Picture of the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker, view of the buttons panel.

Pairing JBL Flip 3 with iPhone. iPad, iPod, iOS

This post demonstrates pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker with iPhone iPad iPod iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad Air line of Apple phones and tablets.

Pairing JBL Flip 3 with iPhone iPad iPod iOS Devices

With your JBL Flip 3 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch iOS mobile device. We’re using an iPad Air tablet for this demo.

1. Navigate to the Home Screen on your iOS Device

Press the Home button to reveal the mobile iOS 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 running iOS 11.4.1, 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 iOS device then displays the first page of its settings, as shown in the next step.

4. Go to Bluetooth Settings

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 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL Flip 3 speaker now. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.
iOS 11 iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL Flip 3 speaker now. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.

5. Turn On your JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker

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 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing power button highlighted. Speaker is OFF. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.
JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing power button highlighted. Speaker is OFF. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.

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 JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, top view, power button glowing white, highlighted. Speaker powered ON. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.
JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, top view, power button glowing white, highlighted. Speaker powered ON. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.

6. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your JBL Flip 3 speaker on your iOS 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 wireless speaker. Showing its Bluetooth pairing button highlighted. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.
JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker. Showing its Bluetooth pairing button highlighted. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.

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 white glow to flashing blue. See this next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 battery powered Bluetooth speaker, showing its power button glowing blue. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.
JBL Flip 3 battery powered Bluetooth speaker, showing its power button glowing blue. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.

7. Find your JBL Flip 3 on your iOS Device

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. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.
iOS tablet screenshot, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen, with the JBL Flip 3 speaker discovered and highlighted. Not connected. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.

8. Pair with your JBL Flip 3 Portable 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. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.
iOS tablet, showing its Bluetooth Settings screen, with the JBL Flip 3 speaker connected and highlighted. Pairing JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker with iPhone iPad iPod.

9. Done!

We have now successfully paired our JBL Flip 3 portable speaker with our iPad iOS device. 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

Revision History

  • 2019-03-30: Shortened post URL and the targeted key phrase.
  • 2018-08-26: First published.