Here's how to make our app a transparent Live tile and show up in your Notification center

WPCentral App Windows Phone 8.1

Earlier today we updated our official Windows Phone app to version You’ll find a lot of things in there that you’ll like if you’re on Windows Phone 8.1. We’ve fixed our app to look great on your Start screen with its very own transparent Live tile. You’ll also be able to pick up our notifications in the new Notification center. Bonus, all features in available to paid users is now available to those in the free version of the app. Before you get on with your weekend we just wanted to make sure you all had the transparent Live tile and Notification center working for our app. Here’s how if you’re not sure.

Transparent Live tile for Windows Phone Central

WPC Transparent Tile

In our app go to settings > Live tile > turn on Live tile

If you want to get extra fancy hop into the live tile settings again and click configure Live tile. This is where you can select between two different Live tile styles for your Start screen. They are:

Iconic tile – Use the Iconic template from Microsoft, this one sided tile shows the number of articles unread in all modes. When wide, the tile three newest posts are displayed. This is a reliable tile as it follows Microsoft’s SDK strictly.

WPCentral Flip Tile – Our custom tile template, shows the unread article count on the front of the tile and the latest headline and picture on the rear. The wide tiles shows the top headline son the rear. Memory limitations can cause this tile to incorrectly render at times.

Whether or not you select the Iconic Tile or WPCentral Flip tile make sure you select the color ‘accent’ if you want that transparent Live tile! Now for those notifications up top.

Articles in the Notification center

WPC Notifications

In our app go to settings > Live tile > turn on toast notifications

If you want to see us popping up in the Notification center make sure you enable toast notifications for our app. This way anytime an article pops up you can catch it in the Notification center. Don’t forget you can be a pro and manage the notification settings for any app, including ours, by going to your phone’s settings > notifications + actions > tap the app. Here you can tell Windows Phone 8.1 whether or not you want those toast notifications to stay in the action center, change the sound and more.

Enjoy using the official Windows Phone Central app with both transparent Live tiles and in your Notification center. Have any questions? Ask below, though if they’re technical you might want to save them for Jay (@JayTBennett). Enjoy!

Download our app from the Windows Phone Store

P.S. Before you ask, I don't remember where I found that image I'm using as the Start background above. I think it was somewhere in this thread from the forums. Try those OneDrive links!

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Flagz says:

Wow seems fabulous! Love it as a transparent tile! Also, can't imagine life before action center!

Sam Sabri says:

Those were dark times... hearing a notification on your phone... running to it because it's across the room... getting there... too late... missed notification.. what was it... did the Live tile update...

Dark times.

Flagz says:

I know Sam, I know. That was a long long time ago though. Dark times indeed. Now I even have a custom tone for all important apps so even if I miss it, don't want to walk over to phone and can't see screen, I still know what App buzzed me. Now if only I had a "Sam just doing Sham things at Titanfall" notification.

And some still live in those dark times.

Flagz says:

We must join forces to show these people the light.

Omg @ u guys reminiscing about Windows Phone "Dark Ages". Oh the travesty.!! lol

tkdmacgeek says:

Windows Phone "Dark Ages" are more epic than iPhone launch in 2007!

Bob101910 says:

I remember the good ol days when copy and paste was just a pipe dream

Bob101910 says:

Now Obama came along and changed everything

Rishicash says:

We have have left the Dark Age and have now entered the Middle Age. By the grace of the phone gods, next year WP will transition to the Age of Enlightenment and finally to the Golden Age of WP when the suffering of those dark times will be but distant memories but the glories of those who stuck through it since the days of WP7 will still be told and passed on to future generations. Our grandchildren will still hear of the House of Balmer and the Evil Sinofsky. 

PipoDj says:

I will do as you say....

Renaldo868 says:

I can't afford one, show me your wallet

tkdmacgeek says:

the world economy will collapse soon, and all I care about is the notification center!  :)

Joeul_Ramos says:

You guys are hilarious xD

My friend still rocks a Lumia 800, which is running 7.8. I showed off 8.1 to him the other day and I swear he nearly cried :') 

tkdmacgeek says:

hope he isn't suicidal.

hs k says:

Hahaha, same here, but then he showed me Zune and then I cried

QilleRz says:

Hahaha ! Never used Zune before but this comment is epic !

sharathu7 says:

I am using iconic tile... I am opening wpcentral from action center but the count on the iconic tile still shows even after I read the article... I will have to open it directly from iconic tile to remove it... Is that same for everyone..?

acl14 says:

Same for me. They need to fix that.

rockstarzzz says:

This. Sam this needs a fix for sure!

Jay Bennett says:

Yeah a situation in Windows Phone 8.1 I hadn't considered! This will be fixed in our next update :)

sharathu7 says:

Thanks Jay.... Hope it comes soon...

QilleRz says:

Nice ! Thanks Jay. The sooner the better. :)

rockstarzzz says:

Thanks Jay! No pressure, it's more than what it was yesterday anyway. ;)

sachin hegde says:

toast notification not working. app doesn't update new feed untill i open it, even if its allowed to work in background.. any idea

Yangstax says:

I wish the white window sign is a bit smaller.  It blocks the view of wallpaper now.  Can we get a transparent window?  :-)

Yangstax says:

Sorry.  I changed to iconic tile and that solved the problem.  It looks great in wide tile.

bono5112 says:

Now just wish my facebook notifications would show up

Is it normal that I barely have anything under the notifications+ apps setting? I only see my email, texts, phone, store, and Line (for some reason), but nothing else. I have the WPcentral toast notifications and live tiles enabled, but I still don't see it under the settings.

I get all that, plus Notifications for InstagramBeta, FacebookBeta, WPCentral, Battery and NBC news.

What the... Give me my notifications! No wonder why my action center has been so useless... Anybody know how to fix that?

mukulvdhiman says:

Open those apps once and trigger a notification yourself. Then it should be shown in the action centre. That's bore I how twitter working..

tkdmacgeek says:

NBC news for real bro?! lol

I tweeted myself, but I don't get any notifications at all. Does that not work?

tkdmacgeek says:

I love when you talk dirty ;)

peachy001 says:

Mine is not showing up either.... Anyone fixed this?

atherosxd says:

Mine shows up. But like notification doesn't work

jordandrako says:

Turn them off then on. Worked for me

PhilR8 says:

Nice background, sam.  I'm using the same one.

RobinPaul says:

Which one is it, its awesome

PhilR8 says:

I threw it up on imgur for you:


I got it from the same thread Sam references at the end of this post... this was the best one I found, mainly because it's colorful and interesting but most importantly it still allows you to easily read white text in the foreground.

wpn00b says:

Thanks. When I clicked the post it was exactly what I was looking for.

RobinPaul says:

Thanks man! Loving the wallpaper!

jswanitz says:

Thanks for posting the image, it's a very nice background!

medianemesis says:

Thanks man! Several people have been asking. I'm going to forward this link to them...

dj0502 says:

the background is really nice. you can zoom in different portions and yield a different effect.

diktea says:

I just wish if some of my notifications can be only toast notification without getting into notification centre or optional settings between the two.... Not for Thi app as such but for all apps

jmunchies1 says:

I don't see the Wpcentral app in the notifications settings. Only a few select apps appear there for me like outlook and Nokia call/SMS blocker. How can I get it to show up there?

Flagz says:

I had to do a soft reset and have twitter open in order to see it.

Sam Sabri says:

Enable toasts for our app and then wait for the next post to go out. It should catch and stay in the notification center and show in the settings.

Do you have to enable toasts for it to show up in the notification center? My twitter app shows in notification center but I have toasts off.

DJCBS says:

Yeah it's not showing up on my L920 nor my L1020 either.

HansTj says:

By getting a new Sony phone? Lol. Peace.

DJCBS says:

Is that jealousy because you can't afford one? Too bad, so sad.
Now I would tell you to go sodomise yourself with a cactus but you might enjoy it...

HansTj says:

It is called a JOKE. Lighten up a bit there, Dude. Aren't you the one who always brag about getting a new Sony phone? It is like a well-known secret in WPCentral community already. No need to get offended and get cactus-sodomy over that.


To be honest, I am actually surprised you are still rocking Windows Phones.

rockstarzzz says:

He loves Nokia. Doubt he will appreciate Sony.

HansTj says:

I am sure 99% of WPCentral knows how much he loves Nokia (not a sarcasm). That's why I specifically mentioned "Window Phones", not Nokia.

DJCBS says:

You know nothing, Jon Snow.
I've said more than once that Sony is the only OEM to whom I recognise quality to replace Nokia in their absence. So, there's that...;)

DJCBS says:

Well, you should try something else, comedy isn't your best asset ;)
And why are you surprised? My Nokias still work. My 1020 is here to stay for a while as it's my dedicated camera.
So, only my daily driver will switch. The only reason it hasn't is because Sony has yet to release the Z2 Compact ;)
(And if Sony does actually release a WP, I might even stay with WP anyway). I just will never ever buy any Microsoft branded phone, specially one made from the corpse of Nokias' D&S, aka "Microsoft Mobile" ;)

Sam, which app is good to get current weather temperature updates in your action centre?

How does cortana add weather in the action center?

rockstarzzz says:

It doesn't. I was being pathetic there. There is no app that gives weather in notification. Why would one need it when you can pin a tile, get it from Cortana. Cortana does push notifications in action centre for severe weather warnings in your area.

sabas1 says:

Not sure if this is happening to anyone else, but the unread article count on the live tile doesn't clear if I open up the app through the notification center. It will only clear if I open it up from the tile on the start screen. Any thoughts? Thx.

Sergio0694 says:

It's happening to me as well, it's really annoying

Jay Bennett says:

Yep a new situation with windows phone 8.1 I hadn't considered, will be fixed next update!

Sergio0694 says:

Great, thanks for your answer!
Cheers :)

sabas1 says:

Awesome! Thx Jay.

Jack Janik says:

Toasts are on.. But I don't see WPCentral in the action center..

Mayur says:

You have to wait until first notification shows up, then it will appear into action centre.

Not getting toast or message in action center when there are new article's.

ebin5 says:

Next, can you guys do an collection of start screen backgrounds you guys use.

AntEv says:

Check the forum out dude!

rockstarzzz says:

Also they did one about a day and half ago. Check old news.

Nazir Taib says:

Lol.. I just going to ask that background, but you already mentioned in the bottom of the article

medianemesis says:

Check the comments above. Someone posted a link to it...

Nazir Taib says:

Ya, i already check it and download the picture. By the way, thanks for the reply. ;)

AntEv says:

Everything working spot on here in the UK, Lumia 920 on EE. Rocking a nice black grained leather look for the background. ;)

Flagz says:

Lol what? The biggest bug I had was not being able to set a custom tone for Twitter... And I'm a HEAVY user. Have to charge my phone up 3 times a day so one bug that went away after a power cycle is really nothing at all...

Any way to get the flip tile to be 100% transparent instead of having half an image on one side?

AntEv says:

Update to the new WPCentral app and use iconic tile!

I want flip tile 100% transparent and obviously I have updated or none of it would be transparent

AntEv says:

Actually was transparent before update but only after notifications!

Jay Bennett says:

So you want a tile without that image on it? I'll see about that for the next update

Sweet, yea I'm looking for complete transparency on the homesceeen, having one tile with a solid image looks out of place and wpc app is a must have tile

Jay Bennett says:

For now try the iconic tile :)

Wow my lockscreen also damaged now. Text coming in 1 column with 1char per line overlapping each other. Same problem with flip live tile. Please fix this asap.

How can I post screenshot here?. Dont have PC access.

But its working fine now both tile and lock screen.

rockstarzzz says:

You upload it OneDrive and post a link. Come on, we are WP crew, we don't upload stuff. We share links ;)

xArgieboy says:

Does this mean that if I waited a little longer I wouldn't have to pay for the full app? No, i don't regret it, best 99 cents (4,xx pesos for me) that i've ever spent but still XD

Hakmi Shah says:

But the I'm special feeling is now gone

xArgieboy says:

I know right? :'( 

rockstarzzz says:

You paid to remove ads.

AntEv says:

Use other tile option then, even though I prefer iconic because it gives a quick rundown of latest news.

mickichd says:

is it just me, i cant see wpcentral app in seetings> nothification&action?? i see few others but not all :/ i even got a full app but still :/

Mayur says:

You have to wait until first notification shows up, then it will appear into action centre.

Hakmi Shah says:

Why the hell I paid for the app?

This app got me a full year subscription for Skype, a lot of free games and productive apps, recently the killer WP 8.1 update and a lot of deals from different carriers. Definitely worth a dollar.

Mayur says:

Seriously dude? Do you not like to pay for the stuff you use everyday? Some people...:/

AndyCalling says:

Liking the transparent tile more than I expected.

DeCarvalho83 says:

The Toast Notification is On here but theres no app in notification center :( i'm using l820 how sad :'(

Mayur says:

You have to wait until first notification shows up, then it will appear into action centre.

Paritosh Rai says:

Not working for me even after the update :(

wpn00b says:

Read my mind with this post

avigyan says:

I have turned on toast notifications from within the app but in the phone settings under notifications WPCentral is not listed. How do I control the banners and notification?

Mystictrust says:

You have to wait for the first toast from the app, basically for another news article.

PainAkatsuki says:

I have problems with the lock screen settings of wpcentral....i have set the lock screen but everytime I open this app it shows me warning about lock screen....is lock screen settings still not available for trial users

Jay Bennett says:

Yep that's a bug I need to fix

Naren Parker says:

Sam, send us an article about taking Cortana out for a date and may be then the notifications would start popping up and we can move on with our lives.

AlphaQX6 says:

Anybody has that background wallpaper he is having

medianemesis says:

Here you go, courtesy of @PhilR8 above: http://i.imgur.com/1hSjN4a.jpg

TechnoTim says:

Can someone post a link to Sams background. I can't find it using forums in app.

medianemesis says:

The commenter @PhilR8 already did, but I'll repost it here again for you: http://i.imgur.com/1hSjN4a.jpg

gonza1520 says:


theteerex says:

The tile transparency stopped working for me after following this article. What gives?!?

theteerex says:

Nvm, got it to work.

Can someone link that wallpaper? It looks amazing!

Arka1412 says:

WP Central is there in my action center but toasts notification is not working..:(

LaNiQuE says:

Jay is the best !!!

Dumat939 says:

Windows Phone 8.1 is iconic in its performance. My 520 is better and more personal than ever before.

BlackGoku says:

Yup dude!Its just that now i can show my Anrdoid boasting friends what an awesome phone 520 is with such low cost!

Btw very rare crashes than before, no restarts no lag everything as smooth as butter!If this phone will recieve Wp9 then windows will blindfoldedly beat Droid and Ios!Love you MS!

mjyumping says:

I can't wait for WPCentral's new post so I can change notification setting for wpcentral app!

AndrewL920 says:

But I am unable to view images or attachments in the forum using wpcentral app

dedracer says:

Hello, I have turned my toast notifications and I have allowed WPCentral to run in background! But I can't see the app in notifications+actions ! I want this app notifications in action centre! Help plz:(

Mayur says:

You have to wait until first notification shows up, then it will appear into action centre. And you can then go and configure to your hearts desire :)

nakialj says:

Loving the new look I didn't have to do anything. It updated on its own. Awesome

Marc Cupido says:

Hey guys,i know this is a bit of topic but does anyone know how to get that old charging tone back when you plugged it into a charger?

Also does anyone know how to change from using LTE to 3G to EDGE? I always keep my data on EDGE to conserve battery power.

DreadVenom says:

Not sure about charging tone but for data connection go to settings> cellular+ sim> sim settings. From there you can make the required connection changes.

Marc Cupido says:

Thanks a million. Just wish i can get that charging tone again because I really liked it.

kikimoki79 says:

That background though love it

keifwoki says:

Can anyone recommend a good shortcuts app with transparent tiles?

Osberg says:

How to get the notification to work???

DonnaxNL says:

Life of a journalist; having a special inbox for tips xD

Tiemen_S says:

Scrolling through the article list seems a bit laggy lately..

Nakazul says:

Lately!? It's been like this for months. But everybody's been waiting on 8.1 and the tools so hopefully it will get better. But I wouldn't hold my breath.

Jay Bennett says:

I'm looking at this issue right now

WPcentral app doesn't show up in notification center. Do I need to reinstall

Nakazul says:

No, it's a wierd bug. Just turn everything on as in the article. Then wait for the first post from WPC. I can't set notifications for individual apps until I recived my first message/notification.

Nakazul says:

Thank you for the tutorial!

Converted007 says:

Hi, is there a possibility to make a white theme for the app? Cant seem to find the settings for a white theme as shown on the pics in the store? Thx for the help

Edwardlb20 says:

Have to go to settings -> start + theme, switch to light background color

Wevenhuis says:

Cool, now let's hope microsoft, facebook and other apps do the same by activating the option of a transparent live tile.

Happy Easter WP Central team

Sledgehamma says:

Awesome work guys :)

Edwardlb20 says:

I can't get WPCentral to appear in the action centre settings :'(

scrud360 says:

Once you receive a toast notification, it will appear in the settings, so don't worry it will show up!

Wael Hasno says:

Thankfully, my WPC tile is on my second row of tiles so I'm never missing anything, really. But I might just give it a go.

spinzeroWL says:

I just did a soft reset...the date and time will not auto update - and I do not have any notification centre apps either - aside from phone/sms/outlook/whatsapp/store/WiFi.
I guess my WP8.1 experience wasn't glitch free after all!
Time to give diagnostics a whirl

Mayur says:

You have to wait until first notification shows up, then it will appear into action centre. And you can then go and configure to your hearts desire :)

spinzeroWL says:

@Mayur - thanks for that :). I was wondering why my notification centre was so empty. I've managed to invoke a low battery warning notification from 'battery'...and it does now show up in the notification centre. I'm just waiting on the next bit of news to come through from WPCentral to get that app working :)

It's a shame that the apps which have toasts switched on don't automatically show up in the notification centre settings page. It would make for a much easier user experience (i.e., when I install Facebook for example, I expect it to just show up as a notification centre app).

Better still, it would be great if all apps just handed toast notification configuration control over to the notification centre. It would save us diving through the menus on the various apps...

Mayur says:

You are welcome :) I see your point, may be these apps need to be updated to take advantage of now built-in notification centre. But removing notification settings all together from apps might not be a good idea. Like example Twitter app, I follow around 50 peoples but I only want notification from 3 peoples I care most, this kind of control can only be achieved through apps own settings. Even for Facebook, I don't want to be spammed where someone likes my photo or update. Those types of notifications are not important to me atleast.

punkJD says:

The articles were already showing up on the notification center before the update.

Ronny Cordes says:

I have the toast notifications activated in settings/live tile but the WPCentral app does not show up in notifications+actions :( Anyone an idea why ?

update: forget about my silly question, has already been answered several times earlier. Sorry, should have read before posting.

RN50 says:

My tile went transparent to begin with but now that's stopped working for some reason. Is that a bug?

Mayur says:

Sam, where did you get this beautiful background ima...*SLAP*, Sorry could not resist :) on serious note, it looks like image of Indian festival of colours (holi), just seach on bing and it should come up with tons of colourful images..

kurotsuki says:

I never bought WPCentral app (and up until now, it still show me ads). But as far as I remember, live tile and push notification were part of paid version features. But now I can use both. Is there any change to the policy? Or is it already changed long time ago and I'm just not realize it?

Jay Bennett says:

Read the article from yesterday, we opened up all features on the free trial version :)

kurotsuki says:

Ahh ... So that's why. No wonder I didn't know. I don't have the chance to read the previous article since around that time was my busiest days in the past weeks :)

James Light says:

I need the wallpaper of the first photo!!! :D

Kunalya says:

Your app Is not free, Please make it free... Please..... I am in need of it, not want to go for browsers...

Jay Bennett says:

The app is free, the trial is fully unlocked just shows adverts

fifthGear says:

Updated yesterday to the new WPCentral app. I have live tiles turned OFF. However, my tile flips and shows top headline and image.

BataBole says:

Now everyone has the same background, thanks Sam xD

You guys always have the coolest wallpapers, how can I get this one?

PainAkatsuki says:

Thanks WP central team.... Was having problem at first... But now both live tile and notification centre is working.... Happy to see another app at the banner

mayconvert says:

Is the app worth the cost? Not sure why this App isn't free like the android central app. 

I'm not sure why i would pay money for something i can view in a web browser for free.....

It is free, the only difference is that the paid version has no ads.

I've been visiting WPCentral for a while, but this is my first comment. I downloaded the app and just had to register to let you know how brilliant I think it is. Thanks guys

k0de says:

I love this. With the iconic tile I can now change the tile color to its original magenta color and with the toast notification + action center I can't miss an article. Thanks Sam this is brilliant.

cspencer4253 says:

I have downloaded the 8.1 on my Lumia 1020. Since then everyone I showed my phone to wants one...Great Job Microsoft / Nokia.

Niavlys77 says:

I've had toast notifications enabled for a long while now, but haven't once seen one for WPCentral. Nothing in the action centre either. I just reinstalled it so we'll see if that fixes it...but its annoying because I'd much rather have these toasts than ones from twitter.

mrdvos says:

Transparent icons and background images are raping for eyes and common sense .

MattAllison says:

The only reason I haven't purchased the app isn't cost it's this:

App requires

  • phone identity
  • owner identity
  • photos library
  • media playback
  • microphone
  • data services
  • phone dialer
  • Proximity
  • movement and directional sensor
  • speech
  • web browser component
  • HD720P (720x1280)
  • WVGA (480x800)
  • WXGA (768x1280)
  • photo, music, and video libraries
  • camera

Um, why is all of this required?

JaykayMani says:

Actually, I'd like to know too.

JaykayMani says:

Followed the instructions, still no TRANSPARENT tile, even re-started the phone once. :( What am I doing wrong ?

Why can't there be a simple "Activate Transparent Tile" option ? Wouldn't that be more intuitive ??

JaykayMani says:

Nevermind, got it.