Instagram is very particular when it comes to the size of your photos. It’s not like Facebook, where you can upload any type of image and then tap it to enlarge it – if a photo you post on Instagram gets weirdly cropped or the measurements don’t meet standards, whole chunks of it will be deleted.
But while that means you need to be precise when editing your photos for Instagramit also means it’s easy to predict what your photos will look like once uploaded.
Each type of Instagram post has an exact aspect ratio that works best for it. Here is a complete guide to Instagram post size requirements and how to edit your photos to match them.
How big should your Instagram posts be?
There are a few different places to post photos on Instagram and each one takes a different sized photo.
But when it comes to size, how many pixels they have is less important than theirs proportions . An aspect ratio is a number that compares how wide an image is with how tall it is.
For example, a square has a 1: 1 aspect ratio because it is as wide as it is tall. Most TVs, meanwhile, are 16: 9, nearly double the height.
Here are the most important reports on Instagram.
Regular Instagram posts
By default, standard Instagram posts are perfectly square – they have aspect ratio 1: 1 . If you are looking for a specific resolution, click a 1080 x 1080 pixels (px) .
If the image you’re uploading isn’t a square, you can tap a zoom out button. A horizontal (horizontal) photo should have a ratio of 1.91: 1 and a vertical (vertical) photo should have a ratio of 4: 5 . Their resolutions should be respectively 1080 x 608 px And 1080 x 1350 px .
Videos work the same as photos and use the same aspect ratio.
Instagram Story post
Unlike regular posts, Instagram Stories can take up the entire vertical screen of your phone. This means they should have a 9:16 ratio or 1080 x 1920 px .
Video post on IGTV and Reels
Just like Stories, Instagram Reels and IGTV posts are meant to take up the entire screen. Publish them in a 9:16 ratio or 1080 x 1920 px .
The difference is that IGTV and Reels posts can also appear on your feed or profile. When an IGTV or Reels video appears in your feed, it will be clipped to a 4: 5 ratio: you have to touch it to expand it. And on your profile, it will show as a 1: 1 square .
When you upload an IGTV video, you will also be prompted for a cover photo. This cover should have a ratio 1: 1.55 or 420 x 654 px .
In all of these cases, it means that you should keep the most important text or content of the video near the center of the screen so that it doesn’t get cut off.
Your Instagram profile picture
Even if it’s not the same as a public post, your Instagram profile picture must also have some relationship.
Like normal posts, you should upload a perfect 1: 1 square as your profile picture. But unlike posts, it doesn’t need to have a high resolution – you can keep it at 360 x 360 px .