Picture of the JBL Clip 3 wireless Bluetooth speaker package, front view.

How to Change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker Name, Someday Perhaps




When you scan for in-range Bluetooth speakers, your JBL Clip 3 speaker shows up as “JBL Clip 3” by default.  Yet we know of no way how to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name.  Unlike the more expensive JBL Flip speakers, the current version of the JBL Connect app does not recognize the Clip 3.  This means that you can neither rename the Clip 3, nor pair two JBL Clip 3s together in a stereo / binaural pair.  So be it.

But in this post, we outline how our idea of changing the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth name routine would work.  We suggest this specifically to JBL, just in case they’d ever wish to extend the JBL Connect app functionality to their JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speakers.  Here’s how we think changing the Bluetooth name would work if ever added.



First, install the JBL Connect app on your Android or iOS mobile device. Then, turn on your Clip 3 and pair your mobile device with it. Then, once that’s all done, follow the steps below to change the Clip 3 speaker’s name that appears during Bluetooth discovery on nearby Bluetooth devices.

How to Change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker Name

1. Find the JBL Connect App on your Mobile Device

Our copy installed on home screen four, as shown next.

How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the JBL Connect app highlighted.
How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS 11 home screen, showing the JBL Connect app highlighted.

2. Run the JBL Connect App

Tap the JBL Connect app icon, as shown in the last picture.

Then, you would see a screen, showing the JBL Clip 3 and the controls you could use to change that speaker’s settings.

3. Get to the Settings Screen

Tap the gear Settings button, as pointed at in the last picture by the purple arrow.

You should then see the Settings screen for the paired Clip 3 speaker.




4. Edit the Settings for the Paired JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Tap the pencil icon next to the Clip 3 speaker.  Note that we’ve included no screenshots of this app working with the Clip 3, since it does not do so as of this writing.  We’re just thinking out loud in this piece.

5. Edit the Speaker Name Field

Use the displayed virtual keyboard to change the name of the JBL Bluetooth speaker to the name you wish it to assume.

We’d like to change ours from “JBL Clip 3” to “Tom’s Clip 3”.

First, we’d backspace over the default name (“JBL Clip 3”).

Then, we’d type in the new speaker name, “Tom’s Clip 3”.

6. Tap the Blue Done Key when Finished Editing

Once you’ve edited the Clip 3 speaker name to what you wish it to be, tap the blue Done key on the virtual keyboard.

You would then get instructions on how to pair your Clip 3 speaker again with its new name.

7. Tap the Blue Got It Link

This takes you back to the Settings screen for the speaker. But now, the JBL Clip 3 speaker appears with its new name assigned.



How to Pair the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker with its New Name

With your JBL Clip 3 still paired under its old speaker name, run through this routine to unpair the Clip 3. forget it in your mobile device, and finally, re pair it under its new name.

1. Power Down the JBL Clip 3 Speaker

This unpairs it from your mobile device.

How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker, showing its -Power- button highlighted.
How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker, showing its -Power- button highlighted.

2. Return your Mobile Device to its Home Screen

Press the Home button to close the JBL Connect app, and reveal the mobile device’s Home screen.

3. Find the Settings App

We found ours on the second page of the iOS home screen on our iPad Air, as shown next.

How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted

4. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

The mobile device then displays the first page of its settings, as shown next.



5. Go to Bluetooth Settings

Our Bluetooth settings screen displays as follows on our iPad Air tablet. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since we turned off our JBL Clip 3 speaker, it shows as Not Connected. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the iOS 11 iPad Air, displaying its -Previously Paired Bluetooth Devices- list, with the disconnected JBL Clip 3 speaker highlighted.
How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS 11 iPad Air, displaying its -Previously Paired Bluetooth Devices- list, with the disconnected JBL Clip 3 speaker highlighted.

6. Tap the JBL Clip 3 Speaker Entry in Devices List

The JBL Clip 3 entry is the last item on the list shown in the last screenshot.

Then, the JBL Clip 3 device screen shows, as seen next.

How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of the Picture of the iOS 11 iPad Air tablet, showing the JBL Clip 3 Speaker Bluetooth Device Screen. The -Forget This Device- link is highlighted.
How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the iOS 11 iPad Air tablet, showing the JBL Clip 3 Speaker Bluetooth Device Screen. The -Forget This Device- link is highlighted.

7. Tap the Forget This Device Option

When you tap the Forget This Device link, you then get the Forget “JBL Clip 3” prompt, as shown next.

How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of the iOS iPad Air tablet, showing the -Forget JBL Flip 3- confirmation prompt, with the -OK- button highlighted.
How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS iPad Air tablet, showing the -Forget JBL Flip 3- confirmation prompt, with the -OK- button highlighted.

8. Tap the Red OK Button

Tapping OK removes the JBL Clip 3 pairing data from the mobile device.

After you hit OK, the Forget JBL Clip 3 window closes, and the system takes you back to the previously paired Bluetooth devices list, as shown next.

How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of an iOS 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Clip 3 speaker now.
How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL Clip 3 speaker now.



9. Turn On your JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Turn on the Clip by quickly pressing its Power button. See this circled in green, in the next picture.

How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, showing its -Power- button highlighted.
How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, showing its -Power- button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since it now has a new Bluetooth name that presumably no other nearby Bluetooth devices know about, it will not pair with anything. The light that comes on in the power switch denotes this not-paired state by slowly blinking white, as shown next.

How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.
How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.

10. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your newly named Clip 3 speaker on your mobile device, place the speaker into Bluetooth discovery mode. Do this by pressing and releasing the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 waterproof speaker, showing its Bluetooth discovery mode button highlighted.
How to change JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker name. JBL Clip 3 waterproof speaker, showing its Bluetooth discovery mode button highlighted.

When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, the speaker makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound two times. Also, the status light changes from a slow to fast blinking white.

Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.
JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.

11. Find your Clip 3 with its New Name on your Mobile Device

We would find our speaker with its new Bluetooth name.

12. Pair with your Newly Named JBL Clip 3 Speaker

Again, note that this is our dream of how this process should work if the JBL Connect app and JBL Clip 3 speaker eventually support this.

Tap the listed speaker in the Other Devices portion of the Bluetooth devices list.

Your mobile device then pairs with the JBL Clip 3 using its newly assigned name (“Tom’s Clip 3” in this demo).

13. Done!

Perhaps one day, we will successfully change the Bluetooth device name of our JBL Clip 3 wireless speaker as well as to successfully pair it with a mobile device using this new name.

Restoring Default JBL Clip 3 Speaker Name

Again, note that this is our dream of how this process should work if the JBL Connect app and JBL Clip 3 speaker eventually support changing this Bluetooth speaker’s Bluetooth discovery name.  

With that said, we’d also wish be able to restore the original default speaker name by resetting the JBL Clip 3 portable speaker.  Or, you could rename the speaker back to the “JBL Clip 3” by changing the name back using the above listed routine.



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Revision History

  • 2018-06-07: First published.