firebase – Android : How to get larger profile pic from Facebook using FirebaseAuth?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I am using FirebaseAuth to login user through FB. Here is the code:

private FirebaseAuth mAuth;
private FirebaseAuth.AuthStateListener mAuthListener;
private CallbackManager mCallbackManager;

protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

    // Initialize Firebase Auth
    mAuth = FirebaseAuth.getInstance();

    mAuthListener = firebaseAuth -> {
        FirebaseUser user = firebaseAuth.getCurrentUser();
        if (user != null) {
            // User is signed in
            Log.d(TAG, "onAuthStateChanged:signed_in:" + user.getUid());
        } else {
            // User is signed out
            Log.d(TAG, "onAuthStateChanged:signed_out");

        if (user != null) {
            Log.d(TAG, "User details : " + user.getDisplayName() + user.getEmail() + "\n" + user.getPhotoUrl() + "\n"
                    + user.getUid() + "\n" + user.getToken(true) + "\n" + user.getProviderId());

The issue is that the photo in I get from using user.getPhotoUrl() is very small. I need a larger image and can’t find a way to do that. Any help would be highly appreciated.
I have already tried this
Get larger facebook image through firebase login
but it’s not working although they are for swift I don’t think the API should differ.

How to solve:

It is not possible to obtain a profile picture from Firebase that is larger than the one provided by getPhotoUrl(). However, the Facebook graph makes it pretty simple to get a user’s profile picture in any size you want, as long as you have the user’s Facebook ID.

String facebookUserId = "";
FirebaseUser user = FirebaseAuth.getInstance().getCurrentUser();
ImageView profilePicture = (ImageView) findViewById(;

// find the Facebook profile and get the user's id
for(UserInfo profile : user.getProviderData()) {
    // check if the provider id matches ""    
    if(FacebookAuthProvider.PROVIDER_ID.equals(profile.getProviderId())) {
        facebookUserId = profile.getUid();

// construct the URL to the profile picture, with a custom height
// alternatively, use '?type=small|medium|large' instead of ?height=
String photoUrl = "" + facebookUserId + "/picture?height=500";

// (optional) use Picasso to download and show to image


Two lines of code. FirebaseUser user = firebaseAuth.getCurrentUser();

String photoUrl = user.getPhotoUrl().toString();
        photoUrl = photoUrl + "?height=500";

simply append "?height=500" at the end


If someone is looking for this but for Google account using FirebaseAuth. I have found a workaround for this. If you detail the picture URL:…/…/…/s96-c/photo.jpg

The /s96-c/ specifies the image size (96×96 in this case)so you just need to replace that value with the desired size.

String url= FirebaseAuth.getInstance().getCurrentUser().getPhotoUrl();
url = url.replace("/s96-c/","/s300-c/");

You can analyze your photo URL to see if there is any other way to change its size.

As I said in the begining, this only works for Google accounts. Check @Mathias Brandt ‘s answer to get a custom facebook profile picture size.


photoUrl = "" + facebookId+ "/picture?height=500"

You can store this link to firebase database with user facebookId and use this in app.
Also you can change height as a parameter


Not for Android, but for iOS, but I thought it could be helpful for other people (I didn’t find a iOS version of this question).

Based the provided answers I created a Swift 4.0 extension that adds a function urlForProfileImageFor(imageResolution:) to the Firebase User object. You can either ask for the standard thumbnail, a high resolution (I put this to 1024px but easily changed) or a custom resolution image. Enjoy:

extension User {

    enum LoginType {
        case anonymous
        case email
        case facebook
        case google
        case unknown

    var loginType: LoginType {
        if isAnonymous { return .anonymous }
        for userInfo in providerData {
            switch userInfo.providerID {
            case FacebookAuthProviderID: return .facebook
            case GoogleAuthProviderID  : return .google
            case EmailAuthProviderID   : return .email
            default                    : break
        return .unknown

    enum ImageResolution {
        case thumbnail
        case highres
        case custom(size: UInt)

    var facebookUserId : String? {
        for userInfo in providerData {
            switch userInfo.providerID {
            case FacebookAuthProviderID: return userInfo.uid
            default                    : break
        return nil

    func urlForProfileImageFor(imageResolution: ImageResolution) -> URL? {
        switch imageResolution {
        //for thumnail we just return the std photoUrl
        case .thumbnail         : return photoURL
        //for high res we use a hardcoded value of 1024 pixels
        case .highres           : return urlForProfileImageFor(imageResolution:.custom(size: 1024))
        //custom size is where the user specified its own value
        case .custom(let size)  :
            switch loginType {
            //for facebook we assemble the photoUrl based on the facebookUserId via the graph API
            case .facebook :
                guard let facebookUserId = facebookUserId else { return photoURL }
                return URL(string: "\(facebookUserId)/picture?height=\(size)")
            //for google the trick is to replace the s96-c with our own requested size...
            case .google   :
                guard var url = photoURL?.absoluteString else { return photoURL }
                url = url.replacingOccurrences(of: "/s96-c/", with: "/s\(size)-c/")
                return URL(string:url)
            //all other providers we do not support anything special (yet) so return the standard photoURL
            default        : return photoURL


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