Google Plus Cover Photo March 2013: How to crop to any size

Google Plus Cover Photo

Google Plus Cover Photos have recently changed, on both the personal profile and business pages.

The new size is a whopping 2120px by 1192px, with a 16 x 9 proportion.

It’s now taking up most of people’s computer screens, and we’ve seen several comments indicating that people would like to change this.

So if you’d like to resize your cover photo so that you:

  • can still see the various functional tabs such as posts, videos etc
  • don’t want to have to keep scrolling down the page to see all your posts
  • it’s not the only thing that you can see on your screen

then this tutorial is just for you.

Update Oct 2013: Google have slightly changed the layout in the image dashboard and G+ has also been experiencing a severe case of the hiccups.  What this means is that you may not see exactly what we have shown here, but the principles should still apply. Any questions about this, leave a comment below and we’ll try our best to answer them.

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Oh, and by the way, Youtube has also introduced a new update. Take a look here and opt in if you want to change it. You can however, change back if you don’t like the new set up.


Step 1

Click on the Google Plus cover image.
You don’t need to click on the ‘change Cover’ button unless you do want to change your image as well.

Google Plus Cover Photo - Step 1

Step 2

This opens up to the image editor.

Click on ‘Edit Image’ button.

Google Plus Cover Photo - Step 2


Step 3

Click on the ‘Crop’ function, as shown here.

Google Plus Cover Photo - Step 3

Step 4

Adjust the cropping using the handles on the image, to whatever image size you want. Then Click ‘apply’ to crop the image.

Google Plus Cover Photo - Step 4


Step 5

Save your changes

Google Plus Cover Photo - Step 5


Step 6

Refresh your page so that the new sized cover photo takes effect.

Google Plus Cover Photo - Step 6





Ta Da! You now have a resized image which looks good, but you can also see some of the other posts on the page as well.

PS. This post post is part of  Darren Rowse’s Group Writing Project: Write a How to….Post. Click on the link to find out more.

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  • I think Google made more changes, when I click on the cover page nothing happens any longer. I found you via googling this topic. Have you noticed changes yet again on your end, Caroline?

    • Hi Donna – thanks for asking the question. There have been some mysterious shenanigans going on in Google+ over the last couple of weeks, and yes things have changed again. Click on the image(as before) and then look for Edit, top left. When that loads you should see the Crop function.

      I say should because I got a couple of ‘Woops’ messages initially. I think Google still has a case of the hiccups so do keep trying and let us know how you get on. 🙂

  • Hi Caroline,

    This sounds great, but I’m wondering if G+ made some changes recently. I follow your instructions and when I get to step 2: Edit Image, I only get a blank white screen with no options to edit the image.

    Also, I don’t have the “Edit Photo” button as in your screenshot, I just have an “Edit” button (next to the Share button on the top)



    • Hello Robert – yes, you are quite right, Google have made recent changes – last week.

      Once I click on the image I now get Share – Edit – Tag People – Slideshow. I clicked in the ‘Edit’ function, waited a little while for Google to do it’s thing and then got – ‘Whoops! – problem reviewing the image’. I did this on a couple of pages of mine and got the same thing each time.

      I think Google has a dose of hiccups, so will try later. Thanks for bringing it to our attention – will write an update to the post when I get this sorted. 🙂

    • Hi Robert – just a quick update: 13 June – just followed the instructions on the tutorial here on Google+ and all now works fine. Must have been a hiccup. Let us know how you get on.

      • Hi Caroline,

        Thank you so much for your help. Yes, it works perfectly fine now. Seems like this was only a temporary problem with G+.

  • Hi,

    I have tried this numerous times and my cover photo remains the same.

    • Hello Adam – I’ll take a look at what you’re doing if you want to send a video to us to show me the steps you are taking. I’ve just gone over to Google now and tried my instructions and they still work, so I’m at a loss… You can send the video using our contact Us page.

  • I tried to follow instructions but did not work

    • Hi Celia! Thanks for stopping by.
      I think what you may be doing is clicking on the ‘Change Cover’ button, BUT you don’t need to do that. Just click anywhere else on the image and the black editing page appears. Hope this helps.

  • Sue Kelly

    Thanks Caroline. Helpful as always

    • Sue – we aim to please 😉

  • Awesome Tutorial.. Love how simple and easy you have laid it out. Great Post! 😉

    • Hey Laura! So glad you found it easy to navigate. We like to keep things as simple as possible 🙂

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  • Thank you so much for the tutorial, it is clear and objective! I shared it on Pinterest and Twitter. This is another item in my to-do-list, and I’m not sure if I really like the image that big on G+, I don’t think that it is necessary. Congratulations for participating in Darren Rowse project :)!

    • Hi there Meire – thank you for sharing the tutorial. We are all for wonderful, large images too but this seems a touch too much. Did you participate in Darren’s project too?

  • Thank you for this useful tip! I am working toward improving the visual appeal of all of my social media pages.

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  • Super cool tutorial, Caroline. I am amazed of how easy is to resize the image. Congrats for getting on board with the Writing project from ProBlogger!

    • Delia – Thank YOU for alerting us to Darren’s article. We really like his work, but had missed the post. Have you joined the project?

      • Hey Caroline, what a great idea indeed! Yes, I joined as well and my post is the one listed in my first comment 🙂