Picture of the Echo Dot 4 smart speaker with clock alongside the JBL Flip 1 Bluetooth speaker.

How to Connect JBL Flip to Alexa

This post shows how to connect the JBL Flip portable Bluetooth speaker to Alexa smart speakers. Since this pairing occurs between the JBL and Echo 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 to Alexa, Step by Step

With your Flip 1 powered OFF (status lamp is dark), run through this routine to connect it to your Alexa Echo, Show, Studio, Input, and 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. In this exercise, the app is in a custom folder we set up, called Smart Speakers, pointed at by the green arrow.

Screenshot of the the Alexa App Icon in Folder on iPadOS.
The Alexa App Icon in Folder on iPadOS.

2. Run the Alexa App

The app displays its Home screen as we see in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the More option on the Alexa App Home screen on iPadOS in 2022.
The More Option on the Alexa App Home Screen on iPadOS in 2022.

3. Tap the More Item to Continue with How to Connect JBL Flip to Alexa

Find the hamburger item in the lower right corner of the screen. We point at this with the green arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Alexa app’s main menu, as follows.

Screenshot of the Settings item on the Alexa app main menu on iPadOS.
The Settings item on the Alexa app main menu on iPadOS.

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 we see in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Device Settings item on the Settings Page of the Alexa App on iPadOS.
The Device Settings item on the Settings Page of the Alexa App on iPadOS.

5. Tap the  Device Settings   Option

Touching   Device Settings   brings up the  All Devices   page.

Screenshot of an Echo Dot 4 entry on the All Devices page of the Alexa app on iPadOS.
An Echo Dot 4 entry on the All Devices page of the Alexa app on iPadOS.

From here, choose which Echo device you wish to pair with your JBL Flip 1 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 2nd Echo Dot 4   speaker to our JBL Flip 1, and so, its device specific settings screen looks as follows.

Screenshot of the Connect a Device item on the Echo Dot 4 Settings page of the iPadOS Alexa app.
The Connect a Device item on the Echo Dot 4 Settings page of the iPadOS Alexa app.

7. Tap the  Connect a Device  Item

Find the  Connect a Device  option pointed at by the  green  arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the   Setup   screen, as we show next.

Screenshot of the Pair Bluetooth Device Setup page on the Alexa app on iPadOS.
The Pair Bluetooth Device Setup page on the Alexa app on iPadOS.

At this point, your Alexa device scans for nearby Bluetooth devices that are in pairing mode. Here, we selected an Echo Dot 4  earlier. So, this speaker will be the one that scans for BT devices.

Note that our Dot speaker found no devices so far.  But it will in the next steps, when we turn on the JBL Flip and put it in pairing mode.

8. Power Up the JBL Flip

Bring your speaker close to your Alexa device to pair, and power up that speaker by pressing and releasing the Power / Pairing button as we show in the next picture.

Picture of the Power button on the JBL Flip 1 Bluetooth speaker.
The Power button on the JBL Flip 1 Bluetooth speaker.

The speaker boots and beeps, and then the Power / Pairing button lights up either solid blue (if it pairs to a nearby BT device), or flashes blue and red to indicate that pairing mode is active.

Picture of the glowing Power / Pairing button on the JBL Flip speaker.
The glowing Power / Pairing button on the JBL Flip speaker.

9. Place the BT Speaker into Pairing / Discovery Mode

Put your speaker into pairing mode by pressing and releasing the Power / Pairing button. The speaker responds by playing two beeps, and this button flashes blue and red.

10. Find the JBL Flip on the Alexa App SETUP Page

When you put the speaker into discovery mode, it should then appear in the Alexa app, on the Pair Bluetooth Device… page, as we see next.

Screenshot of a JBL Flip speaker discovered on the Setup page in the Alexa App on iPadOS.
A JBL Flip speaker discovered on the Setup page in the Alexa App on iPadOS.

Note that if your speaker does not show up on this page at this point, then try moving it very close to the Alexa speaker, closing and restarting the Alexa app, and then repeating steps 3 through 7 along with step 9 above.  We usually find that this gets the speaker to appear here as it should.

11. Find your JBL Flip on the Discovered Devices List 

See the last screenshot above.  Our test speaker is there.

12. Finally, Pair your Alexa with your JBL Flip Speaker

Pair to the speaker by tapping its corresponding entry on the  Pair Bluetooth Device…  screen, we see in the last screenshot above.

Your Alexa speaker then pairs with the wireless speaker.

The app then takes you back to the Thomas’s 2nd Echo Dot 4 screen, which looks something like the following.

Screenshot of the JBL Flip 1 speaker connected to an Echo Dot 4 on the Device Settings page in the Alexa App on iPadOS.
The JBL Flip 1 speaker connected to an Echo Dot 4 on the Device Settings page in the Alexa App on iPadOS.

Note that our Bluetooth speaker now shows as connected.  Also, the JBL speaker makes the Speaker Paired sound (two beeps).

This speaker is now connected with your Alexa smart speaker. Its Bluetooth light glows solid white to signal that successful pairing is in effect.

13. Done with How to Connect JBL Flip to Alexa !

We can now ask Alexa to play music or news, and those programs will come out of the JBL Flip. Be sure though, to speak to the Echo speaker when making requests, and not the Bluetooth speaker.  Even though the Flip 1 is now paired with Alexa, the Echo is still the speaker that hears your voice commands through its internal far field microphones.

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References for How to Connect JBL Flip to Alexa

    1. Official Product Page for the JBL Flip Speaker at JBL.com
    2. Alexa Echo Product Page at Amazon.com

Revision History

    • 2022-09-11: First published.
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