This post shows how to connect JBL Flip 4 to an Alexa smart speaker. That is, it details how to connect the Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with some of the popular Alexa speakers. Namely the Echo Dots, including the generations 1 through 4. Since this connecting happens among the Flip 4 and the Echo devices, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device on which you’re running the Alexa app.
Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa Instructions, Step by Step
First, with your JBL Flip 4 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to connect it to your Alexa speaker. We’re using an iPad Air tablet to make this connection.
1. Find the Alexa App on your Mobile Device
We found the app on our iOS 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.
2. Run the Alexa App
Then the app displays its Home screen as shown in the next screenshot.
3. Tap the Hamburger Control
Find the hamburger item in the top left corner of the screen. This is pointed at by the blue arrow in the last screenshot. Then, tap the control.
This then brings up the Alexa app’s menu, as shown in the next screenshot.
4. Tap the Settings Option on the Main Menu
We highlighted the Settings option with the blue 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 pair with your JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker.
5. Tap the Alexa Device you Wish to Pair to your JBL Flip 4 Speaker
Next, tapping the device you’re pairing takes you to the device-specific settings screen for your chosen Alexa speaker.
In this demo, we connect from our Bedroom Dot Alexa to our JBL Flip 4 speaker.
6. Tap the Bluetooth Item
Next, find the Bluetooth option pointed at by the blue arrow in the last screenshot.
This then brings up the Bluetooth Devices screen, as shown next.
Now you’re ready to start a Bluetooth scan by your Alexa speaker. You’ve selected this speaker in the last step. So, that one will be the smart speaker that scans for Bluetooth devices.
But don’t press the Pair a New Device button just yet. We must first power up your JBL Flip 4 speaker and put it into pairing discovery mode.
7. Turn On your JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker
Put down your mobile device for a bit, and turn on the JBL Flip 4 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this circled in green, in the next picture.
The speaker then powers up.
But since our Alexa speaker does not know about this BT speaker, the Flip 4 will not pair with it automatically. Not yet anyhow. Thus, the power switch light denotes this not-paired state by glowing white, as shown next.
Note that your Flip 4 may flash blue, especially if you’ve never paired it with a device since the last factory reset. If so, then skip the next step (Step 8) and pick up with Step 9.
8. Put your Bluetooth JBL Speaker into Discovery Mode
Now, to allow the Dot Alexa speaker to find your JBL Flip 4, place the Flip Four into Bluetooth discovery mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.
When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, the 4 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.
9. Go Back to your Mobile Device
The screen with the blue Pair a New Device button should still show, as in the next screenshot.
10. Tap the Pair a New Device Button
This starts your Alexa scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in Bluetooth discovery mode. Your Flip 4 is now in Bluetooth discovery mode. So Alexa should find it.
Then after a short pause, you should see something like the screen we got. Shown next.
In our demo, the Alexa app found our JBL Flip 4 speaker, named Tom’s Flip 4.
11. Find your JBL Flip 4 on the Discovered Devices List
See the screenshot above. Our scan found two devices. It found the JBL Flip 4 as well as our Roku player. So, we found our 4 in the scan results list, as pointed at by the blue arrow in that picture.
12. Finally, Connect your Alexa with your JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker
Connect to the JBL Flip 4 by tapping the listed speaker in the Bluetooth Setup screen, shown in the last screenshot above.
Alexa then connects with the Flip 4 (“Tom’s Flip 4” in this demo).
The Alexa App’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.
Also, the JBL Flip 4 makes the Speaker Paired sound (the three ascending guitar notes). Note that the Bluetooth symbol to the left of the listed speaker item turns blue in the last screenshot.
The JBL Flip 4 is now connected with your Alexa speaker. Plus, the Flip’s power button now glows solid blue, which means successful connecting, as shown next.
13. Done with How to Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa Speakers !
We have now successfully connected a JBL Flip 4 speaker with our Alexa speaker. So we may now ask Alexa to play music via that talking speaker. Then those tunes will play on the wonderful sounding JBL Flip 4. Enjoy!
Other Posts About the JBL Flip 4 Portable Speaker
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- Review of the JBL Flip 4 Portable Waterproof Speaker
- JBL Flip 4 Specs, Specifications for this Speaker
- Pairing Instructions for Flip 4 JBL Speaker
- JBL Flip 4 Low Frequency Mode, How to Turn On
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References for How to Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa
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- 2019-03-31: First posted.