Recommended Images Sizes On Social Media For Best Resolution

Last Updated on January 4, 2016 by PixelPluck

Recommended Images Sizes On Social Media For Best Resolution.

When you upload a large image file on any social media account like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc it automatically compresses the images to decrease the file size of image. This in turn reduces the resolution and the photograph my not remain sharp due to unnatural compression. Use our guide to make sure that your images show best possible resolution without affecting the image quality and sharpness.

Our brain love visual representation of any data and it is also easier to remember. The size and shape along with the height, width, and orientation are the elements that most influence how an image will appear in a social media stream of your followers.

Social media also gives you adjustment controls over how your image is going to appear.

Here is a quick size reference guide for different social media.

Facebook – 1,200 x 628

Twitter – 1,024 x 512

LinkedIn – 800 x 800

Google+ – 800 x 1,200

Pinterest – 735 x 1,102

Instagram – 1,080 x 1,080

Any size below this resolution will decrease the visual appeal.

Recommended Image Size for Facebook

When you share a link to Facebook, the image associated with the link can be displayed in a number of ways. Images previews for shared links are scaled to fill a box of 470 pixels wide by 246 pixels tall. You can either replace the image with another image or choose any one of the available image options as shown in the image below.

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Facebook Link Image options. You can choose one or more than one.

In my personal experience, single image works best and does have the most reach. It also looks clean which increases the chances of engagement. Choose an image which should accurately represent what you are sharing and should be appealing. Here is how the single image post will look like.

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Single Image looks aesthetic and drives engagement

It will also look good on mobile devices and would be easy to navigate and engage.

Posting single image or a group of photos is easier as various social media will automatically arrange them in the news feed. You should use drag and drop to bring the best at the top before you publish an image only post. Here is an ideal example post that went viral and reached over 3 Million people.


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Recommended Image Size for Twitter

Twitter images appear in the desktop timeline at 506 pixels wide by 253 pixels tall and adjusts automatically on the mobile devices according to the display size.

Twitter also automatically displays images from the shared link. It shows full image size and a short link unlike facebook.


There is not much difference when you only share image. Twitter will crop from the top and bottom, leaving the middle of the image as. Sharing image will drive the engagement and is key to growth. It also gives a quick idea without having to read in detail.

Images for Large Twitter Card should be at least 506px in width, and at least 150px in height. Image must be less than 1MB in size.

Here is how twitter crops the images in preview.

  • Square and portrait images will be cropped from the bottom up and not from the sides.
  • Landscape images will be cropped from the outside in, and not from the top or bottom.
  • For the summary cards with large images, there don’t appear to be any noticeable crops.

Recommended Image Size for Google+ post:

When you share links and articles to Google+, the featured photos appear at a maximum width of 426 pixels. The height scales accordingly. Here is how it will appear in your feed.

Recommended Image Size for Pinterest:

In the feed, Pinterest images have a width of 235 pixels and the height will scale accordingly. If you click to expand a Pinned image, the image will have a width of 736 pixels. The height, again, scales accordingly. According to Pinterest, the best aspect ratio for Pinterest images is between 2:3 and 1:3.5, with a minimum width of 600 pixels.

Recommended Image Size for Instagram:

Instagram makes everything easy. The images are 510px wide and 510px tall. The thumbnail photos that appear on one’s profile page are 161 x 161.


Recommended Images Sizes On Social Media For Best Resolution.
I hope this insight into the ideal image sizes for various social media profiles will be useful to you and will help you to drive engagement. Photographers communicate through Photographs and it is important that they should be of right dimension and presentable. Also the logarithm of social media engines keep changing from time to time so make sure that you stay updated on it.

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