Twitter, the social media giant that it is, is all about shorthand posts. You’re limited to the number of characters you can have in your Tweet, spaces count against you, so speaking your opinion or thought as clearly and quickly as possible is an plartform that many fail at and few master. Through the use of pictures, it can greatly add context, clarity or reference to your 500-limit Tweet.

But there’s a problem. You noticed your pictures on Twitter are coming up blurry, a pixelated mess that doesn’t look good. It seems your picture has been compressed to some degree or perhaps an unforeseen root cause is to blame.

This can be irritating, and rightfully so, especially if you’re in the business of sharing high quality photos for your Twitter followers to see. If you’re using your Twitter page for business, can you imagine the negative impression a potential client could have if they saw a low-grade, pixelated mess of a picture you shared?

If you were wondering why your pictures on Twitter showing up blurry, then continue on.

Your Profile Picture isn’t Optimized

Your profile picture, aside from your header, is going to be the first picture people see; in fact, even before someone visits your page, your profile picture will be the only image they see until they see your header image.

A blurry profile picture is the result of poor optimization, a side effect of Twitter most likely stretching the original image you uploaded. If you upload an image that’s too small, or low resolution, Twitter will then stretch the image to fit your profile window.

To fix this problem, upload an image that’s of higher quality. You should certainly aim for Twitter’s limit of 2 MB for an image. The reason being is that a higher quality image doesn’t suffer from stretching, and shrinking a higher resolution photo isn’t going to cause blurry pixelation. And don’t go any lower than 400 by 400 pixels.

Your Header Image isn’t Optimized

There’s two images a Twitter user sees when they visit your page: your profile picture and your header. Your header, for instance, is the image that spans the length of your profile page along the top. It’s akin to Facebook’s banner image. And the header image is very sensitive to an image’s dimensions.

The header image can support a frame as low as 1252 by 626. What does that mean for your images? Should you upload a header image smaller than 1252 by 626, Twitter will take the liberty of stretching it out to fit the lost dimensions possible. Imagine stretching an image that’s 300 by 300 up to 1252 by 626. It isn’t going to look go at all.

Even if you follow the lowest dimension Twitter supports, and you still get a blurry image, then the problem lies with the quality of the picture. You have 5 MB to work with as the limit of your header image; use it all.

Your Network Connection Timed Out

Not an uncommon problem, per say, but certainly a unique issue. You see, when you upload an image, it doesn’t upload all of the data at one time–it does so a little at a time. The strength of your connection helps chern the data faster. If your network times out while you’re still uploading, well, you could end up with a blurry image.

The best solution for this is to check your network status. You may have to reboot your equipment, like your modem and router, and simply try again, like so:

  1. Locate your modem and router (if you have a router). In the back, find the power cable for both your modem and router. Follow the cords until you reach the power outlet they are both plugged into.
  2. Pull the power cords from the power outlet and give the modem and router at least 2 minutes.
  3. After 2 minutes has passed, plug your modem and router back in. Give your modem and router time to reboot and start broadcasting your network. Double-check it’s working by using another device like a mobile device or a computer.

Your Image isn’t Supported

Twitter doesn’t support a lot of different formats. As of the writing of this article, Twitter only supports JPEG, GIF and PNG file formats. If you anything but, then switch over to a different file format.