Image Sizes for Twitter

twitter Profile

Yes, the most effective aspect of your twitter profile is your “tweets” what you have to say definitely matters much more.  However, most people don’t realize how important appropriate images are even on Twitter.

The thing with Twitter images is realizing that they are important in attracting attention. Simply go to a Twitter profile and see.  Where do your eyes rest?  On the profile picture and header image area simply because it is in line with the level of your gaze on a screen.

If you want to upload your own background image or customize the sidebar and colour scheme of your page, Twitter recommends to follow the steps below.

  1. Sign in to your account.
  2. Go to your Settings and click on the Design tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Customize your own section.
  4. Click on Choose file to upload a background image. Images justify to the top left of the screen. You cannot stretch your image to fit. It will display as the size you uploaded (file must be smaller than 2MB).
  5. Check the box to Tile background if you want your picture to repeat across the background.
  6. Choose whether your Background position will be left, centre or right.
  7. If your image isn’t very large, choose the background colour that will show behind the image.
  8. Choose a colour for links.
  9. Choose a black or white transparent overlay.

Twitrer profile

Background images must be in PNG, GIF, or JPG format, smaller than 2MB. If your image’s file size is too large, use an image editing program or web app to shrink the image. Animated GIFs are not supported as background images.  You can also customize your design with a premade theme.

Image sizes specifics are as follows:

  • Profile Picture: 81×81 pixels
  • Header Image: 1252 x 626 pixels
  • Instream: Profile picture 48×48 pixels
  • Preview image: 120×120 pixels (must be greater than 60×60 pixels)

Profile photos on Twitter are all displayed as small squares. If you upload a photo that is a rectangle, Twitter cuts some of the image off so it’s a square. To avoid this, upload a square photo or customize image dimensions by using an online image editor. Profile and background photos must be under 2MB; header images must be under 5MB.

Your logo/mascot or latest products are best used as profile pictures. Header image suggestions: offers, contests, milestones achieved.

Twitter now allows users to make changes to their profiles from within the profile page on the web version. So changing a profile picture is now easier!


Mariam Noronha is a teacher with over nine years of teaching experience. She has taught a wide range of management related subjects and has authored and presented papers at national and international seminars and conferences. An avid reader, researcher and writer; she has authored numerous articles in the copy writing, fiction, web writing and travel writing genre. She has authored four e-books on various genres of writing. Mariam currently writes her own business blog,TheOneOfAKindPreneur and provides consultancy to aspiring entrepreneurs with regard to business planning, branding, product development and promotion.