So you released your app, got a bunch of positive reviews and downloads. Then one of a few things happens:
If you reach this point like me, I'm sure you're feeling frustrated, sad, confused and afraid you'll never retire off your brilliantly executed micro-transaction implementation. Don't worry though, I'm here to help you! Windows store has made it pretty easy to change your app name, the only problem is that the documentation isn't crystal clear. It says you need to reserve another name within the Dashboard under the specific submission, and change the app name within the Package.appxmanifest (among other places). The overarching issue here is that there are a handful of places you need to change, and missing one could mean your app is named properly from a deployment standpoint, but the store won't reflect the change unless you update it in the proper locations. So, now that I've gone through and missed those locations initially I am here to give you a CLEAR path to success.
Visual Studio (i.e. the app itself) - here is what to change
Store Dashboard -
Create a new release for your existing app and then click the "App Name" selection. In the last line of text you'll need to click the line "Reserve another Name" hotlink to reserve the name. Then upload your new package and you are good to go.
Seems easy? Good it's supposed to be just don't miss both spots in the Package.appxmanifest and your good to go :-)
I had followed the guide, but I found I had to do the following to get it to work for me:
- do NOT do step 3 (do not modify the package name); I got an error in the dashboard stating as much.
- when using the build for Store option within VisualStudio, do NOT select any exist name already in the store, just build the package then goto the dashboard via a browser as normal.