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Discussion in 'Android Development' started by Greum, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. Greum

    Greum Well-Known Member
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    I want to change the name that appears on an Android device along with the app's launcher icon, but without changing the app name (app_name in strings.xml). Can it be done? I found a thread on SO which was so contradictory as to be useless. For example, I have an app called Conveyancing Quoter, but I want to use just Quoter below the launcher icon but still have Conveyancing Quoter in the title bar.

    Is it android:label="@String/app_name" in AndroidManifest.xml that I want to change? I don't want to try it and get in a beggars muddle.

  2. Brian Berry

    Brian Berry Well-Known Member

    in the res/values folder there is a XML file called Strings App name can be changed there.
  3. Greum

    Greum Well-Known Member
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    Isn't that going to change the name in the title bar as well?
  4. Brian Berry

    Brian Berry Well-Known Member

    Sorry I didn't bread that very well l. That will change the title bar. I remove the title bar in my apps to maximize screen. So sorry for the bad answer
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  5. Greum

    Greum Well-Known Member
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    I think I have an answer but I've somehow screwed up my app key and can't publish my updated app to check! :rolleyes:
  6. Greum

    Greum Well-Known Member
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    I thought I had an answer, but it doesn't change anything.

    Code (Text):
    1.     <application
    2.         android:allowBackup="true"
    3.         android:icon="@mipmap/ic_launcher"
    4.         android:label="@string/app_name"
    5.         android:roundIcon="@mipmap/ic_launcher_round"
    6.         android:supportsRtl="true"
    7.         android:theme="@style/AppTheme">
    8.         <activity
    9.             android:name=".MainActivity"
    10.             android:label="@string/app_long_name">
    11.             <intent-filter>
    12.                 <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" />
    14.                 <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
    15.             </intent-filter>
    16.         </activity>
    17.     </application>
    I added app_long_name and changed app_name to my new shorter name, but I guess I'm missing something.
  7. hasral

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  8. Greum

    Greum Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks, I've already done that. The app wouldn't compile otherwise.
  9. GameTheory

    GameTheory Android Expert

    You can use a custom ToolBar. Then add the long name to the toolbar and the short name as your app name.
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