Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker and power bank, original box, side 3.

How to Connect JBL Charge 3 to iPhone 11

This post shows how to connect a JBL Charge 3 speaker to an iPhone 11 like device, such as an iPad tablet. How to pair works the same on the iPhone 11 as well as the tablet.

How to Connect JBL Charge 3 to iPhone 11, Step by Step

With your JBL Charge 3 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to connect it to your iPhone 11 or other 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

Secondly, we found ours on the second page of the iPhone 11 home screen, as shown next.

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

3. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

The iPhone 11 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 JBL Charge 3 to iPhone 11

Our Bluetooth settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since JBL Charge 3 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 paired the speaker with your phone before. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

Screenshot from an iPhone, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Charge 3 speaker now.
An iPhone showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL Charge 3 speaker now.

5. Turn On your JBL Charge 3 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 the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since your iPhone 11 does not know about this speaker, the Charge 3 JBL will not pair with it 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 Speaker into Bluetooth Pairing Mode

Now, to see your speaker on your iPhone 11, place it into pairing 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. Power button is flashing blue and highlighted.
The speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Power button is flashing blue and highlighted.




7. Find your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Device to Continue with How to Connect JBL Charge 3 to iPhone 11

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

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

8. Pair your iPhone 11 with your JBL Charge 3 Speaker

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

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

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

Screenshot of the iPhone Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker connected.
The iPhone Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker connected.

Note that the JBL Charge 3 now shows as connected on your iPhone 11, as pointed at by the Blue arrows in the last picture.

9. Done with How to Connect JBL Charge 3 to iPhone 11 !

Finally, we have now successfully paired our JBL Charge 3 portable speaker with an iPhone like tablet.  This procedure also works when pairing with other Apple devices, although the screen faces may differ slightly.

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References for How to Connect JBL Charge 3 to iPhone 11

  1. Harman Audio JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Speaker on harmanaudio.com
  2. Apple iPhone Official Product Page at apple.com

Revision History

  • 2020-11-17: First published.
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