Picture of an iPhone beside the JBL Flip 3 speaker.

How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to iPhone

This post shows how to connect a JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker with the iPhone.

How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to iPhone, Step by Step

With your Flip 3 powered OFF (power button is dark), run through this routine to connect it with your iPhone.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing power button highlighted. Speaker is OFF.
JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing power button highlighted. Speaker is OFF.

1. Visit the Home Screen on the iPhone

Firstly, at the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom or tap the Home button to bring up the phone’s Home screen. Shown next.

2. Find the Settings App

We found ours on the second page of the Home screen, as we show next.

The -Settings- app icon on the iPhone 12 Pro Max -Home- screen.
iPhone -Home- screen showing the -Settings- app.

3. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

Screenshot of the -Bluetooth- option on the iPhone 12 Pro Max -Settings- page.
iPhone 12 Pro Max -Settings- page, showing the -Bluetooth- option.

The iPhone then displays the first page of its settings, as we see.

4. Go to the  Bluetooth  Page to Continue with How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to iPhone

Tap the Bluetooth item.  Our Bluetooth screen then displays, similar to the following.

Screenshot of the -Bluetooth Settings- page on an iPhone 12 Pro Max smart phone.
The iPhone  -Bluetooth- page.

Note that our Bluetooth is ON here. If yours shows as OFF, then move the switch item rightward to the ON position as ours is in the last picture.

Now since JBL speaker is currently powered OFF, it does not show up in the Bluetooth devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired this speaker with this iPhone before.





5. Turn On your Flip 3 Speaker

Turn on this unit  by quickly pressing its Power button. The speaker then boots and that button starts glowing white, or it may flash blue if this speaker comes up in pairing mode, say, after a factory reset.

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 speaker then powers up and makes a rising guitar strum sound.

But since the iPhone does not know about this speaker, the Flip 3 will not pair with it automatically. The status light denotes this not-paired state by either glowing steady white or blinking blue.

6. Put your JBL Flip 3 into Bluetooth Pairing Mode

Now, to see the 3 on your mobile device, place the speaker into pairing mode. To do that, press and release the Pairing button. It’s the leftmost button just under the main buttons panel, and looks like the Bluetooth logo.

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.

The speaker then plays the guitar single note pluck in decreasing volume sequence. And the Power button starts flashing blue.

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.

7. Find your BT Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to iPhone

See the screen shot next. In fact, we found our speaker, as pointed at by the dark blue arrow.

Screenshot of the JBL Flip 3 speaker showing as Discovered on the iPhone.
The JBL Flip 3 speaker showing as Discovered on the iPhone.

8. Next, Connect with your Speaker

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

Your iPhone then connects with the Flip (named “JBL Flip 3” in this scenario). The mobile device’s Bluetooth screen then changes to look something like the following.

Screenshot of the JBL Flip 3 speaker showing as Connected on an iPhone.
The JBL Flip 3 speaker showing as Connected on an iPhone.

9. Done with How to Connect JBL Flip 3 to an iPhone !

We have now successfully linked this BT speaker. Furthermore, similar procedures work with pairing iPod Touch players, iPad Pros, and any iPhones as well so long as they support Bluetooth. Also, pairing with Android devices works like this too.

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References 

    1. Flip 3 Speaker Official Product Page at HarmanAudio.com

Revision History

    • 2022-09-14: Added actual iPhone pictures and reworked the tags and the text.
    • 2020-08-01: First published.
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