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The Big Picture: How To Add a Twitter Header Image

Last updated 1 year ago

You may have heard that Twitter recently updated its profile pages, allowing you to upload a header image to the top of your profile page. This page is what people will see if they click on your Twitter account from an organic search result or from a “Follow us on Twitter” message that you may already have on your website to encourage consumers to engage with you Twitter.

Although adding a header image is not mandatory, this new update gives you an additional way to promote your small business brand through images. So, how do you upload a new Twitter header image? Follow these simple steps:

Step 1

After logging in to your Twitter account, go to your profile settings by selecting the “Edit your profile” button or the settings icon in the upper right-hand corner. 

Step 2

Select “Design” from the menu on the left. 

Scroll down to the bottom of the page where you'll find the "Header" option. The recommended dimensions for your new header image are 1200x600, with a maximum file size of 5MB. 

Step 3

Select the "Change header" button and choose the image you want to upload from your computer. You'll be able to enlarge and move your uploaded image in an example display area so that it looks exactly how you want it to on your profile. After the image is adjusted correctly in this preview, hit the "Save" button. 


To update your image, select the “Change header” button from Step 2 and upload a new image.

Now, when you visit your Twitter profile page, you will see your new Twitter header image. 

You'll notice that the format of your description also changes once you upload a Twitter header image. For example, your thumbnail image will now display inside of a white frame in the center of your header image. Also, this new update will center your description and display it all in a white font, instead of left justifying it with multiple colors as it does without the header image. And, be aware that Twitter will automatically shadow the bottom part of your image so that your description does not blend into your header image.

Are you going to upload a new Twitter header image? If so, Tweet us your profile page or add it in a comment below! Make sure to check out @ReachLocal on Twitter, too. 

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About the Author

Tara Banda writes about how small business owners can reach local customers through social media and online marketing for the ReachCast blog




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