The Ultimate Guide to Social Media Image Sizes in 2022

Social Media Image Sizes Guide

The quality of your social media images can make or break your online reputation and audience engagement. Studies reveal that Facebook users engage 2.3 times more with posts that are accompanied by an image. So, if you're just winging it with your profile image, cover photo, and image posts, you're slowly killing your online presence, and your followers are likely scrolling past your content. 

One of the main challenges that business owners face is the constant changing of social media image size requirements. One minute your images are perfectly sized but the next, they seem pixelated. How do you keep up with the changes so that your images can display beautifully on the feed? 

In this post, we'll highlight the ideal social media image sizes for various platforms to help you increase your audience engagement. 

 

Why Is It Important to Get Social Media Image Sizes Right?

Your brand's visual identity on social media is often tied to the images you share, so it's important to ensure that they're correctly sized, sharp, and of high quality. It only takes 7 seconds for people to form an impression about your business. If the first thing your followers see on their feed is a pixelated photo, then they'll likely not engage with you. 

Here are 4 main reasons you should get your social media sizes right. 

  1. It optimizes your images for each social media platform, ultimately increasing audience engagement.
  2. It enhances the longevity of your content by reducing the amount of work you have to do when the social media platform changes its image requirements.
  3. It eliminates image stretching and pixelation, keeping your visuals professional.
  4. It prevents your images from getting cut off and hiding important messaging. 

Contrary to what you may think, image sizing isn't difficult. There are multiple photo-editing tools that you can use, some of which are free. 

 

Quick Overview of Social Media Image Sizes

Here's a simple overview of the recommended image sizes for the main social media platforms. We have, however, compiled a complete guide for all the platforms in our next section. 

Please note that the dimensions highlighted below refer to width x height.

Facebook

  • Landscape: 1,200 x 628 pixels
  • Portrait: 1,080 x 1,350 pixels
  • Stories: 1,080 x 1,920 pixels
  • Links containing images: 1,200 x 628 pixels

Instagram

  • Landscape: 1,080 x 566 pixels
  • Portrait: 1,080 x 1,350 pixels
  • Stories: 1,080 x 1,920 pixels
  • Previous image requirement: 1,080 x 1,080 pixels

Twitter

  • Landscape: 1,200 x 675 pixels
  • Multiple images: 1,200 x 675 pixels
  • Links containing images: 800 x 418 pixels

Linkedin

  • Landscape: 1,104 x 736 pixels 
  • Links containing images: 1,200 x 628 pixels

These dimensions apply to both LinkedIn personal profiles and company pages. 

 

Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet for 2022

The social media landscape is highly dynamic, and keeping up with the current trends can be overwhelming. Your business should, however, focus on increasing audience engagement as this is the most effective way of enhancing your online visibility. The best place to start is your image quality. 

Here's a comprehensive guide on the proper image requirements for all social media platforms. 

Instagram Image Sizes

1. Instagram Image Sizes

Instagram is a great platform to promote and sell your products. According to recent statistics, around 130 million users on the platform click on shopping posts. You could be one of them! Since Instagram is mainly a visual platform, you have no option but to get the image sizing requirements right. 

       i. Instagram Feed

When Instagram was first launched, you could only post square mages, but currently, you can also post horizontal and vertical images as well. While this gives you more options to work with, it also makes it difficult to get all the dimensions right, so make sure you follow our image size cheat sheet.

In addition to the above sizing requirements, all the images for your Instagram feed should have a standard width of 1,080 pixels.

       ii. Instagram Stories

Since Instagram stories occupy the entire phone screen, they should have an aspect ratio of 9:16 or 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. This image sizing requirement also applies to stories ads. 

       iii. Instagram Profile Photo

Your IG profile photo should be at least 320 x 320 pixels. Instagram displays this image as a circle, so ensure the important elements such as your business logo are in the center to prevent them from getting cropped out.

       iv. IGTV Cover Photo

IGTV is a relatively new feature that allows you to share long videos with your audience. The recommended size for your IGTV video is 1080 x 1920 pixels, while that of the cover photo image for your channel is 420 x 654 pixels.

 Facebook Image Sizes 2022

2. Facebook Image Sizes

Facebook is the most popular social media platform and has almost 3 billion users. It constantly changes its image size requirements, so the best option is to always upload its recommended image formats and ensure images are of the highest quality. 

       i. Facebook Profile Picture

Facebook profile images are square, and the size shown varies based on the device being used. For example, it appears at 170 x 170 pixels on desktop, while on mobile devices, it's 128 x 128 pixels.

       ii. Facebook Cover Photo

  • Recommended size: 820 x 315 pixels
  • Display on mobile: 640 x 360 pixels
  • Display on desktop: 820 x 312 pixels

Make sure all the essential details are centered so that they're not cut off. 

You can also use a slideshow or video for your Facebook cover photo, but the dimensions should remain the same. If the image contains text, your logo, or other graphic elements, we recommend that you use PNG format. 

       iii. Timeline Photos

  • Recommended size: 1,200 x 630 pixels
  • Image with links: 1200 x 628 pixels

Facebook images should typically be in portrait mode except for carousel posts.

       iv. Facebook Event Cover Image

  • Recommended size: 1200 x 628 pixels

Make sure the images are attractive and visually represent what your audience should expect from your event. For these covers, use high-resolution formats such as PNG and JPG.

       v. Facebook Group/ Page Cover Photo

  • Recommended size: 1640 x 856 pixels

This image should ideally give potential group members an idea of what your group or page is about. 

       vi. Facebook Ads 

There are various ad types with different image requirements. However, the image size should depend on whether your images contain a link or not.  

  • Recommended image ratio for images with links: square with a 1:1 ratio or horizontal with a 1.91:1 ratio
  • Other recommended image sizes: 
  • 940 x 788 pixels
  • 1200 x 628 pixels
  • 1200 x 1200 pixels

3. Twitter Image Sizes

This platform may not be photo-intensive, but you should never compromise on image quality. 

       i. Twitter Profile Picture

  • Recommended image size: 400 x 400 pixels
  • Displayed image size: 200 x 200 pixels

Life Facebook, the image is displayed in a circle, and all important information should be centrally placed. 

       ii. Header Photos

Recommended image size: 1500 x 500 pixels

Keep in mind that the profile photo covers the bottom left of your cover photos, so refrain from putting important information in that area. 

       iii. In-stream Images

Recommended image size: 1200 x 675 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio)

Minimum image size: 600 x 335 pixels

Multiple images: 

  • Two images: shown side by side at a 7:8 aspect ratio.
  • Three images: one image on the left at 7:8, two on the right at 4:7
  • Four images; all displayed at a 2:1 aspect ratio

       iv.  Twitter ads

  • Twitter Cards and Carousels: 800 x 800 pixels or 800 x 418 pixels
  •  Minimum image size: 600 x 335 pixels
  • Supported formats: GIF, JPG, PNG

The maximum supported file size for Twitter cards is 1MB.

 

4. LinkedIn Image Sizes

Linkedin is the most professional platform and including images in your posts grabs the attention of your network. 

       i. LinkedIn Profile Picture

Recommended size: 300 x 300 pixels

Personal profiles have a circular profile photo, while company pages have a square one. The recommended image size is, however, the same for both. 

       ii. Linkedin Header

Recommended size for personal profiles: 1584 x 396 pixels

Recommended size for business pages: 1128 x 191 pixels

 

5. Pinterest Image Sizes

One of the elements that make Pinterest's images unique is that they have to be vertical. For a long time, their recommended image size for pins was 735 x 1102 pixels, but they recently updated them. Here are the current recommended sizes;

Profile Picture: 165 x 165 pixels

Pinterest Pin: 1000 x 1500 pixels

Square pins: 1000 x 1000 pixels

Board Cover: 600 x 600 pixels

Collections Pins: 1000 x 1500 pixels or 1000 x 1000 pixels

Story Pins: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Maintain a 2:3 aspect ratio and keep the file size below 20 MB.

 

6. YouTube Image Sizes

Youtube may be a video-sharing site, but it's important that the video content and profile images be fully optimized. 

It's estimated that people spend more than 3 billion hours on Youtube daily. This is more than Facebook videos and Netflix combined! Here are the recommended image sizes to help you increase your views.

       i. Profile Picture

Recommended size: 800 x 800 pixels

Even though Youtube gives you the option of adding borders to your image, the sizing requirements still remain the same. 

       ii. YouTube Banner

Recommended size: 2560 x 1440 pixels

Minimum size: 2048 x 1152 pixels

Maintain a 16:9 aspect ratio and keep the file sizes below 6MB. You should also note that the cover art is shown differently based on the device that the viewer is using. For instance, those using a TV will view it at 2560 x 1440 pixels, while those on a mobile device will only see 1855 x 423. Make sure all the important information is centrally placed. 

       iii. Thumbnail Size

Recommended size: 1280 x 720 pixels

To increase your video views, include a branded thumbnail to be shown on search results and on the feed. 

 

7. Tumblr Image Sizes

Tumblr may not be popular but having multiple social media profiles increase your online visibility and brand engagement.


Profile photo:
128 x 128 pixels

Banner size: 3000 x 1055 pixels

Dashboard view: 500 x 750 pixels

Images with link: thumbnails display at 130 x 130 pixels.

Ads images: 1280 x 1920 pixels

 

8. Snapchat Image Sizes

If your main target audience is the younger generation or you're looking to appeal to them, you should consider having a Snapchat account. While it's primarily used for personal interactions, some brands have had great success on the platform. 

       i. Snapchat Ad Sizes

Recommended size: 1080 x 1920 pixels

       ii. Geofilter image size

Recommended size: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Geofilters allow you to share your business location to drive more traffic to your physical location. Snapchat even allows you to sponsor it for an event or ad campaign so that more users can share the snap with their friends. 

 

9. Tiktok Image Sizes

Tiktok blew up during the pandemic, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down. In 2020, it's estimated to have generated around $1.9 billion in revenue, which translates to a year-on-year increase of 457%. Brands are thriving on the platform by hopping on trends, which ultimately increases their audience engagement. 

Recommended photo size: 20 x 20 pixels 

Recommended video size: 1080 x 1920 pixels 

Keep the aspect ratio at 9:16 or 1:1.

 

Make the Most of Your Social Media Accounts

Social media platforms are a gold mine for businesses. They allow you to interact with your target audience on a personal level, ultimately nurturing long-lasting connections. This interaction also humanizes your brand and fosters trust with your followers. 

To make the most of your social media accounts, it's important that you adhere to the recommended image sizes. It's the only way you'll be able to optimize your posts and get more people to like, share or comment on them. 

Whether you use Adobe, Canva, or Microsoft Paint, ensuring that you start with the right measurements for your social media channels will make all the difference. This not only shines your brand in a flattering light but also increases your engagement levels. 

 

 


 

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