Picture of the JBL Charge 3 portable wireless speaker. Showing the front right end view. The Bluetooth speaker is powered on and paired.

How to Pair JBL Charge 3 with iOS Devices

This post shows JBL Charge 3 how to pair with iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad line of Apple phones and tablets.

JBL Charge 3 How to Pair with iOS Devices, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

First, 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 Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
iOS Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted

3. Bring up the Settings App

Next, 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

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 of the iOS 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Charge 3 speaker now.
iOS 11 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

Then 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 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.
The speaker powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button.

6. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

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

Picture of the Bluetooth discovery mode button.
The Bluetooth discovery mode button.

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 Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and in Bluetooth discovery mode. Power button is flashing blue.
JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and in Bluetooth discovery mode. Power button is flashing blue and.

7. Find your JBL Charge 3 on your iOS iPad, iPod, or iPhone Device

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

Screenshot of the iOS11 Bluetooth settings screen, showing JBL Charge 3 speaker discovered but not paired.
iOS11 Bluetooth settings screen, showing JBL Charge 3 speaker discovered but not paired.

8. Pair with your JBL Charge 3 Portable Speaker

Then 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.
iOS 11 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 !

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 with iOS

    1. Harman Audio JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Speaker on harmanaudio.com

Revision History

    • 2022-12-02: Updated links.
    • 2020-04-21: Added tags.
    • 2019-04-12: Removed ad code.  Tweaked key phrase targeting.  Shortened post URL.
    • 2018-07-10: First published.
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