Alexa Echo Dot 3 alongside a JBL Charge 4 Bluetooth speaker.

How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa

This post demonstrates how to connect the JBL Charge 4 with Alexa speakers, including the Echo, Dot, and Spot models. And, since this connecting happens right between the Charge 4 and Alexa, you need not turn BT on in the mobile device you’re using to set it up.

How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa

With your JBL Charge 4 speaker powered OFF (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your Amazon Echo. We’re using an iPad Air 2 tablet to set up this BT connection.

1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device

We find the Alexa app on an iPad Air 2 as seen in the next picture. In this demo, the 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.
iOS home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

2. Run the Alexa App

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

Screenshot of the Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.
The Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.

3. Tap the Hamburger Control

Find the hamburger item in the top left corner of the screen, pointed at by the blue arrow in the last screenshot.

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

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted. How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted.

4. Tap the Settings Option on the App’s Main Menu to Continue with How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa

We point at the  Settings  item with the green arrow in the last screenshot.

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

Picture of the Alexa App on iOS, showing its Settings screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted.
Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen, with the -Device Settings- option highlighted.

5, Tap the  Device Settings  Option

This brings up the  All Devices   screen, where all of your connected Amazon Alexa enabled devices appear in a list, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -All Devices- page, with an Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker in the list highlighted.
Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -All Devices- page, with an Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker in the list highlighted.

6. Tap the Alexa Device you Wish to Connect

For this demo, we chose the  Thomas’s Echo Dot 3rd Gen  Alexa speaker, although pairing works similarly with all the other Bluetooth enabled Alexa speaker models.

Anyway, touching the speaker listed that you wish to pair then takes you to the device-specific settings screen for that particular Alexa speaker, as seen in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Device Settings- screen for the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Alexa speaker, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Device Settings- screen for the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Alexa speaker, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted.

7. Tap the  Bluetooth Devices  Item to Continue with How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa

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

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

Screenshot of the Alexa app for iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted. How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa.
Alexa app for iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted.

At this point, your Alexa app is ready to begin a BT scan by your chosen Alexa speaker. We picked our Alexa Dot 3 in the last step. So, that Dot will be the one that looks for BT devices when we press the blue   Pair a New Device   bar at the bottom of the page.

BUT WAIT A MINUTE!  Don’t press that bar just yet.  We must turn on the JBL Charge 4 speaker first, and then put it in Bluetooth discovery mode.  But if your Charge is already powered ON and ready to pair, then skip the next step, and move on to step 9 below.

8. Turn On your JBL Charge 4

Put down your mobile device for a second, and turn on the 4 by quickly pressing its  Power  button. See this button circled in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Charge 4 power bank speaker, top view, showing the Power button highlighted. How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa.
The JBL Charge 4 power bank speaker, top view, showing the Power button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our Alexa Dot 3 has never connected with this speaker prior, it has no connection information for it in its Bluetooth devices list.  Thus the JBL speaker will not yet connect with this Dot automatically.

Picture of the JBL Charge 4 speaker not connected, with the dark Bluetooth button highlighted.
JBL Charge 4 speaker not connected, with the dark Bluetooth button highlighted.

9. Put your JBL Charge 4 into Pairing Mode

Now, to allow an Alexa smart speaker to find the Charge, place your speaker into BT discovery mode. E.g. Press and release in the the Bluetooth button on the speaker.  Find this button in the last picture, pointed at by the green arrow.

Then, the JBL speaker makes a plucking guitar note sound. Also, the   Bluetooth  button starts flashing white.

10. Now Go Back to your Mobile Device and the Alexa App to Continue with How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa

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

Screenshot of the Alexa app for iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted. How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa.
Alexa app for iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted.

11. Touch the  Pair a New Device  Button

This starts your Alexa speaker scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices that are in BT discovery mode. Since your JBL Charge 4 is itself now in discovery mode, the Dot should find it.  Our BT speaker is indeed close enough for the Gen 3 Dot to pick up.

Thus, after a short time, you should get something like the screen we got. Shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app for iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Setup- page, showing that it found the -Tom's Charge 4- speaker.
Alexa app for iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Setup- page, showing that it found the -Tom’s Charge 4- speaker.

In our demo, the Alexa app, through our 3rd generation Dot, found our JBL speaker, named   Tom’s Charge 4.

12. Find your JBL Charge 4 in the Discovered Devices List

See the screenshot above. Our scan found one device, which is the JBL Charge 4.

13. Finally, Connect your Alexa with the JBL Charge 4

Connect with the JBL 4 by touching that speaker entry on the  Bluetooth Setup  screen, shown in the last screenshot above.

Alexa then connects with this BT speaker.

Shortly thereafter, the app again displays the  Bluetooth Settings  screen, that now shows the JBL Charge 4 connected, as pictured next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app for iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the connected -Tom's Charge 4- BT speaker listed and highlighted.
Alexa app for iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the connected -Tom’s Charge 4- BT speaker listed and highlighted.

 

Also, the Charge 4 JBL plays the   Speaker Connected   rising guitar sound. Note also that the Bluetooth symbol and speaker name text turns blue. This means that successful pairing has occurred.  The blue speaker name text shows you which memorized speaker in the Previously Paired Bluetooth Devices list is currently connected to your Alexa speaker.

The JBL Charge 4 speaker’s   Bluetooth   button now glows solid white, meaning that a successful connection has been set up, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Charge 4 wireless speaker, top view, showing the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons lit and highlighted. How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa.
JBL Charge 4 wireless speaker, top view, showing the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons lit and highlighted.

14. Done with How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa

We have now successfully connected our JBL Charge 4  with our Alexa Echo Dot 3 speaker. So now, we may ask Alexa to play music on this Dot, and she’ll stream it to the BT speaker. Thus, that music will play on the very “big sounding” JBL portable speaker instead of the Echo. This speaker offers a louder, fuller sound than your run-of-the-mill Alexa speakers.  So linking these devices has definite sound advantages.

Enjoy listening.

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References for How to Connect JBL Charge 4 to Alexa 

  1. JBL Charge 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Official Product Page, on JBL.com
  2. Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – New and improved smart speaker with Alexa Product Page on Amazon.com

Revisions List

  • 2020-08-01: First posted.