The Ultimate Instagram Image Size Guide

Instagram Image Size Guide

Key Instagram Statistics

  • There are more than 500 million daily active Stories users (source)
  • Over 200 million Instagrammers visit at least one business profile a day (source)
  • User-generated content (UGC) has a 4.5x higher conversion rate than other types of images on-platform (source)
  • Instagram images get 23% more engagement than their Facebook counterparts (source)
  • Images that have more white space see 29% more likes than those with less background space (source)
  • 60% of the top brands use the same filter for all of their images (source)

Best Instagram Image Sizes

Instagram Profile Picture

Your Instagram profile picture should represent your overall account, and we recommend having the same profile picture for all business accounts across platforms. Make sure it’s cropped well, as it will be circular instead of square.

  • 200 x 200 pixels for good quality, but doesn’t hurt to go up to 1000 x 1000
  • It’s displayed as 110 x 110 on mobile and 180 x 180 on desktop
  • 1:1 ratio
Instagram Display Picture Image Size

Instagram Post Images

There are three different post formats you can choose from: Portrait, Landscape, and Square. Portrait is most ideal since it occupies the most phone screen real estate. Square formatting is used often for multi-image posts and carousel ads. Rarely is the landscape crop used, however any of the three work depending on the style of image you are looking to share.

  • Square: 1080 x 1080 pixels with a 1:1 ratio
  • Portrait: 1080 x 1350 pixels with a 4:5 ratio
  • Landscape: 1080 x 608 pixels with a 1.9:1 ratio
Instagram Post Image Sizes

Instagram Video Post Dimensions

Video performs exceptionally well on Instagram, but remember to use the right IG video format. Your videos need to be sixty seconds or less for in-feed posts. (Stories and IGTV have different metrics, which we’ll look at shortly). Remember to have closed captions included, as most users watch videos with the sound off.

  • Square: 1080 x 1080 pixels with a 1:1 ratio
  • Portrait: 1080 x 1350 pixels with a 4:5 ratio
  • Landscape: 1080 x 608 pixels with a 1.9:1 ratio
  • Maximum file size of 15MB
Instagram Video Dimensions

IGTV Video Dimensions

IGTV videos support 4k vertical and landscape videos, and must be at least 15 seconds long. They can run up to 60 minutes. Promote your IGTV videos on your Instagram channel, and focus on actionable takeaways that your audience will love. While you can post landscape videos, the IGTV videos display as vertical, so users will need to flip their phone to the side which can be inconvenient.

  • Vertical video should be 1080 x 1920 pixels with a 9:16 ratio
  • Landscape videos should be 1920 x 1080 pixels with a 16:9 ratio
  • Maximum file size for videos <10 minutes is 650 MB
  • Maximum file size for videos up to 60 minutes is 3.6GB
IGTV Video Dimensions

IGTV Cover Photo

IGTV cover photos have a “safe” area in the upper center portion of the image that won’t be cut off  by cropping. Make sure that any essential parts of your graphic are placed here. These video thumbnail photos can help you drive clicks while users are browsing, so make sure they’re easy to make out and using text to add context and capture attention.

  • 420 x 654
  • 1:1.55 ratio
  • Must be JPEG file type
IGTV Cover Photo Size

Instagram Story Dimensions

Stories are meant to be fun and engaging. Add text overlay and graphics to make it interesting.  Add stickers and emojis, but make sure to leave the top 5% and bottom 5% of your image free, as can be covered up by your name and profile picture, or the “Swipe Up” CTA (check out our guide on Instagram story sizing). Always remember to archive your Stories on Instagram after their 24 hours is up so you can continue to benefit from the content long-term.

  • 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • 9:16 aspect ratio
Instagram Story Size Guide

Instagram Images Best Practices

  • All images should be JPG, PNG, or GIF files
  • It’s recommended to use MP4 files for Instagram video
  • Images with strong saturation and color contrast often perform well on Instagram
  • Ensure that images are high quality so that they show up well on mobile
  • Test out different image formats, including multi-image, portrait, and landscape posts to see what performs best
  • Make sure each image type is centered and hasn’t been cropped, particularly for multi-image posts
  • Tag images with products using Instagram’s “Shopping” features to increase direct sales
  • Consider adding a location to your post by tagging it; this can increase engagement by up to 79%

About the author: Nick Le is the marketing manager at Snappa. He has published several articles relating to social media marketing.