How many characters of text can News Feed ads have again? What about image dimensions for the Right Column sidebar?
Between various image sizes and character requirements, figuring out how to optimize your Facebook ads for the various page spaces and ad objectives available to you can get pretty confusing.
To take the headache out of preparing to run a Facebook ad campaign, here’s a handy cheatsheet of Facebook image ad sizes and dimensions for every type of ad you can purchase on Facebook — no matter what your ad’s objective or call to action is.
Paired with using an ads management tool, like HubSpot, you’ll be armed to run excellent social media campaigns.
Whether you’re running a campaign (or just thinking about it), this resource references everything you need to know to ensure that your ads will look their best across all placements and devices.
You can also look through this table of contents to find the ads you’re interested in.
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Facebook ad images have a recommended resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 pixels for News Feed, Right Column, Instant Articles, Marketplace, Native Ads, and Sponsored Messages. The minimum image size is 476 x 249 px. Ad dimensions vary for Facebook Stories.
Most of the ads available to advertisers on Facebook share universal image dimensions, as explained above. However, there are specifics related to file type, character count, and image-to-text ratio that differ depending on where you place your ad.
The following is a bookmarkable key of Facebook image dimensions, sorted by the type of ad you might want to place.
Standard Facebook image ads — such as the one designed for News Feed, above — should be uploaded as either JPG or PNG files with an image ratio of 9:16 or 16:9. In other words, the image’s height should be nine-sixteenths its width, or vice-versa.
Image ads posted as Facebook Stories last a total of five seconds or until the viewer swipes away from the Story. Your ideal image ratio is 9:16, which means the image’s height should be nine-sixteenths its width.
Native Ads on Facebook place your brand on the mobile News Feeds of users who have viewed sites and apps that are within your target audience’s network. These ads’ images should be uploaded as either JPG or PNG files with an image ratio of 16:9. In other words, the image’s height should be nine-sixteenths its width.
Sponsored Messages on Facebook, such as the ad by Uber, above — appear in your audience’s private inboxes in Facebook Messenger. Images should be uploaded as either JPG or PNG files with an image ratio of 9:16 or 16:9. In other words, the image’s height should be nine-sixteenths of its width, or vice-versa.
Facebook carousel ads have a recommended image resolution of 1,080 x 1,080 pixels for News Feed, Right Column, Instant Articles, Marketplace, Native Ads, and Messenger Inbox ads. Advertisers can place between 2 and 10 image cards per carousel.
Facebook carousel ads allow viewers to click through a rotating “carousel” of images all designed to elaborate on a special offer by the company paying for the ad. These ads display in most of the same places as standard Facebook ads: a user’s News Feed, the right column sidebar, through Instant Articles, and even in a user’s Facebook Messenger inbox.
Standard Facebook Carousel ads — such as the one designed for News Feed, above — allow you to display two to 10 images in rotation all in one ad placement. Images should be uploaded as either JPG or PNG files.
Instagram Stories can use carousel ads to show between two and three images or videos all in the same Story on Instagram.
Recommended image resolution: 1,080 x 1,920 px
Maximum video duration: 15 seconds per card in a carousel
Just like Facebook’s Carousel ad dimensions, Instagram Feeds can support between two and 10 cards per carousel, displayed on the homepage of a user’s Instagram feed. Images should be uploaded as either JPG or PNG files.
So many ad specs, so little time. Bookmark this Facebook ads key for later and get to drafting your next eye-catching advertisement designed for you audience.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.
Originally published Mar 12, 2020 12:30:00 PM, updated March 13 2020