A few months back, Facebook gave iOS users the option to record or upload a video to use as a live profile picture. It's taken a little longer than we'd like, but the feature is finally now available for Android users as well.
You can record a live profile picture using the Facebook app, but you're limited to seven seconds. If you want to go longer, you can upload a video you've previously recorded or downloaded that is up to 60 seconds long.
Adding a live profile picture is a breeze. Just open up the Facebook app, navigate to your profile, and tap on your profile picture. You'll see a menu pop up with a few options, including "Take a New Profile Video" and "Upload Video or Photo."
Tapping on "Take a New Profile Video" opens up the recorder. Just tap on the red circle at the bottom to start the capture. Again, you'll only have seven seconds of recording to work with.
On the next screen, you can use the blue brackets to trim your video if necessary. Also, audio from the video is enabled by default, but you can turn it off by tapping on the speaker icon. I strongly suggest you turn it off.
On the next screen you need to select a thumbnail. You can scroll along the images on the bottom to find the point in the video that you think would work best as a thumbnail. Once you're done with that, hit "Use" in the top-right corner. Facebook will take a minute to upload your video, but once that's done your new live profile picture will be there for all to see.
Uploading a video from elsewhere is basically the same process. Tap on your profile picture to open the menu, and then select "Upload Video or Photo." This will take you to your phone's gallery. Tap on your desired video to enter the editor, crop down if you want, then choose your thumbnail, hit "use" and wait for the video to upload to Facebook.
Are you pumped that this feature is finally available for Android? Are you looking forward to unfriending anyone with the audacity to add sound to their live profile picture? Let us know down in the comments.
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