In this article, I’ll discuss how to change your Discord avatar. You will find it here from the perfect image size, which format to use, to uploading your Discord avatar. Let’s get started.
What is the Discord Profile Picture Size?
Whether you’re using the Discord app on mobile or PC, you might have noticed the tiny, circular image beside your name that serves as your avatar. Like in many websites nowadays, avatars are extremely helpful to distinguish members, especially if there’s a chat feature available. For an instant messaging and chat app like Discord, a profile picture is indispensable.
Avatars are also a great way to express yourself. Whether you’re using your own picture, your logo, or an image taken from a favorite TV show, game, anime, book, or meme, it can give others a little glimpse of your personality.
As such, Discord profile pictures are fun to customize. However, you might be wondering about the exact picture size needed for your Discord avatar? After all, it can affect the quality of your image. And it’s troublesome to redo everything again.
Discord Profile Picture Format
What is the recommended Discord profile picture size?
Discord avatar size is 128 x 128 pixels and should not exceed 8 MB. If you’re subscribed to Nitro, your Discord profile picture size can be up to 50MB to 100MB. As you may have noticed, Discord images used for profile pictures or avatars are quite small.
What is the recommended Discord avatar ratio?
Aside from those, Discord also requires you to upload a square image or those with a 1:1 ratio. Anything more than that and Discord will crop it. If you upload a large, rectangular image, Discord may randomly find an area in the picture to crop out and choose as your profile image.
After that, Discord will still crop it further. As you already know, Discord avatars are circular in shape. So, even though you have uploaded a square image, only the part inside the circle will be visible.
Make sure to put the most important parts of your avatar in the middle, if you can help it.
What is the recommended Discord profile picture format?
Your Discord PFP should be in either JPG or PNG format. This is the recommended format for regular or static profile pictures.
For Discord Nitro users, you can upload an animated GIF.
Can You Upload a Larger Profile Picture?
Yes, you can upload a larger profile picture, with a limit of 8MB. Discord will shrink it down to fit the 128 x 128 pixels.
What is the File Size Limit for a Discord Profile Picture?
The limit for a Discord avatar size is usually 8MB, but if you have Nitro, you may be able to upload an image that’s 50 to 100MB. Discord will automatically scale the image for you, so it meets their format requirements.
How to Upload Discord Profile Picture
It’s easy to upload a profile picture on Discord. Follow these steps:
Launch Discord on your desktop.
Head over to user settings by clicking the cogwheel or the gear icon, beside the Mute and Deafen button.
Under User Settings, go to My Account. Click the Edit Profile button beside your name.
Alternatively, you can directly click the Edit Profile tab, which is just under My Account.
Click your profile picture.
A pop-up window will open. Click Upload Image.
If you have Discord Nitro, you can choose between a static Discord profile or an animated one.
Choose an image in your file manager and click Open.
Discord will let you adjust your image according to your preference. You can zoom in or zoom out the image. After you’re done, click Apply.
Don’t forget to Save Changes.
Your Discord avatar has now been changed.
If you want to change your avatar using your mobile device, here’s what you should do:
Open the Discord app on your phone.
Click the hamburger or three vertical lines icon you can see in the upper left corner of your screen.
Tap your profile icon.
In the User Settings screen, select User Profile.
Tap your profile picture with the pencil icon on it.
On a small context menu that will show up, click Change Avatar.
Choose an image from your phone’s gallery or file manager.
Adjust the image according to your preference.
Click the checkmark button on the top right corner to change your Discord profile picture.
And you’re done!
File Types for Discord Profile Pictures
Discord recommends JPG or PNG format for a regular profile picture. If your image is in a different format like BMP or TIFF, you can convert it using free online image converters like this one.
However, for those Discord users who have Nitro, they can use animated GIFs for their avatar.
Custom images for avatars and banners are one of the perks of Discord Nitro.
Discord Nitro usually costs $9.99 per month. There’s also a cheaper option, Nitro Classic, that starts at $4.99. Both tiers will give you the ability to use GIF images as your Discord PFP.
Discord Profile GIF Size
Like static or normal profile pictures, the recommended Discord size for animated GIF avatars is less than 8MB and 128 x 128 pixels. Of course, as a Nitro user, you may be able to upload a file bigger than that (50 to 100MB) since Discord will automatically scale it to fit all kinds of devices.
However, it might be easier to resize it beforehand to meet the recommended size for a profile photo. Keep in mind Discord will readjust the image, and you might find yourself re-uploading it because it got distorted or the quality isn’t good.