This post demonstrates how to pair JBL Go 2 with Echo Alexa speakers. Since this pairing happens between the Go JBL and the Echo Dot devices directly, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to set up this pairing.
How to Pair JBL Go 2 with Echo Alexa Speakers
With your JBL Go 2 powered off (status lamp is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your Amazon Echo and Echo Dot models. We’re using an iPad Air tablet to create this pairing via the Alexa app.
1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device
We found the Alexa app on our iPad Air as shown in the next shot. In this exercise, the app is on the third Home screen page, pointed at by the blue arrow.
2. Run the Alexa App
The app displays its Home screen as shown in the next screenshot.
3. Tap the Hamburger Control
Find the hamburger item in the top left corner of the screen. This is pointed at by the blue arrow in the last screenshot.
This brings up the Alexa app’s main menu, as shown in the next screenshot.
4. Tap the Settings Option on the Main Menu to Continue with How to Pair JBL Go 2 with Echo Alexa
The Settings option is pointed at by the green arrow in the last photo.
This brings up the Settings screen, as shown in the next screenshot.
5. Tap the Device Settings Option
Touching Device Settings brings up the All Devices page, as shown next.
From here, choose which Echo device you wish to pair with your JBL Go 2 speaker.
6. Tap the Echo Dot Device you Wish to Pair
This takes you to the device-specific settings screen for the Echo speaker you chose.
In this demo, we’re pairing from our Thomas’s Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker to our Go.
7. Tap the Bluetooth Devices Item
Find the Bluetooth Devices option 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 your Echo Dot speaker for the Go 2. You’ve selected this Dot in the last step. So, that Dot will be the one that scans for BT devices.
But don’t press the Pair a New Device button just yet. We must first power up the Go 2 and put it into Discovery mode.
8. Turn On your BT Speaker to Continue with How to Pair JBL Go 2 with Echo
Put aside your mobile device for a moment, and turn on the JBL Go 2 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this circled in green, in the next picture.
The speaker then boots up.
But since our Echo Dot does not know about this speaker, the Go will not pair with it without your help the first time.
9. Put your Speaker into BT Discovery Mode
Now, to allow the Echo Dot to find your Go 2, place it into Bluetooth discovery mode. For that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture, as circled in green.
When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, the speaker makes a twice repeating group of eight guitar notes. Also, the status lamp on the front changes from slow to fast flashing white.
10. 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.
11. Tap the Pair a New Device Button
This starts your Echo Dot scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in BT discovery mode. Your Go 2 is now in Bluetooth discovery mode. So your Dot should find it.
After a short pause, you should see something like the screen we got. Shown next.
In our demo, the Alexa app found our Go 2 speaker, named JBL GO 2. pointed out by the blue arrow in the last screenshot.
12. Find your BT Speaker on the Discovered Devices List to Continue with How to Pair JBL Go 2 with Echo
See the screenshot above. Our scan found two devices. It found the JBL Go 2 as well as our Roku player. So, we located our speaker in the list.
13. Finally, Pair your Echo Dot with your JBL Go 2 Portable Speaker
Pair to the Go 2 JBL by tapping the listed speaker on the Bluetooth Setup screen, shown in the last screenshot above.
The Echo Dot then pairs with the Go 2.
The Alexa App’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.
Also, the JBL Go 2 makes the Speaker Paired sound (the three ascending guitar notes). Note furthermore, that the Bluetooth symbol to the left of the listed speaker item turns blue when pairing is established, as shown in the last screenshot.
The JBL Go 2 is now paired with your Echo Dot. It’s status light glows solid white. This means successful pairing established, as shown next.
14. Done with How to Pair JBL Go 2 with Echo Alexa!
We have now successfully paired our JBL Go 2 portable speaker with our Amazon Echo Dot device. We can now ask Alexa to play music on this Dot, and those tunes will come out of this little Go speaker. Be sure though, to speak to the Echo when making requests, and not the Go 2. Even though the Go is now paired with the Echo, the Echo is still the speaker that receives voice commands through its internal far field microphones.
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