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How to Add a Cover Image to Your Facebook Timeline

by Wendy Chamberlain on December 19, 2011

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Facebook is changing and the Timeline is coming.

The Timeline replaces the existing Facebook profile for users.

The idea is that the history of the profile is now a digital scrapbook of sorts.

Users of Facebook can now easily scroll back in time and see what they were saying and what they were sharing previously on Facebook.

The Timeline rolls out this week.

One of most notable change to profiles with the Timeline is what is called the Cover.

The Timeline allows users to upload a large photo or Cover right at the top of your Timeline.

Any picture you add here needs to be 851 pixels wide to display correctly.  The cover dimensions are 851px by 315px.

There is still some confusion as to what type of image you are allowed to show here.  Many business marketers are keen to upload an image that is basically a company advertisement, but a word of warning.

This is the message people have received thus far when converting to the Timeline:

Facebook Timeline Cover message

What exactly constitutes a banner ad or “other promotion” is not clear.

For now, it’s probably safest to choose an image that represents your personality and life, rather than a commercial advertisement for your business.

Your Cover Image is Public

Do remember that this Cover image, being public, can be seen by any Facebook user who checks out your Timeline.

Even if your Timeline is entirely locked down for viewing by friends only, the Cover image is still public.

How to Add a Cover Image to Your Facebook Timeline

To upload a photo, click the arrow beside the Add a Cover button on the top of your Timeline (previously Profile) page.

The notification we showed you above will immediately appear to remind users about what photos are allowed on the cover space.

Click the Okay button and proceed with uploading your chosen photo.

You have two options here – upload a new photo or choose from photos already in your existing albums.


Choose your photo and it will load into the space for your Cover image.

How to Reposition your Cover Image

You can then reposition the photo within the available space to line up the image.

Select Change cover => Reposition.  Drag the image to where you want it on the screen.

Facebook-timeline-reposition-coverSave your changes.

To avoid showing your image in pixels, upload a fairly high resolution photo as your Cover image.

Have you see any great Cover images?  Leave a link to them in the comments below.

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Dat December 20, 2011 at 6:59 am

there’s a facebook app that provides a ton of cover images and even gives you the ability to create one on your own with your facebook pictures. the link is

Wendy Chamberlain December 20, 2011 at 10:08 am

Thanks for sharing Dat.

murat karaca December 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

well done..

Wendy Chamberlain December 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

Thanks Murat. I hope you found it useful. Wendy

Techpur January 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Lot of Covers app and website , now you can also create cover from your friend profile picture.

Cover photos March 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Also mention the default Max Size of fb cover is 850 x315 , You can also share with your reader about us , we create cover photos using friend profile picture.

Arnyka March 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

How do you make an album on this new timeline thing??

LuckyFM April 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm

recent cover photos size is 851*315
u better re-correct it
thank you

Wendy Chamberlain April 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Thanks for the sizing LuckyFM.

Fancy Facebook going and making a change. Who’d have thought it… 🙂

I’ve updated this post to reflect the latest sizing.


Christopher Allmand April 21, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Lies! There is no drop down list of options to reposition.

Christopher Allmand April 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Oh. I had to publish it and use a different browser.

Wendy Chamberlain April 21, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Hi Christopher,

Glad you worked it out and I was able to help. 🙂

Wendy Chamberlain May 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Hi Arnyka,

Same as before. Click on the photos tab and then you can load up photos. When you do this, you can create an album (it will automatically start a new album).


CRA Adventure Travel December 4, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Great info. Always new little tips and ideas for the huge wide world of online marketing and social media! Thanks for the advice on updating the cover photo! -Daniella

Wendy Chamberlain December 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Hi Daniella,

Happy to help.


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