Picture of an Echo Dot 4 smart speaker with the JBL Flip 6 Bluetooth speaker.

How to Pair JBL Flip 6 to Alexa

This post shows how to pair the JBL Flip 6 Bluetooth speaker to Alexa smart speakers. Now this pairing happens between the JBL and Alexa devices directly. So you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to set up this pairing.

How to Pair JBL Flip 6 to Alexa: Step by Step

With your JBL Flip 6 OFF, run through this routine to pair it to your Alexa device. We use an iPad Air tablet here to set this up.

1. Find the Alexa App on your Mobile Device

Firstly, we find the app on the iPad Air. In this exercise, the app is in a custom folder that we created called  Smart Speakers.

Screenshot of the the Alexa App icon in the -Smart Speaker- folder on iPadOS.
The Alexa App icon in the -Smart Speakers- folder on iPadOS.

2. Run the Alexa App

The app displays its Home screen.

Screenshot of The -More- option on the Alexa app Home page.
The -More- option on the Alexa app Home screen.

3. Tap the More Item to Continue with How to Pair JBL Flip 6 to Alexa

So find the hamburger item in the lower right corner of the screen.

This brings up the Alexa app’s main menu.

Screenshot of the -Settings- item on the main menu.
The -Settings- item on the main menu.

4. Tap the  Settings   Option on the Main Menu 

This brings up the  Settings   screen.

Screenshot of the -Device Settings- item on the -Settings- page.
The -Device Settings- item on the -Settings- page.

5. Tap the  Device Settings   Option

Touching   Device Settings   brings up the  All Devices   page.

Screenshot of an Echo Dot 4 entry on the -All Devices- page.
An Echo Dot 4 entry on the -All Devices- page.

Then from here, choose which Echo device you wish to pair with your JBL Flip 6 speaker.





6. Tap the Alexa Device you Wish to Pair

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

In this demo, we pair from our  Thomas’s 2nd Echo Dot 4   speaker to our JBL Flip 6. So the Dot’s device specific settings screen looks as follows.

Screenshot of the -Pair a Device- item on the Echo Dot 4 -Settings- page in the Alexa app.
The -Pair a Device- item on the Echo Dot 4 -Settings- page in the Alexa app.

7. Tap the  Connect a Device  Item to Continue with How to Pair JBL Flip 6 to Alexa

Then find the  Connect a Device  option.

This brings up the   Setup   screen.

Screenshot of the -Pair Bluetooth Device Setup- page.
The -Pair Bluetooth Device Setup- page.

At this point, your Alexa device scans for nearby Bluetooth devices that are in pairing mode. Here, we selected an Echo Dot 4  earlier. So, this speaker will be the one that scans for BT devices.

Note that our Dot speaker found no devices so far.  But it will when we turn on put the JBL Flip 6 into discovery mode.

8. Power Up the JBL Flip 6

Bring your Flip 6 close to your Alexa device to pair. Then power up the Flip 6 by pressing and releasing the Power button.

Picture of the dark -Power- button on the JBL Flip 6.
The dark -Power- button on the JBL Flip 6.

9. Place the Flip 6 into Discovery Mode

Then put the speaker into pairing mode by pressing and releasing the Pairing button.

Picture of the -Pairing- button. Prese this to connect this JBL Flip 6 to Alexa.
The -Pairing- button. Prese this to connect this JBL Flip 6 to Alexa.

10. Find the JBL Flip 6 on the Alexa App SETUP Page

When you put the Flip 6 into discovery mode, it should then appear in the Alexa app. Find it on the Pair Bluetooth Device… page.

Screenshot of the JBL Flip 6 appearing on the -Echo speaker Bluetooth Setup- page back in the Alexa app. Ready to connect.
The JBL Flip 6 appearing on the -Echo speaker Bluetooth Setup- page back in the Alexa app. Ready to connect.

Note that if your speaker does not show up on this page, then try the following…

    1. Move it very close to the Alexa device.
    2. Close then restart the Alexa app.
    3. Then repeat steps 3 through 7 along with step 9 above.

We usually find that this gets the speaker to appear here as it should.

11. Find your JBL Flip 6 on the Discovered Devices List 

See the last screenshot above.  The test JBL Flip 6 speaker is there.

12. Finally, Pair your Alexa with your JBL Flip 6

Then pair to the Flip 6 by tapping the listed speaker on the  Pair Bluetooth Device…  screen.

Your Alexa speaker then pairs with the JBL Flip 6.

The app then takes you back to the Thomas’s 2nd Echo Dot 4 screen.

This is the page you get when you connect the JBL Flip 6 to an Alexa device.
This is the screen you get when you connect the JBL Flip 6 to an Alexa device.

Note that our Bluetooth speaker now shows as connected.  Also, the JBL Flip 6 makes the Speaker Paired sound (the three ascending guitar notes).

The JBL Flip 6 now has connection with your Alexa. So its Bluetooth light glows solid white to signal that this pairing is underway.

13. Done with How to Connect JBL Flip 6 to Alexa !

At last we can now ask Alexa to play music. Then those tunes will come out of the Flip 6. Be sure though, to speak to the Alexa device when making requests.

But do not speak to the Flip 6 directly.  Even though it now connects with Alexa, the Alexa is still the speaker that receives voice commands. So talk to that device so it hears you best.

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References

    1. JBL Flip 6 Official Product Page at JBL.com
    2. Alexa Home Page at Alexa.com