iPhone Change Display Name for iPhone Apps


macrumors 603
Original poster
Aug 15, 2009
Connecticut, USA
If you're like me, the default display name for App Store apps is not always satisfactory. I'm especially annoyed by app names in all-caps like "NAVIGON." In 3.0 it was easy to fix this by editing /system/library/coreservices/springboard.app/english.lproj/LocalizedApplicationNames.strings. In 4.0, however, the process has changed, so I thought I'd write a quick post to share the new way of changing display names.

The basic principle is simple: you need to edit the string for the key CFBundleDisplayName in the file info.plist in the [appname].app folder.

I think the easiest way of doing it is with iFile.* Detailed instructions are as followed (using Navigon for an example...alter instructions for the app you wish to rename):

1) Open iFile
2) Browse to /var/mobile/Applications/[hex string]/Navigon.app
3) Open info.plist
4) Locate the following lines:
5) Press the "Edit" button at top left
6) Edit the lines located in step 4 to read:
7) Press the "Save" button at top right
8) Respring or reboot phone

Your NAVIGON app is now shown as Navigon on the springboard.

* You can of course download the info.plist file to your desktop, edit it with your favorite .plist editor, and then upload it to the app directory; but I think this is a much easier method.

Vinnie Madrox

macrumors 6502
Dec 23, 2009
that's awesome, thank you SO much for that!! I'm going to be doing this when i get my iphone 4 and the new JB comes out. There's a really good netflix app, but its called something really dumb, so now i can just change the icon, and change the name to Netflix.

thanks for the help!!


macrumors newbie
Jul 20, 2012
Change ifile app display name

I need to change the display name of the iFile app. I'd like to do this using iFile similar to the way you described. The traditional way though you mentioned of editing the display name line in info.plist does not work like it does for other apps.

IFile on the desktop is the last noticable signs of jailbreak. Cydia and Installous are hidden using an ifile edit. App notifications are silenced also through an ifile edit. Just need to disguise ifile by changing name and icon.

I do NOT want to use winter board or SPS Settings or any other Cydia Tweak. I know this can be accomplished using an edit with iFile. I have been trying so much but can't get it!

Please help me! Thanks so much in advance!!



macrumors 68000
Oct 26, 2011
Alpha Centauri A
You could try a plist editor for either windows or mac, whatever you run, and SSH or DiskAid to change it from your computer. Maybe that will work.

Also, why not just use Icon Renamer? It's a lot simpler, and you can uninstall it after you change the name of things with it.
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