Using images

Adding images to your post will help you catch the reader's attention more easily.

Add an image to your story

Desktop iOS Android
  1. On your post, go to a new line and click the  button on the left to expand the menu
  2. Click the Camera button to upload an image from your desktop.
    Click the Magnifying glass button to insert an image directly from Unsplash.


You can also drag and drop single or multiple images into Medium posts or copy/paste single images into a post.

Note: The editor supports images up to 25MB in the .JPG, .JPEG, .GIF, and .PNG formats.

Delete an image

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  1. Click on the image you want to delete for the green border to show up.
  2. Press Delete on your keyboard (Backspace if you're on Windows.)

Preferred image sizes

While images in Medium posts will appear differently whether viewed on web, mobile web, iOS and Android apps, below are some guidelines for image dimensions in posts. If you use too small an image, neither Medium nor other social networks will be able to pull a featured image for a preview. 

  • Full column-width images: 1400 px wide
  • Out-set images: 2040 px wide
  • Screen-width images: 2500 px wide

Image placement


Depending on the size of your image, you'll be able to test out different placement options from the toolbar.


Note: Your image needs to be at least 1060 px wide for all four placement options to show up.

Image alt text


You can also add alt text to your image that serves as brief description of this image for readers with visual impairments. To do that, click on your image and press the Alt text button.


Image captions


To add a caption to an image, click to select the image. Start typing your caption and it will appear beneath the image.




To upload multiple images on Medium, drag and drop a group of images or upload multiple selected images. A grid will be automatically generated for your multiple images, with each in alphabetical order of their file names. You can drag and drop your images around your post to reorder them. Once you publish, readers will be able to click on each image independently to view a larger version.

Please note: the drag and drop feature is not supported on Firefox.


Image links


To make an image in your story a clickable link, click on it, giving it a green border, and then press Ctrl + K / Cmd + K.

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