Rename Apps Without Jailbreak

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by bastard, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. bastard macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    Sick of those hideous titles of the apps you own? Worry no longer. Well, you have to test it for me, but what I did so far produced absolutely no errors. I don’t know what happens when you stick it back on you iPod/iPhone, or if you receive updates for that matter. Here is what I did.

    > Find application you wish to edit in iTunes
    > Right click App > Show in Finder
    > Delete App from iTunes > Don’t delete actual files
    > Right click IPA App > Go to Get Info
    > Go to Name & Extension > Change extension to ZIP
    > Open ZIP file > Go to the App file
    > To change iTunes Metadata > Open iTunesMetadata.plist
    > Go down the list and change the App’s title, Artist Name, etc. > Save
    > Change App’s title > Go to Payload > Simply change (not extension)
    > Once finished > Select all files in App file (should be three)
    > Right click > Select “Compress 3 items” > Should then be “”
    > Right click Zip file > Get Info > Name & Extension > Change to IPA
    > Double click IPA file > Opens in iTunes > Should have no problems
    > Now someone test it on their device to see if it works!!!
  2. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007

    It wont, as soon as you edit the resource bundle in anyway the signatrue gets invalidated and the app will no longer sync.
  3. bastard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    There has to be SOME way to change an app's name without jailbreaking the damn phone.
  4. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    Hack iTunes.
  5. bastard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    And how would you hack iTunes?
  6. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    A whole lot of time and effort.
  7. angle macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2008
    Same way you'd hack a Gibson: 3D graphical interface where you "fly" through files!

  8. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    What if he downloaded the garbage file?
  9. lemuralex13 macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2011
    How to do it...

    First, install a file (I use iPhone Explorer) that let's you edit files on your iPod Touch. Navigate to Apps/APP_NAME/, and put this on your desktop. Open this file up with a text-editor program that handles .plist. I am on a mac, so I use XCode. Edit the value of key 'Bundle Display Name' and change it to whatever you want it to be. Finally, save it an transfer it back to your iPod (overwrite the old one). You will need to reboot your iPod now (Hold Power & Home for 15 seconds), and then you will see changes.
  10. tommot82 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2010
    it would definitely be easier to just jailbreak!

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