If you are a Facebook user, changing or uploading a Facebook Profile Picture of your choice seems like an easy task. However, there are many questions that may come to your mind like how to get the right Facebook profile picture size, how to upload profile picture in full size without cropping it or changing profile picture without loosing likes.
In this detailed guide, we are going to cover the complete tips and tricks to answer all of these questions.
This post will give you a ton of information to simplify your life on Facebook – as far as profile picture is concerned.
The answer to some of the questions needs a bit of workaround. That’s just the way Facebook is at the moment, requiring some complicated steps even for simple tasks.
Also, the fact that Facebook constantly makes changes and tweaks to its interface can make things a bit more confusing. But let’s clear that.
Facebook has two images that sit on your main profile- Profile Picture which is displayed in circle shape and the Cover Photo which is the rectangular shaped banner like image. You can enhance the look of your Facebook profile by choosing the right size and quality for these images .
First, let’s address the the basic question about what size or dimensions to use for Facebook Profile Picture and why does it get cropped. Let’s answer this.
What’s the Facebook Profile Picture Size and why does it get cropped?
The Facebook Profile picture is displayed in the following dimensions:
- 180 by 180 pixels- For Desktop / Laptop view
- 128 by 128 pixels- For Mobiles
Note, that this is the size in which the profile picture is displayed and not what is uploaded or stored in Facebook.
You can actually upload a picture of any size. But the minimum width needs to be 180 pixels.
While the dimensions make it look simple, getting the right image size can be confusing. Because when you upload the Facebook Profile picture in a normal fashion, it gets cropped and saved in square shape automatically (there are some easy hacks to upload without cropping discussed below)
And the way the cropping is done is that it will crop the height or width (whichever is more) – to make it equal to the size of smaller side to form a square. For e.g. if image size is 720 (w) x 480 (h), it will crop the width to make the image a square of 480(w) x 480(h). This is assuming you don’t do zoom-in while uploading the pic.
If you choose to apply full zoom, the photo will be cropped 180 by 180 which is the default display size ignoring both dimensions of original pic.
However, when it is displayed on your profile or in your posts, it takes the shape of a circle with diameter equal to 180 pixels.
So ideally, you should choose a square profile picture with yourself in the middle so that the image looks good even when its displayed in smaller format the mobile.
Let’s now answer the question on how to upload Facebook profile picture in full size (no cropping):
How to Upload Facebook Profile Picture without Cropping
You can upload Facebook Profile Picture without cropping in full size using the Facebook Classic Interface on Desktop. To skip cropping on mobile, go to m.facebook.com using mobile browser, upload the image as a post on your timeline and then use the “Make Profile Picture” option below the image post.
Let’s talk about these ways in detail:
Way 3 is a preferred choice for iPhone mobile users.
- Way 1- Use Facebook Classic Interface – Upload the image and use the “Skip Cropping” option (on Desktop)
- Way 2- Use Facebook Lite App on Mobile – Upload the image as a post on timeline and then use “Make it Profile Picture” option (suitable for Android users since Facebook Lite App is currently not available in Apple App store)
- Way 3- Go to m.facebook.com– Login and upload the image as a post on your timeline. Then use “Make it Profile Picture” option (works best for both iPhone and Android mobile users)
Lets talk about the details and steps involved for each of these ways.
Way 1- Using Classic Facebook Interface with Skip Cropping Option (on Desktop)
Update: The “Classic Facebook Interface” on desktop has been discontinued recently by Facebook and is not working for many users.
Some users have been using third party Google Chrome extensions like “Switch to Classic design on Facebook” etc. which helps you to go back to Facebook Classic interface. However, I am not sure on the safety aspects of these extension. You can try Ways 2 and 3 if you don’t want to use this.
For the first way, you need to use the Classic Facebook Interface on Desktop. This gives you a ready made option to “Skip Cropping” when uploading the Facebook Profile Picture. Surprisingly, this useful option is taken away from the New Facebook Interface.
Way 2- Using Facebook Lite App on Mobile– Upload the image as a post on your timeline and use “Make it Profile Picture” option
(Note that this option is NOT available on Main Facebook App for some reason. As mentioned before, Facebook Lite app is currently not available for iPhone users , so use Way 3 instead unless you already have the Lite app downloaded)
Step 1-Open Facebook Lite App and upload or post the image you want to use as “Profile Picture” on your timeline.
While posting, you can keep the privacy settings to “Only Me” (since this is a temporary posting which you can hide later)
Step 2– Next open this image post in full view. Click on 3 vertical dots on top right of image
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Step 3: You will see an option “Make Profile Picture” . Tap on it and confirm. You will see that the whole image becomes your Profile Picture without any cropping done.
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Way 3- Upload the image as a post in the timeline and use “Make it Profile Picture” option on m.facebook.com
This is another method to avoid cropping similar to the Way 2.
This hack works great for Mobile (Android or iPhone). Use following steps-
- Login to your m.facebook.com on your mobile (even works on laptop) using Google Chrome or any other browser
- Upload the image you want to use as “Profile Picture” as a image post on your timeline. While posting, you can keep the privacy settings to “Only Me” (since this is a temporary posting which you can delete later)
- Click the image you posted on your timeline to open it in full and you will see an option to “Make it Profile Picture” BELOW the image. Tap on it
- Next it will ask if you want to Switch back to original profile picture after some time period. Just click on ‘Never’ meaning you don’t want to switch back
- You can now see the full image is posted without any cropping as the Profile Picture.
- You can delete the image post now that the profile picture is updated.
How to Change Facebook Profile Picture without Notifying Anyone / Change Profile Picture without Posting
When you change your Facebook Profile Picture, there is auto-post on your timeline which mentions your profile picture is updated. You can switch the privacy setting for this particular post immediately from “Public” to “Only Me” which means only you will be able to see this post .
Steps to change Facebook Profile Picture without notifying anyone
- Add the photo as a post to your timeline. While adding you have an option change the post privacy settings to “Only me”
- Click on the photo in this post and click on the option “Make Profile Picture”
- Your Profile Pic will be updated with this photo and there will be an auto-post about the update. Now immediately go to this auto-post and change the privacy settings of this post to “Only me”
In fact when you delete a picture from Facebook Profile Pic Album, it also deletes the auto-post from your timeline.
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How to Change Facebook Profile Picture without loosing Likes
Got a bunch of likes and comments on your Facebook Profile Picture which you don’t want to sacrifice by changing. Well, the thing is with Facebook, you don’t really lose the likes and comments. The likes and comments stay along with the original picture which is stored in your Facebook Profile Picture Album .
So in case you moved to your new Pic that doesn’t get the kind of likes and comments as your old one, you can always switch back to the old profile Pic by going to the Facebook Profile Pic Album and selecting it from there (Don’t do a fresh upload of old profile pic which will cause you to lose the likes and comments)
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Other Important Points on Profile Pic
Facebook Profile Picture Guard
Facebook Profile Picture Guard is a great feature to protect your privacy. If you turn it on, Facebook does not give an option to download your Facebook Profile Pic for any other user. A random user will also not get any option to share, send in message or share your profile pic externally.
It also avoids the possibility for anyone to tag your profile pic, unless the person is your friend.
When you turn on the Facebook Profile Picture Guard, it adds a blue border to your profile pic and also shows a shield symbol.
Steps to add Profile Picture Guard
- Go to m.facbook.com
- Click on your profile picture to expand it
- Click on option to “Turn On Profile Picture Guard” below the image
- You will see that your profile pic is now wrapped in blue border and also has as shield symbol in the bottom center
Also, check this post which gives you all the ways to make your Facebook Photos and Album private.
Facebook Profile Picture Ideas
You can get creative with your Facebook Profile Picture using a number of ways. Many people mix the cover photo and profile pic to blend seamlessly. You can also add effects or design using the “Add Frames” option which is available when you click on update profile picture.
In case you want to keep it private, here are some ideas you can use for having Facebook Profile Picture without face-
- Cartoon image of yourself
- Facing your back image-Looking towards something scenic
- Hat pulled down look-covering your face
- Having a motivational- quotes with images picture
- You can even use the new feature Facebook Avatar– create your own animated Avatar and use it in Facebook Profile Picture.
Hope you find this article helpful. Do share it with your friends and family to help them get their Facebook Profile Picture right.
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