You might have noticed that the photos you upload to Facebook look nowhere as good as they do on your camera, phone, or hard drive. That’s because Facebook uses a ruthless compression tool to save storage space when uploading your pics to its servers. Considering more than 350 million photos are uploaded to the social networking site every day, it does make sense for Facebook to compress those photos to save some storage space.
Follow Facebook’s these guidelines
It doesn’t entirely ruin the picture quality when you first upload the photo. But it does start looking nasty when you are uploading an image that has already gone through an earlier compression. Downloading an already compressed image and reuploading it will make things worse. There isn’t much you can do to beat Facebook’s compression mechanism. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize its effect, says Lifehacker.
One way is to upload photos that are at least 2,048 pixels wide, according to Facebook’s guidelines. Facebook will still compress these photos, but the effect will not be as noticeable. Facebook offers users a way to upload “high quality” photos, but it is buried away from the plain sight. To use this feature, click “Create Photo Album” at the top of your status box. While you’re creating an album, you’ll see a “High Quality” check box on the left-hand side. Checking this box allows photos in this album to be stored in less compressed, larger file sizes.
How to upload best quality cover photos on Facebook
Further, Facebook recommends that cover photos should ideally be 851 x 315 pixels. If you are uploading a cover photo that is smaller than this, it would look pixelated and stretched out after going through the compression system.
Sometimes you would want to share photos that you found online. To make sure you are sharing the best version of such images, share the direct link to the image itself instead of uploading it. It will ensure a better quality and Facebook might embed the photo in its full size. You can get the link to a photo you found online by right-clicking and selecting “Copy image URL.”