JBL Flip 4 Change Name, How to Change JBL Bluetooth Speaker Name, Rename




When you scan for in-range Bluetooth speakers, your JBL Flip 4 speaker shows up as “JBL Flip 4” by default.  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 Flip 4 change name routine, step by step.



First, install the JBL Connect app on your Android or iOS mobile device.  Then, turn on your Flip 4 and pair your mobile device with it.  Then, once you do all that, follow the routine below to change the speaker’s Bluetooth name.

JBL Flip 4 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.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the JBL Connect app highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 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 Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its Home screen with the -Settings- button highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its Home screen with the -Settings- button highlighted.

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 Flip 4 speaker, as shown in the next screenshot.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect app, showing its -Settings- screen, with the -Edit Speaker Settings- button highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL Connect app, showing its -Settings- screen, with the -Edit Speaker Settings- button highlighted.




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

Tap the pencil icon next to the Flip 4 speaker, as highlighted by the green arrow in the last screenshot.

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

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its -Change Speaker Name- screen, with the Edit box highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its -Change Speaker Name- screen, with the 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 Flip 4” to “Tom’s Flip 4”.

First, we backspaced over the default name (“JBL Flip 4”), as shown in the next picture.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its -Change Speaker Name- screen with the Edit box erased.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its -Change Speaker Name- screen with the Edit box erased.

Then, we typed in the new speaker name, “Tom’s Flip 4”, as shown next.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its -Change Speaker Name- edit box with a new name filled in.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its -Change Speaker Name- edit box with a 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 Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its -Reconnect to Apply New Name- screen, with the -Got It- link highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its -Reconnect to Apply New Name- screen, with the -Got It- link highlighted.

7. Tap the Blue   Got It   Link

This takes you back to the   Settings   screen for the speaker.  But now, the JBL Flip 4 appears with its new name assigned, as shown in the next screenshot.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen, with the new speaker name assigned.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL Connect app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen, with the new speaker name assigned.



How to Pair the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker with its New Name

With your JBL Flip 4 still paired under its old speaker name, run through this routine to unpair the Flip 4. forget it in your mobile device, and finally, re pair it under its new name.

1. Power Down the JBL Flip 4 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.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
JBL Flip 4 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, 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 4 speaker, it shows as not connected.  See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 change name. iOS 11 Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted.

6. Tap the JBL Flip 4 Speaker Entry in the My Devices List

The JBL Flip 4 entry is the last item on the list shown in the last screenshot.

Then, the JBL Flip 4 device screen shows, as seen next.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Settings, Bluetooth Device screen on iPad Air, with -Forget Device- option highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 change name. iOS 11 Settings, Bluetooth Device screen on iPad Air, with -Forget Device- option highlighted.

7. Tap the  Forget This Device   Option

When you tap the   Forget This Device   link, you then get the   Forget “JBL Flip 4”  prompt, as shown next.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the iOS 11--> Bluetooth Settings --> Forget JBL Flip 4 prompt, with -OK- link highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 change name. iOS 11–> Bluetooth Settings –> Forget JBL Flip 4 prompt, with -OK- link highlighted.

8. Tap the Red   OK   Button

Tapping  OK   removes the JBL Flip 4 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 Flip 4   window closes, and the system takes you back to the previously paired Bluetooth devices list, as shown next.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Flip 4 speaker now.
JBL Flip 4 change name. iOS 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL Flip 4 speaker now.



9. Turn On your JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker

Turn on the JBL Flip 4 by quickly pressing its   Power   button.  See this circled in green, in the next picture.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Picture of the JBL Flip 4 speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL Flip 4 speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled.

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 glowing solid white, as shown next.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Picture of the JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.

10. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your newly named Flip 4 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.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Picture of the JBL Flip 4 speaker, showing its Bluetooth button highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL Flip 4 speaker, showing its Bluetooth 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.

Picture of the JBL Flip 4 speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.
JBL Flip 4 change name. JBL Flip 4 speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.

11. Find your Flip 4 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 Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen, showing -Tom's Flip 4- speaker discovered but not paired yet highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 change name. iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen, showing -Tom’s Flip 4- speaker discovered but not paired yet highlighted.

12. Pair with your Newly Named JBL Flip 4 Speaker

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

Your mobile device then pairs with the JBL Flip 4 using its newly assigned name (“Tom’s Flip 4” in this demo).  It’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen on iPad Air, showing the -Tom's Flip 4- Bluetooth speaker connected and highlighted.
JBL Flip 4 change name. iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen on iPad Air, showing the -Tom’s Flip 4- Bluetooth speaker connected and highlighted.

13. Done!

We have now successfully renamed / changed the Bluetooth device name of our JBL Flip 4 waterproof speaker.  We’ve also successfully paired it with a mobile device using this new name.

Restoring Default JBL Flip 4 Speaker Name

Note that you can restore the original default speaker name by resetting the JBL Flip 4, as described in our   JBL Flip 4 Reset Instructions   post.  Or, you can rename the speaker back to the “JBL Flip 4” by changing the name back using the above listed routine.



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Revision History

  • 2018-05-17: First published.