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Windows.Devices.Sensors namespace

Applies to Windows and Windows Phone

Provides access to the supported types of sensors and related motion data.


The Windows.Devices.Sensors namespace has these types of members:


The Windows.Devices.Sensors namespace has these classes.

Accelerometer Represents an accelerometer sensor.
AccelerometerReading Represents an accelerometer reading.
AccelerometerReadingChangedEventArgs Provides data for the accelerometer readingchanged event.
AccelerometerShakenEventArgs Provides data for the accelerometer-shaken event.
Compass Represents a compass sensor.
CompassReading Represents a compass reading.
CompassReadingChangedEventArgs Provides data for the compass readingchanged event.
Gyrometer Represents a gyrometer sensor.
GyrometerReading Represents a gyrometer reading.
GyrometerReadingChangedEventArgs Provides data for the gyrometer readingchanged event.
Inclinometer Represents an inclinometer sensor.
InclinometerReading Represents an inclinometer reading.
InclinometerReadingChangedEventArgs Provides data for the inclinometer readingchanged event.
LightSensor Represents an ambient-light sensor.
LightSensorReading Represents an ambient lightsensor reading.
LightSensorReadingChangedEventArgs Provides data for the ambient-light sensor reading-changed event.
Magnetometer Represents a magnetic sensor.
MagnetometerReading Represents a magnetometer reading.
MagnetometerReadingChangedEventArgs Provides data for the magnetometer readingchanged event.
OrientationSensor Represents an orientation sensor.
OrientationSensorReading Represents an orientation-sensor reading.
OrientationSensorReadingChangedEventArgs Provides data for the orientation-sensor reading-changed event.
SensorQuaternion Represents a Quaternion.
SensorRotationMatrix Represents a 3x3 rotation matrix.
SimpleOrientationSensor Represents a simple orientation sensor.
SimpleOrientationSensorOrientationChangedEventArgs Provides data for the sensor reading–changed event.



The Windows.Devices.Sensors namespace has these enumerations.

MagnetometerAccuracy The sensor's accuracy.
SimpleOrientation Indicates the orientation of the device.



This namespace provides access to the sensor types listed in the table below. The driver for a sensor must indicate that the hardware is integrated with the PC chassis for it to be accessible via this namespace. Sensors not marked as PC-integrated, even if they are of a supported type, will not be accessible. Driver developers can refer to SensorConnectionType enumeration for more details.

AccelerometerDetects acceleration along three axes (x, y, and z).
InclinometerDetects angle of incline along three axes (pitch, roll, and yaw).
GyrometerDetects angular velocity along three axes.
CompassDetects heading in degrees relative to magnetic north (and due north when integrated with onboard GPS).
LightDetects ambient lighting level in lumens.
OrientationCombines the data from the accelerometer, compass, and gyrometer sensors to provide smoother and more sensitive rotation data than can be obtained from any of the sensors alone. See the Quaternion and SensorRotationMatrix definitions. This combined sensor data is also known as “Sensor Fusion.”
Simple OrientationUses the accelerometer to obtain device orientation as a rotation into one of four quadrants, or face-up, or face-down.


In addition, this namespace provides access to the following motion (or movement) data.

QuaternionA Quaternion is a rotation of a point [x,y,z] around an arbitrary axis.
Rotation MatrixA Rotation Matrix represents a rotation around 3 axes (x, y, and z).


Sensor data is provided relative to the device's fixed sensor coordinate system, and is independent of display orientation. For applications that rely on sensor data for input control or to manipulate elements on the screen, the developer must take current display orientation into account and compensate the data appropriately. For more info about the sensor coordinate system, see Sensor data and display orientation.


Minimum supported client

Windows 8

Minimum supported server

None supported

Minimum supported phone

Windows Phone 8


Windows::Devices::Sensors [C++]



See also

Sensor data and display orientation



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