Picture of the JBL Flip 4 portable speaker, showing the pressing of its Bluetooth discovery mode button.

How to Connect JBL Flip 4 to iPhone

This post demonstrates how to connect iPhone to JBL Flip 4 speaker.

How to Connect JBL Flip 4 to iPhone

With your JBL Flip 4 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your iPhone.  We’re using an iPad Air tablet for this demo since we do not have an iPhone to get screenshots from.  However, the setup pages are similar, and so, the routine is virtually the same.

1. Navigate to the   Home   Screen on your iPhone

Firstly, press the   Home   button to reveal the iPhone’s   Home  screen.

2. Find the  Settings  App

We found ours on the second page of the iOS home screen as shown next.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
iOS Home screen with Settings app highlighted.

3. Bring up the   Settings   App

Thirdly, tap the  Settings  app icon.

The iPhone then displays the first page of its settings, as shown in the next step.





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

Our Bluetooth settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since JBL Flip 4 speaker is currently turned OFF, it does not show up in the devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired our Flip 4 with this iOS device before.  See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Flip 4 speaker now.
iOS 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL Flip 4 speaker now.

5. Turn On your JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker

Turn on the JBL Flip 4 by quickly pressing its   Power   button. See this circled in green, in the next picture.

Picture of the Flip 4 JBL speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled.
Flip 4 JBL speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our iPad does not know about this speaker, the Flip 4 will not pair with it automatically. The light that comes on in the power switch denotes this not-paired state by glowing solid white, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.
JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON. How to connect iPhone to JBL Flip 4.

6. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Pairing Mode

Now, to see your JBL Flip 4 speaker on your iPhone, place the speaker into Bluetooth discovery mode (a.k.a. Pairing Mode). To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip speaker, showing its Bluetooth button highlighted.
The JBL Flip speaker, showing its Bluetooth button highlighted.

When you press the   Bluetooth Discovery Mode   button, the speaker 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.
JBL Flip 4 speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.

7. Find your JBL Flip 4 on your Phone to Continue with How to Connect JBL Flip 4 to iPhone

See the screen shot next. We found our speaker, as pointed at by the purple arrow.

Screenshot of the iOS Bluetooth Settings screen, showing -Tom's Flip 4- speaker discovered but not paired yet highlighted.
iOS Bluetooth Settings screen, showing -Tom’s Flip 4- speaker discovered but not paired yet highlighted.

8. Pair with your JBL Flip 4 Portable Speaker

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





Your iPhone then pairs with the Flip 4 (“Tom’s Flip 4” in this demo). The iPhone’s    Bluetooth Settings    screen then changes to look something like the following.

Screenshot of the iOS Bluetooth Settings screen on iPad Air, showing the -Tom's Flip 4- Bluetooth speaker connected and highlighted.
iOS Bluetooth Settings screen on iPad Air, showing the -Tom’s Flip 4- Bluetooth speaker connected and highlighted.

9. Done with How to Connect JBL Flip 4 to iPhone !

At last, you have now successfully paired your JBL Flip 4 portable speaker with an iPhone. You can now play music or make calls on your phone, and hear them all through this wireless speaker.

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References for How to Connect JBL Flip 4 to iPhone

  1. How do I Connect my iPhone to the JBL Speaker?   from Apple Support

Revision History

  • 2021-08-23: Revised the tags lists.
  • 2020-08-02: First published.
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