Facebook link thumbnail image dimensions

Facebook recently increased the sizes of link thumbnail images in the news feed. This means whenever you share content from your blog or website, you’ll now start to see larger images from your posts in the news feed. To help you out, we’ve compiled a handy reference chart showing you all of the different Facebook link thumbnail image dimensions that you’ll need to know.

This way when you’re uploading images to your blog posts, you’ll be able to optimize your images for Facebook so that when fans share them, they look great in the news feed regardless of where they are shared.

So what are the recommended dimensions for Facebook link thumbnail images? Here’s a breakdown on everything you need to know.

Facebook link thumbnail image dimensions

Facebook link thumbnail image sizes

Facebook link image thumbnail dimensions

There are three Facebook link thumbnail images you need to be concerned with.

  • Desktop news feed
  • Mobile
  • Sidebar

Aspect ratios

Facebook link thumbnail image dimensions

Image aspect ratios can be difficult to understand. This is similar to watching a movie with the black bars on the sides (standard definition) vs. widescreen (high-definition, black bars on the top and bottom).

For Facebook link thumbnail dimensions, you need to remember one number, 1.91:1.

This is important because if you optimize your images to fit this size, it will scale properly across the desktop news feed, mobile, and sidebar areas.

According to Facebook, they recommend creating images that are 1200 x 627 pixels.

While images at this size will look great, this large for most users. If you don’t have images that can scale to fit this size, you can use the mobile image dimensions (560 x 292 pixels). This will help ensure your images still look good when being shared.

This is terrific news because this means there is now a standard size when creating Facebook link thumbnail image dimensions. This way images you create display perfectly across the different areas on Facebook.

Let’s run through the different Facebook link thumbnail image dimensions for each of these areas and what they look like.

Desktop news feed (400 x 209 pixels)

Facebook link image thumbnail dimensions - Desktop news feed

  • Text: 500 characters, remainder truncated
  • Title: 1-2 lines (depending on length)
  • Domain link: 1 line
  • Description: 2-3 lines (depending on title length)
  • Image size: 400 x 209 pixels

Note: If you upload an image that isn’t 400 x 209 pixels, Facebook will resize it to 154 x 154 pixels or 90 x 90 pixels. Images for YouTube are limited to 90 x 90 pixels.

Mobile (560 x 292 pixels)

Facebook link image thumbnail dimensions - Mobile

  • Text: 110 characters, remainder truncated
  • Title: 1-2 lines (depending on length)
  • Domain link: 1 line
  • Description: up to 1 line (depending on title length)
  • Image size: 560 x 292 pixels

Note: If you upload an image smaller than 560 x 292 pixels, Facebook will render images at 100 x 100 pixels. Images for YouTube are limited to 100 x 100 pixels.

Facebook thumbnail image dimensions are larger for mobile than the desktop news feed because there is not a sidebar on mobile. Mobile also includes tablets and smartphones.

Sidebar (100 x 72 pixels)

Facebook link image thumbnail dimensions - Sidebar

  • Text: 90 characters, remainder truncated
  • Link title: 25 characters
  • Domain link: 1 line
  • Image aspect ratio: 1.39:1
  • Image size: 100 x 72 pixels

Note: this information comes from the Facebook Ads and Sponsored Stories Guide.

Wrap-up on Facebook link thumbnail image dimensions

Overall, I’m really excited to finally see a standard aspect ratio being used for images on Facebook.

If you need help sizing your images, be sure you download the free templates for Facebook link thumbnail dimensions.

Are you looking forward to using the Facebook link thumbnail image dimensions to help your content stand out better on Facebook?

Personally, I see this helping to streamline my workflow because I now only need to create a image that fits the aspect ratio.

Let me know if you find these new image dimensions helpful.

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  • Jon

    Interesting. Thank you!

    On a related note, as I scroll through the posts my timeline, why is it that sometimes I see a complete image for some posts and yet for others, I only see part of the image?

    On the posts where I only see part of the image – I have to click to see the complete image.

    It doesn’t appear to be related to image dimensions or aspect ratio …

    • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

      You’re welcome @disqus_nkbB9CHhU0:disqus.

      As far as content in your news feed showing parts of an image, that comes down to how the website was designed and the dimensions for the images someone used.

      Sometimes their site may have the image, but Facebook cannot see it.

      I recommend adding Social Warfare to your site. http://www.christiankonline.com/go/social-warfare-plugin/.

      It includes a section when you’re writing your blog posts to specify which images you want to use for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and so on.

      • Jon

        Thanks @ckarasiewicz:disqus

        • http://www.christiankonline.com Christian Karasiewicz

          You got it!