Setup Windows Projects

Adding new Windows projects to an existing Xamarin.Forms solution

Older Xamarin.Forms projects (or those created on Mac OS X) will not have these Windows projects set-up.

This means you'll need to manually add these project types to build Windows 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1, and Windows 10 (UWP) apps.

Add a Windows 8.1 app

Add a Windows Phone 8.1 app

Add a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app

Update your PCL Profile

If your existing Xamarin.Forms app used the Portable Class Library (PCL) template, you must update its profile.

  1. right-click > Properties (your existing settings may differ)

  1. Click on the Change... button

  2. Ensure the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 options are selected (and Windows Phone Silveright is de-selected):

  1. Press OK and save the changes.

This equates to Profile 111 if you are configuring your PCL in Visual Studio for Mac using the drop-down list.

Note: If your solution still has a Windows Phone 8 Silverlight project, the PCL should be set to Profile 259. Windows Phone 8 Silverlight support is being deprecated, so it is recommended that you replace it with the project types shown on this page.