On Facebook’s timeline fan pages, you can edit the icon of your “tab” pages to fit your page’s design… unless it’s a standard Facebook app! In that case, the option to edit the custom tab image is missing. This has frustrated many Facebook page admins who would like to have full control over the design of their page.
But like anything else, there’s (almost) always a workaround.
The photos tab image will always be the most recent photo you’ve added to your Facebook page. This could be:
- A photo you’ve added to a photo album
- A photo you’ve posted to your timeline
- A cover photo you’ve just uploaded
Knowing this, you can add the photo you want to appear as the tab image, so it looks all pretty:
But then the next time you upload any photo, your customized photo will be replaced:
So here’s the workaround to make sure your customized tab icon is always the image that’s displayed. You’ll need to do this every time you add photos to your Fan Page, unless you want this icon to reflect your most recently-uploaded photo!
1. Size the photo correctly
Whether you want to always have the same customized image in this Photo tab space, or you’re ok with this image changing based on your most recently-uploaded photo, you should size your images correctly so that the tab image isn’t cropped awkwardly.
The icon size is 111 x 74 pixels. If you don’t want your photo to be that small (and you probably don’t), it should be a multiplier of those dimensions:
- 111 x 74 pixels
- 222 x 148 pixels
- 333 x 222 pixels
- 444 x 296 pixels
- 555 x 370 pixels
- 666 x 444 pixels
- …and so on.
2. Upload your customized photo
In the status update box, click Photo/Video, and then Upload Photos/Video. Then click Choose File to upload your photo from your hard drive.
3. Make sure nobody can see this photo in your timeline
If your were to publish this photo now, your Facebook fans would be see this photo appear in their news feed. That’s less than ideal — it’s not exactly the type of post that they’ll want to “like” or share. Also, you might need to update this Photos tab icon several times a week, so you don’t want people seeing the same story in their news feed over and over again.
That’s why you should use the Targeting feature to limit exposure of this story to, well, basically nobody. Here’s how.
First, click Public to the left of the Post button.
Then select a really random country and language combination, like so:
This means that only your fans who live in Madagascar and also happen to speak Norsk will see this photo appear in their news feed.
4. Add your custom photo to this album whenever you add a new photo to your page
If you want this image to consistently be your photos tab icon, just follow these steps each time you add other images to your fan page! Should only take a couple minutes, and is an effective workaround to Facebook’s custom Photos image limitations.
One important thing to note: only people in Madagascar who speak Norsk will be able to see this photo on their news feed, but EVERYONE will be able to see this story if they visit your Facebook page. A very small percentage of your existing fans will visit your Facebook page — most interactions happen on individual stories within their news feed, not on your timeline. So this is a decision you’ll need to make — do you mind that this photo consistently appears in your Timeline? Or would you prefer to customize the Photos app tab image? It’s up to you to decide which is more important!