Testing apps for Windows Phone 8

August 19, 2014

This topic provides a checklist of recommended steps for testing your app and preparing it for submission to the Windows Phone Store.

We recommend that you test your app frequently throughout the development cycle, and especially before you submit the app to the Store. Windows Phone SDK provides a variety of tools and features that make testing easy and provide actionable feedback.

This topic contains the following sections.

 

The following tests help to determine how your app responds to different settings on the phone.

The following tests help to determine how your app uses special features of the phone.

The following tests help to determine how your app performs under real-world conditions and how it uses resources.

Use these steps to test your app

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Test your app’s methods by running unit tests.

Unit testing apps for Windows Phone 8

Test how your app handles a bad network connection or an interruption.

Simulation Dashboard for Windows Phone 8

Watch how your app uses resources while it’s running in the emulator.

Frame rate counters in the emulator for Windows Phone 8

Monitor your app’s responsiveness and resource consumption.

App monitoring for Windows Phone 8

Profile your app’s performance and memory usage.

App profiling for Windows Phone 8

The following tests help to test your app before you submit it to the Windows Phone Store.

Use these steps to test your app before you submit it to the Store 

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Test your app on a phone, not only on the emulator.

How to deploy and run an app for Windows Phone 8

Test your app’s native image.

How to test the retail version of your app for Windows Phone 8

Test whether your app meets the requirements of the Store.

Windows Phone Store Test Kit for Windows Phone 8

The following steps help to prepare your app and its files for submission to the Windows Phone Store.

Use these steps to prepare your app and its files for the Store 

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Review the certification requirements for apps.

App certification requirements for Windows Phone

Choose your app’s display name and other settings including supported resolutions and supported languages. Specify these settings on the Application UI page and the Packaging page of Manifest Designer.

How to modify the app manifest file for Windows Phone 8

App manifest file for Windows Phone 8

Identify your app’s required capabilities and hardware requirements. Specify these settings on the Capabilities page and the Requirements page of Manifest Designer. Clear any requirements that your app doesn’t need.

How to determine app capabilities for Windows Phone 8

App capabilities and hardware requirements for Windows Phone 8

Prepare your app’s icon and tile images. These images become part of the XAP file that you submit to the Store. Specify these settings on the Application UI page of Manifest Designer.

App submission requirements for Windows Phone

Prepare your app’s image and optional screen shots for the Store. Specify these images when you submit your app to the Store.

How to create screenshots for the Store for Windows Phone 8

App submission requirements for Windows Phone

After you develop and test your app, you’re ready to submit it to the Windows Phone Store.

Get ready to publish your app

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Review the steps for publishing your app.

Submit your app

Submit your app.

Submit app

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