How to Take Retina Display Screenshots on PC using Firefox

In previous posts we looked at how to create mobile application projects using Apache Crodova and we saw how we could use HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript to develop mobile applications on this platform. And we also walked through the submission process of your app to various app stores (Apple’s App Store and Google Play).

One component of the submission process that we didn’t really cover is the process of taking screenshots of your application. These are required to create the “preview” aspects of your app that the app store will present before a user purchases/downloads your app. Obviously there are any number of ways you can take screenshots… everything from browser extensions, to online services, to pushing the “PrtSc” button on your keyboard. But one of the things that inevitably comes up is the need to take high resolution screenshots, particularly those of the retina displays of iPhones and iPads (displays with 2x and 3x pixel densities). Taking screenshots at these resolutions will lead to some pretty large screenshots. You can see the full list here in Apple’s developer documentation. As you can see, some of the screenshots require some fairly large dimensions. At the time of this writing, the 5.5 inch iPhones require dimensions of 1242 x 2208 pixels for hi-res portrait and 2208 x 1242 pixels for hi-res landscape. The iPad pro screenshots have to be 2048 x 2732 pixels for hi-res portrait and 2732 x 2048 pixels for hi-res landscape. Those are pretty big and you may not have a way of capturing a display this large.

So what to do? Fortunately there is a way to take high pixel density screenshots using the Firefox web browser. You don’t even need an extension and you don’t need a monitor with a high DPI (dots per inch) display. Here is how you can do this…

  1. To start it is assumed that you have your app viewable as a demo in the
  2. Open Firefox and from the menu select Tools > Web Developer > Responsive Design View.
  3. Set the resolution according to what you need. e.g. for 4.7-inch Retina displays (iPhone 6) set 750×1334, and for 5.5-inch Retina displays (iPhone 6 Plus) set 1242×2208
  4. Open the hamburger menu in Firefox and set the zoom level e.g. for 4.7-inch Retina displays (iPhone 6) you can set the zoom to 200% and for 5.5-inch Retina displays (iPhone 6 Plus) you can set the zoom to 300%. Firefox will change the pixel ratio according to the zoom level and will respond to resolution media queries. This will give you the correct responsive layout and high DPI rendering.
  5. Press Shift + F2 to open the console and type in “screenshot” (and maybe hit space bar) then <ENTER>. This part is important. You must use the console instead of the screenshot button to get a high DPI screenshot. Using the little screencap button in the developer tools is no good. If all goes well, you should see some kind of indication on the screen that the screenshot has been saved/created

Now you will have a high resolution screencap with the correct dimensions that you can upload into iTunes connect! Thanks Mozilla!

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