20 free background images to build your LinkedIn profile

Build your LinkedIn profile

Here are 20 free and inspirational background images to build your LinkedIn profile. A personal brand starts with using the right visual content.

When it comes to building your personal brand, visual content is the best way to captivate and engage your audience. This is true for the content that you post to your channels, and upload to your profiles like LinkedIn. The goal is to make your profile pop, while making sure your purpose shines through.

One of the most unused features on LinkedIn is the background image (aka cover image). By adding an inspirational image, your profile will captivate and stand out from the rest. The image can represent your work, passions, and motivation, while making your profile look visually compelling.

Add Visuals to Build Your LinkedIn Profile

Are you seeking a new career opportunity, want to impress managers, or expand your network? A visual profile will help you achieve your brand-building goals and help people remember you.

According to studies, people can recall 65% of the visual content they see three days later. Having an appealing background image can help craft a long-lasting impression of you and your personal brand. As well as the possibility to create engagement and expand your network.

As well as the possibility to create engagement and expand your network, LinkedIn gives users the ability to add LinkedIn icon images to their profiles—and we think it’s worth using! These two elements can be used to give theming to your profile and make it stand out from the crowd.

Here are 20 Inspirational Images

Our mission at Paper.li is to enable passionate people with the personal marketing tools they need to make brand building easy. Here are 20 inspirational LinkedIn background images to build your profile.

Free for the taking! If you use an image, share a link to your profile in the comments 👇

Build your LinkedIn profile
Build your LinkedIn profile
Build your LinkedIn profile
Build your LinkedIn profile
Build your LinkedIn profile
Build your LinkedIn profile
Build your LinkedIn profile

We hope these images help you enhance your LinkedIn profile and build your personal brand. Want more visual and inspirational content? Then follow us on Instagram!

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Dan Di Federico
I'm the Executive Director at Paper.li and Finity.

169 thoughts on “20 free background images to build your LinkedIn profile”

  1. Thanks for these – just used one! linkedin.com/in/huttoncareercoach

    1. Thanks for the use of these! Is there a way to add the link directly to the photo in the background?

  2. I love LinkedIn, my first place to go for social, I also love to write and publish as well although when Examiner sold to AXS do not as much get to write. With events out of the picture this year I wont be doing my usual couple articles throughout the internet. Have been using your paper for many years and the new way has stumped me as to how to add videos and pictures, they don’t even come up from other resources, although it might be my new software either windows or microsoft, going to have to check it out while on lockdown break. Wishing you and your staff a safe year <3

  3. Hi. Thanks so much for your generosity.
    In the past, I’d been urged to change my background photo so many times, and have now been told that LI ranks completed profiles higher than incomplete ones. Your background is helping me with completing my profile–and hopefully getting noticed a bit more, post-Covid.
    Much appreciated and many thanks!

  4. These are great backgrounds. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Great Images to use when posting also…Thanks for the use of them.

  6. Thank you for all your support to be better!

  7. Great images and nice to refresh the profile!

  8. Hello Dan
    Thank you and hope you are safe and well.
    I love Linkedin , the best professional social media platform . I have been on the on many years now and recommend to all my colleagues and friends.
    It’s content and professional information with world wide exposure in the market is amazing . ( Not like ego Facebook for sure , and we hope to keep it that way )
    I wish you a safe journey to you and your team . Great job . Thank you
    Kind regards
    Stefano Leone

  9. Hello and welcome to place in internet were social média. Daily média. Daily Newspaper. News feeds . And all thats important to keep you and your bizness updates meets.

  10. Thanks Dan for this wonderful selection. In “honor” of this remote working period of our life, I picked one of your backgrounds. As requested, you can see it here:


    Cheers from Italy!

  11. Thanks, fo the article and background cover

  12. I really like these images. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Thanks for the great images! https: //www.linkedin.com/in/don-murphy-97b347158/

  14. Thank you so much! Have taken to brighten up my LinkedIn profile. Cheers!

  15. I have had my LinkedIn account for several years now and didn’t even realize there was a background to change until today! I am trying to spruce up my profile to be more effective in my job search. Thank you for your generosity in sharing such awesome backgrounds that are perfect for how I feel about the mark I would like to make in the world 🙂


  16. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
    I will use one.

  17. Thanks for the image, it is awesome.
    Melroy Coelho

  18. Thank you for the background images!

  19. Thanks so much for these! Just what I needed 🙂

  20. Thank you linkedin.com/in/delroy-dehaney

  21. Thank you – I’ve used one and it looks great.

  22. Thanks a bunch–just used one for my first background image on my LI!

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