iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the JBL Xtreme 3 as connected.

How to Pair JBL Xtreme 3

This post describes how to pair the JBL Xtreme 3 speaker with typical Bluetooth devices.  It demos pairing with iPadOS tablets and iOS phone devices. But like procedures work on Android devices also.  To summarize, with your speaker shut off (Power button dark), run through this routine to pair the Xtreme 3 to a Bluetooth source device. We show this on an iPad Air tablet here.  But pairing works nearly the same for all the other BT devices including Android, although the screens you see might be a bit different, depending on the source unit you’re pairing.





How to Pair JBL Xtreme 3, Step by Step

1. Visit the Home Screen on your Source Device

Press the Home button to reveal the  Home   screen.  See our Home screen as pictured next.

2. Find the Settings App

We found ours on the second page of the Home screen on our iPad Air tablet.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow. How to Pair JBL Xtreme 3.
iPad Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted.

3. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

The tablet then displays the first page of its Settings screen, as we see in the next screenshot

Screenshot of the iOS Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted.
iOS Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted.

4. Go to the Bluetooth Settings  Page to Continue with How to Pair a JBL Xtreme 3 Speaker

Tap the Bluetooth item, as pointed at by the dark green arrow in the last screenshot above.

Our Bluetooth Settings screen the comes up as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since JBL Xtreme 3 is currently shut down, it does not show in either the My Devices or Other Devices lists yet,  Why?  Because we’ve never paired it with this iPad Air before, and the unit is not yet broadcasting its connection information. See this, as shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Xtreme 3 speaker now.
iPad Air tablet showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL Xtreme speaker now.

5. Turn On the Xtreme 3 

Turn on this speaker by quickly pressing its Power button. See this pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Picture of the button panel on the JBL Xtreme 3 speaker.
Top panel of the JBL Xtreme 3 speaker, showing all button lamps as OFF.

The speaker then comes on.





But since our iPad does not know about this speaker, the Xtreme 3 will not pair with it by itself. The light in the Bluetooth button denotes this not-paired state by either blinking white or staying dark, as we see next.

Picture of the -Bluetooth- button glowing.
The -Bluetooth- button glowing.

6. Put the Speaker into Pairing Mode

Now, to see your speaker on your phone or tablet, place the speaker into this mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button on the speaker.

When you press the Bluetooth (a.k.a. Pairing) button, the speaker makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Plus, if this button was dark, then it changes to flashing white. See this in the last picture.

To simplify the screenshots that follow, we’ve deleted from our iPad some of the Bluetooth devices not needed to illustrate the points in this demo.

7. Find your Speaker on your Source Device to Continue with How to Pair a JBL Xtreme 3

See the screen shot next. We found ours, as we point out with the green arrow, as seen next.

The iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the JBL Xtreme 3 speaker discovered, though not connected.
The iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the JBL Xtreme 3 speaker discovered, though not connected.

8. Pair with your Xtreme 3 

Tap the listed speaker in the Other Devices section of the Bluetooth devices list, shown above.

Your source device then pairs with the speaker (appears as “JBL Xtreme 3” in this demo).

The Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to display something like the following.

iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the JBL Xtreme 3 as connected.
iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the JBL Xtreme 3 as connected.

Note that the speaker now shows as connected, as we point out in the last picture.

9. Done with How to Pair JBL Xtreme 3 !

We have now successfully paired the speaker with our tablet / phone device.





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References for How to Pair JBL Xtreme 3

  1. JBL Xtreme 3 Speaker Official Product Page on JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2022-08-15: First released.
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