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How to Add a Background Image to Your LinkedIn Profile

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As you start to take your personal branding more seriously, the photography you use will become more important. With your LinkedIn Profile, you can have a headshot photo AND a background image, which should have the same look and feel as your organisation’s website and the banner pages on your social media profiles. Here’s how you can make the most of this feature for your LinkedIn Profile.

How to Access the Background Image on Your LinkedIn Profile

The background photo appears above the top section of your profile. You are best to make changes from your desktop. While 60% of users access LinkedIn from their profiles, if you are dealing with corporate decision makers, I encourage you to make any profile changes from your desktop, and then view these from your mobile, so you understand how your public profile can be viewed from both options. If you have a tablet, also check how your profile looks from LinkedIn’s App or via the linkedin.com website. As with most browsers, the display of the image may change based on the size of your web browser window and screen resolution.

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  2. Click View profile.
  3. Click Update background photo at the top of your profile and select an image from your computer to upload.
  4. Click Upload photo.
  5. Click Save.

how to add a background image to your linkedin profile

Dimension Requirements for Background Images for Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn specifies the following requirements for background images:

  • File type JPG, GIF or PNG
  • No larger than 4MB
  • Recommended pixel dimensions are 1584 x 396

If your background image appears blurry or pixelated, LinkedIn suggests choosing an image with a file size as close to the maximum as possible, as images with larger file sizes typically look better. Photos will also look better than images with logos.

 Troubleshooting Background Images for Your LinkedIn Profile

If your image is still blurry or pixelated, LinkedIn suggests you may want to run it through a compression tool such as Trimage for Windows or ImageOptim for Mac before uploading it to LinkedIn, but they can not provide support for use of these third party tools.

A reader who read this blog has also suggested Website planet’s tool that allows you to compress both jpeg and png files and each picture can be up to 50 MB in size.

Do LinkedIn the Right Way
Karen Hollenbach

Karen Hollenbach

As one of Asia Pacific’s Top 10 LinkedIn Experts I share fortnightly news with my global email community and run monthly online Lunch and Learns to teach professionals how to unlock LinkedIn. Sign up to my newsletter to help you learn LinkedIn – the right way!


  1. Deepthi

    I have changed the background image same like this. and the image is not changing. what may be the reason?

  2. AR KHAN

    I have more benefited from this article and I will try to implement this section on my work. thanks

  3. Tez Clark

    I’m trying to change my background pic and can’t see any tag that allows me to edit the picture from my profile.

  4. Adriana

    Thanks for the article! I t helped me a lot

    • Karen Hollenbach

      That’s great to read. Thanks for letting me know Adriana.

  5. clippingplace

    I really benefited here through this informative post. thanks a lot

  6. Austin Joyal

    You can actually edit background photo from a mobile device by switching to a Desktop Version. Hope, this helps someone.

  7. Firoozeh Ahmadi

    Hi Karen. I am trying to add a background pic but I can’t see the tag of update background photo on my profile. may you help me?

    • Karen Hollenbach

      You must do this from your desktop not a mobile device.

  8. David Simpson

    My profile picture is ok, what I’m wanting to change is like on yours you have a brick wall behind you, I want to change that, so how do I do that??

    • Karen Hollenbach

      David – you can use a free graphic design software tool called Canva and use free photos from unsplash.com or photos within Canva.

  9. Venkata Kishore

    Helpful tips. Thank you

    • Karen Hollenbach

      You are very welcome Venkata. Thanks for letting me know.

  10. BubbleTechno

    These are really helpful tips. I will try to implement this section on my work.

    • Karen Hollenbach

      Thanks for letting me know it was helpful David.



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