How to Change Your Facebook Cover Photo

Upload a different cover photo for your Facebook profile

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Changing your Facebook cover photo is easy and will immediately revamp how your profile looks. The cover photo is the large image that sits above and behind your profile photo.

The cover photo on Facebook 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 customize the cover photo to be of 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 update your profile with the new image.

You can change your Facebook 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 on Facebook. Follow these directions to access the cover photo settings:

  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. Hover your mouse over the cover photo section and select Update Cover Photo.

    Update Cover Photo button on Facebook
  4. Choose an appropriate option:

    Facebook's Update Cover Photo button options
    • Select Photo lets you pick an existing image from your Facebook page.
    • Select Artwork provides a selection of images from Facebook that you can use as the cover photo, like nature shots.
    • Create a Collage is similar to the first option where you can pick existing photos, but instead of just one, you can choose several to create a Facebook cover photo collage.
    • 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.
  5. Follow the directions for the option you chose. For example, if you picked Select Photo, choose an image you've already uploaded.

    Choose From My Photos screen on Facebook
  6. Drag the cover photo to position it how you want.

  7. Select Save Changes to submit the cover photo change.

    Drag to Move Cover Photo option on Facebook

If it's a Facebook Page you're updating, hover your mouse over the cover photo area and select Change Cover. There are different options for pages, such as Create Cover Area, Choose From Videos, and Upload Video.

How to Update Your Cover Photo via the Facebook App

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

These screenshots apply to iPad only, but the Facebook app works very similarly on all devices, so the written instructions should get you in the same general location no matter what phone or tablet you're using.

  1. Select Menu from the bottom of the app, or the three-lined menu button from the top right on some devices.

    Facebook Marketplace on iPad
  2. Choose your name at the top.

    Facebook menu on iPad
  3. Tap Edit from the bottom of the cover photo area. It's represented by a camera icon on some devices.

    Facebook profile on iPad
  4. Select one of these options to change the cover photo:

    Facebook cover photo options for iPad
    • Upload Photo to pick an image from your phone or tablet that you want to use as the Facebook cover photo.
    • Select Photo on Facebook to make a previously uploaded image the cover photo. This might be called Select from album on some devices.

    Android devices have some additional options, including Create Cover Collage and Select Artwork.

    On Facebook Lite, your options are Take a Photo and Upload a Photo.

  5. Locate and select the image you want to use for your Facebook cover photo.

    Select Photo screen on Facebook for iPad
  6. Drag the image if you need to so that it fits correctly in the cover photo area, and then tap Save. The save option is called Use in some situations.

    Preview screen for a Facebook cover photo on iPad

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 cover photo for your Facebook profile.

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 cover photo must be 400 pixels wide and 150 pixels tall, at minimum. 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. In other words, the cover photo you're using right now must be public. However, you can make older cover photos private by locating them in the Cover Photos album and changing who can see them (e.g., certain friends only or only you)
  • Cover photos 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, before the cover photo change, adjust your privacy settings so that nobody can see your future posts.
  • Add a watermark to your cover photo to make sure your brand stays with it if it gets stolen.