25 Best Splash Screen Examples for Mobile Apps

Jul 10, 2017 1:41:02 PM

Best Splash Screen Examples

Splash screen, or very often called as the launch or boot screen is the first screen that is displayed when an application loads. Normally, it comprises of the app logo, sometimes the company name, or very rarely their motto. While splash screens do not offer any practical advantage, they are considered as a source for brand strengthening and start out the app loading process.

As an old saying goes “First Impression Lasts”. No matter how old school this might sound, but this theory works well with modern mobile apps too. It is the welcome screen of your mobile app that the users encounter while launching the application. Hence, the truth of the matter is that your splash screen can play a pivotal role in creating a first perception about your application.

How to Master Splash Screen Designs: Let’s Learn from the Leaders

Although, welcome screens only come into view for a while, it is important that users connect with your brand through it. Here are few tips that can help you to master the launch screen design of the app.

a. Manage Splash Screen Size. It Matters. 

To get the best spalsh screen for mobile app, the key is to create right screen size. While Google offers general info for launch screen size, Apple provides a set of static images for all iOS devices. Here is a reference: 

Android

Screen Type Dimension  DPI
Rectangular, landscape, HDPI 800 x 480 240
Rectangular, landscape, LDPI 400 x 240 120
Rectangular, portrait, HDPI 480 x 800 240
Rectangular, portrait, LDPI 240 x 400 120
Square-ish, landscape, HDPI 800 x 480 240
Square-ish, landscape, LDPI 320 x 240 120
Square-ish, landscape, MDPI 480 x 320 160
Square-ish, portrait, HDPI 480 x 800 240
Square-ish, portrait, LDPI 240 x 320 120
Square-ish, portrait, MDPI 320 x 480 160

 

iOS

Device Dimension DPI
iPhone 4/4S 640 x 960 72
iPhone 5/5C/5S 640 x 1136 72
iPhone 6 750 x 1334 72
iPhone 6 Plus landscape 2208 x 1242 72
iPhone 6 Plus portrait 1242 x 2208 72
iPad non-retina landscape 1024 x 768 72
iPad retina landscape 2048 x 1536 72

 

b. Keep your Design Simple, but not Ordinary

  • With welcome screens, the idea is to catch user attention for a while. What you can do is have a simple design and add some wit to it. A lot of designers think that color gradient is the key. However, it's the mix of creative backgrounds, logo, and dynamicity (if needed).

Best Splash Screen Examples

  • Since splash screen are not going to last long, avoid adding text to them. Also, sharing any idea or message through the launch screen is not something it is meant for. 

Best Splash Screen Examples

Best Splash Screen Examples

c. Keep the User's Informed. Don’t Let them Wait

  • Splash screens are meant to engage users by the time app is launched. If the app takes time to start, make it a point to notify users about the progress of launch. 

Best Splash Screen Examples

Best Splash Screen Examples

  • If the app takes time to load, do not take advantage out of it. Displaying ads on the launch screen could give an impression of commercial targeting, which is might take away interest user’s interest and respect for the company.

Best Splash Screen Examples

d. Show your Brand’s Awesomeness to the Users

The image displayed on splash screen must reflect the brand clearly. While a lot of companies opt to share their vision via motto, but with the boot screens, that’s not the right idea. Instead of text, capture user’s attention through interesting visuals that exhibit the true spirit of the brand. It works!

Best Splash Screen Examples

Best Splash Screen Examples

 e. Engage or Entertain Users while the App Launches

Some apps are complex and thus they take time to load (example: Gaming apps). Therefore, it is not a good idea to display a logo or a loader to keep the users stay. You can entertain users with graphics, witty facts and thoughts etc.

Splash Screen Examples for Games

Splash Screen Examples for Games

These tips and examples must have given you a clue to get started with splash screen for your mobile app. The goal is to connect with the users, in those fractions of seconds that surely let’s the users perceive your app.

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Kartik Kakar

Written by Kartik Kakar

Lead Marketer at Daffodil Software. Inbound Marketer with a passion for technology and cool stuff.