Explore the nuances of working with iOS, iPad, and Android app store screenshots. Even when strictly following the app store screenshot guidelines, it's easy to miss details that negatively affect conversion rates. In this article, we'll show you how to work with the guidelines.
It often happens that even when an app has super cool functions, it stays under users' radars. A lack of installs prevents these apps from reaching the top of their categories and gaining popularity.
What keeps users from installing an app and how can developers change their minds?
The simplest thing for a developer to do is change the graphics on the app page to garner more attention from users. Why is that important?
Users search for a solution to their problem by exploring all possible options. Screenshots and videos are what is most likely to hook them. The main thing is to sell happiness by showing the user what your app has to offer. This could be interesting puzzles in a game, safely transferring money, or beautiful photos.
How the Graphics are Displayed
1. Portrait screenshots and videos
These show the product's features and give users an idea of what the app will look like on their devices' screens. This way, users know in advance what they can expect from the app.
2. Landscape screenshots and videos
These are great for games and apps with a landscape screen orientation (widescreen). Landscape screenshots are also great for presenting a call to action in a large font that will be easy to read on the search results page.
3. Search results page
Portrait screenshots in App Store are very small in the search results. If you add text to them, insert 2-3 words written in large font or merge screenshots. It's easier to show details on landscape screenshots, but the search results page displays only one screenshot. So you'll have to choose one main feature to showcase or use a video.
In Google Play, the search results don't feature any screenshots at all. You'll need to focus on the icon and title instead.
What are the App Stores Screenshot Requirements?
How to Make Outstanding Screenshots for App Store
You can add up to 10 portrait and landscape screenshots. You can also add an App Preview video that will be displayed both in search results and on the app page. If you don't have one, App Store will display the first three portrait screenshots or one landscape screenshot from the app page.
Screenshots must be PNG (no alpha) or JPEG. You can find more details in App Store Connect documentation.
Apple App Store Screenshot Sizes
iPhone XS Max
1242 x 2688
2688 x 1242
1125 x 2436
2436 x 1125
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6s Plus
1242 x 2208
2208 x 1242
750 x 1334
1334 x 750
640 x 1096 (without status bar)
640 x 1136 (with status bar)
1136 x 600 (without status bar)
1136 x 640 (with status bar)
640 x 920 (without status bar)
640 x 960 (with status bar)
960 x 600 (without status bar)
960 x 640 (with status bar)
iPad Pro 3rd generation
2048 x 2732
2732 x 2048
iPad Pro 2nd generation
2048 x 2732
2732 x 2048
iPad Pro 11 inch
1668 x 2388
2388 x 1668
iPad Pro 10.5 inch
1668 x 2224
2224 x 1668
1536 x 2008 (without status bar)
1536 x 2048 (with status bar)
768 x 1004 (without status bar)
768 x 1024 (with status bar)
2048 x 1496 (without status bar)
2048 x 1536 (with status bar)
1024 x 748 (without status bar)
1024 x 768 (with status bar)
Apple Watch Series 3
312 x 390
Apple Watch Series 4
368 x 448
If you're making iPad screenshots, keep in mind that the iPad Pro 2nd generation should have a Home button, while the iPad Pro 3rd generation does not.
Apple App Store Video Requirements
Videos can be 15 to 30 seconds long in MOV, M4V, or MP4. Apple requires videos to show the app's UI/UX features or gameplay, not marketing materials like "Download now". Not doing so may result in the moderator rejecting the app.
Both portrait and landscape videos are permitted. You can upload up to three videos for iOS apps. This is important for games with challenging gameplay that can't be shown in one video.
The unique feature of this format in App Store is that the video plays automatically without sound. You can opt to enable full screen and sound.
Note that the video will not play automatically if the user has low power mode enabled. That means you have to come up with a video thumbnail. See App Store Connect documentation for countries that support autoplay.
How to Make Killing Graphics for Google Play
You can upload 8 PNG or JPEG screenshots. Games need no less than 3 landscape screenshots to enter game lists. Learn more at Google Play Console.
Here you can upload screenshots for all devices, even if the app is only for phones. This is useful because Google Play displays all the screenshots and users can install the app via the web version.
You can first display phone screenshots both in the web version and on the phone before moving to tablet screenshots. This makes it easier for users to select an app based on the device they have.
Google Play Screenshot Sizes
There are no hard specifications for each screen size. Instead, Google divides screenshots by device type and recommends a range of sizes. This simplifies the publishing process (there's no moderation), but makes it harder to track how screenshots will look on different screens.
- Tablet 7 inch
- Tablet 10 inch
- Wear OS
Screenshot sizes: 320 - 3840 pixels
We recommend the following sizes:
● 1080 х 1920
● 2000 х 1300
● 2:1 portrait
● 16:9 landscape
Google Play Video Requirements
Videos in Google Play are located before screenshots. They're always open in YouTube in landscape view and full screen. Unlike the App Store, Google Play allows developers to add promo materials. Videos must be 15-30 seconds long.
Videos here don't play automatically. For this reason, 100% of visitors to the app page will see the video thumbnail with the play button. It's critical to develop the thumbnail in such a way that the button doesn't cover up the logo and call to action.
4 Simple Ways to Improve Screenshots and Videos
1. Match up the image across two portrait screenshots.
This will help you to show the app interface in more detail and to add easy-to-read text.
It's important to not divide the text between two screenshots. Doing so will make it hard to read. You can also make sure that the phone mock-up doesn't shift across the two screenshots. This will be noticeable on the search results page, which can affect the app page's click-through rate.
To avoid this, check what the screenshots will look like before publication using AppFollow App Preview, for example.
2. Combine landscape and portrait layouts for screenshots and videos.
When combining portrait screenshots and a landscape video, the app page will display the video instead of three screenshots.
This combination looks different in Google Play. The video is always landscape and is displayed alongside smaller portrait screenshots.
3. Sell happiness, not features.
You don't need all the screenshots to show only the app interface. You can create an atmosphere that inspires the user to install the app. AR and VR apps and games are especially useful in this case.
In this case, you'll still need to add 2-3 app screenshots to have a better chance of getting approved by the moderator.
4. Keep testing graphics.
The graphics you select don't always go off with a bang the first go-around. Test different versions of screenshots and videos to maximize the effect your graphics have.
Google Play allows developers to change screenshots without releasing an update. This makes it possible to test how the graphics do and quickly change them if they don't look right. Testing in App Store is a little harder. There are no native tools for testing graphics.
There are two ways to test graphics in both app stores: native testing and A/B testing.
1. Native testing
You can test graphics using pre/post testing approach. With this method, the effectiveness of graphics are consistently measured before and after changes are made. It is complicated by the fact that it's hard to identify the specific role screenshots and videos play since many factors can impact installs.
2. A/B testing
Android apps have a special Google Experiments section for testing. You can upload up to 3 slots with screenshots for the current graphics. This section makes it possible to determine whether or not screenshots or a new video will impact installs.
Search Ads can be used to test graphics for iOS apps in countries where these ads are available. But this costs money.
There are also third-party services and tools that help with testing, such as StoreMaven, SplitMetrics, and others. Using AppFollow App Preview, for example, you can test what the screenshots will look like on different Apple devices before releasing an update.
We've compiled the basic errors and shortcomings that prevent developers from getting coveted installs. We know from our frequent experience helping our users with ASO the harm these mistakes can bring. Sometimes it's enough to simply change the screenshot order to increase the conversion rate several times over.
Do you want to know how to improve your graphics to increase your installs? Write our ASO team, we'll help you with screenshot testing and ASO optimization.
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