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Create your app by reserving a name

Last Updated: 9/19/2016

The first step in creating a new app in your Windows Dev Center dashboard is reserving an app name. See how to reserve app names and find suggestions for choosing a great name for your app. Each reserved name must be unique throughout the entire Store.

Note If you have a Windows Phone app that you created earlier, and you never reserved a name for it, you can still manage and submit that app. However, in order to upload .appx packages for it, or to view app identity details specific to creating .appx packages, you'll need to reserve a unique name by following the steps below. This also prevents anyone else from reserving that name for themselves.

When you upload your app's packages, the Package/Properties/DisplayName value must match the name that you reserved for your app in the Dashboard. If you use Microsoft Visual Studio to create your app's package, this attribute will be filled in for you.

Create your app by reserving a new name

Reserving a name is the first step in creating an app in the dashboard. You can do this even if you haven't started to build your app yet. We recommend doing it as soon as possible, so that nobody else can use the name.

  1. From the Dashboard overview or All apps page, click Create a new app.
  2. In the text box, enter the name that you want to use, and then click the Check availability link. If the name is available, you'll see a green check mark. (If the name you entered is already reserved or in use by another developer, you'll see a message that the name is not available.)
  3. Click Reserve app name.

The name is now reserved for you and you can start working on your submission whenever you're ready.

Note Because names can be reserved for one year, you might find that you can't reserve a name, even though you don't see any apps listed by that name in the Store. This is usually because another developer has reserved the name for their app but hasn't submitted it yet. If you are unable to reserve a name for which you hold the trademark or other legal right, or if you see another app in the Windows Store using that name, contact Microsoft.

After you reserve a name, you'll have one year to submit that app. If you don't submit it within the year, the reservation will expire and another developer could use that name for an app. You may encounter an error if you try to submit an app under a name which you have let expire.

Choosing your app's name

Choosing the right name for your app is an important task. Pick a name that will capture your customers' interest and draw them in to learn more about your app. Here are some tips for choosing a great app name.

  • Keep it short. The space to display your app's name is limited in many places, so we suggest using the shortest name as you can. While your app's name can have up to 256 characters, the end of a very long name may not always be visible to customers.

    Note The actual number of characters displayed in various locations may vary, depending on the length allotted and on the types of characters used in your app's name. For example, in the Segoe UI font that Windows uses, about 30 "I" characters will fit in the same space as 10 "W" characters. Because of this variation, be sure to test your app and verify how its name appears on its tiles (if you choose to overlay the app name), in search results, and within the app itself before you submit your app. Also consider each language in which you offer your app. Keep in mind that East-Asian characters tend to be wider than Latin characters, so fewer characters will be displayed.

  • Avoid adding differentiating info at the end of the name. If the info that differentiates multiple apps is added to the end of a name, customers might miss it, especially if the name is long; all of the apps could appear to have the same name. If this is unavoidable, use different logos and app images so it's easier to differentiate one app from another.

  • Be original. Make sure your app name is distinctive enough so that it isn't easily confused with an existing app.
  • Don't use names trademarked by others. Make sure that you have the rights to use the name that you reserve. If someone else has trademarked the name, they can report an infringement and you won't be able to keep using that name. If that happens after your app has been published, it will be removed from the Store. You'll then need to change the name of your app, and all instances of the name throughout your app and its content, before you can submit your app for certification again.

Manage additional app names

You can manage names for your apps on the Manage app names page in the App management section for each of your apps in the Windows Dev Center dashboard.

In some cases, you may want to reserve multiple names to use for the same app, such as when you want to offer your app in multiple languages and want to use different names. You will need to reserve an additional name if you want to change an app's name completely.

On this page, you can also delete any names that you have reserved but no longer want to use.

For more info, see Manage app names.

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