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What is the size of the Instagram picture in pixels? [Updated]

Instagram among the most popular social networks today. It has over 1.074 billion users and is growing rapidly. It is a specialized social network in image and short video sharing and recently moved towards instant messaging.

Instagram grow so rapidly in the photo-sharing sphere and mobile that Facebook decided to acquire it for $1 billion to expand its roots in mobile and photo sharing. At the time most people believed that it was overvalued but seeing a whopping 1.074 billion active monthly users, billions of shared images, it is now valued even higher than that.

While Instagram is around for a while, people keep asking me what is the size of Instagram pictures. Instagram image size used to be 612px by 612px but then switched to 640px by 640px and on July 2015 switched to 1080px by 1080px to keep up with Retina and other high resolution displays available on smartphones, tablets and laptops. Later that year Instagram introduced vertical and horizontal images that are widely used by Instagramers and influencers. And here are the maximums image sizes for square, vertical and horizontal images. You can now use any image size between those.

Instagram Image Sizes for 2021

Social media image type Dimensions in pixels (default)
Instagram Post 1080 x 1080 (1:1 ratio)
Instagram Profile Picture 360 x 360
Instagram Landscape (horizontal) Photo 1080 X 608 (1.91:1 ratio)
Instagram Portrait 1080 x 1350 (4:5 ratio)
Instagram Story 1080 x 1920 (9:16 ratio)
IGTV Cover Photo 420 x 654 (1:1.55 ratio)

Current image size is 1080px in width X 1080px in height. We expect that Instagram will keep this image size for an extended period of time, otherwise they would have bumped image size even more. While the image size is bumped to 1080px by 1080px, it is still scaled down to 640px by 640px using CSS on their website. This means that these images will look better on high-resolution displays such as Retina (HiDPI). You don’t need to get into these technical details and remember to keep your image size 1080px by 1080px.

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Below you can see a sample Instagram image and its dimensions:

Square Instagram Image (Original Size)

Instagram image size
Uncropped Instagram image with a size in pixels. Click on the image to preview it in full size

Vertical Instagram Image

Uncropped Instagram vertical image with a size in pixels. Click on the image to preview it in full size

Landscape Instagram Image

Landscape instagram image size

To create the best-looking Instagram images, you should keep your camera settings to a higher resolution than the one recommended by Instagram. The reason is that it crops the images and you don’t want to make them look pixelated.

Creators expect this year to year of 4K resolution in TVs, monitors, laptops and even tablets, so we can expect that Instagram will increase the image size even further. I will try to keep this post up to date so you can be sure that the information above is accurate and the Instagram image size is now 1080px by 1080px.

Update (1)

Since July 2015 Instagram now use 1080px by 1080px images.

Update (2)

Since November 2015, Instagram supports vertical and horizontal images between 608px and 1350px in height. The developers set the maximum size for all image formats to 1080px.

Update (3)

To make Instagram marketing even easier and to make your posts look professional we have created a list of Instagram mockups that will take your profile to a completely different league.

Update (4)

We have updated the post to include sizes for Instagram profile picture, story, and IGTV cover.

Aigars

Frontend web developer and web designer specialized in WordPress theme development. After graduating with BBA he self-though frontend web development. Currently, has over 10 years of experience in mainly CSS, HTML (TailwindCSS, Bootstrap), JavaScript(React, Vue, Angular) and PHP. Obsessed with application performance, user experience and simplicity.

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