Best practice for creating screenshots for the AppStore

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  1. N Mackay
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    Posted 11 Feb 2013 Link to this post


    I was wondering if anyone has a best practice guide for creating screenshots.

    Apple want pretty large sizes such as these for the iPhone5:

    640 x 1096 pixels for portrait (without status bar) minimum
    640 x 1136 pixels for portrait (full screen) maximum
    1136 x 600 pixels for landscape (without status bar) minimum
    1136 x 640 pixels for landscape (full screen) minimum

    The problem is the Icenium and XCode simulators don't run anywhere near that size so when you take a screen capture it's much smaller. I scaled them up but I suspect they'll get knocked back. I'm not a graphic designer as such as I was wondering if anyone had advice on how to best approach this.

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Jordan
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    Posted 11 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Hello Norman,

    One possible approach is to take the screenshot on the real device, this way it will be much more accurate too.

    To do so: Hold down Power button and simultaneously press Home button the screen will flash and screenshot will be saved in your Photos library. You can then email it to yourself from there or download it via cable.

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  3. N Mackay
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    Posted 11 Feb 2013 Link to this post

    Hi Jordan,

    Thanks for the tip, that works nicely.

    It would be nice if you could add that functionality to the simulator as I don't have an IPad at the moment to test with, had to argue to get an iPhone4 and a Blackberry to test with. A print screen button to capture a png in the correct res would be very handy. I've annoyed the entire IT dept by borrowing their phones for testing :)

    Thanks for you assistance,
  4. William
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    Posted 14 Jan 2015 Link to this post

    Actually there are several possible ways for you to take screenshots on iPhone, you can choose the one suites you best.

    Option 1: Hold down Power button and simultaneously press Home button to screenshot the whole screen on iPhone.

    Option 2: Use screenshot apps such as Monosnap, Tinygrab to do this trick. 

    Option 3: Make use of phone manager to display screen on computer and then take the snapshot.
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