Right side view of the JBL Flip 5 speaker.

How to Rename JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker

When you scan for in-range Bluetooth speakers, a JBL Flip 5 speaker shows up as “JBL Flip 5” by default.  But you can rename the JBL Flip 5 using the JBL Connect app, running on an iOS or Android based mobile device.  In the post, we outline how to do this, step by step.





First, install the JBL Connect app on your Android or iOS mobile device.  Then, turn on your speaker and pair your mobile device with it.  Then, once you do all that, follow the routine below to rename the JBL Flip 5.  After renaming, any time you go to pair to this speaker, its name will appear as the one you gave to it in this routine.

How to Rename the JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker

1. Find the JBL Connect App on your Mobile Device

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

Screenshot of the iOS 13 Home page, with the JBL Connect app highlighted.
iOS 13 Home screen, with 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 should see the following screen.

Screenshot of the Connect app, displaying the JBL Flip 5 Home page, with the -Settings- button highlighted.
The Connect app, displaying the JBL Flip 5 Home page, with the -Settings- button highlighted.

3. Get to the  Settings  Screen to Continue with How to Rename JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker

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

You should then see the   Settings   screen for the paired Flip 5 JBL speaker, as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Connect app, showing the JBL Flip 5 Settings page, with the Edit button highlighted.
The Connect app, showing the JBL Flip 5 Settings page, with the Edit button highlighted.

4. Edit the Name for the Paired JBL Flip 5

Tap the pencil icon next to the speaker name, as highlighted by the pink arrow in the last screenshot.





Then, you should see the speaker name change screen, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Connect app, showing the JBL Flip 5 Settings page, with the Edit Name field highlighted.
The Connect app, showing the JBL Flip 5 Settings page, with the Edit Name field highlighted.

 

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.

In the next screenshots, we change ours from “JBL Flip 5” to “Tom’s Flip 5”.

First, we backspaced over the default name (“JBL Flip 5”), as shown in the next picture.

Screenshot of the Connect app, showing the JBL Flip 5 Settings page with the Name Edit field erased and highlighted.
The Connect app, showing the JBL Flip 5 Settings page with the Name Edit field erased and highlighted.

Then, we typed in the new speaker name, “Tom’s Flip 5”, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Connect app, showing the JBL Flip 5 Settings page with the Edit Name field highlighted and displaying the new speaker name filled in.
The Connect app, showing the JBL Flip 5 Settings page with the Edit Name field highlighted and displaying the new speaker name filled in.

6. Tap the Blue  Done  Key when Finished Editing

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

You then receive instructions on how to pair your speaker again with its new name, as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Connect app displaying the -Reconnect to Apply New Name- window, with the -Got It- button highlighted.
The Connect app displaying the -Reconnect to Apply New Name- window, with the -Got It- button highlighted.

7. Tap the Blue   Got It   Link

This takes you back to the   Settings   screen for the speaker.  But now, the JBL Flip 5 appears with its new name assigned, as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the The Connect app, showing the renamed JBL Flip 5 -Home- page.
The Connect app, showing the renamed JBL Flip 5 -Home- page.

 

How to Pair to the JBL Flip 5 with its New Name

With your JBL Flip 5 still paired under its old speaker name, run through this routine to unpair the speaker. forget it in your mobile device, and finally, re pair it as its new name.

1. Power Down the JBL Flip 5 Speaker

This unpairs it from your mobile device.

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.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
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 Flip 5 speaker, it shows as not connected.  See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Flip 5 speaker, not connected, with its Info button highlighted.
iOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Flip 5 speaker, not connected, with its Info button highlighted.

6. Tap the JBL Flip 5 Speaker Info Button in the My Devices List

The JBL Flip 5 entry is the second item on the list shown in the last screenshot. The info button is the circle with the lower case ‘i’ inside.

Then, the JBL Flip 5 device screen shows, as seen next.

Screenshot of the iOS -Forget This Device- link for the JBL Flip 5 speaker, highlighted.
The iOS -Forget This Device- link for the JBL Flip 5 speaker, highlighted.

 

7. Tap the  Forget This Device   Option

When you tap the   Forget This Device   link, you then get the   Forget “JBL Flip 5”  prompt, as shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS -Forget JBL Flip 5- prompt, with the -Forget Device- button highlighted.
The iOS -Forget JBL Flip 5- prompt, with the -Forget Device- button highlighted.

8. Tap the Red   Forget Device   Button

Tapping  Forget Device   removes the JBL Flip 5 connection data from the mobile device.  This stops that device from looking for the speaker with that name, the next time you turn its Bluetooth on.





At any rate, after you tap that button the   Forget JBL Flip 5   window closes, and the system takes you back to the previously paired Bluetooth devices list, as shown next. But notice now, that the JBL Flip 5 entry that was there before, is gone now.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page with the JBL Flip 5 speaker now gone from the -My Devices- list.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page with the JBL Flip 5 speaker now gone from the -My Devices- list.

9. Turn On your JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker

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

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 white light comes on in the Power switch, and the dark Bluetooth button to the right of that,  denotes this not-paired state, as shown next.

Top view of the JBL Flip 5 speaker, powered ON, not paired, showing the glowing Power button highlighted.

10. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Pairing Mode

Now, to see your newly named JBL Flip 5 on your mobile device, place the speaker into Bluetooth discovery / pairing mode.  Do this by pressing and releasing the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

Top view of the JBL Flip 5 speaker, showing the glowing Bluetooth button highlighted.
Top view of the JBL Flip 5 speaker, showing the glowing Bluetooth button highlighted.

When you press the Bluetooth button, the speaker makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times.  Also, the Bluetooth button changes from dark to flashing white.

11. Find your JBL Flip 5 with its New Name on your Mobile Device

See the screen shot next.  We found our speaker.  Note that it appears here with its new Bluetooth device name, as pointed at by the purple arrow.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the -Tom's Flip 5- speaker discovered and highlighted.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the -Tom’s Flip 5- speaker discovered and highlighted.

 

12. Pair with your Newly Named JBL Flip 5

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

Your mobile device then pairs with the speaker using the newly assigned name (“Tom’s Flip 5” in this demo).  It’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Tom's Flip 5- speaker now connected and highlighted.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Tom’s Flip 5- speaker now connected and highlighted.

Note that this speaker has now moved from the Other Devices list to the My Devices list.  Plus, its status now shows as Connected, pointed at by the green arrow on the right side of the above screenshot.

13. Done with How to Rename JBL Flip 5 !

We have now successfully renamed the Bluetooth device name of our speaker.  We’ve also successfully paired it with a mobile device using the new name we gave it. Note that the speaker will retain this new name until you either reset the speaker or change the name to something else.





Restoring Default JBL Flip 5 Speaker Name

Note that you can restore the original default speaker name by resetting the JBL Flip 5.  Or, you can rename the speaker back to the “JBL Flip 5” by changing the name back using the above listed routine.

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References

  1. How to Rename your JBL Speaker, on YouTube.com

Revision History

  • 2020-08-11: Revised the tags list.
  • 2020-07-27: First published.
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