Renaming a file and changing its icon is a breeze on a personal computer running Windows and other operating systems. However, have you regularly consulted about renaming the application icons installed on your Android? It can be fun, right? Well, I thought about it one day, and then I started to research how it could be done. From now on, an application that does not appear on the Play Store can change the name of an installed application, not even the root. But then I found a tool for Windows called Apk Editor on the XDA forum. Once used, the Apk editor can easily rename android apps and even change its default icon to a rooted Android phone. So let’s see how it happened.
Rename Android Apps and Change Icon
Step 1: First of all, we need the APK package of the app for which you want to change icon and rename. If you don’t have the APK, but the app is installed on your phone, you can easily compile its APK using Astro File Manager. We have already explained how to create APK files for installed apps while talking about moving installed apps from one device to another via Bluetooth.
Step 2: Download the APK to your computer folder and download v0.4. Since the APK v0.4 modification requires Java to work, please install it if you don’t already have it.
Step 3: Now that you have both – APK file and APK editor – let’s start with editing. Edit.exe APK Start with the one you removed in the previous step and upload the APK file you want to edit.
Step 4: The tool will now read the file and display the icon and the name of the application under the General tab. You can directly edit the name field and click on the icon image to search for a new icon. Please make sure the icon file is in PNG format and is a perfect square in dimensions.
Step 5: After the modification, click on the Apply button to save the modifications. While the app gives you the option to push apps directly to the device using a data cable, I suggest that you edit the edited Apk file using your Wi-Fi connection or a data cable to your internal hard drive. Move it to the disc, and then install it on the device. Even when installing the file, you will see changes to the file name and the application icon. Once the app installed, you will have the app with a user-defined rename Android Apps and change the icon.
The second way is in the Launcher
To change the name of an application shortcut, you must first install the custom launcher for Android. For example, Nova Launcher or Apex Launcher, which can be downloaded for free from Google Play, are suitable. In our example, Nova Launcher is used. Let’s say you installed and used it by default. You can now quickly rename an application shortcut in a few steps. Long-click on the request, press the Edit Publication option, then enter a new name and click Finish. Overall, the label is now called whatever you want.
The Third-way Module Xposed
Xposed a framework that stores modules that allow Android to be very flexible. The xRenamer module is intended for renaming applications and affects the names that appear not only on the home screen but also in other locations.
Configure and run the Xposed framework, go to the “Downloads” section, search for the xRenamer module, go to the Downloads page, download it, install it, then activate it in the “Modules” section and restart the device. You’re welcome. In the list of requests, xRenamer will appear, execute it and rename the requests whose real names you do not agree with.
The Fourth-way QuickShortcutMaker Application
QuickShortcutMaker only changes the name on the first page and, unlike the launcher, in no way changes the interface of the device. Install and launch this app from Google Play. You will see a menu of every installed app. Click on anyone and select the option “Press to change labels” on the right side of the screen. The text field will open. Say the new name and save it by clicking OK. Then click on the Create button. After which the application icon with the renamed name will appear on the first page of your device.
You can use these tips to hide your secure apps on Android. But do you remember that the tip is for personal use only? Do not try to change the name and icon of the application and publish it as your work.
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