Everything You Need To Know: Instagram sizes and dimensions

You might as well be on a movie set with all the various ways Instagram gives you to share photographs and videos.

No longer are you restricted to the old-school square format of Instagram. Instagram has recently added portrait and landscape orientations, as well as Stories and Reels. And then there’s IGTV, which was made specifically for vertical video.

The technical requirements must be met before the quality on screen can shine, but any competent producer knows this. What if Rose promised Jack she’d never let go?save that the Titanic scene’s notorious raft was cut out.

An effective visual argument. (This is why, twenty-plus years later, people are still discussing how easily Jack would have fit on that raft.) And the key to having your photographs, and your brand, stand out on Instagram is knowing the optimum Instagram sizes and dimensions.

Keep reading for a comprehensive breakdown of Instagram’s image dimensions and sizes. You may always scroll down for our handy cheat sheet. We also included the image dimensions used by social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Pinterest.

Dimensions and Instagram photo sizes

Size and aspect ratio are the two most important considerations when uploading photos to Instagram.

Aspect ratio describes the relationship between a picture’s width and its height. Like its moniker suggests, it is a ratio, such as 1:1 for square images.

Size, often called resolution, refers to the total number of pixels used to create an image’s horizontal and vertical dimensions. It’s also written as a pair of numerals, such as “1080 x 1080.”

Image sizing requirements for Instagram posts

When Instagram was launched, users were restricted to posting photographs with a 1:1 aspect ratio. Beautiful mountain scenes and photographs of adorable dogs have to be squared off.

Even though there are more dimensions to choose from now that both landscape and portrait images may be taken, there are still constraints.

If you follow Instagram’s recommended dimensions and aspect ratio, you won’t have to crop your photos, which will preserve their original clarity. Here is a rundown of the Instagram sizes for various picture and video formats.

Measurements for an Instagram Profile

A profile picture should be 320 pixels wide and high, with a 1:1 aspect ratio.

Your Instagram bio should include keywords that are unique to your brand. Make your profile photo stand out, as 90% of Instagram users follow at least one business.

Make sure your profile picture is at least 320 pixels wide and high. That way, on both mobile and desktop browsers, your image will stand out.

Measurements for Instagram thumbnails

A 161161 pixel thumbnail with a 1:1 aspect ratio is recommended.

Impression is everything. When Instagram users visit your profile, the thumbnails are the first thing they’ll see, and they’ll use that to decide whether or not to explore the rest of your material.

You should post photographs that are as large as possible to avoid pixelation on Instagram because the service maintains versions of thumbnails as large as 1080 x 1080 pixels.

The Instagram Photo Format Is Square

A picture with a 1:1 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1080 by 1080 pixels is ideal.

The original Instagram format of square photographs remains popular, especially given that its grid layout mirrors that of user profiles. They can also be easily modified. Instagram’s built-in auto-cropping feature makes maintaining consistent proportions a breeze. In addition, most mobile phone cameras allow you to snap the image without leaving the app.

Your photo dimensions should be between 320 pixels and 1080 pixels. If you try to upload pictures that are too large or too small, the quality may suffer.

Try compressing on a desktop computer instead of your mobile device if you’re having trouble. Since the web-based version of Instagram preserves image quality better than the mobile app, it may be your best bet.

How to Take a Portrait for Instagram?

A portrait shot with a resolution of 1080 by 1350 pixels and a 4:5 aspect ratio is ideal.

One strategy to avoid having to edit your Instagram images is to take a portrait. They are also simple to modify. If you want your Instagram photo to be the perfect vertical size, all you have to do is press the full-size button.

Keep in mind that Instagram has specific restrictions for image dimensions and aspect ratios. If your photo is too large, you may be asked to crop it.

If you wish to avoid automatic compression, you should also keep your resolution near to 1080 by 1350 pixels.

Landscape Instagram photo dimensions

A landscape picture should ideally be 1080 pixels wide by 566 pixels high, or 1.91:1.

Another option for uploading full-size photographs is the landscape format, which is ideal for group photos and scenic shots. However, it may be difficult to obtain the ideal horizontal photo dimensions.

However, if you get the proportions just right, your horizontal shot will look great on Instagram without a border. (If an image’s proportions aren’t correct, Instagram will build a border around it automatically.)

Video dimensions on Instagram

If sharing videos with your audience is more your speed, be sure you’re aware of the proper proportions. You may choose between square, horizontal, and landscape movies on your stream, just like you do with photographs.

You can use Instagram Stories in a variety of ways to engage your audience, from live streaming to posting text and striking photographs. Especially considering that 500 million daily Instagram Story viewers.

Portrait orientation photos and videos will work best for sizing. They’re what Instagram had in mind all along for its Stories feature. While landscape orientation is an option, the most attention will be drawn to images that take up the whole Stories screen.

The dimensions of Instagram Reels are the same as those of Instagram Stories. Keep in mind that the preview of your Instagram Reel will appear in your feed at a 4:5 portrait size, and that the caption will appear in the video’s lower-right corner.