How to create screenshots for the Store for Windows Phone 8

July 21, 2014

You can create and publish screenshots of your app for each screen resolution supported by Windows Phone 8. You can capture specific pages, or gameplay in action. You can also capture a screenshot of the phone’s Start screen if your app uses Tiles or notifications. Customers see the screenshots of your app in the details page of the Store catalog.

You have to capture at least 1 screenshot for each resolution, but you can capture up to 8. For information about the screen resolutions supported by Windows Phone, see Multi-resolution apps for Windows Phone 8.

Important noteImportant Note:

There are several certification requirements related to screenshots. Ensure that your app and screenshots adhere to section 4.6 of App submission requirements for Windows Phone before submitting your app to Store.

This topic contains the following sections.

Disable the frame rate counters on the emulator screen before you capture screenshots that will be submitted to Store.

To disable frame rate counters in the emulator before capturing screenshots

You can create screenshots of your Windows Phone apps by using the built-in emulator screenshot tool. The tool creates PNG files that match the resolution of the running emulator.

The emulator screenshot tool

To create an app screenshot by using the built-in emulator screenshot tool

  1. To optimize the quality of your screenshots, set the zoom level of the emulator to 100 percent. The higher you set the zoom level, the better the quality of the screenshot. For more information, see How to adjust the zoom setting in the emulator for Windows Phone 8.

  2. Start your app in the emulator.

  3. On the emulator toolbar, click the expand button to open the Additional Tools window.

  4. Click the Screenshot tab.

  5. When your app is ready, click the Capture button.

    The screenshot appears in the workspace.

  6. Click the Save button to open the Save As dialog box.

  7. Choose the location and File name that you want, and then click Save.

  8. Optionally, navigate to other pages in your app and capture additional screenshots.

  9. Launch an emulator with a different screen resolution to capture the same screenshots at a different resolution. If you ran your app with debugging, you have to stop debugging before you can run it again on another emulator.

You can create your app screenshot easily by using the Snipping Tool feature of Windows®. For more information about this tool, see Snipping Tool.

SnippingTool

To create an app screenshot by using the Snipping Tool

  1. To optimize the quality of your screenshots, set the zoom level of the emulator to 100 percent. The higher you set the zoom level, the better the quality of the screenshot. For more information, see How to adjust the zoom setting in the emulator for Windows Phone 8.

  2. Start your app in the emulator.

  3. Open the Snipping Tool. You can find the Snipping Tool by opening All apps view and locating it in the Windows Accessories group, or by typing Snipping tool from the Start screen to search for it.

  4. Click the arrow next to the New button and then click Window Snip.

    When you click Window Snip, and then move your mouse around the screen, a red rectangle highlights the different windows on the screen.

  5. Move your mouse over the emulator until a red rectangle highlights only the app screen (not the entire phone) and then click.

    The screenshot is captured and opens in the Snipping Tool.

  6. On the File menu, click Save As to open the Save As dialog box.

  7. In the Save As dialog box, choose the location and File name that you want. In the Save as type list, click Portable Network Graphic file (PNG). Then click Save.

  8. Optionally, navigate to other pages in your app and capture additional screenshots.

  9. Launch an emulator with a different screen resolution to capture the same screenshots at a different resolution. If you ran your app with debugging, you have to stop debugging before you can run it again on another emulator.

You can also capture screenshots of your app deployed and running on a Windows Phone 8 device.

To capture a screenshot on a Windows Phone 8 device

  • Press the Power button and the Start button at the same time.

    You hear the shutter sound, unless you have disabled it, and you see the message Saving to Screenshots at the top of the screen. The screenshot is saved in an album named Screenshots.

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