Picture of the iPadOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Pulse 3 as Connected.

JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Pairing Instructions

This post gives JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth pairing instructions.  It shows pairing with iOS tablets and phone devices. But similar procedures work on Android devices also.  In short, with your Pulse shut off (all lights dark), run through this routine to pair your Pulse 3 to a Bluetooth source device. We show this on an iPad Air tablet here.  But pairing is nearly the same for all the other BT devices, although the screen arrangements differ a bit depending on the source unit you’re pairing.





JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Pairing Instructions, Step by Step

1. Pull Up the Home Screen on your Source Bluetooth Device

Press the Home button to reveal the  Home   screen.  See our Home screen as pictured next.

2. Find the  Settings App on your Source Bluetooth Device

We found ours on the second page of the Home screen on our iPad Air tablet.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
iPad Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted.

3. Bring up the Settings App to Continue with JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Pairing

Tap the Settings app icon.

The tablet / iPhone then displays the first page of its Settings screen, as shown in the next screenshot

Screenshot of the iOS Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted.
iOS Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted.

4. Go to the Bluetooth Settings  Page

Tap the Bluetooth item, as pointed at by the dark green arrow in the last screenshot above.





Our Bluetooth Settings screen the appears as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since JBL Pulse 3 is currently powered OFF, it does not appear in either the My Devices or Other Devices lists yet,  Why?  Because we’ve never paired it with this iPad Air before, and the speaker is not yet broadcasting its connection information. See this, as shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Xtreme 3 speaker now.
iPad Air tablet showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL Pulse 3 speaker now.

5. Turn On your JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Turn on this speaker by quickly pressing its Power button. See this pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Picture of the Power button on the JBL Pulse 3 speaker.
The JBL Pulse 3 speaker Power button.

The speaker then comes on.

But since our iPad does not know about this speaker, the two will not pair without help. The Bluetooth button light denotes this not-paired state by showing dark or flashing, as shown next.

The JBL Pulse 3 speaker Pairing Status lamp glowing.

6. Put your Speaker into Pairing Mode

Now, to see your JBL Pulse 3 on your phone or tablet, enter the speaker into Bluetooth pairing mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button on the front panel, as highlighted in the last above picture.

When you press the Pairing button, the speaker makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Plus, the Pairing button begins fast blinking white.

7. Find your Speaker on your Source device, to Continue with JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Pairing

See the screen shot next. We found ours, as pointed at by the green arrow, as seen next.

Picture of the iPadOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Pulse 3 as discovered.
iPadOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Pulse 3 as discovered.

8. Pair with your JBL Pulse 3

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





Your iOS device then pairs with the Pulse 3 (appears as “JBL Pulse 3” in this demo). The Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to display something like the following.

Picture of the iPadOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Pulse 3 as Connected.
iPadOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Pulse 3 as Connected.

The speaker then plays three rising guitar notes to let you know that it is now paired, and the Bluetooth buttons stops blinking, and assumes a steady white glow.

Note that the speaker now shows as connected on our test tablet, as pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture.

9. Done with JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Pairing !

We have now successfully paired this speaker with our mobile device.

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References for JBL Pulse 3 Bluetooth Pairing

  1. JBL Pulse 3 Speaker Official Product Page on JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2022-08-09: First released.
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