851 x 315 pixels (Loads fastest as sRGB JPG file, less than 100 kilobytes)
  • Facebook Custom Tab Images Size: 111 x 74 pixels

Facebook Image Sizes mock up

Note: In September 2015, Facebook shrunk the profile photo size down in scale but the aspect ratio changed the same so everything should be seamless from a user and page admin perspective. However your page profile photo might line up slightly differently on top of your cover photo (like it did for us) so be sure to double check how it looks on

Twitter Image Sizes

  • Twitter Profile Picture Size: up to 700K Square JPG, GIF, or PNG (animated GIFs are supported); 400×400 pixels is recommended
  • Twitter Header Image Size: 1500 × 500 pixels; maximum file size of 5MB
  • Twitter Background Size: PNG, GIF, or JPG format and maximum file size of 2MB.

New Cover Photo for Twitter  (UPDATE April 2014):

Twitter cover photo dimensions

Google Plus Image Sizes

  • Google Plus Cover Photo Size: The most recent cover photo size (as of November 2013) is now smaller scale than before (see below for before and after) but still aspect ratio 6:9 so your cover photos should scale to fit. No longer do you have to click on the cover photo to see the full size. Much better if you ask us!
    • As of March 2013: 2120 pixels x 1192 pixels
    • Original Google Plus dimensions: 940 × 180 pixels
  • Google Plus Profile Picture Size: 250 × 250 pixels (With March 2013 update, the size is the same but it crops to a circle)
  • Google Plus Thumbnail Photos Size: 110 × 110 pixels

New Cover Photo for Google Plus (UPDATE November 2013):

Google Plus Cover Photo size

Old Cover Photo for Google Plus:

new google plus profile cover photo size

Linkedin personal Profiles

  • LinkedIn Profile Cover Photo Size: 1400 x 425 pixels  (under 4MB)

LinkedIn Company page

  • Linkedin Featured Banner Size: Up to three 646 x 220 pixel banners (JPEG, GIF or PNG, no Flash) max size 2MB
  • Linkedin Standard logo: 100 x 60 pixels
  • Linkedin Thumbnail: 60 x 60 pixels

YouTube Cover Photo Size

YouTube recommends uploading a single 2560 X 1440 px image that has been optimized to fit the template below:

YouTube cover photo size

What’s Your Social Media Image Strategy?

If your company is on any of these social networking sites, you should think about taking advantage of branding your online experience by using custom cover, header and profile photos. Have you done this yet? If not, what are you waiting for! Share your online branding strategies in our comment section below. We’d love to hear from you. Happy tweeting everyone!

About The Author:

Sadie has over 15 years of experience in digital marketing, graphic and web design, social media strategy, email marketing and more. She is a 4th generation small business owner and has worked with a wide range of brands from fortune 500 companies to startups and entrepreneurs.

Sadie is a self-proclaimed Apple/Mac guru and keeps up with all the latest tech trends at conferences including South by Southwest. Sadie has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin's Moody School of Communications and a concentration in Business from the Red McCombs School of Business.

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This is really helpful for Social media cover designers like me. When a customer asks for all the covers, I can refer your page. And I’d highly appreciate if you could add LinkedIn to this list. Anyway, thanks for the great share.
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Glad it is helpful for you! Great suggestion adding LinkedIn to the list. I just saw the other day that they added cover photos as a feature. Thank you for commenting!
Hi! The twitter cover image has sizes that haven’t been updated. Tks!
Kimberly Alt (Admin)
Thanks Amaia! We’ll be sure to update that!