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

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo Speakers, Instructions




This post demonstrates ways of pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. These pairing instructions include the generation 1 and generation 2 Echo Dot, and the Gen 1 and 2 Echo tower speakers. For this demo, we’ll show how to pair with our Amazon Echo Dot speaker.  Since this Bluetooth pairing happens between the Flip 2 and the Echo devices directly, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to set up this link.



Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo Speakers

With your JBL Flip 2 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your Amazon Echo speakers. We’re using an iPad Air tablet to set up this pairing.

1. Locate the Amazon 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.

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.
Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

2. Run the Alexa App

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

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.
Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. 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 main menu, as shown in the next screenshot.

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its control menu, with the -Settings- option highlighted.
Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Amazon 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 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 Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker.  The blue arrow in the next picture points at the Bedroom Dot speaker that we’re pairing with.

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Settings- screen, with our -Bedroom Dot- speaker highlighted.
Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. 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 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 Flip 2 speaker.

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. 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 Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. 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 talking speaker. You’ve selected this speaker 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 Flip 2 portable speaker and put it into pairing discovery mode.




Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. 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 Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. 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 Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Put down your mobile device for a moment, and turn on the JBL Flip 2 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this button pointed at by the green arrow, in the next picture.

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker, powered Off, showing the -Power- button highlighted.
Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. JBL Flip 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker, powered Off, showing the -Power- button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our Echo Dot does not know about this Bluetooth speaker yet, the Flip 2 will not pair with it automatically. Thus, the Bluetooth light that shows as dark after you power up the speaker, advertises this not-paired state, as shown next.

8. Put your JBL Flip 2 Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to allow the Echo Dot to find your JBL Flip 2, place it in Bluetooth discovery mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button on the Flip 2, as pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing the -Bluetooth Discovery Mode- button highlighted.
Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing the -Bluetooth Discovery Mode- button highlighted.

When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, the speaker makes a repeating single decreasing volume note sound several times. Also, the Bluetooth button begins flashing white. See this next.

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker, showing its Bluetooth button lit up, glowing.
Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. JBL Flip 2 wireless Bluetooth speaker, showing its Bluetooth button lit up, glowing.



9. Now, 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 Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. 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 Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. 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 Blue Pair a New Device Button

This starts your Echo scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in Bluetooth discovery mode. Since your Flip 2 is now in discovery mode, the Echo speaker should find it.

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

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Setup- screen, with the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker discovered and highlighted.
Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Setup- screen, with the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker discovered and highlighted.

In our demo, the Alexa app found our JBL Flip 2 speaker, named  JBL Flip 2.

11. Find your JBL Flip 2 on the Discovered Devices List

See the screenshot above. Our scan found one device. It found the JBL Flip 2. So, we located our Flip 2 speaker in the list, as pointed at by the blue arrow in that picture.

12. Finally, Pair your Echo Speaker with your JBL Flip 2 Portable Speaker

Pair to the JBL Flip 2 by tappng the listed speaker in the Bluetooth Setup screen, shown in the last screenshot above.

The Echo then pairs with the Flip 2 (“JBL Flip 2” in this demo). The Alexa App’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Devices- screen, with a JBL Flip 2 sireless speaker paired and highlighted.
Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Devices- screen, with a JBL Flip 2 sireless speaker paired and highlighted.

Also, the JBL Flip 2 makes the Speaker Paired sound (the three ascending tones). 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 Echo Alexa speaker. It’s Bluetooth button glows solid white to indicate successful pairing, as shown next.

Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. Picture of the JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing the control buttons side. Speaker is powered on and paired.
Pairing JBL Flip 2 with Amazon Alexa Echo speakers. JBL Flip 2 wireless speaker, showing the control buttons side. Speaker is powered on and paired.

13. Done!

We have now successfully paired our JBL Flip 2 portable speaker with our Amazon Echo Dot speaker device. We can now ask Alexa to play music on this Dot, and those tunes will play on the excellent sounding JBL Flip 2. Enjoy!




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  • 2018-06-27: First published.