Technical Q&A QA1823

Updating the Display Name of Your App

Q:  How do I change the name displayed underneath my app icon on my device's Home screen?

A: To change the name appearing underneath your app icon, modify the CFBundleDisplayName key in your Info.plist. Follow these steps to modify CFBundleDisplayName:

  1. In Xcode, click the disclosure triangle next to your app folder in the project navigator to reveal its content as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1  Expand your app folder to reveal its content
  1. Click the disclosure triangle next to the "Supporting Files" subfolder to reveal its content.

  2. Select the Info.plist file to reveal a property list editor of keys and values.

  3. By default, Xcode displays a human-readable string of a key rather than its actual name. So, search the property list for "Bundle display name". Skip to step 5 if your property list already shows Bundle display name. If it doesn't, add it to your list as follows:

    1. Click on any entry in your list, then click the "+" button.

    2. Choose Bundle display name from the ensuing pop-up menu.

  4. Double-click in the Value column of Bundle display name.

  5. Enter a new value for Bundle display name as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2  Setting up Bundle display name to a given value for a WatchKit app

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