How to Change Your Twitter Profile Picture

By Elvis Michael

While Twitter imposes a limit on the number of characters that you can tweet, the social network provides plenty of flexibility when it comes to customizing your profile. For example, you may want to change your Twitter profile picture to better represent your brand or your business. Twitter currently allows you to switch profile images through one of two convenient methods.

From Settings Page

Step 1

Click the “Gear” icon. It is labeled “Settings and Help” once you hover your mouse over it.

Step 2

Click “Edit Profile” from the ensuing menu options.

Step 3

Click the “Change Photo” option; “Upload Photo” allows you to insert an existing picture from your computer, while “Take Photo” enables you to snap a new picture using your computer’s webcam. Note that you may also do this from your profile page by clicking “Edit Profile” followed by “Change Your Profile Photo.”

Step 4

Adjust the selected picture’s size and positioning by moving the slider from left to right, then click “Apply” to save the changes.

From Profile Page

Step 1

Click “Me” from the top menu options to visit your profile.

Step 2

Click “Edit Profile” to change your personal picture or the header image.

Step 3

Click the camera icon labeled “Change Your Header Photo,” followed by “Upload Photo” to change the main header image. Otherwise, click “Change Your Profile Photo” to upload a new personal (profile) picture, then follow the steps as outlined above.

Step 4

Adjust the selected picture’s size and positioning by moving the slider from left to right, then click “Apply” to save your new header or profile photo.

Tips & Warnings

  • Twitter does not support animated GIF formats; only JPG, PNG and static GIFs are accepted.
  • Suggested profile photo dimensions are of 400 by 400 pixels, while suggested header dimensions are 1500 by 1500.