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Personal name / Developer name

08-02-2011, 03:09 PM
#1
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 24
Personal name / Developer name

I have registered to the Apple Developer Program with my personal Apple ID (individual registration). Can I still use my developer name to release apps under, or is it fixed to my real name? Thanks
08-02-2011, 10:57 PM
#2
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Portland, OR, Cascadia
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It's fixed to your real name unless you've registered as a business, afaik.

08-03-2011, 08:18 AM
#3
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It is confusing, my studio name shows on the store in bold letters, but my real name is displayed as seller. I would prefer one or the other.

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08-03-2011, 08:26 AM
#4
Joined: Mar 2011
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Is it true that you can't change the name of your company in the Apple dev program?

I recently changed the name of my company and it seems I have to buy another dev license now

Has anyone else encountered this situation?

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08-03-2011, 10:52 AM
#5
Your developer name can show when the user is searching the apps. Your real name will show under "seller" when they click on your app and view the details.

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08-03-2011, 01:03 PM
#6
Joined: May 2011
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 30BelowStudios View Post
Your developer name can show when the user is searching the apps. Your real name will show under "seller" when they click on your app and view the details.
Thanks. So where can I set the developer name? Is it when the app is being submitted or before that somewhere in the iTunes Connect or iOS Dev Center?
08-03-2011, 03:11 PM
#7
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Portland, OR, Cascadia
Posts: 332
You should have set your developer name when you registered. Though as far as I know, it's now changed to show your real name in both the store and receipt. (It used to be just the latter.)

I was able to upgrade my account from personal name to biz name really easily. I just registered my LLC and faxed the proof of registration to Apple. It took a few days. Apple Support was really quick and helpful.
08-04-2011, 02:05 AM
#8
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 24
I can change a "Company / Organization" name in Dev Center's personal profile. Is this the name that will appear in the App Store as well (not as seller, because that is always the personal name with individual accounts, but as copyright holder and below the app name in the search listings etc)?
08-05-2011, 10:17 AM
#9
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Originally Posted by digiva View Post
I can change a "Company / Organization" name in Dev Center's personal profile. Is this the name that will appear in the App Store as well (not as seller, because that is always the personal name with individual accounts, but as copyright holder and below the app name in the search listings etc)?
Hi digiva,

As soon as you upload your first app, this will be one of the first questions you are prompted with. I believe it asks you for your language and your company name and warns you that this cannot be changed. This company name is what is displayed in the search screen. Hit the link in my signature for my app and you can see how it is displayed.

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08-05-2011, 03:01 PM
#10
Joined: May 2011
Posts: 24
Great! - thanks for clarifying.