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

JBL Clip 3 Buttons, Codes Functions Combinations

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.

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

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

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.

Picture of the front top of the speaker, showing volume controls highlighted. JBL Clip 3 Buttons.
Front top view of the speaker, showing the 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.

Front view picture of the speaker, showing its Play-Pause button highlighted. JBL Clip 3 Buttons.
Front view of the speaker, 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.

JBL Clip 3 Button Combinations

All Lights On Test Mode

Entering the All Lights ON mode lights both the white and red LEDs in the speaker’s status light on the top, as shown next.

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

To enter this mode, press and hold the Bluetooth and Play-Pause buttons that are highlighted in the next pictures, for around ten seconds, until you see the lights all come on.

Picture of the speaker's -Bluetooth- discovery mode button highlighted.
Showing the speaker’s -Bluetooth- discovery mode button highlighted.
Picture of the JBL Clip 3 splashproof speaker, front view. Showing its Play-Pause button highlighted.
JBL Clip 3 splashproof speaker, front view. Showing its Play-Pause button highlighted.

Once you enter All Lights ON, the status continues glowing a pink-white color until you exit this mode.  Then, the speaker returns to normal working condition once the light resumes its normal pattern.

To exit this mode, just press an hold the Bluetooth and Play-Pause buttons again, for roughly ten seconds, until you see the light return to its previous pattern.  Note that exiting this mode does not turn the speaker off; it just restores it to normal operation but keep the unit ON.





JBL Clip 3 Lights, Lamps

The Speaker Status Light

JBL Clip 3 Blinking White Light

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.

JBL Clip 3 Solid White Light

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.

Top view picture of the speaker, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.
Top view of the speaker, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.

JBL Clip 3 Solid Red Light

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.

Picture of top of the speaker, with the status lamp glowing red.
Top view of the speaker, showing the status lamp glowing red.

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

Picture of the speaker turned OFF, showing the dark status lamp highlighted.
The speaker turned OFF, showing the 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.

Solid Pink Light

The status lamp glows a solid whitish pink when the speaker is in All Lights On mode.

JBL Clip 3 Blinking Red Light

The status light flashes red when the speaker is running on battery power, and the battery is almost dead.  The blinking red lamp reminds you to recharge the speaker as soon as practical.





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References for JBL Clip 3 Buttons Guide

  1. JBL Clip 3 Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker Product Page, at JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2020-09-21: Added the All Lights ON test mode button combination.
  • 2020-04-20: Added more tags.
  • 2019-04-13: Added tags and tweaked the targeting.
  • 2018-07-11: First published.
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