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Changing the Icon of a Windows Phone 7 Application in Visual Studio 2010


When you Start the Windows Phone 7  Device or Emulator  you might see your App with the Default Icon .

This is the png image ApplicationIcon in your root folder of the project .

You can change the Icon by following the following steps

  • Add the Icon / png images to the Project . In the properties window , change the Build Action to Content and the Copy to Output Directory setting to Copy if newer
  • Right Click the Project – Select Properties .
  • In the Application Tab , and the Icons Combobox , select the newly added Icon file . You will see that test.png that was added recently is listed . Save the Project and run the Application .
  • You might need to close the emulator and start the application from Visual Studio for the new changes to reflect . You should see the new Icon now .
  • You can also change the title that is displayed for your Application . This can be done again at the same place where we changed the icon . You will find an option “Title” in the Deployment Options .

There are some Application Icon requirements which can be found in the Windows Phone 7 Application Certification Requirements guide.

Did you try changing the Windows Phone 7 Project Icon in Expression Blend ?? I was not able to find a way for it 🙁

Here’s a simple video tutorial on Creating a Sample Icon using Expression Design

Senthil Kumar B
Senthil Kumar is a former Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). He is a Co-Author of the book "Windows 10 Development Recipes using JavaScript and CSS" for Apress Publication. He is a technical presenter, blogger, mentor and a Geek.  Senthil is a regular speaker is various local user groups. He has presented at conferences like Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS) & Microsoft DevCamps. You can reach out to him via his Twitter handle @isenthil.