After all the time spent developing and submitting an iPhone app -- checking every little detail to make sure that it works exactly as planned -- it can be an unpleasant shock to have to go back and change the name. Whether it's to fix a typo, settle a legal issue, or just because you want a new name for your app, you'll be glad to know that you'll only need to edit one file to change the app name on the iPhone. When updating the name of the app, make sure to change the name in the iTunes app store as well.
Changing the App Name on the iPhone
Open your application in Xcode. This will break down the application into editable elements, making it easy for you to change the name of the application.
Click the arrow adjacent to the "Resources" folder to show the "Info.plist" file. This file, called the Information Property List, is vital to your application and is where the name of your app is stored.
Click the "Info.plist" file on the sidebar; it will show the file in the upper-right panel. Click the "Info.plist" again to show the properties in the bottom-right panel.
Go to the value next to "Bundle Display Name" and change the value to whatever you want the display name for your app to be. Keep in mind that long file names may be truncated on the iPhone screen, so keep it accurate and relevant, but brief.
Save and rebuild the application. Resubmit the files to iTunes to get the new file name into the system. When existing users update the downloaded app, they will get the new name on their iPhone.
Changing the App Name in iTunes
Log into iTunes Connect. iTunes Connect is the service that app developers use to upload, manage, and edit their apps that are available in iTunes.
Select the app that you want to edit and update. You will only be able to change the name of your app when submitting an update, so have the app file ready.
Edit the name of the app and submit your changes.
- Select a name for your app that is easy for users to recognize without being too generic.
- If your chosen app name is already in use in your region, you may be prompted to choose a new one.
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