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    Default Renaming Apps?

    Is there any way to rename apps? Something like "Dolphin Browser HD" gets cut off when you put it on the home screen, and it looks especially ugly when you put it on the main launcher bar.
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    Not that I know of. But what I really want is just an icon, no text. That would be nice and clean

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    Ever try Adw launcher, it shows you to remove app icon names so you'll have extremely clean flow of things...
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    Default Re: Renaming Apps?

    same with Launcher Pro
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    Go launcher ex as well. You can have it to just display the icon.
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    So there are no apps that will let you remove the names from the icons without switching to another launcher? I would like to remove the names from the icons on the dock.
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    Not that I know of. I will need to check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blitz118 View Post
    So there are no apps that will let you remove the names from the icons without switching to another launcher? I would like to remove the names from the icons on the dock.
    Yep, you'll have to switch launchers but some of the other launchers are much better IMHO- I currently use Go Launcher and it's great.
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    After a lot of trying I found a way to change the name of already installed applications on android OS. Tested on Galaxy S2 with Gingerbread 2.3.4

    1. The most important thing is that your phone is rooted. You'll need to access your system files.

    2. You'll need an app called SU File Manager & Terminal (). Install. It will ask for super user rights. Allow.

    3. Open app and go to folder: data/app/

    4. There search for the apk of the application which name you want to change.

    5. Click on it and hold until menu pops up. Choose Copy.

    6. Now go to folder: mnt/sdcard/ (This folder is My files folder, visible when connected to PC). When you go to this folder press options key on the phone and choose Paste.

    Now you have the .apk file that is needed to be chanaged. Tranasfer it to PC.


    7. To edit this file you'll need Apk Manager () After extracting the downloaded archive to any folder, you'll have six new folders there. Put your apk file in "place-apk-here-for-modding" folder.

    8. Run Script.bat

    You'll see at the bottom message: 'Please make your decision:"
    - first choose 22 to select project. Then 1 to choose project
    - type 9 to decompile the apk
    - once the apk is decompiled you'll find the extracted files in the projects folder. Go there. You need to change AndroidManifest.xml.
    - Open it with notepad.
    - You need to change the value of "android:label" string to the desired name.
    -Save.
    - Go back to Script.bat and select 11 to compile
    - When it asks answer y for system apk and copying additional files. Follow instructions.
    - You'll have new file in "place-apk-here-for-modding" and it will be unsigned.
    - To sign choose 12 in script.bat

    That's it you have new signed file. Rename to match the original apk. After that just replace it in data/app/ with SU File Manager & Terminal.

    Reboot phone.
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    Default Re: Renaming Apps?

    You can use app in market for free with stock launcher, it's called, Desktop Visualizer. It works well and is free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zdzdz View Post
    After a lot of trying I found a way to change the name of already installed applications on Android OS. Tested on Galaxy S2 with Gingerbread 2.3.4

    1. The most important thing is that your phone is rooted. You'll need to access your system files.

    2. You'll need an app called SU File Manager & Terminal (). Install. It will ask for super user rights. Allow.

    3. Open app and go to folder: data/app/

    4. There search for the apk of the application which name you want to change.

    5. Click on it and hold until menu pops up. Choose Copy.

    6. Now go to folder: mnt/sdcard/ (This folder is My files folder, visible when connected to PC). When you go to this folder press options key on the phone and choose Paste.

    Now you have the .apk file that is needed to be chanaged. Tranasfer it to PC.


    7. To edit this file you'll need Apk Manager () After extracting the downloaded archive to any folder, you'll have six new folders there. Put your apk file in "place-apk-here-for-modding" folder.

    8. Run Script.bat

    You'll see at the bottom message: 'Please make your decision:"
    - first choose 22 to select project. Then 1 to choose project
    - type 9 to decompile the apk
    - once the apk is decompiled you'll find the extracted files in the projects folder. Go there. You need to change AndroidManifest.xml.
    - Open it with notepad.
    - You need to change the value of "android:label" string to the desired name.
    -Save.
    - Go back to Script.bat and select 11 to compile
    - When it asks answer y for system apk and copying additional files. Follow instructions.
    - You'll have new file in "place-apk-here-for-modding" and it will be unsigned.
    - To sign choose 12 in script.bat

    That's it you have new signed file. Rename to match the original apk. After that just replace it in data/app/ with SU File Manager & Terminal.

    Reboot phone.
    Hmm, me thinks installing a third party launcher is a lot easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zdzdz View Post
    - Open it with notepad.
    - You need to change the value of "android:label" string to the desired name.
    -Save.
    - Go back to Script.bat and select 11 to compile
    - When it asks answer y for system apk and copying additional files. Follow instructions.
    I'm getting an error when trying to rename the apk called "apphider." There are 3 instances of "android:label" in this notepad/xml file, though the word "hider" only appears 2 times. When i change the 1st instance only and compile, i get the error

    I would attach the file, but it's giving me an "invalid file" error... Anyway, Thanks ahead of time, i'm sooo close
    Last edited by rricoandriod; 06-10-2012 at 10:16 AM.
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    Yes ... you can leave it blank with no name or rename the app to whatever name you want via "desktop visualizer" from the play store. Very simple - you select the app you want ("select icon") then you select the icon and name ("select action"). If you want it blank ... just clear the name put a space and it will come up. Deleting the name completely without the space won't work - delete then blank space.
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    "Go launcher ex as well. You can have it to just display the icon."

    Can you repeat that in English? That way the info will be useful to those that don't already know the answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by engima View Post
    Yes ... you can leave it blank with no name or rename the app to whatever name you want via "desktop visualizer" from the play store. Very simple - you select the app you want ("select icon") then you select the icon and name ("select action"). If you want it blank ... just clear the name put a space and it will come up. Deleting the name completely without the space won't work - delete then blank space.
    Under "select action" there is no option for "icon and name". It's not simple, other than that it simply doesn't work as described.
    Last edited by trappem; 01-14-2013 at 03:08 PM.
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    Worked like a charm; thanks for posting the solution.
    Last edited by mylnym; 03-01-2013 at 09:28 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zdzdz View Post
    After a lot of trying I found a way to change the name of already installed applications on android OS. Tested on Galaxy S2 with Gingerbread 2.3.4

    1. The most important thing is that your phone is rooted. You'll need to access your system files.

    2. You'll need an app called SU File Manager & Terminal (). Install. It will ask for super user rights. Allow.

    3. Open app and go to folder: data/app/

    4. There search for the apk of the application which name you want to change.

    5. Click on it and hold until menu pops up. Choose Copy.

    6. Now go to folder: mnt/sdcard/ (This folder is My files folder, visible when connected to PC). When you go to this folder press options key on the phone and choose Paste.

    Now you have the .apk file that is needed to be chanaged. Tranasfer it to PC.


    7. To edit this file you'll need Apk Manager () After extracting the downloaded archive to any folder, you'll have six new folders there. Put your apk file in "place-apk-here-for-modding" folder.

    8. Run Script.bat

    You'll see at the bottom message: 'Please make your decision:"
    - first choose 22 to select project. Then 1 to choose project
    - type 9 to decompile the apk
    - once the apk is decompiled you'll find the extracted files in the projects folder. Go there. You need to change AndroidManifest.xml.
    - Open it with notepad.
    - You need to change the value of "android:label" string to the desired name.
    -Save.
    - Go back to Script.bat and select 11 to compile
    - When it asks answer y for system apk and copying additional files. Follow instructions.
    - You'll have new file in "place-apk-here-for-modding" and it will be unsigned.
    - To sign choose 12 in script.bat

    That's it you have new signed file. Rename to match the original apk. After that just replace it in data/app/ with SU File Manager & Terminal.

    Reboot phone.
    NO problems getting this to work. Slight changes have been made to APK Manager, so menu selection has changed a little but no big deal. Thanks for posting your method!
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    Most custom roms you can edit names of apps. I had the same issue with dolphin, I changed it just to "internet" and i also changed the icon
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    lol Nice, I chenked the name of the Wifi Tether app and changed the pic to the Sprint hotspot icon in seconds, this is very simple. Use the Desktop Visualizer app.
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    I don't think it's possible.

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    Default Re: Renaming Apps?

    Got stuck in this method... When I type 9 to decompile the apk prompt says: "An error has occurred, please verify the log file". D: I've repeated the whole process more and more times but whenever I press 9 there's that error. How can I resolve this problem?

    (Java is already abilited)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aloba Loba View Post
    Got stuck in this method... When I type 9 to decompile the apk prompt says: "An error has occurred, please verify the log file". D: I've repeated the whole process more and more times but whenever I press 9 there's that error. How can I resolve this problem?

    (Java is already abilited)
    Are you trying to decompile the app just to change the name? Because that's not really necessary. There are apps (Desktop Visualizer is one) that you can use to change the desktop icon and name without having to do all that. Plus, if you update the app it'll likely revert back to the original name requiring you to re-decompile the app to do the edits once again.

    I would suggest the easier route unless you are decompiling for further knowledge on app development

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