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Is it possible to rename app icons?

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  1. mjschmidt

    mjschmidt Android Expert
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    Does anyone know if there is a way to rename the icons/shortcuts for apps? Do these icons reside in a folder within root somewhere? I wonder if renaming the icons/shortcuts would allow us to reorganize the way they are sorted in the app tray (since it is alphabetic).
     

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  2. Ziani

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    There is an App called 'Any Cut' free from the Market. This allows you to create Home shortcuts to anything and rename them. Popular shortcuts like directly calling a phone number or sending an SMS are supported. To use, just long-press an open area in Home & in the menu select Any Cut under the Shortcuts heading.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. mjschmidt

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    Ziani, I have Any Cut, what I'm wondering is if there is a way to rename the existing icons for installed apps, in order to rearrange the icons in the app tray alphabetically.
     
  4. lekky

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    You can use anycut to place a shortcut to an existing app. The resulting icon will be the app's original icon, but you can now rename it too.

    You can't re-arrange icons in the app tray, but you can place folders on the desktop, and put apps in these. You can then arrange those any way you want, not exactly what you wanted but it could help.
     
  5. OstrichSaK

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    I'm also looking for a way to rename an app icon w/o creating shortcuts and more 'stuff' to take up room and resources on the phone.
     
  6. lekky

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    You can't. The advice above doesn't take up more stuff, it just replaces the other icon.

    Unless you mean from the actual application menu and not the desktop, they can't be renamed at all from app menu.
     
  7. mjschmidt

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    I was thinking theoretically that the icons in the drawer/tray (not the desktop) must be pulled from somewhere in the root folder on the phone?

    I suppose I'm wondering if it's possible to rename the icons by editing something in the root folders of the phone to have them rearrange alphabetically in the drawer/tray.
     
  8. badoerfan

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    Can I use Any Cut to rename the existing icons on the home page? When I press 'edit existing link', it just goes to a blank page.
     
  9. jirka.h23

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    try BetterCut
     
  10. takeshi

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  11. Simply use APK Edit to do all you need, you dont even have to be rooted...

    easy duz it....
     
  12. Gmash

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    Go Launcher ex also lets you rename apps.
     
  13. HunterBrooke

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    Why am I not seeing this in the Market?
     
  14. its not available from the market anymore (they got banned)... you may need to try amazon market or something...
     
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  15. leo9891

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    I believe if you have Go Launcher EX, it allows you to rename an app, whether on the HomeScreen App Tray or if its a shortcut.

    I think you just have to long press the app and it brings up a menu to rename it. I've seen/done it on my SGS2, and the only apps I had installed that allow you to modify your phone to some extent were Go Launcher EX and Go Launcher Lockscreen.
     

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