Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen on iPad Air, showing the -Tom's Flip 4- Bluetooth speaker connected and highlighted.

How to Pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker with iOS Devices




This post demonstrates how to pair JBL Flip 4 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 4 Bluetooth Speaker with iOS Devices

With your JBL Flip 4 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 reveal 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.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. 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 JBL Flip 4 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 Flip 4 with the iPad Air before.  See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

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

How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. Picture of the JBL Flip 4 speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. JBL Flip 4 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.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. Picture of the JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.

6. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your JBL Flip 4 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.

JBL Flip 4 change name. Picture of the JBL Flip speaker, showing its Bluetooth button highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. 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.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. Picture of the JBL Flip speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. 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 iOS Device

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

How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen, showing -Tom's Flip 4- speaker discovered but not paired yet highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. iOS 11 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 iOS device then pairs with the Flip 4 (“Tom’s Flip 4” in this demo). The iOS device’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. Screenshot of the iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen on iPad Air, showing the -Tom's Flip 4- Bluetooth speaker connected and highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with iOS devices. iOS 11 Bluetooth Settings screen on iPad Air, showing the -Tom’s Flip 4- Bluetooth speaker connected and highlighted.

9. Done!

We have now successfully paired our JBL Flip 4 portable speaker with our iPad iOS device.




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Revision History

  • 2018-05-19: First published.