Duncan McIntyre Duncan McIntyre - 2 months ago 100x
Android Question

How to get/detect screen size in Xamarin.Forms?

I am trying to rewrite an app that I wrote for iOS. I was going to write an android version but thought It'd be better to make this the opportunity to use Xamarin.Forms. Doing it one page at a time, now I'm stuck on a page where I need to get the screen's width and height. Does anyone know the equivalent of iOS' View.Frame.Width in Xamarin.Forms?


There isn't currently a way from Xamarin.Forms itself but we have it implemented as PCL compatible interface in Xamarin.Forms.Labs which you can get from NuGet or source code from GitHub.


IDevice has IDisplay property with the information; height, width, pixel density for X & Y and couple of extension methods to calculate sized in inches.

Sample page for getting information from the device:


        #region Display information
        var display = device.Display;
        var displayFrame = new Frame();
        if (display != null)
            displayFrame.Content = new StackLayout()
                Children =
                    new Label() { Text = display.ToString() },
                    new Label() { Text = string.Format("Screen width is\t {0:0.0} inches.", display.ScreenWidthInches()) },
                    new Label() { Text = string.Format("Screen height is\t {0:0.0} inches.", display.ScreenHeightInches()) },
                    new Label() { Text = string.Format("Screen diagonal size is\t {0:0.0} inches.", display.ScreenSizeInches()) }
            displayFrame.Content = new Label() { TextColor = Color.Red, Text = "Device does not contain display information." };


Creating an exact inch-by-inch frame on all platforms regardless of display properties:


public class AbsoluteLayoutWithDisplayInfoPage : ContentPage
    public AbsoluteLayoutWithDisplayInfoPage(IDisplay display)
        this.Title = "Absolute Layout With Display Info";
        var abs = new AbsoluteLayout();
        var inchX = display.WidthRequestInInches(1);
        var inchY = display.HeightRequestInInches(1);
        var originX = display.WidthRequestInInches(display.ScreenWidthInches() / 2);
        var originY = display.HeightRequestInInches(display.ScreenHeightInches() / 2);

        abs.Children.Add(new Label() { Text = "1\"x\"1\" blue frame" });

        abs.Children.Add(new Frame()
                BackgroundColor = Color.Navy,
            new Rectangle(originX - inchX/2, originY - inchY/2, inchX, inchY));

        abs.Children.Add(new Frame()
                BackgroundColor = Color.White
            new Rectangle(originX - inchX/16, originY - inchY/16, inchX/8, inchY/8));

        this.Content = abs;

To get to the device info either set your DI resolver or use a static container. All 3 platforms have a singleton device calls with static CurrentDevice property:

resolverContainer.Register<IDevice>(t => WindowsPhoneDevice.CurrentDevice)
resolverContainer.Register<IDevice>(t => AppleDevice.CurrentDevice)
resolverContainer.Register<IDevice>(t => AndroidDevice.CurrentDevice)