Facebook Group Cover Photo Size

You’ve got the perfect idea for a Facebook group. It’s time to put it into action by designing an inviting atmosphere and attracting new members. This starts by taking advantage of all the tools that Facebook offers for personalizing your group.

The Facebook group cover photo is that large banner image that spans the top of your Facebook group page. This is not to be confused with photos added to the group via posts. Unlike profiles and professional pages, there is no profile photo in the bottom left of this image, making it the only feature photo for your group.

That’s one reason why you really want to have one. This image makes your group more inviting and engaging. It also sets the tone for the group. If you want people to join and get involved via posting and conversations, then make your group a place that people want to be.

How to Add a Group Cover Photo

You have the option to add a cover photo when you first create the group or later on. Create your group with the following steps:

  1. Go to your Facebook news feed.
  2. Click Create.                                                        
  3. Click Group from the dropdown.                                            
  4. Fill out the group’s information, including name, members, and privacy settings.
  5. Click Create.                                                                             
  6. Upload the cover photo or choose from existing photos. 
  7. Drag to reposition the photo.                                                     
  8. Click Save.                                                                                               

If you’ve already created the group and want to add a photo after the fact, then follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Facebook news feed.
  2. Click Groups.                                                                                             
  3. Select your group.                                                                      
  4. Click Upload Photo or choose from existing photos. 
  5. Choose the photo you want to use.
  6. Click Save.                                                                                             

Changing or Editing Your Group Cover Photo

What if you’ve added a photo and want to change or reposition it? Facebook makes it easy.

  1. Go to your Facebook news feed.
  2. Hover over the cover photo.
  3. Click Change Group Cover Photo.                                     
  4. Reposition the photo or upload a new one.
  5. Click Save.                                                                                                

Sizing Your Facebook Group Cover Photo

Wait a minute. You’ve uploaded your cover photo, but it doesn’t look quite right. It’s got large black borders on the sides or worse, it’s stretched and misshapen. It would appear the photo you uploaded didn’t have the right size and/or dimensions.

Facebook group cover photos should be at least 1,640px by 856px. This makes for a 1.91:1 ratio (almost 2:1). While you may not have to be exact, the closer you are to these standards, the better your photo will look. If your photo is too large, it may not all show up in the allotted space. Remember that you can reposition the photo to center it in the most pleasing way.

Choosing an Eye Catching Cover Photo

What kind of photos stand out for Facebook groups? A good rule of thumb is to choose something both eye catching and relevant to the tone and content of your group. Further emphasize the group culture and message with a brief but descriptive group summary.

Note that if your Facebook group lacks a cover photo, then other members of the group can add one. You can go back and change it, but not necessarily before other people see it. Stay in control of your group’s image and get there first.

One thought on “Facebook Group Cover Photo Size”

Avatar jamesl mercer says:
I am at my wits end trying to use the Union photo app for an a Facebook event cover photo.
The app has preset sizes and one of the is 16:9 but when I upload it to Facebook,
it chops the ends off. Can anyone give me some insight?
Thank you

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