Change Package Name of Windows Store App

How do we change the package name of a Windows Store App? Please note we do not want to change the app display name.

We have published a UWP app to the Windows Store. Visual Studio generated a package name <PublisherName>.<AppName>in the package manifest.

When I changed the package name in the package manifest to a guid and published to the store I got the errors

 Invalid package identity name
 Invalid package family name

I can see the store app is associated with the package name. Do we have to delete the store app and create a new submission?

Can a UWP store app have a guid for a package name?

2 answers

  • answered 2017-11-15 03:43 ad1Dima

    You app identity in Package.appmanifest should be the same as in the store.

    Check your app identity in the store:

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    Check your Package.appmanifest. Name and Publisher must be same as in store:

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    If they are not. Copy Package name from the store in your manifest, and then click Choose Certificate... button. Then select Configure Certificate...->Create test certificate. And copy there your publisher name from the store.

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    After that you cag generate your upload package and submit it to the store.

  • answered 2017-11-15 06:17 Vague

    It looks like I've misunderstood the store process. I was incorrect in thinking the app identity was generated by Visual Studio. The app identity is assigned by the store.

    If you use Microsoft Visual Studio to build your packages, and are signed in with the same Microsoft account that you have associated with your developer account, these details are included automatically.

    So it looks like we will have to live with the app folder being discoverable by users.