iOS app screenshot sizes and guidelines for the Apple App Store

ios screenshot sizes and guidelines

When publishing an app in the Apple App Store, you are required to provide app screenshots. The screenshots have a significant impact on your app's conversion rate. When people search apps in the App Store, your app's screenshots appear next to the app name and app subtitle. And when potential users come to your app's product page, the screenshots tell the story about your app and should convince them to download it.

Many mobile users will use your app screenshots to form a first impression and decide whether or not they want to download your app. That is why screenshots are crucial for your App Store listing optimization and play a massive role in driving more downloads.

Every screenshot you provide needs to have a purpose and boost your app's best features.

A well-designed set of iOS app screenshots are:

  • appealing and eye-catching
  • clean and easy to read
  • straight to the point
  • on-brand

For more best practices, check out our guide for designing amazing app screenshots.

In addition to being nicely designed, your iOS app screenshots must follow Apple's guidelines and size requirements.

example of search results in apple app store

Apple App Store Screenshot Guidelines

The Apple guidelines are pretty straightforward. You must use images and videos taken directly within your app. That means you are not allowed to use images or videos that show, for example, someone holding an iPhone.

Apple gives you ten slots for screenshots per localization. We highly advise that you use all ten slots when uploading the images in App Store Connect if it makes sense. Some apps might use only 5 or 6 screenshots if the app has powerful features and a popular brand name. But generally speaking, every additional screenshot is an added opportunity to show why people need to download your app.

The screenshots must be in flattened JPEG or PNG RGB file format with 72 dpi resolution and without transparency. Each screenshot needs to fit one of the mandatory screen resolutions defined by the Apple App Store (see below).

Apple is specific about showing how people use your app. All screenshots need to be taken from the app; that is, they need to contain the screens from the app. As the data provider, you are responsible for everything you upload, so we suggest using only the elements over which you have intellectual property.

Apple provides new app features with every iOS update (such as dark mode), and we encourage you to try them out. We have often seen that apps that implement iOS features get a little boost in the App Store. 

If you are interested in Android app optimization for Google Play, check our article on Play Store screenshot sizes and guidelines

App Store Screenshot Sizes and requirements for iOS Devices

The following essential aspect of designing iOS screenshots is adhering to the Apple device sizes. The tables below outline the required dimensions and the corresponding pixels for portrait and landscape orientation. Apple provides pixel-size specifications for screenshots on iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TVs and Apple Watches.

Before looking at the screenshot table, there is one crucial thing to remember. You may provide screenshots for every iOS screen size, but you don’t have to. Three screenshot sizes are default and mandatory:

  • 6.5-inch iPhone screenshots with corresponding portrait and landscape sizes
  • 5.5-inch iPhone screenshots with related portrait and landscape sizes
  • 12.9-inch iPad screenshots for 2nd and 3rd generation with related portrait and landscape sizes

If you don’t provide screenshots for other device sizes, the App Store will use screenshots from one of the mandatory screen sizes. The same is true for videos - App Store will use resolutions defined for 6.5-inch and 5.5-inch screens for iPhones and 12.9-inch screen sizes for iPads. So if you don’t upload the videos for other device sizes, App Store will scale the video from one of the default resolutions.

The column “Screenshot source” and “App preview source” show which device sizes use which type of screenshots and videos by default and which sizes can be used as alternatives.

iOS App Screenshot Sizes for iPhones

Device SizeDevicePortrait Screenshot SizeLandscape Screenshot SizeRequirementScreenshot source
6.5 inchiPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR1284 x 2778 pixels 
1242 x 2688 pixels
2778 x 1284 pixels 
2688 x 1242 pixels 
Required if the app runs on iPhoneUpload 6.5-inch screenshots
5.8 inchiPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS, iPhone X1170 x 2532 pixels 
1125 x 2436 pixels 
1080 x 2340 pixels 
2532 x 1170 pixels 
2436 x 1125 pixels 
2340 x 1080 pixels
Required if the app runs on iPhone and 6.5-inch screenshots are not providedDefault: scaled 6.5-inch screenshots

Alternative: upload 5.8-inch screenshots
5.5 inchiPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus1242 x 2208 pixels2208 x 1242 pixelsRequired if the app runs on iPhoneUpload 5.5-inch screenshots
4.7 inchiPhone SE (3rd generation, 2nd generation), iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6750 x 1334 pixels1334 x 750 pixelsRequired if the app runs on iPhone and 5.5-inch screenshots are not providedDefault: scaled 5.5-inch screenshots

Alternative: upload 4.7-inch screenshots
4 inchiPhone SE (1st generation)640 x 1096 pixels (without status bar)

640 x 1136 pixels (with status bar)
1136 x 600 pixels (without status bar)

1136 x 640 pixels (with status bar)
Required if the app runs on iPhone and 5.5- or 4.7-inch screenshots are not providedDefault: scaled 5.5- or 4.7-inch screenshots

Alternative: upload 4-inch screenshots
3.5 inchiPhone 4s640 x 920 pixels (without status bar)

640 x 960 pixels (with status bar)
960 x 600 pixels (without status bar)

960 x 640 pixels (with status bar)
Required if the app runs on iPhone and 5.5-inch iPhone screenshots are not providedDefault: scaled 5.5-, 4.7-, or 4-inch screenshots

Alternative: upload 3.5-inch screenshots

iOS App Screenshots Sizes for iPads

Device SizeDevicePortrait Screenshot SizeLandscape Screenshot SizeRequirementScreenshot source
12.9 inchiPad Pro (4th generation, 3rd generation2048 x 2732 pixels2732 x 2048 pixelsRequired if an app runs on an iPadUpload 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation) screenshots
12.9 inchiPad Pro (2nd generation)2048 x 2732 pixels2732 x 2048 pixelsRequired if an app runs on an iPadUpload 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) screenshots
11 inchiPad Pro, iPad Air (5th generation, 4th generation), iPad mini (6th generation1488 x 2266 pixels 
1668 x 2388 pixels 
1640 x 2360 pixels  
2266 x 1488 pixels 
2388 x 1668 pixels 
2360 x 1640 pixels 
Required if an app runs on iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) screenshots are not providedDefault: scaled 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation) screenshots

Alternative: upload 11-inch screenshots
10.5 inchiPad (9th generation, 8th generation, 7th generation), iPad Pro, iPad Air1668 x 2224 pixels2224 x 1668 pixelsRequired if an app runs on iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) screenshots are not provided
Default: scaled 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) screenshots

Alternative: upload 10.5-inch screenshots
9.7 inchiPad, iPad mini1536 x 2008 pixels (portrait without status bar)

1536 x 2048 pixels (portrait with status bar)

768 x 1004 pixels (portrait without status bar)

768 x 1024 pixels (portrait with status bar)
2048 x 1496 pixels (landscape without status bar)

2048 x 1536 pixels (landscape with status bar)

1024 x 748 pixels (landscape (without status bar)

1024 x 768 pixels (landscape with status bar)
Required if an app runs on iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) or 10.5-inch screenshots are not providedDefault: scaled 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) or 10.5-inch screenshots

Alternative: upload 9.7-inch screenshots

macOS, tvOS, and watchOS App Screenshots Sizes

DeviceScreenshot SizeRequirementScreenshot source
MacOne of the following, with a 16:10 aspect ratio.

1280 x 800 pixels
1440 x 900 pixels
2560 x 1600 pixels
2880 x 1800 pixels
Required for Mac appsUpload Mac screenshots in one of the listed sizes
Apple TV1920 x 1080 pixels
3840 x 2160 pixels
Required for Apple TV appsUpload an Apple TV screenshot in one of the listed sizes
Apple Watch (Series 7, Series 6, Series 5, Series 4, Series 3, SE)396 x 484 pixels (Series 7)
368 x 448 pixels (Series 6, Series 5, Series 4, and SE)
312 x 390 pixels (Series 3)
Required for Apple Watch appsUpload Apple Watch screenshot in one of the listed sizes. You must use the same screenshot size for Apple Watch consistently across all localizations for the app

Want to know what kind of screenshots your competitors use? With App Radar, you can easily monitor screenshots of competitors and see which screenshot versions your competitors currently use for each localization.

App Preview video Sizes & Guidelines

App Store enables its users to upload videos called app previews. Similar to app screenshots, they are visible in the search results and on your app's product page. You can have up to 3 videos in portrait or landscape mode. However, remember that each preview video in portrait mode replaces one portrait screenshot. 

For example, if you have one preview video in portrait mode, your iOS app will show the preview video in the first position and two screenshots in the second and third positions. However, if your video is in landscape mode, your store listing will show only the video in search results.

The general iOS video guidelines include:

  • minimum length of 15 seconds and max length of 30 seconds for a video
  • video size up to 500 MB 
  • Two accepted formats - H.264 and ProRes 422 (HQ only)
  • Supported extensions - .mov, .m4v, .mp4 for H.264 and .mov for ProRes 422

The preview videos use the autoplay feature and must show only the actual footage from the app. No promotional content or copyrighted material is allowed. Because of the autoplay feature, you should use videos to highlight the best elements of your app.

App preview video resolution requirements for iPhones, iPads, Apple Tv, and Mac

Device sizePlatformNative resolutionsAccepted resolutionsApp Preview source
6.5 inchiPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR2688 x 1242 pixels (19.5:9 aspect ratio)886 x 1920 pixels (portrait)
1920 x 886 pixels (landscape)
Upload 6.5-inch previews
5.8-inch Super Retina DisplayiPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS, iPhone X2436 x 1125 pixels (19.5:9 aspect ratio)886 x 1920 pixels (portrait)
1920 x 886 pixels (landscape)
Default: scaled 6.5-inch previews

Alternative: upload 5.8-inch previews
5.5 inchiPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus2208 x 1242 pixels (Rendered Pixels)
1920 x 1080 pixels (Physical Pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio)
1080 x 1920 pixels (portrait)
1920 x 1080 pixels (landscape)
Upload 5.5-inch previews
4.7 inchiPhone SE (3rd generation, 2nd generation), iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 61334 x 750 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio)750 x 1334 pixels (portrait)
1334 x 750 pixels (landscape)
Default: scaled 5.5-inch previews

Alternative: upload 4.7-inch previews
4 inchiPhone SE (1st generation)1136 x 640 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio)1080 x 1920 pixels (portrait)
1920 x 1080 pixels (landscape)
Default: scaled 5.5- or 4.7-inch previews

Alternative: upload 4-inch previews
12.9 inchiPad Pro (4th generation, 3rd generation)2732 x 2048 pixels (4:3 aspect ratio)1200 x 1600 pixels (portrait)
1600 x 1200 pixels (landscape)
Upload 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation) previews
12.9 inchiPad Pro (2nd generation)2732 x 2048 pixels (4:3 aspect ratio)1200 x 1600 pixels (portrait)
1600 x 1200 pixels (landscape)
900 x 1200 pixels (portrait)
1200 x 900 pixels (landscape)
Upload 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) previews
11 inchiPad Pro, iPad Air (5th generation, 4th generation), iPad mini (6th generation)2388 x 1668 pixels (4.3:3 aspect ratio)1200 x 1600 pixels (portrait)
1600 x 1200 pixels (landscape)
Default: scaled 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation) preview

Alternative: upload 11-inch previews
10.5 inchiPad (9th generation, 8th generation, 7th generation) iPad Pro, iPad Air2224 x 1668 pixels (4:3 aspect ratio)1200 x 1600 pixels (portrait)
1600 x 1200 pixels (landscape)
Default: scaled 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) previews

Alternative: upload 10.5-inch previews
9.7 inchiPad, iPad mini2048 x 1536 pixels (4:3 aspect ratio)900 x 1200 pixels (portrait)
1200 x 900 pixels (landscape)
Default: scaled 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) or 10.5-inch previews

Alternative: upload 9.7-inch previews
-Apple TV1920 x 1080 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio)1920 x 1080 pixelsUpload Apple TV previews
-Mac1920 x 1080 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio)1920 x 1080 pixelsUpload Mac previews

How to create outstanding screenshots for ASO (App Store Optimization)

App screenshots should present your features appealingly and share your messages with your audience in the App Store. People need to understand how your app works and what value it delivers to the users.  

Layout

First, think about the orientation of the screenshots you want to use. Both have their benefits and their inconveniences, and it’s essential to be aware of their differences. For example, if your app has different key features, it might not be easy to display all of them in one horizontal screenshot. Using vertical ones would enable more of them to be displayed. This way, the app can have a broader range of content visible to the users without them needing to scroll.

You can also combine horizontal and vertical screenshots. For example, you could go for a horizontal screenshot or video in the search section and then some vertical screenshots on the listing.

The first screenshots are the most important ones to work on. Indeed, users need to be convinced within 7 seconds, the average time they spend on product pages. Consequently, they will need to be quality designs that arouse users’ curiosity.

Screenshot content

Apart from the visual aspect, you need to work on the content you want to share with the users.

The first thing you need to do on this matter is to define a story for your screenshots or adequately present them. To do so, you can follow the A.I.D.A (Attention, Interest, Desire, Action) copywriting technique. By doing so, you will work on creating engaging screenshots that will make users more likely to download your app.

As mentioned earlier, you should include gameplay previews if promoting a mobile game. Indeed, users want to know what playing the game is like and which progression it follows. This kind of content has a significant impact on the conversion rate of your app. At App Radar, we always recommend that our clients include short headlines describing the functionality with important keyword highlights.

Would you like to know how your new screenshots perform? App Radar shows detailed conversion rates for each of your store listings in the App Store. So once you upload a new set of screenshots, you can monitor how your conversion rates change in your target countries.

Finally, the best way to identify what types of screenshots work is to do A/B testing, especially since Apple introduced native A/B testing with Product Page Optimization. By doing so, you will be able to find the most efficient options and effectively boost your conversion rate. And if you want to adapt your app screenshots to a particular paid campaign and match the user intent with the right landing page, we recommend trying out the Custom Product Pages feature in App Store.

App screenshots examples

You may wonder how big and successful companies use their App Store screenshots to tell their stories and attract user downloads. Let's have a look at a couple of examples.

1. TikTok

tik tok app screenshots in apple app store

TikTok does a great job of emphasizing its app's key video features and purpose with strong messages.

2. Instagram

instagram app screenshots in apple app store

Instagram focuses its screenshots on in-app features and social aspects of the app without using additional messages or trying to tell a story. Because Instagram is such a powerful brand, they also don’t need to invest too much time in optimized store listings.

3. Amazon

amazon app screenshots in apple app store

Amazon uses strong messages and big fonts to quickly convey its key messages. The app screenshots support the textual format and not the other way around. Even though they might contain too much text, a brand of this size can experiment with such an appearance.

4. Tinder

tinder app screenshots in apple app store

Tinder combines in-app features and a guided tour to communicate the ease of setting up and using the app.

5. Uber

uber app screenshots in apple app store

Uber uses a dark background, white fonts, and simple screenshots to explain the main app concept to its potential users.

Best practices for the screenshots

Before creating your screenshots, you might want to check the best practices. Here are five simple tips for designing screenshots for any app without over-engineering it.

1. Show and tell what your app does

Screenshots help people decide whether they want to download an app. Apple forbids using screenshots outside of the app. You must highlight the most popular and robust features to grab people's attention. However, don't exaggerate with promises - if the app doesn't deliver the expectations, the users will uninstall it, negatively impacting your conversion rate and app store optimization.

2. Put your main features in your screenshots

Although you can upload up to 10 app screenshots, you don't want to use them for features that are not important, or users don't search for. The messages should not be too long and need to support the content of the screenshots. We suggest researching the app store and putting the actual user keywords in the screenshots.

3. Try to build a story with screenshots

A good story tells what your app does and how it solves a problem. Start with a critical message summarizing your app value proposition and explaining what features bring to the users and how they solve typical problems.

4. Localize your screenshots

The best part about app screenshots is that each App Store localization has ten dedicated screenshots. With a bit of effort, you can create a new set of messages for each language your serve. Remember that localization doesn't mean simply translating your existing messages - do market research and adapt your screenshot to the local cultures and specifics.

5. Fulfill the requirements for all iOS devices

During your app store listing creation or update, you will have to upload screenshots at least for the mandatory screen sizes. Instead of showing the different iOS devices in every screenshot, you can use a general screen and place the actual screenshots inside it. That way, you won't have to create multiple screenshots showing different devices but simply adapt the screenshot sizes, saving yourself a lot of time.

How to generate and design app store screenshots?

The final important aspect of app screenshots is how to create and design them. Some people will do the design alone, while some app marketers prefer to use the existing templates and save time during the design process. Whatever you choose to do, a good idea is to check and test the existing tools on the market.

If you want high-quality screenshots in your app but don’t have enough time or resources to create them, contact App Radar’s app marketing agency. We have made hundreds of screenshot optimizations for clients from different app categories.

Figma

Figma is a fantastic tool if you want to create and maintain your designs. The tool provides tons of features; it is straightforward to use and comes with a library of templates you can use during the design and export. Thanks to Figma, you don't need to use heavy and complicated tools like Photoshop.

AppLaunchpad

AppLaunchpad is an App Store screenshot generator to create customized images. It comes with prebuilt screenshot templates and allows you to export your screenshots in suitable resolutions.

Hotpot

Hotpot is another out-of-the-box screenshot generator for App Store. While it misses the premium features of other tools, it is easy to use and accessible, making it a good choice for small apps at the beginning of their App Store journey. 

Placeit

Placeit is a library of graphic and visual templates, and it also has an excellent library for the generation of App Store screenshots. All you have to do is to add your images to their easy app store screenshot templates, generate your messages and export them.

Other tools

If you want to check other tools, we recommend checking the following companies. They all support the easy creation of app screenshots.

Closing thoughts

Creating app screenshots with the correct image sizes for the Apple App Store is not complicated. You need the proper process to save time during the update and management.

Firstly, identify the correct screenshot sizes based on the requirements and guidelines from Apple. Secondly, think about your screenshots' story, layout, content, messages, and concept and how it relates to your target audience. Thirdly, create the screenshots using one of the tools we suggest in this article or work with your in-house team to create custom design images. Finally, upload or replace the existing images in the App Store Connect for each localization and monitor how they influence your app downloads.

Following this simple process will ensure that you create high-quality images whenever there is a need for them. And if you want to monitor the effect the screenshots have on your app downloads and improve your app rankings, then you should check App Radar's app marketing platform and grow your app.

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