How to add a Twitter cover photo to your profile

Twitter Profile Cover Image

Twitter has been hard at work improving the Twitter experience.

Last week, they rolled out the new profile page design.

This works in the same way as the Facebook Timeline image, LinkedIn company profile banner and Google+ banner.

It allows you showcase a product or service, and let some of your personality come through.

This article will take you through the steps of adding a Twitter profile picture to your account.

Why bother adding a Twitter header picture

I know what you might be thinking – “I thought most people use third party apps, so they will never see it”

However since Twitter updated it’s advanced search engine options, lots of marketers are actually heading back to to search for their target audience – especially as it’s a better service than the third party apps can provide.

You would also be forgetting that not everyone who uses Twitter is a corporation, just someone who wants to follow their favourite brands and personalities. These people tend to use, or one of the official Twitter applications for the mobile devises – Did I mention that the cover image is displayed on mobiles too?

In other words, a large proportion of non-marketing type people will be using the standard twitter interface, which means they will see it!

Getting down to business

#1 Create your image – This should be a minimum of 1525 x 626 and no more than 5mb

Twitter header image dimensions

#2 Log in to your Twitter account, click the gear icon in the top right, then select ‘Settings’

Twitter settings

#3 In the left hand menu, click ‘Design’

Design options in Twitter settings

#4 Under ‘Customize your own’, click ‘Change header’

Customise your own Twitter header image

#5 Upload the image you would like to use then drag the image into the correct position, and use the slider to zoom in and out. Click ‘Save’

Use the slider to zoom into your Twitter image

That’s it!

If you now go to your Twitter profile, you will see your new image.

A little Twitter profile picture inspiration

As this is a new feature, there are still a lot of brands who haven’t yet created a profile picture.

That means that now is the time to get creating and get your images infont of your audience before it becomes ‘just another banner image’.

Design Tip: Watch your readability, the image will have text layed accross the top of it, therefore a busy background will make your bio unreadable

Examples of Twitter profiles

Breaking News

Breaking News Twitter

Graham Smith

Graham Smith Twitter

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest Twitter


HubSpot Twitter

Brian Gardner

Bryan Gardner Twitter


StuffedWeb Twitter page

What do you think of the new profile headers? Let me know in the comments below.

  • Another great article Sam. Thanks for the dimensions and added tips about text overlay.