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How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile Photo & Background Image

by LinkedIn Profile

Updated March 2021

In this article you will learn how to update your LinkedIn profile photo and background image.

Well thought out image choices are an essential first step in improving your online presence and personal branding.

LinkedIn profiles with photos are reported to receive between 14-21 more profile views.  LinkedIn is like a virtual room for networking.  With this in mind, you wouldn’t enter a room with a paper bag over your head . . .so you need to have a photo on your LinkedIn profile.

The LinkedIn background image can make your profile look more professional.  If you represent an organisation that has an active presence on LinkedIn, check whether there are recommended background images they supply.

How to Update Your LinkedIn Profile Photo

To add a profile photo:

  1. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  2. Click View profile.
  3. Click on the Camera icon in your introduction section.
    • If you’ve already added a profile photo you won’t see the Camera icon.
  4. From the Add photo pop-up window, you can:
    • Click Use camera to take a photo using your device’s camera.
    • Click Upload photo to select an image from your computer.
  5. Follow the prompts to take a new photo or upload one.
    • You can make edits to your photo in the Edit Photo pop-up window.
  6. Click Save photo.
how to add a photo to linkedin profile


Your LinkedIn Profile photo should be a high quality image of what you look like when you are at work. Your LinkedIn Profile photo should only include you and not have any distractions (such as a pet or your favourite travel destination). When updating your LinkedIn profile photo it’s a good idea to ask someone you know to take your photo or invest in a professional photographer.

Here are 10 Tips for Perfecting Your LinkedIn Profile Image

Example of a LinkedIn Profile Photo & Background Image

Here’s an example of a suitable LinkedIn Profile photo and background image.  The profile photo was taken by a professional photographer and includes a head and shoulder shot, looking straight at the camera. The attire is what you’d expect to see when at work, meeting with clients.

The background image is consistent with the style of the employer’s website and includes a version of the organisation’s logo.

example of linkedin profile photo and background image




How to Add a Background Image to Your LinkedIn Profile

To learn how to add a background image to your LinkedIn Profile, please read this blog post.

What to Consider When Adding a Background Image to your LinkedIn Profile

Your background image does not need to be related to your current employer but should be related to your industry and areas of expertise. Your background image should follow LinkedIn’s image size specifications and be a copyright free or purchased image. It should also be an image that is consistent with your professional goals and areas of expertise.

Karen Hollenbach

Karen Hollenbach

As the Founding Director of Think Bespoke I help individuals and organisations unlock their potential with LinkedIn. Sign up to my E-insights for LinkedIn tips.

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