How to Change Your Facebook Cover Photo

Upload a different cover photo for your Facebook profile

Changing your Facebook cover photo is easy and will immediately revamp how your profile looks. This is different from your profile image; it's much larger and sits above and behind your profile picture.

Your cover photo can be almost anything you want it to be. If it's your personal profile that you're updating, it might be a picture of your family, friends, house, car, favorite quote, etc. For a business Facebook page, you might use your product, the front of your store, or a group shot of your employees.

Whatever you choose as your new Facebook cover photo, follow the steps below to see exactly how it's done.

You can change your cover photo from a computer or from your phone or tablet, but the steps are different depending on the device you're using. We'll note those differences below.

How to Update Your Cover Photo on Facebook

You're given several options when it comes to changing your cover photo:

  1. Open Facebook on your computer and select your name to get to your profile page.

  2. Scroll to the very top of the page to see the entire cover photo area.

  3. Choose Edit Cover Photo.

    Edit Cover Photo button on Facebook

    If it's a Facebook Page you're updating, choose Edit.

    These steps are for the newest version of Facebook. Use the menu at the top right to find the Switch to New Facebook option so that you can follow along.

  4. Choose an appropriate option:

    • Select Photo lets you pick an existing image from your Facebook page.
    • Upload Photo is for just that: select a photo from your computer that you want as the cover photo.
    • Reposition lets you change how the existing cover photo looks. You might do this if it's not showing the whole image or you want to refocus on a different part of the photo.
    • Remove is for deleting the Facebook cover photo.

    There are additional options for pages: Choose From Videos and Create Slideshow.

  5. Follow the directions for the option you chose. For example, if you picked Select Photo, choose an image you've already uploaded.

    List of recent Facebook photos
  6. Drag the cover photo to position it how you want.

  7. Select Save Changes.

    Facebook cover photo edit screen

How to Update Your Cover Photo via the Facebook App

Follow these steps to change your cover photo from the Facebook app:

These screenshots apply to the Android app, but the steps work very similarly on other devices.

  1. Select the menu button at the top right of the app.

  2. Tap your profile picture.

  3. Select the camera icon at the bottom of your existing cover photo.

  4. Select one of these options to change the cover photo (not all platforms have all of these options):

    • Upload Photo to pick an image from your device.
    • Select Photo on Facebook to make a previously uploaded image the cover photo. This might be called Select from album on some devices.
    • Create Cover Collage to choose images on your device that you want to combine into a collage for your photo.
    • Select Artwork to pick from landscapes, textures, and other designs built-in to the app.
    Android Facebook app menus and screens
  5. Locate and select the image you want to use for your Facebook cover photo.

  6. Drag the image if you need to so that it fits correctly in the cover photo area, and then tap Save (or Use on some apps).

    Change facebook cover photo Android screenshots

Tips for Changing Your Facebook Cover Photo

As you can see above, changing the cover photo is easy. What you'll probably find more difficult is choosing a great photo.

You don't want to select just anything from your page or a random photo from your computer. Beyond the photo having a purpose for your specific page, it should also fit correctly on the screen.

Follow these tips to make the best cover photo for your Facebook page, but also remember that you're restricted in some ways on what you can do.

  • The picture must be 400 pixels wide and 150 pixels tall, at minimum. Ideally, it should be 851x315 pixels. To ensure fast load time, make the image less than 100 KB. See the other Facebook cover photo dimensions here.
  • You can't make the current cover photo private; it must be public. However, you can make older ones private by locating them in the Cover Photos album and changing who can see them (e.g., certain friends only or only you).
  • Pictures with a logo or text are best saved as PNGs, whereas "real life" images look best saved as JPGs.
  • All Facebook friends will get a notification on their News Feed that you uploaded your cover photo. The only way to stop this is to quickly change the post's visibility to Only me after you changed the photo or to uncheck the post option if you're changing it from the app. Or, before the change, adjust your privacy settings so that nobody can see your future posts.
  • Add a watermark to your image to make sure your brand stays with it if it gets stolen.
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