How to Change Your Google+ Cover Photo Size

By Janine Warner, David LaFontaine

With your new Google+ banner created, you have to upload it to your profile. If you haven’t been careful creating this image, you may need to resize it and drag it around a bit for it to achieve the effect you’re looking for.

  1. Log in to your Google+ profile.

  2. Mouse over the Home menu on the left side.

    The fly-out menu with options to navigate around Google+ appears.

  3. Click Profile.

    Your Google+ profile page opens. If you haven’t already configured a banner image, you’ll see a placeholder.

  4. Roll your cursor over the cover image until the Change Cover button appears and then click it.

    The cover art window appears. At the top, you can choose from the following options:

    • Gallery: Google has a gallery of high-resolution images that you can choose from.

    • Upload: Upload a picture from your computer.

    • Albums: If you’ve created any photo albums in Google+, you can choose from them. If you have set your mobile phone to sync photos to an online service, such as Picasa, they may well show up here.

    • Cover Photos: Bring back any of the cover photos you’ve used in the past.

      [Credit: Janine Warner]
      Credit: Janine Warner
  5. Choose your image and adjust the size and position.

    A box within a box appears, where you can crop and size the image for your profile.

    If the photo you selected is too small, you get an error message and will be prompted to try again.

    [Credit: Janine Warner]
    Credit: Janine Warner
  6. Click Select Cover Photo to complete the process.

    Your new Google+ banner appears atop your profile.

    [Credit: Janine Warner]
    Credit: Janine Warner

If you browse Google+ profiles, you may notice that there are still many sites with banner images that are very wide in relation to their height. As Google+ makes changes to the design, it’s easy to look outdated. Cover images that were created when Google+ had a more restrictive image format and may not look quite right in the new space.