Screenshot of an iOS tablet, showing its Bluetooth Settings page, with the JBL Flip 3 speaker connected and highlighted.

JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Pairing Instructions

Here we give JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth pairing instructions for iPhone iPad iPod iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad Air line of Apple phones and tablets. Similar directions also work with pairing to Android devices.





JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Pairing, Step by Step

First, with your JBL Flip 3 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your BT device. Furthermore, we’re using an iPad Air tablet for this demo.

1. Navigate to the Home Screen on your Source Device

Then press the Home button to reveal the mobile device’s Home screen. Shown next.

2. Find the Settings App

We found ours on the second page of the iOS home screen on our iPad Air as shown next.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
iOS 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, as shown in the next step.

4. Go to Bluetooth SettingsĀ  to Continue with JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Pairing

Our Bluetooth settings screen displays, similar to the following.

Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since JBL Flip 3 speaker is currently powered OFF, it does not show up in the Bluetooth devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired our Flip 3 with the iPad Air before. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

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




5. Turn On your JBL Flip 3 Speaker

Then. turn on the JBL Flip 3 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this circled in green, in the next picture.

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

The speaker then powers up.

But since our iPad does not know about this speaker, the Flip 3 will not pair with it automatically. The light that comes on in the power switch denotes this not-paired state by glowing solid white, as shown next.

Picture of the top of the speaker, power button glowing white, highlighted. Speaker powered ON.
Top view of the speaker, power button glowing white, highlighted. Speaker powered ON.

6. Put your Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your JBL Flip 3 speaker on your source BT device, place the speaker into Bluetooth discovery mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 pairing button.
JBL Flip 3 pairing button.

When you press the Discovery Mode button, the speaker makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Also, the power button changes from a white glow to flashing blue. See this next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 power button glowing blue.
JBL Flip 3 power button glowing blue.

7. Find your JBL Flip 3 on your iOS Device to Continue with JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Pairing

See the screen shot next. We found our speaker, as pointed at by the blue arrow.

Screenshot from a tablet running iOS, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen, with the JBL Flip 3 speaker discovered and highlighted. Not connected.
iOS tablet screenshot, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen, with the JBL Flip 3 speaker discovered and highlighted. Not connected.

8. Pair with your JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker

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

Your iOS device then pairs with the Flip 3 (“Tom’s Flip 3” in this demo). The iOS device’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.

Screenshot of an iOS tablet, showing its Bluetooth Settings page, with the JBL Flip 3 speaker connected and highlighted.
iOS tablet, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen, with the JBL Flip 3 speaker connected and highlighted.

9. Done with JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Pairing !

Finally, we have now successfully paired our JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker with our iPad iOS device. Again, similar routines work with pairing iPod Touch players, iPad Pros, and any iPhones as well so long as they support Bluetooth.





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References for JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Pairing

  1. JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2022-08-09: First published.
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