Picture of the JBL Charge 3 portable waterproof speaker, top view, showing its control panel buttons.

How to Pair JBL Charge 3 Speaker

This post shows how to pair a JBL Charge 3 speaker with common Bluetooth source devices like phones and tablets. In this demo, we show how to do this on an iPad Air tablet.

How to Pair JBL Charge 3, Step by Step

With your JBL Charge 3 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch iOS mobile device. We’re using an iPad Air tablet in this demo.

1. Find your Way to the Home Screen on your iOS Device

Press the Home button to uncover the mobile iOS device’s Home screen.





2. Find the Settings App

We found ours on the second page of the iOS home screen on our iPad Air running iOS 11.3.1, as shown next.

Picture of an iPad Air Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
iPad Air Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted

3. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

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

4. Go to Bluetooth Settings to Continue with How to Pair JBL Charge 3

Our Bluetooth settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since JBL Charge 3 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 our Charge 3 with the iPad Air before. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

Screenshot from an iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Charge 3 speaker now.
An iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL Charge 3 speaker now.

5. Turn On your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Turn on the JBL Charge 3 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our iPad does not know about this speaker, the Charge 3 JBL 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 speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.
The speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.

6. Put your Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your JBL Charge 3 speaker on your iOS device, place it into Bluetooth discovery mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing its Bluetooth discovery mode button highlighted.
The speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing its Bluetooth discovery mode 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 speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Power button is flashing blue and highlighted.
The speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Power button is flashing blue and highlighted.




7. Find your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Device to Continue with How to Pair JBL Charge 3

See the screen shot next. We found ours, as pointed at by the blue arrow, as shown next.

Screenshot of the iPad Air Bluetooth settings screen, showing JBL Charge 3 speaker discovered but not paired.
The iPad Air Bluetooth settings screen, showing a JBL Charge 3 speaker discovered but not paired.

8. Pair with your JBL Charge 3 Speaker

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

Your iOS device then pairs with the Charge 3 (“JBL Charge 3” in this demo). The iOS device’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker paired with our iPad Air tablet.
The iPad Air Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker paired with our iPad Air tablet.

Note that the JBL Charge 3 now shows as connected, as pointed at by the Blue arrows in the last picture.

9. Done with How to Pair JBL Charge 3 !

Finally, we have now successfully paired our JBL Charge 3 portable speaker with our iPad iOS device.  This procedure also works when pairing with Apple iPhone and iPod devices, although the screen faces may differ slightly on the iPhone.

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References for How to Pair JBL Charge 3

  1. JBL Charge 3 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, on Amazon.com
  2. Harman Audio JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Speaker on harmanaudio.com

Revision History

  • 2020-11-16: First published.
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