Facebook Rolls Out with New Features – Lets you Add Looping Videos as a Profile Pic, Featured Photos and Many More [Updated]

Facebook has rolled out with a large set of changes to the user’s profile pictures that includes looping videos to be set as a profile picture which will play every time someone’s page is opened. It has introduced many other features for the Facebook profile pictures of the users so as to bring good user interface when viewed on mobile. Not only profile videos, Facebook rolled out many other changes to its site that include temporary photos and new controls in order to set one’s profile page when visited by other people. Recently, it has introduced Facebook Video Auto-Play on Mobile and Desktop that lets users view any video automatically without having to click on it and also a way to disable Facebook Auto-Play Videos. Facebook has taken a step ahead and made these changes so as to bring the site more visually stimulating and addicting. Facebook is giving an opportunity for all the users to portray themselves by customizing their profile in a more enhanced way. Here are the major changes that Facebook has rolled out for the user’s profile pictures. Have a look!

Facebook Brings 5 New Features to User Profiles

Facebook, the social media giant has come out with new changes for the user profiles on mobiles where they will be able to add a looping video as their Facebook profile picture. This is the major change that Facebook rolled out on the user’s profile. There are five major changes that Facebook has introduced so that user’s will be able to grasp one’s identity in a quick manner through biographical information and your photos. Here are the five major changes brought to the user profile:

  • Ability to use a 7-second looping video as your Facebook profile pic
  • New Option to pin your Featured Pictures to the top of the profile
  • Temporary Changes to Profile Pictures (Photos)
  • Quick and Easy visibility controls for About info with One-line Bio field
  • Changes according to Mobile-Centric Design

Looping Videos as Profile Picture

Facebook worked out on a new feature that allows users to change their profile picture into a 7-second looping video. The profile videos will loop only when someone visit’s your profile page and selects a frame for viewing the video. Audio will be played only when the viewer taps into the video in a full-view mode.

Looping video

Looping video won’t play when someone is just viewing your profile. If you are fed up with uploading profile pictures without any expressiveness and emotion, then the new Looping video brings much fun and brings more interest for others to view your profile.

How to Set Looping Video as a Profile Picture

The new feature has not yet rolled out for all the users of Facebook as still it is being tested. As soon as you get that feature, you can change your profile picture to a new looping video. Here are the steps on how to set a looping video as your profile picture:

  • Initially, Visit your profile page and select Take a New Profile Video or Upload Video or Photo within the avatar section.
  • You need to use your phone so as to take a profile video directly through the new looping video feature.
  • Just tap the record button to start and make any few seconds (7 seconds) video of your choice and hit the button to stop. You can once again recheck before uploading it as your profile picture.
  • Now you can upload that video from your camera roll. Click Upload From Camera Roll and then select any of your desired videos. It will then show the preview to ensure it as a profile picture.

Note: Make sure that the video must not exceed seven seconds, but it can be less. You’ll need to trim the clip in another app if you want to use a longer video.

  • You’ll then need to select a thumbnail, which is also known as the static shot that will be displayed in comments and Messenger.

facebook profile videos

  • Just hit the save button, so that the uploaded video will autoplay and your friends will be notified in their News Feed as (EG: Lekha changed her Profile video).

Featured Photos

The other biggest feature rolled out on Facebook is a new option that let users select up to five Featured Photos that will be pinned to a section at the top of your profile and appears just below your biographical information. This feature is actually designed to allow you give others to consider your friend request or it is an opportunity for some of your new friends to know more about you and as a clue that resembles your identity.

Facebook - Featured Photos

You can set a maximum of 5 photos as featured photos in your profile page. You can keep any of your desired pictures. For instance, you can show your favorite activities after your work, your pets, or some of your selfies in your favorite locations and many more. They are not your profile pictures, but they are just shown to others as extra photos who visit your profile so as to judge you.

Temporary Profile Pictures

The temporary profile picture feature is been testing by facebook since few weeks and now it has got an official rollout. Temporary profile picture lets you select a profile pic and later you can revert to your old pic after a set number of hours, days, or weeks.

Facebook - Temporary Profile pics

This change has been made on facebook so as to promote a cause (Like People changed their profile pictures to Rainbow in support of the right to gay marriage.) Also recently, Facebook has given you a new option to change your profile picture into a tri-color pic that resembles your support for Digital India.  Even, Facebook provides little tools for filtering your profile picture.

Change your Bio-Field

Facebook is also planning to add another new feature to give more in-line privacy controls for your profile. You will have About field in your profile page that shows information about you like education, work, birthday, etc. Now, a new change will be made to that field where you can add a 100-character Bio-field above profiles.

Facebook - 100 character bio-infoYou can add a little information about you in a single line of 100 characters that help people infer if they wish to be your friend. This could be visible to others only if you keep that section as public.

Mobile-Centric Design

When you open your Facebook account on a mobile phone, then it displays all the information as left-aligned similar to the web profile. Now, Facebook has changed that and built a mobile-first design in which you can view your profile pic/video bigger that appears in the center of the screen. Before, we used to have small panels that open to reveal details about your friends and photos. Now, Facebook is giving both their own big sections pinned below the profile pic and above the timeline.

Facebook - Mobile -centric design

All these are the new features that will be added to your profile so as to bring more visibility on user’s mobile. Facebook is testing all these new features with a small number of iPhone users in UK and California and will likely roll-out soon to others. All these changes to Facebook’s profile seem to enhance its appearance rather than its function. Whatever may be the reason, it’s gonna bring much fun and enhanced perceptibility for the Facebook users on a mobile phone.

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