Setting up your Facebook profile photo


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Setting up your Facebook profile photo

A selection of Facebook profile photos.

What's coming up?

Facebook allows you to personalise your profile by adding a photo. In this activity, we look at the steps to take to upload or update your profile picture.

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Setting up a profile photo

Adding a photo to your profile is a fun way to personalise your Facebook profile. It also allows your friends to easily identify you when sending friend requests.

Julie's Facebook profile picture.
Hovering the cursor over your profile picture allows you to update it in Facebook.

How you set up your profile photo

Follow the six steps to add a profile picture or change your current profile picture.

  1. From your News Feed, click your name in the top left and then hover your cursor over your profile picture.
  2. Click Update.
  3. You can then:
    • Upload a photo from your computer (this could be a photo you've already uploaded or been tagged in).
    • Add a frame (this is optional).
    • Add a description (this is also optional).

How you set up your profile photo (cont'd)

  1. Crop your photo by clicking and dragging the highlight box so that the part of the photo you want to use is within it.
  2. Once you're happy with the photo, click Save.
  3. If you don't want to crop your photo, click Skip Cropping in the bottom left, then click Save.
Perfect your profile picture by dragging and zooming until you capture the perfect fit.
You can also update your cover photo by dragging a new picture over the old one.

What about your cover photo?

While you are updating your profile photo, you can also update your cover photo by following the same steps. The cover photo is more of a banner, so will probably suit a photo that is landscape (or wider than it is taller).

And just like that, you've personalised your Facebook profile!


Well done, you've come to the end of the Setting up your Facebook profile photo activity.

You've learnt how to add a photo to your Facebook profile so that your Facebook friends can see what you look like.

Coming up next, if you have registered and are logged into the Be Connected website, you'll now be able to take a short quiz to finish the course. If you're not registered, you are now at the end of the course.

Julie's personalised Facebook profile, complete with new images.