Picture of the JBL Flip 4 alongside an Amazon Echo Dot 2 speaker.

How to Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa Speaker

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.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.
iOS 11 home screen, showing the Alexa app Icon highlighted. Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa instructions.

2. Run the Alexa App

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

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.

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.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, showing its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.

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.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.
The Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted. Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa instructions.

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.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Bluetooth- option highlighted.
The Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Bluetooth- option highlighted.

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.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted.
The Alexa app on iOS, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted.

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.

Picture of the JBL Flip 4 speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled.
The Flip 4 JBL speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled. Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa instructions.

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.

Picture of the JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.
The JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.

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.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Picture of the JBL Flip speaker, showing its Bluetooth button highlighted.
The Flip 4 JBL speaker, showing its Bluetooth button highlighted. Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa instructions.

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.

Picture of the JBL Flip speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.
The Flip 4 speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.

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.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted.
The Alexa app on iOS, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted.

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.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Setup- screen. Showing the -Toms Flip 4- JBL speaker that the app discovered, highlighted.
The Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Setup- screen. Showing the -Toms Flip 4- JBL speaker that the app discovered, highlighted. Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa instructions.

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.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Devices- screen with -Toms Flip 4- speaker paired and highlighted.
The Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Devices- screen with -Toms Flip 4- speaker paired and highlighted.

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.

Picture of the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker, top view, powered ON, paired, showing blue power lamp.
JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker, top view, powered ON, paired, showing blue power lamp. Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa instructions.

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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  2. Review of the JBL Flip 4 Portable Waterproof Speaker
  3. JBL Flip 4 Specs, Specifications for this Speaker
  4. Pairing Instructions for Flip 4 JBL Speaker
  5. JBL Flip 4 Low Frequency Mode, How to Turn On

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References for How to Connect JBL Flip 4 to Alexa

  1. How to Pair your Alexa Smart Speaker with a Bluetooth Speaker, from CNet

Revision History

  • 2020-04-08: Added tags.
  • 2020-03-16: Added more tags.
  • 2019-03-31: First posted.
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