Picture of the JBL Clip3 waterproof Bluetooth speaker, front view, showing the Play-Pause and Volume buttons.

JBL Clip 3 Buttons Guide, Buttons Layout, Purpose, and How to Use Them




The JBL Clip 3 splashproof speaker features several buttons and one lamp across its front, top, and side. The status lamp lights up in two different colors and flashing patterns to show Bluetooth speaker status. In this JBL Clip 3 buttons guide, we explain all buttons on the speaker.  We show you where they are on the speaker, what each button does when pressed, and when to press them to perform various actions.




JBL Clip 3 Buttons Guide: Button Functions, Descriptions, and Locations

Bluetooth Discovery Mode Button

There are two groups of buttons on the JBL Clip 3.  In the group of two buttons on the side of the speaker, we have all round buttons. First, we have the Bluetooth discovery mode button, as pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture. Note the squiggly Bluetooth logo imprinted on the button.

With this wireless speaker powered on, press this button to place this Bluetooth speaker into discovery mode. When in discovery mode, the speaker transmits its name and other connection information over the Bluetooth airwaves. This allows other nearby Bluetooth devices to discover it and connect to it.

JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 waterproof speaker, showing its Bluetooth discovery mode button highlighted.
JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. JBL Clip 3 waterproof speaker, showing its Bluetooth discovery mode button highlighted.

The Power Button

The Power button switches the JBL Clip 3 on and off. Note that there is a separate multi colored status lamp, on the top of the speaker, under the clip, that shows speaker status when the speaker is powered on.

JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker, showing its -Power- button highlighted.
JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker, showing its -Power- button highlighted.

The Speaker Status Lamp

The status lamp slowly flashes white when the speaker has not yet been paired, and is in Bluetooth discovery mode. It rapidly flashes white when the speaker is in Bluetooth discovery mode.  It glows solid white when the JBL Clip 3 is currently paired successfully with a Bluetooth source device. See this white glow in the next picture.

JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.
JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.

Finally, the status lamp glows red when the JBL Clip 3 is charging.  With an energized power cord inserted, this lamp lights solid red regardless of whether the JBL Clip 3 is powered on or off.

JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth wireless speaker, top view, status lamp glowing red.
JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth wireless speaker, top view, status lamp glowing red.

If the JBL Clip 3 was powered down during charging, then the red lamp goes off when charging finishes.  

JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. JBL Clip 3 portable wireless bluetooth speaker turned OFF. Showing dark status lamp highlighted.
JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. JBL Clip 3 portable wireless Bluetooth speaker turned OFF. Showing dark status lamp highlighted.

But if it was powered up, then the status lamp returns to the state it was in prior to the start of speaker charging.




Volume Down and Up Buttons

The JBL Clip 3 also features volume controls, located on the front of the speaker, in the second group of buttons.  The buttons in the shapes of the minus and plus symbols, when pressed, lower and raise the output volume of the JBL Clip 3 by reducing or increasing the volume setting on the paired source Bluetooth device. See the volume buttons, pointed at by the green arrows in the next picture.

With the JBL Clip 3 paired and playing, press the minus shaped button to decrease audio output level from the speaker. Press the plus shaped button to increase audio output.

Note that these controls have no effect when the speaker is unpaired. Also, the volume setting may change from paired device to paired device. That is, each paired device remembers its own volume setting. So you may have to readjust the sound output when you unpair the speaker from one Bluetooth device and pair it to another.

JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, front top view, showing volume controls highlighted.
JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, front top view, showing volume controls highlighted.




Play Pause Button

The Play / Pause button is shaped like a right-pointing arrow and is found in the front center of the JBL Clip 3 speaker, near the top, as pointed at by the green arrow we drew in, in the next picture.

Press this to pause audio play. Press again to resume audio play.

Note that this is not a mute button. That is, pausing playback in this way suspends sound playback on the source Bluetooth device to which the JBL Clip 3 is currently paired. So, you won’t miss any program material when you pause the speaker, as the source device (your phone, tablet, or computer) remembers where the content was paused. So it resumes playback at that spot when you press the play pause button again.

When paired with an Apple device, press and hold the Play / Pause button to get Siri’s attention. Note that Siri must be enabled on the source device (phone, tablet) for this feature to work.

JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 splashproof speaker, front view. Showing its Play-Pause button highlighted.
JBL Clip 3 buttons guide. JBL Clip 3 splashproof speaker, front view. Showing its Play-Pause button highlighted.

 




Note that the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker has no JBL Connect+ button.  Further, the JBL Connect Plus app does not recognize this Bluetooth speaker.

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Revision History

  • 2018-07-11: First published.