Left front view of the JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker.

How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa Device

This post shows how to pair a JBL Flip 5 speaker with an Alexa assistant speaker device. We illustrate this on the Alexa Input device, although just about any Alexa speaker would pair the same way as shown here.  Since this Bluetooth connecting happens right between the speaker and Alexa, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to establish this link.





How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa

Begin with your JBL Flip 5 turned off.  Then perform this routine to pair it to an Alexa device. We’re using an iPad Air iPadOS tablet to build this pairing.

1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device

We found the app on our device as shown in the next screenshot. In our case, the Alexa app is on the third home screen page. It’s pointed at by the blue arrow.

Screenshot of the iOS home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted. How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa.
iOS home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

2. Run the Alexa App

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

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iPadOS Home page, with the -More- Item highlighted.
The Alexa app on iPadOS Home screen, with the -More- Item highlighted.

3. Tap the More (Hamburger) Control 

Find the hamburger item in the lower right corner of the screen. This is pointed at by the green arrow in the last screenshot.





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

Screenshot of the app's main menu, with the -Settings- item highlighted.
The app’s main menu, with the -Settings- item highlighted.

4. Tap the Settings Option on the Main Menu to Continue with How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa

The Settings option is pointed at by the green arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Settings screen, as shown in the next screenshot.

From here, choose which Alexa device you wish to pair to your JBL Flip 5 speaker.  The green arrow in the next picture points at our choice,  the Thomas’s Echo Input Alexa device.

Screenshot of the -All Devices- page, with an Alexa device highlighted.
The -All Devices- page, with an Alexa device highlighted.

5. Tap the Alexa Device you Want to Pair

This takes you to the device-specific settings screen for the device you picked.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iPadOS, displaying the -Device Settings- page for the Echo Input, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted. How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa.
The Alexa app on iPadOS, displaying the -Device Settings- page for the Echo Input, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted.

6. Tap the Bluetooth Devices Item

Find the Bluetooth Devices menu item pointed at by the green arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Bluetooth Devices screen, as shown next.

At this point, you’re ready to start a Bluetooth scan by the Alexa speaker / receiver you just chose for this connection. In our demo here, our Alexa Input will be the one that scans for Bluetooth devices.





But don’t press the Pair a New Device button just yet. We must first power up our JBL Flip 5, and put it into discovery mode.

Screenshot of the -Select Previously Paired Device- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted.
The -Select Previously Paired Device- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted.

7. Turn On your Speaker to Continue with How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa

Put down your mobile device for a moment, and turn on your JBL speaker.  On our Flip 5, we switch the speaker ON by quickly pressing its Power button. See this button pointed at by the green arrow, in the next picture.

Top view of a common Bluetooth speaker, powered OFF, with the Power button highlighted.
Top view of a common Bluetooth speaker, powered OFF, with the Power button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our Alexa device does not know about this speaker yet, it will not pair with the BT speaker automatically. Thus, the Bluetooth light that shows as dark after you power up the JBL Flip 5.

8. Put your JBL Flip 5 into Pairing Mode

Now, to let Alexa find the Flip 5, place that speaker in pairing / discovery mode by pressing and releasing the Bluetooth button, as pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Top view of a typical Bluetooth speaker, showing the flashing Bluetooth button highlighted. How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa.
Top view of a typical Bluetooth speaker, showing the flashing Bluetooth button highlighted.

When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, many speakers make some sort of noise to let you know that they’re ready to pair. Some also flash the Bluetooth button.

9. Now, Go Back to your Mobile Device 

The screen with the blue Pair a New Device button should still be showing, as in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Alexa App on iPadOS displaying its -Select Previously Paired Device- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted.
Alexa App on iPadOS displaying its -Select Previously Paired Device- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button bar highlighted.

10. Tap the Blue Pair a New Device Button to Continue with How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa

This starts your Alexa device scanning for any nearby Bluetooth speakers that are themselves in pairing mode. Since your BT speaker is now in that mode, Alexa should find it.





Then, after a short pause, you should see something like the screen we got. Shown next.

Screenshot of the -Pair Bluetooth Device with your Echo Input- page, with a JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker on the list highlighted.
The -Pair Bluetooth Device with your Echo Input- page, with a JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker on the list highlighted.

In our demo, the Alexa app found our BT speaker, named  JBL Flip 5.

11. Find your JBL Flip 5 on the Discovered Devices List

See the screenshot above.

So, we located our Bluetooth speaker in the list, as pointed at by the green arrow in that picture.

12. Finally, Pair your Alexa with the JBL Flip 5 Speaker

Link to the BT speaker by tapping the listed speaker in the Bluetooth Setup screen, shown in the last screenshot above.

The Alexa smart speaker device then pairs with the Bluetooth speaker (“JBL Flip 5” in this demo).

Then, the app then takes you back to the Device Settings page for the Alexa device, as shown next.

Screenshot of the -Device Settings- page for an Echo Input, showing 1 paired and connected device highlighted. How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa.
The -Device Settings- page for an Echo Input, showing 1 paired and connected device highlighted.

Also, our speaker makes a Speaker Paired sound (the three ascending tones).  Again though, your BT speaker may do something different to indicate that it is paired.

The JBL Flip 5 speaker is now paired with Alexa.

13. Done with How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa !

We have now successfully paired a JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker with an Alexa Echo device. So we can now ask Alexa to play music through the Flip 5.

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References How to Pair JBL Flip 5 with Alexa

  1. JBL Flip 5 Official Product Page at JBL.com
  2. Amazon Alexa Echo Described at Wikipedia.org

Revision History

  • 2020-09-16: First published.
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