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How to Refresh the Thumbnail of a Website That You Shared on Facebook

When you post a web page in a Facebook feed, Facebook will attempt to find the thumbnail image from your site’s meta data. If found, Facebook will cache that image so that it doesn’t have to re-load the image from your site every time it shows up on a Facebook feed.

This works great until you change your site’s thumbnail image. If you do, Facebook will keep displaying the old thumbnail unless you refresh the cache.

Here’s how to do it.

How to Refresh the Cache for Future Posts

In this scenario, you have an existing site that has been posted on Facebook, so it’s image has been cached. You’ve now changed the image and want to see the new image on future posts to Facebook.

To accomplish this, go to the Facebook debugger and paste in your site’s URL and click “Debug”. You’ll see a preview of what Facebook will display in its feed when your site is shared:

Facebook debugger preview
Facebook debugger preview

If the featured image is not what you want, press Scrape Again. You might have to do it twice. Afterwards, the cache should be refreshed, and you should see the correct image. If not, something is wrong with the meta data on your site.

After this, when someone shares your site’s URL, the new image should show up!

How to Refresh the Image for Previous Posts

Here’s how to refresh the image for previously-shared links in Facebook. Often you’ll want to keep these if they have lots of likes or comments attached to them.

First, go to your Facebook feed where your site was posted.

Here’s the trick: click on the date right at the top of the post, just below the name of the Page, Group, or person who posted it. This will bring up a Facebook page that has the post in it and nothing else.

Where to click to isolate your Facebook post
Where to click to isolate your Facebook post

Now, click on the three dots in the upper right corner and select “Refresh share attachment”.

How to refresh the featured image of a site shared on Facebook
How to refresh the featured image of a site shared on Facebook

Voila! The featured image for the post should be updated to the current one.

Conclusion

Did this work for you? Please leave questions or comments below! – Brian



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