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How to set a custom thumbnail for a video

Adding or changing a thumbnail for a video post is fairly easy. You can choose to pick a thumbnail from the ones that are automatically generated or upload a custom thumbnail.

You can only upload a custom video thumbnail for Facebook Pages (videos and reels), Facebook Groups, Instagram (videos and reels), LinkedIn, Mastodon, Pinterest, and YouTube (videos and shorts).

For TikTok and Telegram you can only choose from one of the 10 existing/generated thumbnails.

To add or change the thumbnail:



Go to the Create tab on Publer.
Design the video post to your liking.
Click on the little camera icon underneath the thumbnail.


Setting a custom thumbnail for videos


Choose the thumbnail you wish to set/change. You can also choose to create a thumbnail on the spot with Canva or VistaCreate (Crello).
Once you finish have uploaded the custom thumbnail, you will see it applied on Publer.
Following the same steps, you can change the thumbnails for other posts/social accounts, i.e. Instagram Reels.


Setting a custom thumbnail for videos


You can always check the live preview on the right to make sure the it will be posted correctly to the social media, and finally schedule away.


To choose a thumbnail for Telegram/TikTok regular video posts:



Go to Create.
Design the video post to your liking.
Use the arrows underneath the thumbnail to choose the one you want to use.

When it comes to TikTok and Telegram video posts, you can choose 1 of the 10 automatically generated frames only when you are posting directly.


Thumbnail for Telegram/TikTok videos


You can always check the live preview on the right to make sure the it will be posted correctly to the social media, and finally schedule away.

For Telegram and TikTok regular video posts, you can only select 1 out of the 10 generated frames as a thumbnail, you cannot upload a custom thumbnail. Keep in mind that for TikTok's case, this is only possible for when you are posting directly, not when using push notifications.

Updated on: 18/10/2023

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