HubSpot's Guide to Facebook Ad Sizes (With Examples)

How many characters of text can News Feed ads have again? What about image dimensions for the Right Column sidebar?

Between various image sizes and character requirements, figuring out how to optimize your Facebook ads for the various page spaces and ad objectives available to you can get pretty confusing.

To take the headache out of preparing to run a Facebook Ad Campaign, here's a handy cheatsheet of Facebook image ad sizes and dimensions for every type of ad you can purchase on Facebook -- no matter what your ad's objective or call to action is.

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Whether you're running a campaign (or just thinking about it), this resource references everything you need to know to ensure that your ads will look their best across all placements and devices.

Most of the ads available to advertisers on Facebook share universal image dimensions, as explained above. However, there are specifics related to file type, character count, and image-to-text ratio that differ depending on where you place your ad.

The following is a bookmarkable key of Facebook image dimensions, sorted by the type of ad you might want to place.

Facebook ad template with red labels for the ad's headline, text, image, and link description

Standard Facebook Ad Specs

Applies to: News Feed, Right Column, Instant Articles, Marketplace Ads

Facebook Network Native ad by HubSpot offering a course on how to be really good at marketing in 2020

Standard Facebook image ads -- such as the one designed for News Feed, above -- should be uploaded as either JPG or PNG files with an image ratio of 9:16 or 16:9. In other words, the image's height should be nine-sixteenths its width, or vice-versa.

  • Image-to-text: 5:1 -- If your image design includes text, keep it under 20% of the image to optimize the ad's audience potential.
  • Maximum headline: 25 characters
  • Maximum text: 150 characters
  • Recommended image resolution: 1,200 x 628 px (600 x 600 px minimum)
  • Maximum link description: 30 characters

Facebook Stories

Facebook Stories ad by Waterford showing a picture of a beach

Image ads posted as Facebook Stories last a total of five seconds or until the viewer swipes away from the Story. Your ideal image ratio is 9:16, which means the image's height should be nine-sixteenths its width.

  • Image-to-text: 5:1 -- If your Facebook Story includes text, keep it under 20% of the image to optimize the Story's audience potential.
  • Minimum image resolution: 600 x 600 px

Audience Network Native Ads

Native Ads on Facebook place your brand on the mobile News Feeds of users who have viewed sites and apps that are within your target audience's network. These ads' images should be uploaded as either JPG or PNG files with an image ratio of 16:9. In other words, the image's height should be nine-sixteenths its width.

  • Image-to-text: 5:1 -- If your image design includes text, keep it under 20% of the image to optimize the ad's audience potential.
  • Maximum headline: 25 characters
  • Maximum text: 125 characters
  • Recommended image resolution: 1,200 x 628 px (254 x 133 px minimum)
  • Maximum link description: 30 characters

Sponsored Messages

Applies to: Sponsored Messages and Messenger Inbox

Sponsored Messages ad by Uber

Sponsored Messages on Facebook, such as the ad by Uber, above -- appear in your audience's private inboxes in Facebook Messenger. Images should be uploaded as either JPG or PNG files with an image ratio of 9:16 or 16:9. In other words, the image's height should be nine-sixteenths of its width, or vice-versa.

  • Image-to-text: 5:1 -- If your image design includes text, keep it under 20% of the image to optimize the Sponsored Message's delivery potential.
  • Maximum headline: 25 characters
  • Maximum text: 125 characters
  • Recommended image resolution: 1,200 x 628 px (254 x 133 px minimum)
  • Maximum link description: 30 characters

Facebook carousel ads allow viewers to click through a rotating "carousel" of images all designed to elaborate on a special offer by the company paying for the ad. These ads display in most of the same places as standard Facebook ads: a user's News Feed, the right column sidebar, through Instant Articles, and even in a user's Facebook Messenger inbox.

Standard Carousel Image Specs

Applies to: News Feed, Right Column, Instant Articles, Marketplace, Native Network Ads

Facebook Carousel ad by Floyd

Standard Facebook Carousel ads -- such as the one designed for News Feed, above -- allow you to display two to 10 images in rotation all in one ad placement. Images should be uploaded as either JPG or PNG files.

  • Maximum headline: 40 characters
  • Maximum text: 125 characters (excluding Right Column)
  • Recommended image resolution: 1,080 x 1,080 px
  • Maximum link description: 20 characters (excluding Right Column, Messenger Inbox)
  • Maximum image file size: 30MB
  • Maximum video length: 240 minutes per card in a carousel (excluding Messenger Inbox)
  • Maximum video file size: 4GB (excluding Messenger Inbox)

Instagram Stories Carousels

Instagram Stories can use carousel ads to show between two and three images or videos all in the same Story on Instagram.

Recommended image resolution: 1,080 x 1,920 px

Maximum video duration: 15 seconds per card in a carousel

Instagram Feed Carousels

Just like Facebook's Carousel ad dimensions, Instagram Feeds can support between two and 10 cards per carousel, displayed on the homepage of a user's Instagram feed. Images should be uploaded as either JPG or PNG files.

  • Maximum text: Two rows of text (the rest will be truncated)
  • Maximum number of hashtags in text: 30
  • Recommended image resolution: 1,080 x 1,080 px
  • Maximum image file size: 30MB
  • Maximum video length: 120 seconds per card in a carousel
  • Maximum video file size: 4 GB

So many ad specs, so little time. Bookmark this Facebook ads key for later and get to drafting your next eye-catching advertisement designed for you audience.

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