Picture of an iPhone beside a JBL Flip 6 speaker.

How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to iPhone

This post shows how to connect the common JBL Bluetooth speaker with the iPhone.

How to Connect JBL Bluetooth speaker to iPhone, Step by Step

With your BT speaker powered OFF (power button or lamp near this button is dark), run through this routine to connect it with your iPhone.

Picture of the dark -Power- button on a JBL Bluetooth speaker.
The dark -Power- button on the JBL Bluetooth speaker.

1. Navigate to the Home Screen on the iPhone

At the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom to bring up the phone’s Home screen, or press the Home button if your phone is older.

2. Find the Settings App

We found ours on the second page of the home screen, shown next.

The -Settings- app icon on the iPhone 12 Pro Max -Home- screen.
iPhone -Home- screen showing the -Settings- app.

3. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

Screenshot of the -Bluetooth- option on the iPhone 12 Pro Max -Settings- page.
iPhone 12 Pro Max -Settings- page, showing the -Bluetooth- option.

The phone then displays the first page of its settings, as we see.

4. Go to the  Bluetooth  Page to Continue with How to Connect JBL Bluetooth speaker to iPhone

Tap the Bluetooth item.  Our Bluetooth screen then displays, similar to the following.

Screenshot of the -Bluetooth Settings- page on an iPhone 12 Pro Max smart phone.
The iPhone  -Bluetooth- page.

Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. If yours shows as OFF, then move the switch item to the ON position as ours is in the last picture.

Now since our test JBL Bluetooth speaker (the Flip 6 in this scenario) is currently powered OFF, it does not show up in the Bluetooth devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired this speaker with this iPhone before.

5. Turn On your Bluetooth Speaker

Turn on this unit by quickly pressing its Power button. The speaker then boots and the Power lamp starts glowing, as we see next.  All JBL Bluetooth speakers have some sort of power light that glows when the speaker is on.  The Clips have it on the top, as do the Flips and Xtremes.  The first two Go models have this light on the front, while the third version has it on the side.  So, know where it is on your particular speaker model.

Picture of the glowing -Power- button on the JBL Bluetooth speaker.
The glowing -Power- button on the typical JBL Bluetooth speaker.

The speaker then powers up and makes some sort of power-on sound.  The earlier models beep, while the later ones play the rising guitar strum sound.

But since the iPhone does not know about this speaker, the unit will not pair with it automatically. The light in the Pairing  button denotes this not-paired state by either remaining dark, or by quick flashing. Note again that Some speakers have a separate Bluetooth status lamp as our Flip 6 does here.  But others combine the Bluetooth status and power lamps into one, particularly in the Clip, early Flip, and Go models.

Picture of the Bluetooth Pairing button flashing on the JBL Bluetooth speaker.
The Bluetooth Pairing button blinking on the JBL Bluetooth speaker.

6. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Pairing Mode

Now, to see your speaker on your mobile device, place the speaker into pairing mode. To do that, press the Power / Pairing button. Note too that some models combine the Power and Pairing button functions in to one button while on others, these are separate buttons.  In our case here, we have a separate Pairing button, and it’s the rightmost button in the buttons island, to the right of the Power button, and to the left of the battery meter.

Thee speaker then plays the single note guitar pluck sound, and the Pairing button starts fast blinking.  Now your older speakers just beep when you start up pairing mode on them.

7. Find your BT Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to iPhone

See the screen shot next. We found our speaker, as pointed at by the dark blue arrow.

Screenshot of the JBL Flip 6 speaker showing as Discovered on the iPhone.
The JBL Flip 6 speaker shows as Discovered on the iPhone.

8. Next, Connect with your Speaker

Tap the listed speaker in the Other Devices section of the BT devices list.

Your iPhone then connects with the speaker (named “JBL Flip 6” in this scenario). The mobile device’s Bluetooth screen then changes to look something like the following.

Screenshot of the JBL Bluetooth speaker showing as Connected on an iPhone.
The JBL Bluetooth speaker showing as Connected on an iPhone.

The typical JBL Bluetooth speaker plays three rising guitar notes to let you know that pairing has begun.  But earlier speakers in the lineup just beep when this occurs.

9. Done with How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to an iPhone !

AT last, we have now successfully linked this BT speaker. Similar routines work with pairing iPod Touch players, iPad Pros, and any iPhones as well so long as they support Bluetooth. Pairing with Android devices works like this too.

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    1. JBL Bluetooth Speaker Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

    • 2022-09-17: First published.