JBL Flip 3 beside an Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 3 speaker.

How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa

This post shows how to connect a JBL Bluetooth speaker a typical Alexa device. We demonstrate this with a JBL Flip 5 speaker and the Alexa Input device, although just about any Alexa speaker would work here as well.  Since this Bluetooth connecting happens between the speaker and Alexa directly, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to establish this link.





How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa

Begin with your Bluetooth speaker turned off.  Then perform this routine to connect it to an Alexa device. We’re using an iPad Air Apple tablet to set up this linkage.

1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device

We found the app on an iPadOS iPad Air as shown in the next screenshot. In our case, the Alexa app is on the third home screen page. It’s pointed at by the blue arrow.

Screenshot of the iOS home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted. How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa.
iOS home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

2. Run the Alexa App

The app displays its Home screen as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iPadOS Home page, with the -More- Item highlighted.
The Alexa app on iPadOS Home screen, with the -More- Item highlighted.

3. Tap the More (Hamburger) Control 

Find the hamburger item in the lower right corner of the screen. This is pointed at by the green arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Alexa app’s main menu, as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the app's main menu, with the -Settings- item highlighted.
The app’s main menu, with the -Settings- item highlighted.

4. Tap the Settings Option on the Main Menu to Continue with How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa

The Settings option is pointed at by the green arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Settings screen, as shown in the next screenshot.





From here, choose which Alexa device you wish to connect to your Bluetooth speaker.  The green arrow in the next picture points at our choice,  the Thomas’s Echo Input Alexa device.

Screenshot of the -All Devices- page, with an Alexa device highlighted. How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa.
The -All Devices- page, with an Alexa device highlighted.

5. Tap the Alexa Device you Want to Connect

This takes you to the device-specific settings screen for the device you picked.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iPadOS, displaying the -Device Settings- page for the Echo Input, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted.
The Alexa app on iPadOS, displaying the -Device Settings- page for the Echo Input, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted.

6. Tap the Bluetooth Devices Item

Find the Bluetooth Devices menu item pointed at by the green arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Bluetooth Devices screen, as shown next.

At this point, you’re ready to start a Bluetooth scan by the Alexa speaker / receiver you just chose for this connection. In our demo here, our Alexa Input will be the one that scans for Bluetooth devices.

But don’t press the Pair a New Device button just yet. We must first power up our JBL Bluetooth speaker and put it into discovery mode.

Screenshot of the -Select Previously Paired Device- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted. How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa.
The -Select Previously Paired Device- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted.

7. Turn On your Speaker to Continue with How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa

Put down your mobile device for a moment, and turn on your BT speaker.  In this demo, we’re pairing with a JBL Flip 5.  So in our case, we turn the speaker on by quickly pressing its Power button. See this button pointed at by the green arrow, in the next picture.

Top view of the JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker, powered OFF, with the Power button highlighted.
Top view of the JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker, powered OFF, with the Power button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our Alexa device does not know about this speaker yet, this BT speaker will not connect with it automatically. Thus, the Bluetooth light that shows as dark after you power up this speaker.  Note that your particular Bluetooth speaker may show this non paired state differently.





8. Put your Bluetooth Speaker into Pairing Mode

Now, to let Alexa find your speaker, place that Bluetooth speaker in pairing / discovery mode by pressing and releasing the Bluetooth button, as pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Top view of the JBL Bluetooth speaker, showing the flashing Bluetooth button highlighted. How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa.
Top view of the JBL Bluetooth speaker, showing the flashing Bluetooth button highlighted.

When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, many speakers make some sort of noise to let you know that they’re ready to pair. Some also flash the Bluetooth button.

9. Now, Go Back to your Mobile Device 

The screen with the blue Pair a New Device button should still be showing, as in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Alexa App on iPadOS displaying its -Select Previously Paired Device- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted.
Alexa App on iPadOS displaying its -Select Previously Paired Device- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted.

10. Tap the Blue Pair a New Device Button to Continue with How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa

This starts your Alexa device scanning for any nearby Bluetooth speakers that are themselves in pairing mode. Since your BT speaker is now in that mode, Alexa should find it.

Then, after a short pause, you should see something like the screen we got. Shown next.

Screenshot of the -Pair Bluetooth Device with your Echo Input- page, with a JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker on the list highlighted.
The -Pair Bluetooth Device with your Echo Input- page, with a JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker on the list highlighted.

In our demo, the Alexa app found our BT speaker, named  JBL Flip 5.

11. Find your Bluetooth Speaker on the Discovered Devices List

See the screenshot above.

So, we located our JBL speaker in the list, as pointed at by the green arrow in that picture.





12. Finally, Connect your Alexa with your Bluetooth Speaker

Connect to the BT speaker by tapping the listed speaker in the Bluetooth Setup screen, shown in the last screenshot above.

The Alexa smart speaker device then connects with the Bluetooth speaker (“JBL Flip 5” in this demo).

The app then takes you back to the Device Settings page for the Alexa device, as shown next.

Screenshot of the -Device Settings- page for an Echo Input, showing 1 paired and connected device highlighted. How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa.
The -Device Settings- page for an Echo Input, showing 1 paired and connected device highlighted.

Also, our speaker makes a Speaker Paired sound (the three ascending tones).  Again though, your BT speaker may do something different to indicate that it is paired.

The speaker is now connected with Alexa.

13. Done with How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa !

We have now successfully connected our JBL BT speaker with an Alexa Echo device. So we can now ask Alexa to play music through this speaker.

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References for How to Connect JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Alexa

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Revision History

  • 2020-08-18: First published.
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