How to Edit a Twitter Thumbnail

Your Twitter thumbnail is a smaller version of your Twitter profile picture. To change your thumbnail, upload a new profile picture. You can perform this task on either the Twitter website or the official Twitter app for mobile devices.

Change Your Profile Picture on the Twitter Website

Step

Click your profile picture in the top-right corner of any screen on the Twitter website and select View Profile.

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You need to be logged in to your Twitter account in order to edit your profile picture.
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Click the Edit Profile button to make your profile editable.

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You can also click your profile picture directly on this screen to upload a new photo.
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Click Change Your Profile Picture icon and then select either Upload Photo or Take Photo. Use Upload Photo if you want to use an existing picture stored on your computer. Use Take Photo if you want to take a new photo using a camera connected to your computer.

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Select Remove if you want to remove your profile picture entirely and not replace it with a new one.
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Step

Select the photo you want to use or take a photo with a camera connected to your computer. If you elect to take a new photo, your computer's default webcam application opens. Take the photo with the webcam and Twitter automatically imports it.

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Drag the image to reposition it and use the slider below the photo to change its size. Click Apply when you’re finished.

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Drag the slider to the right to zoom in, left to zoom out.
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Click the Save Changes button to set the new photo as your Twitter profile picture. Your thumbnail is automatically updated to reflect the new image.

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Twitter (Chrome)
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Change Your Profile Picture Using the Twitter Mobile App

Images displayed here are from the official Twitter app for Android devices. The process and images may vary slightly on older versions of Android and on iOS.

Step

Touch the Menu icon in the top-right corner of the app.

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Twitter (Android 5.0)
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Touch your name to open your profile page.

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You can also tap your profile photo on this pop-up menu to open your profile page.
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Tap the Edit Profile button to make your profile editable.

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You can also upload a photo by tapping your existing photo without making your entire profile editable.
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Tap your current photo thumbnail.

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Twitter (Android 5.0)
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Tap Take Photo to take a photo with the onboard camera on your phone or tablet, or select Choose Existing Photo to upload an existing photo stored on your device. If you elect to take a photo, your device's default camera app opens. Take the picture and Twitter automatically imports it.

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Twitter (Android 5.0)
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Step

Tap the Save button to save your new profile photo. The new photo thumbnail displays in the place where your old one used to be.

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You can't resize or crop the photo in the Twitter app like you can using the Twitter website.
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