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Xamarin Live Player App

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last updated: 2017-05

Preview feature

Get the App

Xamarin Live Player is available from the iOS App Store and Google Play.

Download from iOS App Store Available on Google Play

Using the App

Once you have installed the app on your phone, follow the setup instructions to connect to your computer. Try one of the sample apps to get it working.

The Xamarin Live Player app looks like this on startup (on iOS and Android):

Live Player iOS app screenshot Live Player Android app screenshot

When you press Pair to Visual Studio, use the camera to scan the barcode showing on your computer:

Screenshot of the iOS barcode scanner Screenshot of the Android barcode scanner

If the connection is successful, the code should run on the device almost immediately (such as the Calculator sample):

Sample calculator app running on device

Options

Press the information button (i) on the bottom of the app to reveal the Options menu.

Screenshot of the options menu

Logs

  • View logs to diagnose problems.

Settings

  • Toggle display of compile and runtime errors.
  • Version information.
  • Send feedback.

Screenshot of the settings

Managing Devices

Follow the instructions in Requirements & Setup to connect a device for the first time. You can pair multiple devices (for example an iOS and an Android), and manage them via the IDE.

In Visual Studio, choose Tools > Xamarin Live Player > Manage Devices...

Manage devices window

This window lets you:

  • Pair a new device by scanning the code
  • Alternatively pair a device by typing the code displayed on its screen
  • Remove existing devices from the list

You can also access this window from the device list.

In Visual Studio for Mac, choose Tools > (Xamarin Live Player) Manage Devices...

Manage devices window

This window lets you:

  • Pair a new device by scanning the code
  • Alternatively pair a device by typing the code displayed on its screen
  • Remove existing devices from the list

Manage devices window

You can also access this window from the device list:

Choose Xamarin Live Player Devices from the device list

See limitations and troubleshooting if you experience any issues.

Xamarin Workbook

If it's not already installed, install the Xamarin Workbooks app first. The workbook file should download automatically, but if it doesn't, just click to start the workbook download manually.