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How to fix incorrect Facebook thumbnails

By default, when you share an article on Facebook or other social networks, the first image from your content will be automatically used as preview.

If you want to force to display the Featured Image of posts as preview, you’ll need to install a 3rd party plugin or activate a feature in the Yoast SEO plugin, if you use it already.

There are 2 simply ways to fix Facebook Thumbnail:

1. Using Facebook Thumb Fixer plugin

Facebook Thumb Fixer is a free plugin, which you can install to help you display the Featured Image when you share articles on Facebook or other social networks. This is a simple plugin that will add the needed og:image property in you articles, that tells Facebook which image to use as preview. In our case it will use post’s Featured Image

2. Using Yoast SEO

If you’re using this plugin already, go to the SEOSocial menu in Dashboard, and enable the Add Open Graph meta data feature in the Facebook tab:


Facebook still shows the wrong image?

If you enabled a method that we explained above in order to force showing Featured Image on Facebook, and some articles still show a different image, then you’ll need to use the Facebook Debugger tool to fetch new information, by entering the URL of a specific article:


Still doesn’t work?

Make sure you have cleared the cache, in case you’re using a plugin like WP Super Cache or W3C Total Cache. Also take a look at this post on using the Facebook Debugger, from our friends at Kinsta.

Last updated on September 18, 2016
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