How to Add a Twitter Profile Picture


Twitter is a social networking tool in which users provide real-time information updates through 280-character messages, called "tweets." After creating an account, new users can set their profile picture. Here are the steps to add a Twitter profile picture.

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Adding a Picture from Your Computer

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You must be logged into your profile in order to change your profile picture. Head to Twitter.com and log in like normal.

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You'll need to be on your profile to change the picture. You can get there by clicking on the picture, on your username, or by typing your Twitter handle (the part after the "@") after the slash in your URL, such as www.Twitter.com/USERNAME

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This will open up the ability to change pictures, bio, and color scheme.

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Your default profile picture is an egg. Once you click "Edit Profile," a camera icon will appear over your profile letting you change the image.

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If you have a webcam, you can take a new shot right then and there. Otherwise, you'll need to find the picture file on your computer.

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Twitter profile pictures are always square, but the website lets you crop the photo later. Still, aim for a picture with an even, square space around your face, logo, or other image. The suggested size is a 400x400 pixel picture. Your picture cannot be bigger than 4MB.

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You can do some light

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" This is right where the "Edit Profile" used to be. To prevent the changes from taking place, hit cancel.

Part 2
Adding a Picture From Your Phone

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You cannot simply navigate to Twitter.com on your phone and expect it to work. The mobile site does not have nearly the same number of features as the app does, and one of these features is the ability to add a profile picture.

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Though it goes without saying, you can only add a profile picture while you're logged in.

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The bottom of the app has five tabs to take you to different parts of Twitter. To change your profile picture, click the "Me" button to go to your profile. If this doesn't work immediately, double-tap the Me icon to bring it up.

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This is usually near the top, often right next to your profile picture.

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In the edit profile mode, your default profile picture (the egg) is covered with a gray camera icon. Click this to change your picture.

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Both options will let you lightly edit, crop, and adjust the picture before it becomes your profile picture, so it doesn't have to be perfect immediately. Profile pictures must be 2MB or smaller. This isn't usually a problem for a small photo, but you can learn how to shrink your photos if this is an issue.

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The actual profile box will appear, at it's largest, as a 400 x 400 pixel square. Once you're picture is uploaded, use Twitter's cropping and photo editing tools to get a good, square shot as your profile picture. Profiles with clear, face-forward pictures are the best at attracting followers.[1]