Last fall, Facebook gave users the ability to upload profile videos in the place of photos, and today they announced that users will be able to share videos from third-party apps like Instagram, Boomerang, and Vine to create fun profile videos.

Coincidentally, just last week I used Animoto to create my own profile video. In a matter of days it received over 150 likes and 25 comments — much more engagement than my typical profile photos get. Today’s news inspired me to share how I did it, for those looking to make their own profile videos using Animoto.

Facebook Profile Video

Step 1: Make your profile video in Animoto

First things first, you’ll need to create your profile video in Animoto. Heads up! Currently the ability to upload profile videos to Facebook is only available on mobile, so you’ll save time if you make your video using the Animoto mobile app. You can download it on the App Store or Google Play.

  1. Login to Animoto
  2. Select a video style. I recommend 1:1, as it’s a square format, which fits well into the square Facebook profile box.
  3. Upload your images. Note that Facebook has a 7 second maximum length for profile videos. To fit within this time limit, I used 5 photos and changed the pacing in Animoto to be one tick from the fastest setting.
  4. Once you’re happy with your video, produce and download it. Remember, it’ll need to be saved to your device in order to upload it to Facebook.

Here is my finalized Animoto video:

Step 2: Add your video to your Facebook profile

Once your video is saved on your device, you’re ready to upload it to Facebook.

  1. Open up the Facebook app on your iPhone or Android device.
  2. Go to your profile and tap on your current profile picture or video. Then, select Upload a Video or Photo from the menu that pops up.
    Upload Video Facebook Profile
  3. Select the video you created and tap Next.
  4. Select the portion of your video that you want to use by dragging the blue handles back and forth and decide whether you want your video’s audio to be ON or OFF. When you’re done, click Next.
    Add Profile Video Facebook
  5. Select a thumbnail and then tap Use. This is the image that will appear next to your name in the News Feed, where profile videos don’t play.

That’s all there is to it! Have you used Animoto to create a profile video for Facebook? We’d love to see it! Share a link with us in the comments or reach out on Facebook or Twitter.

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