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How to Set a Video as Your Facebook Profile Picture

Ben Stegner 05-05-2016

Your profile picture is your representation online and the first image of you a lot of people might see; thus, it makes sense that you’d want to follow advice on making your profile picture perfect 5 Tips to Make a Great Profile Picture for More Likes and Followers There are plenty of suggestions from studies and photographers on how you can make a more presentable profile picture for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any other network. Here are the best. Read More . However, if you want to make yourself stand out even more, why not try changing your Facebook profile picture into a video?


Right now, you can only make your profile picture a video from the Android or iPhone Facebook apps, so you won’t be able to do this from the web.

To set a profile video from your phone, open the Facebook app and head to your profile page. Tap your current profile picture, then Take a New Profile Video to grab some video right from your phone, or Upload Video or Photo if you already have a video in mind.

After the video is done, tap Next, then you’ll need to select a thumbnail — the video only plays when people are visiting your timeline, so as not to be distracting to those browsing the News Feed. The thumbnail represents you outside of your profile page. Once you’ve selected it, tap Use and you’re all set up!

The iPhone app has a bit more functionality in editing these videos than the Android app at this point. The iOS app lets you trim videos longer than seven seconds (the maximum) down; the Android app forces it to be less than seven.

The Android app also doesn’t let you mute the video, so you may want to look into a free video editor The Best Free Video Editors for Windows Free video editors have become viable alternatives to paid software. Here are the best free video editors available for Windows. Read More to mute it on your computer before uploading it via your phone.


Want to make your profile picture super creepy instead? Check out our free scary Photoshop template Make a Creepy Facebook Profile Picture with this Free Photoshop Template Halloween is coming up so it's time to change your Facebook profile picture to something spooky. We show you how with a selfie, a skull, and Photoshop. Read More .

Do you like having a profile video, or do you prefer a picture? Let us know if you’ve uploaded a video in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    May 5, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I just tried to upload a couple of different gifs without success. The first failed because Facebook said it could not access my file, and the second uploaded but as a static pic. Do you know the file size limitations and the formats allowed?