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

How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to Alexa

This post explains how to connect JBL Flip 3 to Alexa speakers. Since this pairing happens between the JBL and Alexa devices directly, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to set up this connection.





How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to Alexa

With your JBL Flip 3 powered OFF (status lamp is dark), run through this routine to connect it to your Alexa Echo and Alexa Dot models. We use an iPad Air tablet to set this up.

1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device

We found the app on the iPad Air as shown in the next shot. On our iPad, the app is on the third  Home   screen page, pointed at by the blue arrow.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Alexa app Icon highlighted.
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.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.

3. Tap the Hamburger Control to Continue with How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to Alexa

Find the hamburger item in the top left corner of the screen. This is 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 app, showing its main menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.
The app, showing its main menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.

4. Tap the  Settings   Option on the Main Menu 

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

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

Picture of the Alexa app, showing its -Settings- screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted.
The Alexa app, showing its -Settings- screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted.

5. Tap the  Device Settings   Option

Touching   Device Settings   brings up the  All Devices   page, as shown next.

Screenshot of the app, displaying its -All Devices- page, with an Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker in the list highlighted.
The app, displaying its -All Devices- page, with an Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker in the list highlighted.

From here, choose which Echo device you wish to pair with your JBL Flip 3 speaker.





6. Tap the Alexa Device you Wish to Connect

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

In this demo, we’re pairing from our  Thomas’s Echo Dot 3rd Gen   speaker to our Flip.

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

Find the  Bluetooth Devices  option 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 your Alexa speaker for the Flip 3 JBL speaker. You’ve selected an Alexa  in the last step. So, that speaker will be the one that scans for BT devices.

Screenshot of the Alexa app, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted.
The Alexa app, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted.

But don’t press the   Pair a New Device   button just yet. We must first power up the JBL Flip 3, and turn on its Bluetooth pairing mode.

8. Turn On your BT Speaker to Continue with How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to Alexa

Put aside your mobile device for a moment, and turn on the JBL Flip 5 by quickly pressing its   Power   button. See this circled in green, in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, top view, power button glowing white, highlighted. Speaker powered ON.
JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, top view, power button glowing white, highlighted. Speaker powered ON.

The Power switch then lights up and the speaker then boots up.

But since our Echo Dot does not know about this speaker, the Flip will not pair with it without your help the first time.

9. Put your Speaker into Bluetooth Pairing Mode

Now, to allow Alexa to find your JBL Flip 3, place the Flip into Bluetooth discovery / pairing mode. For that, press and release the Bluetooth button. Find this button in the next picture, pointed at by the green arrow.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker. Showing its Bluetooth pairing button highlighted.
JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker. Showing its Bluetooth pairing button highlighted.

When you press the  Bluetooth Pairing Mode  button, the speaker makes a twice repeating group of eight guitar notes. Also, the Power button begins blinking blue, as shown next…

 

Picture of the speaker, showing its -Power- button flashing blue.
The speaker showing its -Power- button flashing blue.

10. 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 app, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted.
The app, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted.

11. Tap the  Pair a New Device   Button to Continue with How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to Alexa

This starts your Alexa scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in BT pairing mode. Now your JBL Flip 3 is in the pairing / discovery mode. So it should shortly appear on this screen.

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

The Alexa app, displaying its -Pair Bluetooth Device with your Echo Dot- screen, with the discovered JBL Flip 3 speaker highlighted.
The Alexa app, displaying its -Pair Bluetooth Device with your Echo Dot- screen, with the discovered JBL Flip 3 speaker highlighted.

 

In our demo, the app found our JBL Flip 3, named aptly,   JBL FLIP 3. See this pointed out by the green arrow in the last screenshot.





12. Find your JBL Flip 3 on the Discovered Devices List 

See the screenshot above.

13. Finally, Pair your Alexa with your JBL Flip 3

Pair to the Flip 3 JBL by tapping the listed speaker on the  Bluetooth Setup  screen, shown in the last screenshot above.

Your Alexa speaker then pairs with the JBL Flip 3.

The app then displays the Select a Previously Paired Device screen then looks something like the following.

The Alexa app, displaying its -Select Previously Paired Device- screen, with a paired JBL Flip 3 speaker highlighted.
The Alexa app, displaying its -Select Previously Paired Device- screen, with a paired JBL Flip 3 speaker highlighted.

 

Also, the JBL Flip 3 makes the Speaker Paired sound (the three ascending guitar notes). Note also, that the Bluetooth symbol to the left of the listed speaker item turns blue when pairing occurs, as shown in the last screenshot.

The JBL Flip 3 is now connected with your Alexa speaker. Its Power button glows solid blue to signal that successful pairing is in effect, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 battery powered Bluetooth speaker, showing its power button glowing blue.
JBL Flip 3 battery powered Bluetooth speaker, showing its power button glowing blue.

14. Done with How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to Alexa !

We can now ask Alexa to play music via the smart speaker, and those tunes will come out of this JBL Flip 3. Be sure though, to speak to the Alexa speaker when making requests, and not the JBL Flip 3.  Even though the Flip is now paired with Alexa, the Alexa is still the speaker that receives voice commands through its internal far field microphones.

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References for How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to Alexa

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Revision History

  • 2020-07-24: First published.
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