Making App Store screenshots in just a couple of clicks

Does your app make a good first impression with the first view of your app in the App Store? If you don't, research shows that people are less likely to install your hard work.

In this tutorial, we'll cover how to generate App Store screenshot images with Rotato.

  • How to generate an App Store screenshot for a specific device, like iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch or Apple TV
  • How to generate images for all iPhones in just one click
  • How to make screenshots via a USB connection - probably the fastest way in the known universe today.

Here's a quick video:

What will it look like?

If you can create it in Rotato, you can use it as an App Store preview image. Here's a few examples

What you'll need

  • A screenshot of your app (Rotato can make this, too, see below)
  • An App Store Connect account
  • Rotato version 78 or newer

Step 1 - Make your screenshot

You can make your screenshot directly on the phone by pressing Power + Volume Up, and send it over to your Mac with the Share menu.

Don't have a screenshot? No problem. Simply connect your iPhone to your laptop via USB, and click the Connect button in Rotato. See below for a video showing how to do this.

Step 2 - Design

To see what your App Store screenshot will look like, open the Aspect Ratio Dropdown in the upper right corner of the canvas in Rotato.

Once open, you'll see all the sizes that the Apple App Store supports. We recommend using the 6.5 inch to design your screenshots.

Now rotate the mockup, change the colors, zoom in, add one or more labels until you have a screenshot that looks great.

Step 3 - Save a single screenshot

Since you've selected the App Store preset in the drop down, any snapshot you make will be in exactly the pixel size supported by the App Store.

So go ahead and click Snapshot.

You can now find your image in the lower right corner. Drag it to a folder - or directly to the App Store Connect page where you normally add your screenshots.

Bonus: The absolute fastest and easiest way

If you're in a hurry, here's what you can do

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to Rotato by pressing the Connect button in the toolbar
  2. Choose the relevant device family in the aspect selector in the top right corner
  3. Add labels, rotate, zoom
  4. Click Snapshot
  5. Drag the snapshot directly to the App Store Connect page

Here's a video: 

Bonus: Generate all screenshot sizes in one click

You don't have to do all the screenshot sizes one by one. Rotato lets you save a ton of time with the Snapshot all iPhone sizes option in the aspect dropdown menu in the upper right corner.

  1. Add your screenshot, rotate, zoom
  2. Go to the aspect dropdown and choose Snapshot All iPhone Sizes...
  3. Pick a folder where you want Rotato to save the sizes

That's it. Rotato will now open the folder with the screenshots, ready to drag directly into the App Store.

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