Picture of the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with Google Home Mini smart speaker.

How to Pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home Speakers, Original, Mini, and Max




This post demonstrates how to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. These include the original, mini, and max Google Home versions. Since this pairing happens between the Flip 4 and the Google speakers directly, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to establish this pairing.



How to Pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home Speakers

With your JBL Flip 4 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your Google Home Mini, Original, or Max. We’re using an iPad Air tablet to create this pairing.  In this demo, we’re pairing with a Google Home Mini.  But the routine is similar for the other Google smart speaker products.

Now, to the routine.

1. Find the Google Home App on your Mobile Device

We found the Home app on our iOS iPad Air as shown in the next screenshot. In our case, this app is on the third home screen page. It’s pointed at by the purple arrow.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

2. Run the Google Home App

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

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.

3. Tap the Hamburger Control

Find the hamburger item in the top left corner of the screen. This is pointed at by the purple arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Google Home app’s main menu, as shown in the next screenshot.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2017, displaying its hamburger menu, with the Devices Item highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Google Home app on iOS in 2017, displaying its hamburger menu, with the Devices Item highlighted.




4. Tap the  Devices  Option on the Main Menu

The   Devices  option is pointed at by the purple arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the   Devices  screen, as shown in the next screenshot. From here, choose which smart speaker device you wish to pair with your JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker.  We had to scroll down a bit on this screen to find our Google Home Mini, named   Office Speaker.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the Google Home Mini Speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App, showing in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Google Home Mini Speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App, showing in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.

5. Tap the Hamburger Control on the Google Home Speaker you Wish to Pair to your JBL Flip 4

Find the hamburger control near the top right corner of each speaker card, as shown in the last screenshot.

This brings up the selected device’s control menu, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, with a Google Home Mini device control menu displaying, with the Settings Item in that menu highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, with a Google Home Mini device control menu displaying, with the Settings Item in that menu highlighted.

6. Tap the   Settings  Menu Item

The   Settings   menu item is circled in purple in the last picture.

Tapping   Settings   takes you to the device-specific settings screen for the speaker you chose, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Device Settings- screen, top of that page.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Device Settings- screen, top of that page.

7. Scroll Down to the   Device Settings   Section

Scroll down the   Device Settings   screen, until you see the   Default Speaker   item.  We’ve pointed at this with a blue arrow in the next picture.

Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Device Settings- screen, with the -Default Speaker- iten highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Device Settings- screen, with the -Default Speaker- iten highlighted.

8. Tap the Default Speaker  Item

This brings up the   Choose a Default Speaker for Music and Audio   screen, as shown next.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted.

At this point, you’re ready to start a Bluetooth scan by your Google Home speaker. You’ve selected the Home speaker to pair with in step 5 above. So, that Google speaker will be the one that scans for Bluetooth devices like the JBL Flip 4.

But don’t press the Pair Bluetooth Speaker  item button in the last screenshot just yet. We must first power up your JBL Flip 4 speaker and put it into pairing discovery mode.




9. Turn On your JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker

Put down your mobile device for a bit, and 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 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 4 speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. JBL Flip 4 speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our Google Home Mini does not know about this speaker, the Flip 4 will not pair with it right away. Thus, the light that comes on in the power switch denotes this not-paired state by glowing solid white, as shown next.

Note that your Flip 4 may be flashing blue if you’ve never paired it with a device since the last factory reset. In that case, skip the next step (Step 10) and pick up with Step 11.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.

10. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to allow the Google Home speaker to find your JBL Flip 4, place the Flip 4 into Bluetooth discovery mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip speaker, showing its Bluetooth button highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. JBL Flip speaker, showing its Bluetooth button highlighted.

When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, the Flip 4 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 with Google Home speakers. 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 with Google Home speakers. JBL Flip 4 speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.



11. Go Back to your Mobile Device

The screen with the blue   Pair Bluetooth Speaker   option should still be showing, as in the next screenshot.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted.

12. Tap the  Pair Bluetooth Speaker  Item

This starts your Google Home speaker scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in Bluetooth discovery mode. Your Flip 4 is now in Bluetooth discovery mode. So your Google Home should find it.

The next screenshot shows the Bluetooth scanning in progress.

 

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Pair Your Bluetooth Speaker- screen, while scanning for Bluetooth devices.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Pair Your Bluetooth Speaker- screen, while scanning for Bluetooth devices.

After a short pause, your Google Home should find the JBL Flip 4, and list it as shown next.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Pair Your Bluetooth Speaker- screen, whtn it found a Bluetooth device.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Pair Your Bluetooth Speaker- screen, whtn it found a Bluetooth device.

In our demo, the Google Home Mini speaker found our JBL Flip 4, named Tom’s Flip 4.

13. Tap your JBL Flip 4 on the Discovered Bluetooth Devices List to Pair It

See the screenshot above. If Google Home found more than one device, you’ll have to tap the one you want.  A blue check mark then appears beside the device you chose.

Now our scan found the JBL Flip 4, named Tom’s Flip 4.  Just one device.  So ours was selected by default, as shown above.

14. Tap the   Done   Item  

Tapping   Done  causes our Google Home speaker then paired with the Flip 4 (“Tom’s Flip 4” in this demo).

The Google Home app then took us back to its   Choose a Default Speaker for Music and Video   screen, as shown next.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Toms Flip 4- Bluetooth speaker highlighted.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Toms Flip 4- Bluetooth speaker highlighted.

At that time,, the JBL Flip 4 makes the Speaker Paired sound (the three ascending guitar notes). Note the blue check mark to the left of the new default speaker in the last screenshot.

The JBL Flip 4 speaker is now paired with your Google Home. It’s power button glows solid blue.  This means that successful pairing is under way, as shown next.

How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker, top view, powered ON, paired, showing blue power lamp.
How to pair JBL Flip 4 with Google Home speakers. JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker, top view, powered ON, paired, showing blue power lamp.

15. Done!

We can now ask Google Home to play music on our Office Speaker Google Home Mini, and those tunes will play on this wonderful sounding JBL Flip 4.

Note though, that only the media you request actually plays through your Bluetooth speaker.  The Google Assistant voice sounds however, still come from the Google Home.  Also, be sure to speak directly to your Google Home, and not to the Bluetooth speaker, when making voice requests.

Enjoy!




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Revision History

  • 2018-05-26: First published.