Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, NFC antenna end view, speaker held in hand.

How to Pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker with iOS Devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch




This post demonstrates how to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad Air line of Apple phones and tablets.



How to Pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker with iOS Devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

With your JBL Flip 2 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 for this demo.

1. Navitate to the Home Screen on your iOS Device

Press the Home button to get to 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 11.4, as shown next.

How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 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

Our Bluetooth settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since our  JBL Flip 2 speaker is currently powered OFF and not in Bluetooth discovery mode, it does not show up in the Bluetooth devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired our Flip 2 with the iPad Air before. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Previously Paired Bluetooth Devices list, empty.
How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 11 Previously Paired Bluetooth Devices list, empty.

5. Turn On your JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Turn on the JBL Flip 2 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this pointed at by the blue arrow in the next picture.

How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, powered OFF, showing its -Power- button highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, powered OFF, showing its -Power- button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our iPad does not know about this speaker, the Flip 2 will not pair with it automatically. The Bluetooth pairing light pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture is OFF.  This denotes this not-paired state.

How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing the -Bluetooth Discovery Mode- button highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing the -Bluetooth Discovery Mode- button highlighted.

6. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your JBL Flip 2 speaker on your iOS device, place the speaker into Bluetooth discovery mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture.

When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, the speaker makes a repeating single tone sound several times. Also, the Bluetooth button changes from not glowing at all to a flashing white. We snapped the next picture of the Bluetooth button during the ON part of its flashing.

How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing the control buttons side. Speaker is powered on and in Bluetooth discovery mode.
How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing the control buttons side. Speaker is powered on and in Bluetooth discovery mode.



7. Find your JBL Flip 2 on your iOS Device

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

How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen, showing the JBL Flip 2 found, discovered.
How to pair JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch. iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen, showing the JBL Flip 2 found, discovered.

8. Pair your iOS Device with your JBL Flip 2 Portable Speaker

Tap the listed speaker in the Devices list.

Your iOS device then pairs with the Flip 2 (“JBL Flip 2” here). The iOS device’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.  The blue arrows show the JBL Flip 2 paired, connected to an iPad Air tablet.

Picture of the iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen, showing the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker, paired.
iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen, showing the JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker, paired.

9. Done!

We have now successfully paired our JBL Flip 2 portable speaker with our iPad iOS device.




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Revision History

  • 2018-06-25: First published.