Picture of the JBL Flip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker, front side view.

How to Change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker Name, Rename, Someday Perhaps




When you scan for in-range Bluetooth speakers, your JBL Flip 2 speaker shows up as “JBL Flip 2” by default. Yet we know of no way how to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Unlike the newer JBL Flip speakers such as the Flip 4, the current version of the JBL Connect app does not recognize the Flip 2. This means that you can neither rename the Flip 2, nor pair two JBL Flip 2s together in a stereo / binaural pair.

But in this post, we outline how our idea of changing the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth name routine would work. Note that renaming the speaker DOES NOT work as described below.  But we suggest this specifically to JBL, just in case they’d ever wish to extend the JBL Connect app functionality to their JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speakers. Here’s how we think changing the Bluetooth name would work if ever added.



First, you would install the JBL Connect app on your Android or iOS mobile device. Then, turn on your Flip 2 and pair your mobile device with it. Then, once that’s all done, follow the steps below to change the Flip 2 speaker’s name that appears during Bluetooth discovery on nearby Bluetooth devices.

How to Change JBL Flip 2 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 Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the JBL Connect app highlighted.
How to change JBL Flip 2 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 Flip 2 and the controls you could use to change that speaker’s settings.

3. Get to the Settings Screen

Tap the gear Settings button in the JBL Connect app.

You should then see the Settings screen for the paired JBL Flip 2 speaker.  It’s currently named, “JBL Flip 2”.




4. Edit the Settings for the Paired JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Tap the pencil icon next to the Flip 2 speaker. Note that we’ve included no screenshots of this app working with the Flip 2, since it does not do so as of this writing. Again, We’re just thinking out loud in this piece, and hoping that someone with the power to add this function to the speaker hears us.

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 Flip 2” to “Tom’s Flip 2”.

First, we’d backspace over the default name (“JBL Flip 2”).

Then, we’d type in the new speaker name, “Tom’s Flip 2”.

6. Tap the Blue Done Key when Finished Editing

Once you’ve edited the Flip 2 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 Flip 2 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 Flip 2 speaker appears with its new name assigned.



How to Pair the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker with its New Name

With your JBL Flip 2 still paired under its old speaker name, run through this routine to unpair the Flip 2. forget it in your mobile device, and finally, re pair it under its new name.

1. Power Down the JBL Flip 2 Speaker

Turning this speaker OFF unpairs it from your mobile device.

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, powered ON, with its Power button highlighted.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, powered ON, with 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 Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
How to change JBL Flip 2 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

You can unpair the JBL Flip 2 from your iOS device as follows.  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 Flip 2 speaker, it shows as Not Connected. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth settings page, showing the JBL Flip 2 speaker In the -Previously Paired Devices- list.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS 11 Bluetooth settings page, showing the JBL Flip 2 speaker In the -Previously Paired Devices- list.

6. Tap the JBL Flip 2 Speaker Entry in Devices List

The JBL Flip 2 entry is the last item on the list shown in the last screenshot.

Then, the JBL Flip 2 device screen shows, as seen next.

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 version of the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker info page, showing the -Forget This Device- link highlighted.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS 11 version of the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker info page, showing the -Forget This Device- link highlighted.

 

7. Tap the Forget This Device Option

When you tap the Forget This Device link, you then get the Forget “JBL Flip 2” prompt, as shown next.

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings page, showing the -Forget JBL Flip 2- speaker confirmation prompt, with the OK button highlighted.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings page, showing the -Forget JBL Flip 2- speaker confirmation prompt, with the OK button highlighted.

8. Tap the Red OK Button

Tapping OK removes the JBL Flip 2 pairing data from the mobile device.

After you hit OK, the Forget JBL Flip 2 window closes, and the system takes you back to the previously paired Bluetooth devices list, as shown next.

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of an iOS 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Flip 2 speaker now.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL Flip 2 speaker now.



9. Turn On your JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker

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

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker, powered Off, showing the -Power- button highlighted.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. JBL Flip 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker, powered Off, showing the -Power- button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.  The power button lights solid white, as shown next.

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, powered ON, with its Power button highlighted.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, powered ON, with its Power button highlighted.

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 Bluetooth light near the power switch stays dark.  This denotes this not-paired state, as shown next.

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing the -Bluetooth Discovery Mode- button highlighted.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing the -Bluetooth Discovery Mode- button highlighted.

10. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your newly named Flip 2 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 last picture.

The Bluetooth button then begins flashing white, as shown next.  The speaker then makes a series of decreasing volume beeps, to indicate Bluetooth discovery mode.

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker, showing its Bluetooth button lit up, glowing.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. JBL Flip 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker, showing its Bluetooth button lit up, glowing.

 

11. Find your Flip 2 with its New Name on your Mobile Device

We would find our speaker with its new Bluetooth name.  It would show on our iPad Air tablet as follows.

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth settings page, with -Toms Flip 2- wireless speaker discovered but not paired yet, highlighted.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS 11 Bluetooth settings page, with -Toms Flip 2- wireless speaker discovered but not paired yet, highlighted.

12. Pair with your Newly Named JBL Flip 2 Speaker

Again, note that this is our dream of how this process should work if the JBL Connect app and JBL Flip 2 speaker eventually support this.

Tap the listed speaker in the Devices portion of the Bluetooth devices list.  It may show up under   Other Devices,  depending on whether you have any previously paired Bluetooth devices in your list.  Since we have none on our iOS iPad Air tablet, the discovered speaker shows up under  Devices.  as shown in the last picture.

After we tap on our Tom’s Flip 2, our mobile device then pairs with it using its newly assigned name (“Tom’s Flip 2” in this demo).  Shown next.

How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth settings page, showing -Toms Flip 2- wireless speaker connected and highlighted.
How to change JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker name. iOS 11 Bluetooth settings page, showing -Toms Flip 2- wireless speaker connected and highlighted.

13. Done!

Perhaps one day, we will successfully change the Bluetooth device name of our JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker as well as to successfully pair it with a mobile device using this new name.  That is, if JBL ever implements this function in this particular speaker.

Restoring Default JBL Flip 2 Speaker Name

Again, note that this is our dream of how this process should work if the JBL Connect app and JBL Flip 2 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 Flip 2 portable speaker (someday perhaps). Or, you could rename the speaker back to the “JBL Flip 2” by changing the name back using the above listed routine.



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Revision History

  • 2018-06-13: First published.