Picture of an Amazon Alexa Echo Dot 2 smart speaker with a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Speakers, How To




This post demonstrates how pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot speakers is done. These instructions include the generation 1 and generation 2 Echo Dot speaker versions. Since this pairing happens between the Charge 3 and the Echo Dot devices, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to set up this linkage.



How Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot Speakers Works

With your JBL Charge 3 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your Amazon Echo Dot. We’re using an iPad Air tablet to establish this pairing.

1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device

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

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

2. Run the Amazon Alexa App

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

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. 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, pointed at by the blue arrow in the last screenshot.

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

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.




4. Tap the Settings Option on the App’s Main Menu

The Settings option is pointed at 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 Echo device you wish to pair with your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.

5. Tap the Echo Dot Device you Wish to Pair to your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Speaker

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

In this demo, we’re pairing from our Bedroom Dot Echo Dot speaker to our Charge 3 speaker.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Settings- screen. This is for our -Bedroom Dot- speaker, with the -Bluetooth- option highlighted.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Amazon 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 Echo Dot speaker. You’ve selected this Dot in the last step. So, that Dot will be the one that scans for Bluetooth devices.

But don’t press the Pair a New Device button just yet. We must first power up your JBL Charge 3 speaker and put it into pairing discovery mode.




Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. 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.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. 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.

7. Turn On your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Put down your mobile device for a moment, and turn on the JBL Charge 3 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our Echo Dot 2 does not know about this speaker, the Charge 3 will not yet pair with it automatically. Thus, the light that comes on in the power switch depicts this not-paired state by glowing solid white, as shown next.

Note that your Charge 3 may be flashing blue, especially if you’ve never paired it with a device since the last factory reset. In that case, skip the next step (Step 8) and pick up with Step 9.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.

8. Put your Charge 3 JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Bluetooth Discovery Mode

Now, to allow the Alexa Echo Dot to find your JBL Charge 3 speaker, place the speaker into Bluetooth discovery mode. For that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture, pointed at by the green arrow.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Picture of the JBL Charge 3 wireless speaker with its Bluetooth Discovery Mode button highlighted.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. JBL Charge 3 wireless speaker with its Bluetooth Discovery Mode button highlighted.

When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, the speaker 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.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Picture of the JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on but not paired yet. The Power button is flashing blue and highlighted.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on but not paired yet. Power button is flashing blue and highlighted.



9. Go Back to your Mobile Device

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

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. 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.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. 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.

10. Tap the Pair a New Device Button

This starts your Echo Dot scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in Bluetooth discovery mode. Your Charge 3 is now in Bluetooth discovery mode. So your Dot should find it if close enough to be in range.

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

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa App on iOS. Showing the Echo Dot 2 smart speaker, discovering a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker that is ready for pairing.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Amazon Alexa App on iOS. Showing the Echo Dot 2 smart speaker, discovering a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker that is ready for pairing.

In our demo, the Amazon Alexa app found our JBL Charge 3 speaker, named JBL Charge 3.

11. Find your JBL Charge 3 on the Discovered Devices List

See the screenshot above. Our scan found two devices. It found the JBL Charge 3 as well as our Roku player. So, we located our Charge 3 speaker in the list, as pointed at by the dark purple arrow in that picture.



12. Finally, Pair your Echo Dot with your JBL Charge 3 Portable Speaker

Pair to the JBL Charge 3 by tappng the listed speaker in the Bluetooth Setup screen, shown in the last screenshot above.

The Echo Dot then pairs with the Charge 3. The Alexa App’s Bluetooth Settings screen then rearranges to look something like the following.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa App on iOS. Showing the Echo Dot 2 smart speaker paired with a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Amazon Alexa App on iOS. Showing the Echo Dot 2 smart speaker paired with a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

Also, the JBL Charge 3 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, as pointed at by the dark purple arrow.

The JBL Charge 3 is now paired with your Echo Dot mini smart speaker. The Charge 3 power button now glows solid blue to indicate successful pairing, as shown next.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. Picture of the JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing solid blue and highlighted.
Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Amazon Alexa Echo Dot. JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing solid blue and highlighted.

13. Done!

We have now successfully paired our Charge 3 with our Amazon Echo Dot II Alexa speaker. We can now ask Alexa to play music on this Dot. Then, those tunes will play on the bodacious sounding JBL Charge 3 wireless power bank speaker. Enjoy!




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  • 2018-07-19: First published.