Picture of the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker, top view, powered ON, paired, showing blue power lamp.

JBL Flip 4 Alexa Pairing Bluetooth Speaker Instructions

This post gives JBL Flip 4 Alexa pairing instructions.  That is, it shows you how to pair the Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker with some of the popular Amazon Alexa speakers, specifically, the Echo Dots.  These include the generation 1, 2, and 3 Echo Dot speaker versions.  Since this pairing occurs among the Flip 4 and the Echo Dot devices, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to set up this Bluetooth pairing.

JBL Flip 4 Alexa Pairing Instructions, Bluetooth Pairing

With your JBL Flip 4 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your Alexa Echo Dot. We’re using an iPad Air tablet to set up this pairing.

1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device

We found the app on our iOS iPad Air as shown in the next screenshot. In our case, the Alexa app is on the third home screen page. It’s pointed at by the blue arrow.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.
iOS 11 home screen, showing the Alexa app Icon highlighted. JBL Flip 4 Alexa pairing instructions.

2. Run the Alexa App

The app displays its   Home   screen as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.

3. Tap the Hamburger Control

Find the hamburger item in the top left corner of the screen. This is pointed at by the blue arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Alexa app’s menu, as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, showing its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.

4. Tap the  Settings  Option on the Main Menu

The  Settings  option is highlighted by the blue arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the   Settings   screen, as shown in the next screenshot. From here, choose which Alexa device you wish to pair with your JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.
The Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted. JBL Flip 4 Alexa pairing instructions.

5. Tap the Alexa Device you Wish to Pair to your JBL Flip 4 Speaker

This takes you to the device-specific settings screen for the Alexa speaker you chose.

In this demo, we’re pairing from our   Bedroom Dot   Alexa Dot speaker to our Flip 4 speaker.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Bluetooth- option highlighted.
The Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Bluetooth- option highlighted.

6. Tap the Bluetooth Item

Find the Bluetooth option pointed at by the  blue  arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the   Bluetooth Devices   screen, as shown next.

At this point, you’re ready to start a Bluetooth scan by your Alexa speaker. You’ve selected this speaker in the last step. So, that one will be the smart speaker that scans for Bluetooth devices.

But don’t press the   Pair a New Device   button just yet. We must first power up your JBL Flip 4 speaker and put it into pairing discovery mode.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted.
The Alexa app on iOS, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted. JBL Flip 4 Alexa pairing instructions.

7. Turn On your JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker

Put down your mobile device for a bit, and turn on the JBL Flip 4 by quickly pressing its  Power  button. See this circled in green, in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip 4 speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled.
The Flip 4 JBL speaker turned OFF, with its Power button circled.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our Alexa Dot does not know about this speaker, the Flip 4 will not pair with it automatically. Not yet.  Thus, the power switch light denotes this not-paired state by glowing solid white, as shown next.

Note that your Flip 4 may flash blue, especially if you’ve never paired it with a device since the last factory reset. If so, then skip the next step (Step 8) and pick up with Step 9.

Picture of the JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.
JBL 4 Flip series speaker, top view, powered ON.

8. Put your Bluetooth JBL Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to allow the Dot Alexa speaker to find your JBL Flip 4, place the Flip Four into Bluetooth discovery mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip speaker, showing its Bluetooth button highlighted.
The Flip 4 JBL speaker, showing its Bluetooth button highlighted. JBL Flip 4 Alexa pairing instructions.

When you press the   Bluetooth Discovery Mode   button, the 4 makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Also, the power button changes from a solid white glow to flashing blue. See this next.

Picture of the JBL Flip speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.
The Flip 4 speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.

9. Go Back to your Mobile Device

The screen with the blue   Pair a New Device   button should still show, as in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted.
The Alexa app on iOS, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Pair A New Device- button highlighted. JBL Flip 4 Alexa pairing instructions.

10. Tap the   Pair a New Device   Button

This starts your Alexa Dot scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in Bluetooth discovery mode.  Your Flip 4 is now in Bluetooth discovery mode.  So your Alexa speaker should find it.

After a short pause, you should see something like the screen we got.  Shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Setup- screen. Showing the -Toms Flip 4- JBL speaker that the app discovered, highlighted.
The Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Setup- screen. Showing the -Toms Flip 4- JBL speaker that the app discovered, highlighted.

In our demo, the Alexa app found our JBL Flip 4 speaker, named  Tom’s Flip 4.

11. Find your JBL Flip 4 on the Discovered Devices List

See the screenshot above. Our scan found two devices.  It found the JBL Flip 4 as well as our Roku player.  So, we found our Flip 4 speaker in the scan results list, as pointed at by the blue arrow in that picture.

12. Finally, Pair your Alexa Dot with your JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker

Pair to the JBL Flip 4 by tapping the listed speaker in the  Bluetooth Setup   screen, shown in the last screenshot above.

Alexa then pairs with the Flip 4 (“Tom’s Flip 4” in this demo).

The Alexa App’s   Bluetooth Settings   screen then changes to look something like the following.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Devices- screen with -Toms Flip 4- speaker paired and highlighted.
The Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Devices- screen with -Toms Flip 4- speaker paired and highlighted. JBL Flip 4 Alexa pairing instructions.

Also, the JBL Flip 4 makes the   Speaker Paired  sound (the three ascending guitar notes).  Note that the Bluetooth symbol to the left of the listed speaker item turns blue in the last screenshot.

The speaker is now paired with your Alexa speaker.  Plus, the Flip’s power button now glows solid blue, which means successful pairing, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker, top view, powered ON, paired, showing blue power lamp.
JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker, top view, powered ON, paired, showing blue power lamp.

13. Done!

We have now successfully paired our JBL Flip 4 portable speaker with our Alexa  speaker.  So we can now ask Alexa to play music via that smart speaker, and those tunes will play on the excellent sounding JBL Flip 4.  Enjoy!

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Revision History

  • 2019-03-31: Cut out some improper tags and fixed some key phrase targeting errors.
  • 2019-01-09: First published.