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How to pass strings between pages on Windows Phone

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Use the Navigate() method of NavigationService to navigate between pages in a Windows Phone app and pass string parameters.

Note.pngNote: Page navigation is fully covered in How to perform page navigation on Windows Phone (Dev Center). This is a very brief overview of only one aspect.


NavigationService.Navigate(Uri) takes a Uri parameter, which can itself be formatted with string values/parameters. These values can be extracted from the NavigationContext in the receiving page.

Consider a simple app with 2 pages "page1", "page2".

To send a message (on click of submit button on "page1"):

private void submit_click(Object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
NavigationService.Navigate(new Uri("/Page2.xaml?msg="+ txtName.text, UriKind.Relative) );

To receive the parameter in page 2 we override onNavigatedTo(); the parameters can be retrieved using NavigationContext.QueryString.TryGetValue():

protected override void onNavigatedTo(System.Windows.Navigation.NavigationEventArgs e)
string msg;
if(NavigationContext.QueryString.TryGetValue(“msg”,out msg))
string name = msg;
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Created: SeemaB (25 Sep 2011)
Last edited: hamishwillee (26 Nov 2013)
This page was last modified on 26 November 2013, at 01:15.
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