Picture of the JBL Flip 3 speaker. Showing its front and right end.

How to Put JBL Flip 3 in Pairing Mode

To pair the Flip 3 JBL speaker with a Bluetooth source device for the first time, or to repair the connection information stored on that device, you must know how to fire up pairing mode on the speaker.  Furthermore, in this mode, the JBL Flip 3 sends out its Bluetooth name and current pairing data over the BT airwaves.  So in this piece, we show you how to put the speaker into discovery mode.  Thus you can then link to it and finally, play music through it from tablets, phones, smart speakers, and computers.





How to Put JBL Flip 3 Portable Speaker into Pairing Mode

1. Turn On the Flip 3

Firstly, turn on the speaker by rapidly pressing its  Power  button.

See this button, pointed at by the arrow, in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing power button highlighted. Speaker is OFF.
JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing power button highlighted. Speaker is OFF.

The speaker then comes on, as pictured next.

Top view of the speaker, with the power button glowing white, highlighted. Speaker powered ON.
Top view of the speaker, with the Power button glowing white, highlighted. The unit is powered ON.

2. Press the Pairing / Discovery Mode Button and Release when the Power Button Starts Flashing

Secondly, to be able to discover your speaker on your source Bluetooth device, place it into pairing mode. For that, press and release the the Pairing button, as circled in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker. Showing its Bluetooth pairing button highlighted.
JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker. Showing its Bluetooth pairing button highlighted.

When you press this Pairing button, the speaker makes a plucking guitar pairing sound. Plus, the Power button light starts quick-flashing blue. See this in the next picture, pointed at by the green arrow.

Showing the speaker's power button blinking blue.
Showing the speaker’s power button blinking blue.

3. Done with How to Put JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker into Pairing Mode

Finally, while the Power button is flashing, you should be able to see your JBL Flip 3 on any in-range phone, computer, tablet, or smart speaker, that is within several feet of it, as shown next. Our speaker here is named “Tom’s Flip 3”, although if you haven’t renamed yours, it will show up as “JBL Flip 3”.

Screenshot of an iOS tablet Bluetooth settings screen, showing -Tom's Flip 3- speaker discovered but not paired yet, highlighted.
iOS tablet Bluetooth settings screen, showing -Tom’s Flip 3- speaker discovered but not paired yet, highlighted.

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References for How to Put JBL Flip 3 into Pairing Mode 

  1. JBL Flip 3 Portable Speaker Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2021-08-08: Fixed some bad links.
  • 2020-08-15: First published.
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