How To Upload and Change Your Profile Picture in Strava Fitness App

As an avid Strava user for tracking my runs and cycling activities, I often like to update my profile picture to reflect my latest races or adventures. Having an updated profile photo not only personalizes your account but also allows your Strava friends and followers to put a face to your activities and kudos.

Uploading or changing your profile picture on Strava’s website or mobile app only takes a few quick steps:

Uploading a Photo

From the Website

  • Log into your Strava account on a desktop or laptop
  • Click on your current profile icon in the top right corner
  • Select Settings from the dropdown menu
  • Under the My Profile section, click on your current profile picture
  • Click on Change Picture
  • Browse and select a new photo from your computer
  • Crop and arrange the photo as desired
  • Click Save when you are happy with the selection

From the Mobile App

  • Open the Strava app on your phone
  • Tap on your profile icon in the bottom right
  • Tap Edit Profile at the top
  • Tap on your current profile picture
  • Choose to Take Picture, Choose Existing photo, or Delete Picture
  • Select a new photo and crop/arrange as needed
  • Tap Save in the top right when finished

I like to use recent pictures from my latest activities or races as my profile photo. Some tips:

  • Use a clear, high-quality close-up of your face/upper body for easy identification
  • Make sure the background is appropriate and not distracting
  • Show your genuine emotions – excitement, happiness, determination!
  • Photos of you in the middle of an activity showcase your passion

Changing Existing Photos

The process to change an existing Strava profile photo is the same simple steps as uploading a new image.

On the website:

  • Go to Settings
  • Click the current profile picture
  • Select Change Picture
  • Choose the new photo and arrange as desired
  • Click Save

In the mobile app:

  • Tap your profile icon
  • Tap Edit Profile
  • Tap the current profile icon
  • Choose Delete Picture or pick a new one
  • Crop and arrange the new photo
  • Tap Save

I like to change my Strava profile picture seasonally to match my latest activities. Some ideas:

  • Winter profile shot for snow sports
  • Spring/summer photo for triathlons or running races
  • Fall mountain biking or trail running action shot

Switching up your profile photo keeps your account dynamic and personal. It also allows your connections on Strava to see a visual progression of your athletic pursuits.

Photo Recommendations and Best Practices

To make the most of your Strava profile picture, keep these tips in mind:

Use a clear headshot

  • Close-up of your face/upper body
  • Good lighting
  • Minimal background distractions

Pick an activity photo that inspires

  • Show your effort and determination
  • Capture a special race moment
  • Demonstrate your passion

Show your adventurous side

  • Beautiful scenery from an epic ride or run
  • Compelling imagery from the outdoors

Update it regularly

  • Every few months or with new achievements
  • Match it to your seasons and sports

Be mindful of privacy

  • Don’t reveal personal details like your home
  • Watch for other people’s rights if taking a race photo

Use high resolution images

  • Strava compresses images, so start with the highest quality photo possible
  • Take it directly with your phone vs screenshots

Double check how it looks

  • Preview on mobile and desktop to make sure it renders properly before saving
  • The cropping and arrangement may display differently on various devices

Have fun with it!

  • Show off your colorful new running shoes
  • Add some flair with a mustache if you set a new 5K personal record
  • Get creative and highlight your personality!

Your Strava profile picture is part of your identity on the app. Take advantage of the ability to customize it by uploading photos that speak to your athletic pursuits, latest adventures, and inspiring moments as an athlete.