Lower back view of the JBL Xtreme 2 speaker, showing the closed USB ports door.

How to Connect iPhone to JBL Bluetooth Speaker

This post shows how to connect an Apple iPhone to a JBL Bluetooth speaker.  We demonstrate this on an iPad Air tablet, but it works the same on the iPhone.

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

With your speaker powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch iOS mobile device. We’re using an iPad Air tablet in this demo.

1. Find your Way to the Home Screen on your iPhone

Press the Home button to uncover the mobile iPhone’s Home screen.





2. Find the Settings App

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

Picture of an iPhone like Home screen, with the -Settings- app highlighted by an arrow.
iPhone like Home Screen with the -Settings- app highlighted by an arrow.

3. Bring up the Settings App

Thirdly, tap the Settings app icon.

The iPhone then displays the first page of its settings, as shown in the next step.

4. Go to Bluetooth Settings to Continue with How to Connect iPhone to JBL Bluetooth Speaker

Our Bluetooth settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since our speaker is currently turned OFF, it does not show up in the Bluetooth devices list. Also, you wouldn’t see it if you’ve never connected the speaker with your iPhone before. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

Screenshot from an iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Bluetooth speaker now.
An iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL Bluetooth speaker now.

5. Turn On your JBL Bluetooth Speaker

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

Picture of a typical JBL Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the -Power- button highlighted.
A typical JBL Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the -Power- button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.





But since your iPhone does not know about this speaker, the speaker will not pair with the phone automatically. The light that comes on in the Power switch denotes this not-paired state by glowing solid white, as shown next.

Picture of the speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.
The speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.

6. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your speaker on your iPhone, place the speaker into Bluetooth discovery mode by pressing and releasing the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing its Bluetooth discovery mode button highlighted.
The speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing 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.

Picture of the speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. The -Power- button is flashing blue and highlighted.
The speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. The -Power- button is flashing blue and highlighted.

7. Find your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Device to Continue with How to Connect iPhone to JBL Bluetooth Speaker

See the screen shot next. We found ours, as pointed at by the blue arrow, as shown next.

Screenshot of the iPad Air Bluetooth settings screen, showing JBL Charge 3 speaker discovered but not paired.
The iPad Air Bluetooth settings screen, showing a JBL Charge 3 speaker discovered but not paired.

8. Next, Connect your iPhone with the JBL Bluetooth Speaker

Tap the listed speaker in the Other Devices section of the Bluetooth devices list, shown above.

Your iPhone then pairs with the speaker (“JBL Charge 3” in this scenario).

The iPhone’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker paired with our iPad Air tablet.
The iPad Air Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker paired with our iPad Air tablet.

Note that the JBL Bluetooth speaker now shows as connected on your iPhone, as pointed at by the Blue arrows in the last picture.





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

We have now successfully connected a JBL Bluetooth speaker with an iPhone like tablet.  This procedure also works when pairing with other Apple devices, although the screen faces may be somewhat different.

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References for How to Connect iPhone to JBL Bluetooth Speaker

  1. Apple iPhone Product Page at Apple.com
  2. JBL Bluetooth Speaker Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2020-12-01: First published.
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