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May 19, 2011

Facebook profile picture and thumbnail size in 2011

If you are running a Facebook page for your business or organisation, then you’ll want to make sure you get your design of your profile picture exactly right so that you make optimal use of the space available and at the same time making sure the thumbnail picture is spot on too.

The maximum size of a Facebook profile picture at the time of writing (May 2011) is 180×540 pixels.

This means you can have quite a tall profile picture and can use that extra space for branding, offers, bit of fun. Take your pick.

As far as the thumbnail is concerned. Facebook doesn’t let you use the full width of your profile picture. 16% of it is always impossible to select. This means, if you have a profile pic that’s the maximum 180 pixels, 29 pixels will be unselectable for your thumbnail – making 151px wide.

The thumbnails are always square, so this means the maximum area of your 180×540 profile picture is 151×151 – but you can of course which ever 151×151 square from the picture you want.

Which means you need to design your profile picture in a smart way so that it works in both situations – on the page itself, and then in all the places where a thumbnail is displayed.

Update: March 2012

Facebook have introduced Timeline pages for businesses. I’ve written a new blog post about the optimal size of your timeline cover photo.

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  • Thanks for the helpful info. Is there a way to set which 151×151 FB will use as the thumbnail or do we just have to “plan accordingly” knowing it will take some off the top and sides?

    • You can choose the 151×151 “square” that Facebook will use, but you will always have to make sure you’ve got at least 16% of the width that you don’t need in your thumbnail. you only loose some of the sides, the full height is selectable.

  • Guy

    Hi, Wonder if you can help. Using Timeline and am uploading a 180×540, but the image on my newsfeed page is always a thumbnail? Do you know why?

    • Facebook always uses a thumbnail on the newsfeed. The 180×540 profile picture size detailed in this blog post isn’t applicable for profiles using Timelines.

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