Ok, I know this is not new news but I had someone email me asking how to change the name and icon of an app. I was pretty sure it would be easy so I just did a quick search and here’s how to do it.
You can either use SSH from your computer or the iFile app from Cydia to access your folders and files on your iPhone. For this guide I’ll be using iFile right on the iPhone.
First we will be changing an icon for an App Store application. I’ve chosen to change the Tweetie app to the name Twitter. Kind of kewl since Twitter bought Tweetie and will be changing the name in the future.
2. Here’s the annoying part. You have to find the app in the long list of folders. Unfortunately, the folders are not the name of the app so you have to open each one to find the right one. (If anyone has a faster way of doing this let me know.) You also have to watch for the name of the app, not what is currently showing under the icon on the home screen. In this example, the app is actually called Tweetie 2 but the text under the icon only says Tweetie.
3. Once you’ve found the app, tap on the folder that has the extension .app. (don’t tap the blue arrow) ex. Tweetie 2.app
4. Tap the file Info.plist
5. Tap edit in the top left corner
7. Change the word Tweetie to Twitter.
8. Tap Save.
9. Click the home button and then respring.
10. Finished! Your app should now have the new name.
The above instructions are for apps from the App Store. If you want to change the name of a stock app, let’s say Mail, you’ll have to change the following file: /System/Library/CoreServices/Springboard.app/English.lproj/LocalizedApplicationNames.strings
For Mail we just change this: “com.apple.mobilemail” = “Mail”
to this: “com.apple.mobilemail” = “Gmail”
Note: when changing the name of an app, this will effect icons changed by Winterboard. You will need to change the name of the new icon under the theme for it to work.