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JBL Charge 3 Change Name, How to Rename JBL Bluetooth Speaker




When you scan for in-range Bluetooth speakers on a phone, desktop computer, or tablet, your JBL Charge 3 speaker shows up as “JBL Charge 3” by default. That is, its default Bluetooth name is, “JBL Charge 3”. But you can change this name using the JBL Connect+ app along with an iOS or Android based mobile device. In the post, we outline the JBL Charge 3 change name routine, step by step.  Here’s how to do it.



Getting your Devices Ready for JBL Charge 3 Speaker Renaming

  1. First, install the JBL Connect app on your Android or iOS mobile device.
  2. Then, turn on your Charge 3 and pair your mobile device with it.
  3. Then, once you do all that, follow the routine below to change the speaker’s Bluetooth name.

JBL Charge 3 Change Name, How to Rename the Speaker

1. Find the JBL Connect App on your Mobile Device

Our copy installed on home screen four, as shown next.  We pointed a green arrow at the JBL Connect app.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the JBL Connect app highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 change 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 should see the following screen.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, showing its JBL Charge 3 speaker Home screen. The Settings button is highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, showing its JBL Charge 3 speaker Home screen. The Settings button is highlighted.

3. Get to the Settings Screen

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

You should then see the Settings screen for the paired Charge 3 speaker, as shown in the next screenshot.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing its JBL Charge 3 Speaker Settings Screen, with the -Edit Name Pencil- button highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing its JBL Charge 3 Speaker Settings Screen, with the -Edit Name Pencil- button highlighted.




4. Edit the Settings for the Paired JBL Charge 3 Speaker

Tap the pencil icon next to the Charge 3 speaker, as highlighted by the purple arrow in the last screenshot.

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

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing its JBL Charge 3 Change Name edit box highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing its JBL Charge 3 Change Name edit box 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 Charge 3” to “Tom’s Charge 3”.

First, we backspaced over the default name (“JBL Charge 3”), as shown in the next picture.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing the JBL Charge 3 speaker -Change Speaker Name- edit box, erased.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing the JBL Charge 3 speaker -Change Speaker Name- edit box, erased.

Then, we typed in the new speaker name, “Tom’s Charge 3”, as shown next.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing its JBL Charge 3 Change Speaker Name edit box with new name filled in.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing its JBL Charge 3 Change Speaker Name edit box with new 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.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing its -Reconnect to Apply New Name- window, with the -Got It- link circled.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing its -Reconnect to Apply New Name- window, with the -Got It- link circled.



7. Tap the Blue Got It Link

Tapping the Got It link here takes you back to the Settings screen for the speaker. But now, the JBL Charge 3 appears with its new name assigned, as shown in the next screenshot.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing its JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker -Home- screen. The speaker has been renamed to -Toms Charge 3-.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing its JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker -Home- screen. The speaker has been renamed to -Toms Charge 3-.

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

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

1. Power Down the JBL Charge 3 Speaker

To turn off the speaker, press and release the Power button, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.

Powering down the JBL Charge 3 unpairs it from your mobile device.

2. Return your Mobile Device to its Home Screen

Press the Home button on your phone, tablet, or desktop computer, 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, pointed at by the bright purple arrow.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
JBL Charge 3 change 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.

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 Charge 3 speaker, it shows as not connected. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of an iOS tablet, showing its Bluetooth page. Showing the previously paired JBL Charge 3 speaker as -Not Connected-.
JBL Charge 3 change name. iOS tablet, showing its Bluetooth page. Showing the previously paired JBL Charge 3 speaker as -Not Connected-.

6. Tap the JBL Charge 3 Speaker Entry in the My Devices List

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

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

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the Screenshot of an iOS tablet Showing its -Forget This Device- page for the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.
JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of an iOS tablet Showing its -Forget This Device- page for the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

7. Tap the Forget This Device Option

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

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the iOS tablet, displaying its -Forget JBL Charge 3- prompt, with the OK button highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 change name. iOS tablet, displaying its -Forget JBL Charge 3- prompt, with the OK button highlighted.




8. Tap the Red OK Button

Tapping OK removes the JBL Charge 3 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 hit OK, the Forget JBL Charge 3 window closes, and the system takes you back to the previously paired Bluetooth devices list.  That screen looks similar to the following screenshot.  Note that the JBL Charge 3 entry no longer appears in the Bluetooth devices list.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the iOS tablet, showing its -Bluetooth- page. JBL Charge 3 speaker not listed. That device now forgotten.
JBL Charge 3 change name. iOS tablet, showing its -Bluetooth- page. JBL Charge 3 speaker not listed. That device now forgotten.

9. Turn On your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Turn on the JBL Charge 3 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this button pointed at by the green arrow, in the next picture.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

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

JBL Charge 3 change name. Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.

10. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your newly named Charge 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.  The bright green arrow there points at the Bluetooth pairing button.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Picture of the JBL Charge 3 wireless speaker with its Bluetooth Discovery Mode button highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Charge 3 wireless speaker with its Bluetooth Discovery Mode button highlighted.

When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, the speaker makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Also, the power button changes from a solid white glow to flashing blue. See this next.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Picture of the JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing blue and highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 change name. JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing blue and highlighted.




11. Find your Charge 3 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.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot of the iOS tablet, displaying its Bluetooth page. Showing the JBL Charge 3 speaker, now renamed and discovered under its new Bluetooth name as -Tom's Charge 3-.
JBL Charge 3 change name. iOS tablet, displaying its Bluetooth page. Showing the JBL Charge 3 speaker, now renamed and discovered under its new Bluetooth name as -Tom’s Charge 3-.

12. Pair with your Newly Named JBL Charge 3 Speaker

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

Your mobile device then pairs with the JBL Charge 3 using its newly assigned name (“Tom’s Charge 3” in this demo). It’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.

JBL Charge 3 change name. Screenshot from an iOS Tablet. Displaying its Bluetooth page. Showing a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, renamed to -Toms Charge 3-. Now connected, paired under its new Bluetooth name.
JBL Charge 3 change name. iOS Tablet. Displaying its Bluetooth page. Showing a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, renamed to -Toms Charge 3-. Now connected, paired under its new Bluetooth name.

13. Done!

We have now successfully renamed / changed the Bluetooth device name of our JBL Charge 3 waterproof speaker. We’ve also successfully paired it with a mobile device using this new name.

Restoring Default JBL Charge 3 Speaker Name

Note that you can restore the original default speaker name by resetting the JBL Charge 3, as described in our JBL Charge 3 Reset Instructions post.

Or, you can rename the speaker back to the “JBL Charge 3” by changing the name back to its default, by using the above given routine.



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Revision History

  • 2018-07-27: First published.