How to Add Profile Picture on Steemit - Steemit Profile Picture Latest Guide 2018

in howto •  last year

Due to a different procedure from all the other social media platforms, newbie Steemians can find it hard to add profile picture. This tutorial will serve as a guide on how to add profile picture on Steemit for the times to come.

Note:- This post is purely for absolute beginners. Experienced Steemians may bookmark it to use as reference guide for the people they keep bringing to Steemit. 

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If you are new on Steemit then, first of all, I welcome you here. Adding a profile picture in Steemit is a bit different but it would be easy once you go through this post.  Learn how to set up your profile picture by following the simple steps and start contributing to the community with a better profile that can be trusted and liked by community members.

How to Add Profile Picture on Steemit 

To update profile picture, you will have to upload the image on the web first. After the image is uploaded on an image hosting website, its URL is then copied and pasted into the Settings. I am listing at least three ways, but 18 sites (options), to upload Steemit profile picture.

1. Upload Using Steemit 

Yes, you can simple use Steemit to get your image link BUT not directly in settings page. The prerequisite of being able to upload an image and get its link is to use Mark Down editor. Here's how to do it. I am using @steempkrex account to make screenshots.

  1. Login to your Steemit account and click Post button.
  2. Make sure you are using Mark Down editor as shown below. (Learn about available Steemit editors here)
  3. Click selecting them as visible in the image above (it acts as an Upload button). You will be taken to your device's storage. Select the image you wish to upload. It will be uploaded in the following format, containing the .JPG or .PNG extension in the end.
  4. Copy the link that I highlighted above without brackets.
  5. Go to Settings page.
  6. Paste the link in Profile Picture URL box.
  7. Click the Update button to save. Refresh the page and your picture must be uploaded already. 

For most people, the Steemit method should work. However, if you face problems, I am giving you alternative methods as well so that you do not have to search else where.

2. Upload Using Free Image Hosting Sites

Image hosting sites come in handy when we need a proper image URL. For image to work, the URL must contain the file extension (.jpg , .jpeg, .png, .git etc.). Otherwise, it won't show on Steemit despite opening in browser. Here's how to use image hosting sites.

  1. Go to CTRLQ website. If the site doesn't work, try any of these 16 free image hosting sites.
  2. Click the Upload Picture button and select your profile picture from the storage.
  3. After some processing, image will be uploaded, and you will see its link (not the image itself.
  4. Copy the URL (image link) as shown above.
  5. Paste it into the Profile / Cover Picture URL box in your settings page on Steemit.

Different websites have different layout and options but the process is same. You have to upload your image and copy its URL to save in settings. When more than one links are available, choose the one having file extension at the end.

3. Use eSteem App to Upload Profile Picture

If you are using eSteem app (here is how to use it), you can use its intuitive, Facebook like interface to upload profile image. Uploading profile picture using the app is super simple.

  1. Go to your profile on eSteem app and click the blank space meant for profile picture.
  2. Select a picture from your phone and wait for it to upload.

That's it!


I hope that you will not face any problem and at least one of these methods will work for you. I published this updated guide because I keep receiving comments on my previous guides on the topic and some of the people report problems with the websites I mentioned there. But it has been viewed for close to 6000 times till now and still counting.

I have published this post to make the better and more accurate information available to anyone who joins Steemit. It will help newbies for times to come, like the previous guide which Please consider upvoting and resteeming this helpful post.

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Thanks. I use ur posts to help new people in steemit. Keep up the good work.


Thanks a lot for your comment!


Thanks! This helped! - Update: I think it did.. lol My profile photo is showing up on Steepshot now but not on here.

I was facing problems while uploading picture using free image hosting sites.
Adding profile picture using steemit is an interesting idea.
Your guides are always a great help for all of us. Resteeming it for newbies.
Thanks a ton bhaiya. <3
Stay blessed!


I realized that different problems occured when newbies used my previous guides on the topic. I am sure that properly following this guide will have no issues.

Always welcome! :)

A good guide for those who are starting out this epic adventure....

...not having a button that says "upload" picture can be confusing at first.
Great share man.
Maybe someone will get this post on Google as a solution to that search.


My previous guide on the topic resulted in more than five thousand views via Google. I hope to rank this one higher so that people can benefit.

Wonderful guide. I didn't know about taking the image from Steemit Editor itself. Wonderful hack there. Resteeming it.


Thank you so much for your feedback. It is always valuable.

The truth be told, i may have learnt how to upload but i just learnt this method and i think u are a sound teacher. Thanks for taking your time to create this post.


Thank you so much for your appreciation. I love Steemit for bringing out the teacher in me.

Thank you so much,thats what i have been trying to do since


You are such a God sent like an angel ,i have done it so happy how i wish i can upvote all your posts ,i have been trying to upload picture since i joined and you just came and you helped me thank you.


I am glad you finally did it!!!


Thank you


Yes i will try to do it again

Hi Illyas,

I found this article to be more useful than the former. And I also found the resteem button so I have resteemed it. Really nice to be meeting people here. It's becoming more fun by the day!


Exactly why I wrote this one. Thank you for coming here and giving your feedback. Welcome to Steemit and try to have your part of fun here. It's a lovely place.

Assalamualaikum.bang ilyas.maaf sy masih baru sy sering membaca artikel anda dan sangat mencerahkan smg sy bisa belajar dr abang .trims

Very helpful. Thank you for the guide :)


You are welcome (to Steemit as well). Thanks for feedback.

Wow! This is so helpful,for days I've been unable to upload my profile picture but his write-up helped me do that within few seconds.Thanks a lot am so grateful,more of this.

Hahahaha I love Steemit, i was lost in the dark trying to upload my pix, i stumbled on your post and here goes my pix handsome. God bless you.

Thank you, this surely has helped me. Great post. Joy


Thank you, Joy!

Thank you for the reply on your previous post and tbanks for thos link. Soon have this profile pic sorted 🤣🤣


I do hope that you sort it out soon. Haha!

For urdu translation of this post you can visit
The translation has been done by @naseerbhat

Nice post,, Contribution in tutorial deserves a good value, because not everyone understands that. Good work @ilyastarar

Nice style of explanation with complete guide line for newbies


Bro i just translated this post in urdu for our pakistani brothers you can view my hard work here;


Thank you for the feedback.

This will certainly prove useful to some newbies. I'm certainly resteeming it. Good one bro!

Thanks for the help! I love that all of the steemit help tutorials are also on steemit!


Most welcome. Almost everything is covered. You just need to learn and have an awesome time here.

I have to follow you up to learn how to impact into others like you do with your educating post.Thanks a million.

I will resteem this one because i was strugling too at start to find some info about this .

Ah, yay! Thanks to this post I have a profile pic.

Thank you!


And you have made some progress as well. Keep being awesome!

This post deserved far more. Thank you for helping all the minnows out.

Again, Thank you. I read your previous post, good thing I saw this.

Thanks this helped and was super fast. I will definitely be sharing this with others who need the help.

Thanks so much for this @ilyastarar !!

Took me going to a few sites for image hosting but just managed to get everything setup.

Yayy! Thanks. I'm new in steemit and this post really help me out .

Thank you a lot! Now I have a profile picture. Keep up the good work!

Thank you so much! I've been trying to upload my picture from my Google Photos account since last night but I don't know why it wasn't showing. I used the first method described here and worked out perfectly! :)


Welcome to Steemit and have a wondeful stay!



I cannot say "thank you" enough for creating this informational! I actually found your older posting by doing a startpage search for "how to set a profile pic on steemit for dummies" and then found this newer one. Just got my profile and background pics up using the 1. choice--thanks again, ilyastarar. I'm soo happy! Meow... :)

Look man i just wanna say thank you, I took like 20 minutes trying to do this on my own but your guide was pretty useful specially because you posted different free image hosting sites, I was having problems with imgsafe. Thanks for keeping it simple !

Thank you, the second option worked for me.

Great piece of advice. it helped me.

Thank You so much!! I was pulling my hair out trying to figures this out.

Is Stemmit and Esteem tha same?
If I upload photo to esteem it will be direct to steemit profile pic?


Steemit and eSteem are not same. eSteem is an app that you can download to use Steemit on your smartphone. The functions are similar mostly.

An upload to eSteem is an upload to your Steemit profile. Yes.


Thank you for responding :)

Thankyou so much!!