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How to Add the New Twitter Cover Photo

By Wesley Kos     Wednesday, October 03, 2012     twitter, social media, how to
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Recently twitter updated the way your profile can appear.  You may have noticed how some people have a photo or different background cover photo behind their profile picture or avatar and their info is centered underneath.  Even other twitter apps will display the new background image.

It took me awhile to locate where change was hiding since I am hardly ever on, which is probably true for most of us - so, I figured I would save you the trouble of finding it.  

Here ya go:

Old Twitter look: 

 normal twitter

To change to the new one

1. log into you profile on

2. Go to the Cog Wheel in the upper right hand corner and click SETTINGS

Settings Twitter 

3. Then along the left hand side click DESIGN 

Design Twitter

4. Scroll down to CHANGE HEADER and click CHANGE HEADER -

you can now upload a pic or simply change the color, keep in mind that twitter will center your profile picture in the upper middle of the "header" photo and then center your bio and info under that so choose a pic that will work with all that going on.  You will be able to change the size and orientation a little bit after you upload the picture but not much. 

twitter change design

5. Now just SAVE CHANGES and you are good to go.


New Twitter Header




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4 memorable comments for "How to Add the New Twitter Cover Photo"

  1. Posted 10/4/2012 3:12:52 PM

    Nice! I need to check that out. -J

  2. Posted 10/4/2012 3:26:05 PM

    If you want to design something for that space the pixel dimensions are 520 X 260 Thanks Nicole! great post

  3. Posted 10/4/2012 3:32:25 PM

    Weird that they recommend a 1200x600 image when the header image only displays 520x260. Re-creating my typical brand banner to match these dimensions. Thanks for the info. --Andy

  4. Posted 2/15/2014 12:38:36 AM

    Twitter falls into the realm of "Micro-blogging" users get a hundred and forty characters within which to share their lives and also the events in this with others. nice post.