On Facebook’s timeline fan pages, you can edit the icon of your “tab” pages to fit your fan 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 fan page admins who would like to display their Photos app as one of their featured tabs. But like anything else, there’s 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
If you always want your Photo tab image to be the same, click on the Photos icon, and then click Add Photos.
Then click Try the basic uploader. The newer uploader forces you to share the image on your timeline, which you don’t want to do every time you upload the same exact photo!
Choose the file from your hard drive, and then click Upload Photos.
On the next screen, click Skip so that you don’t share this photo on your timeline.
3. Edit the photo album info
Uploading a new photo like this will automatically create a new photo album, and that’s fine! This album will specifically be for the Photos tab icon, so you can keep uploading the same photo to it, and just keep it as the last album in your set of albums.
Click on the Edit Info tab, and then change the album name (so that you don’t have an album named “Untitled Album”). Then click Save Changes.
4. Reorder this album to be last
Click Albums next to your fan page name.
Then click on this album and drag it to the last position. This way, you’ll de-prioritize this album.
5. 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 add your image to this album after 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 image limitations.