Can You Crop a Photo Posted on Facebook?

by Matt Koble
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While you can share your photos on Facebook, the site doesn't have many options for editing photos. There are no Facebook tools to crop your photos, with the exception of your profile photo. Since this photo appears as a thumbnail next to content you post, Facebook lets you crop the photo so the focus is on you. After you crop a picture and make it your profile photo, Facebook automatically adds the cropped version to your "Profile Pictures" photo album.

Step 1

Click your name from your Facebook home page to visit your Timeline. Select "Photos" and select the picture you want to crop and set as your profile photo. Click the photo to open it in Facebook's photo viewer.

Step 2

Hover over the photo and click "Options." Select the "Make Profile Photo" option to open the cropping window.

Use your cursor to drag the cropping box to your desired place on the photo. Click a corner and drag your cursor to resize the box. Everything outside the box gets cropped out of the photograph. Select the "Done Cropping" option to finish and set your profile picture.


  • Facebook will not open the cropping tool if you visit your Timeline and change your profile picture using the "Edit Profile Picture" link that appears when you hover your cursor over the picture.


  • You can also download your photos if you'd rather crop them with photo-editing software on your computer. Visit the picture and hover your cursor over it, clicking "Options" and select "Download."


Photo Credits

  • Goodshoot RF/Goodshoot/Getty Images

About the Author

Matt Koble has been writing professionally since 2008. He has been published on websites such as DoItYourself. Koble mostly writes about technology, electronics and computer topics.

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