A Facebook cover image is the banner or masthead image across the top of a Facebook profile. On a personal profile, the cover media is always a photo, but a business page can choose to have a video on its cover. The Facebook cover image space has an unusual extra-wide aspect ratio of 820:312. Users without the knowledge of how to edit photos or videos could end up with a Facebook cover that crops out key details.

Sample Facebook Cover Photo

To resize an image or video for your Facebook cover, you will need to use an editing tool. I recommend Kapwing because it's free, beginner-friendly, and works on both on desktop or mobile browsers. In this article, I’ll describe how to resize a photo or video for your Facebook Cover in five steps:

  1. Upload Image or Video
  2. Crop or Resize
  3. Reposition
  4. Trim
  5. Export and upload

Extra: You can use this free Facebook Cover template to fit your image or video to the correct size or follow the instructions below.

Facebook Cover Photo and Video Specs

Facebook Cover Photos:

  • Size: 820 pixels wide by 312 pixels tall on Desktop. 640 pixels wide by 360 pixels tall on smartphones.
  • Profile Type: All profiles

Facecbook Cover Videos

  • Size: 820 pixels wide by 312 pixels tall on Desktop. 640 pixels wide by 360 pixels tall on smartphones.
  • Length: 20-60 seconds
  • Profile Type: Business pages only

Step 1: Upload Image or Video

Go to the Kapwing Resizer. From this screen, upload your video or image, either from a file or URL. Kapwing supports photos, videos, and GIFs.

The Kapwing Resizer tool helps you resize photos, videos, and GIFs

If you want to just experiment with how the Kapwing video resizing tool works, click on “Try a Sample!” and you can experiment with a stock video.

Step 2: Crop or Resize

Once your image or video is uploaded, you will be taken to the Kapwing Studio editing screen. We’re making a Facebook Cover image, so in the right-hand column of the editing screen, click the icon that reads Custom Size and then select the Facebook Cover 820 x 312 button.

Select the Facebook Cover Button in the Custom Output Size Menu

The demo of the image immediately resizes to 820:312. Kapwing defaults to “No Crop,” meaning that black padding will appear in the area around the original photo or video. You can change the background from white to a different color, if you wish.

To make the background padding go away, select your image and click the Crop button on the right. Inside the crop menu, select the 820x312 button and then click the red Done Cropping button. The preview will automatically be resized to fill the 820:312 landscape.

Select the Facebook Cover Photo Button inside the Crop Video Menu

Step 3: Reposition

You may find that this cropping eliminates important parts of the photo or video. Don’t worry: nothing has been permanently removed from your image, and you can easily move the subjects back into view.

You can select the image preview and drag the blue handles to adjust the what parts of the image appear in frame. If heads are cut off, pull the handles until the desired detail comes into view. If subtitles are cut off, pull the handles to shift the image up.

Consider that your profile picture covers up the bottom left area of the image, so you might want to move important subjects away from that space. Also, when people view your Facebook cover in the mobile app, the left and right edges will be cut off; the media appears a bit narrower. So, you don’t want crucial subjects to appear at the far sides of the picture.

If you uploaded a video, a demo will play on a continuous loop, so you can confirm that everything is where you want it to be.

Step 4: Trim

Facebook Cover videos must be between 20 and 60 seconds long. If you uploaded a video, you can adjust the length of the video from inside the Kapwing Studio Editor. To do this, click on Trim Video above and to the right of the video preview. You can use the white sliders or type in a specific timestamp to change the start and end the video.

Use the left and right-hand markers to trim the video to your desired length

To start the video later, drag the left-hand marker closer to the center of the purple bar. To end the video earlier, drag the right-hand marker to the center. When your video has the desired starting and stopping points, click the red Done Trimming button to return to the main resizing screen.

Step 5: Create and Download your Facebook Cover

When you are back in the main studio editor screen and the image is to your liking, click on the red Export button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. You will be taken to a download screen where you can save the image directly, or go back and edit some more.

Once you have your resized media, you can upload it to Facebook for a new cover!

Kapwing is free to use, and you can create unlimited watermark free content by creating a free account! You can also sign up for a Kapwing Pro Workspace to receive unlimited storage and privacy on your content.

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