How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo Speakers, 2019

This post demonstrates how to pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo and Echo Dot speakers. These instructions include the Echo Dot generations 1, 2, and 3 smart speakers. And, since this pairing happens directly between the Xtreme and the Echo Dots, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to establish this pairing.

How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo

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

1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device

We located the Alexa app on our iOS iPad Air as seen in the next screenshot. In our case, the 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. How to pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

iOS home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.  How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

2. Run the Amazon Alexa App

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

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.

Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.  How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

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.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted. How to pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

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

We point at the Settings  item with the green arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Settings screen, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Alexa App on iOS, showing its Settings screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted.

Alexa App on iOS, showing its Settings screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

5, Tap the Device Settings Item

This brings up the All Devices screen, where all of your connected Amazon Alexa enabled devices appear in a list, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -All Devices- page, with an Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker in the list highlighted. How to pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -All Devices- page, with an Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker in the list highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

6. Tap the Echo Device you Wish to Pair to your JBL Xtreme Bluetooth Speaker

For this demo, we chose the  Thomas’s Echo Dot 3rd Gen  Alexa speaker, although pairing works similarly with all the other Bluetooth enabled Alexa speaker models.

Anyway, touching the listed speaker you wish to pair then takes you to the device-specific settings screen for that particular Echo , as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Device Settings- screen for the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Alexa speaker, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Device Settings- screen for the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Alexa speaker, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

7. Tap the  Bluetooth Devices  Item

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

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

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted. How to pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

At this point, your Alexa app is ready to begin a Bluetooth scan by your chosen Echo Amazon speaker. We selected our Alexa Dot 3 in the last step. So, that Dot will be the one that looks for Bluetooth devices when we press the   Pair a New Device   button.

BUT WAIT A MINUTE!  Don’t press that button just yet.  We must fire up the  JBL Xtreme speaker first, and then make sure it’s in Bluetooth pairing mode.  But if your Xtreme is already ON and ready to pair, then skip the next step, and move on to step 9 below.

8. Turn On your Xtreme JBL Speaker

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

Picture of the JBL Xtreme speaker powered OFF, showing its dark Power button highlighted.

JBL Xtreme speaker powered OFF, showing its dark Power button highlighted.  How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

The Xtreme then powers up.

But since our Echo Dot 3 has never paired with this Xtreme before, it has no connection information for it in its previously paired Bluetooth devices list.  Thus the Xtreme will not yet pair with this Dot automatically. So, the light that illuminates in the Power switch communicates this not-paired condition by glowing either solid white or flashing blue, similar to as seen next.

Picture of the JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker powered on and in pairing mode, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted.

JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker powered on and in pairing mode, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

Note that your JBL Xtreme may blink blue instead of a steady white, especially if you’ve never paired it with a mobile device since its last hard reset. For that case, skip the next step (Step 9) and pick up with Step 10.  But for this demo, ours glows solid white, since we have paired the Xtreme with devices since its last factory reset.

9. Put your Xtreme JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Pairing Mode

Now, to allow an Alexa Echo smart speaker to find the JBL Xtreme, place your Xtreme into pairing mode. Specifically, press and release the Bluetooth button on the JBL Xtreme, as shown in the next picture pointed at by the green arrow.

Picture of the JBL Extreme speaker top view, with the Bluetooth button highlighted.

JBL Extreme speaker top view, with the Bluetooth button highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

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 in the last picture above, which depicts the Power button glowing blue after we pressed the Bluetooth button.

10. Now Go Back to your Mobile Device and the Alexa App

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

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

11. Tap the Pair a New Device Button

This starts your Echo smart speaker scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices that are in Bluetooth discovery mode themselves. Since your JBL Xtreme is now in Bluetooth discovery mode, the Dot should find it if close enough in range.  Our Xtreme was indeed close enough to be received by our Gen 3 Dot.

Thus, after a brief period, you should get something like the screen we got. Shown next.

Picture of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, with the JBL Xtreme speaker found and highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, with the JBL Xtreme speaker found and highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

In our demo, the Amazon Alexa app, through our 3rd generation Dot, found our JBL Xtreme speaker, named JBL Xtreme.

12. Find your JBL Xtreme in the Discovered Devices List

See the screenshot above. Our scan discovered two Bluetooth devices. It found the JBL Xtreme speaker as well as our Roku media streamer.

So, we located our Xtreme speaker in the list, as pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture.

13. Finally, Pair your Echo Alexa with your JBL Xtreme

Pair with the JBL Xtreme by tapping that speaker entry on the  Bluetooth Setup  screen, shown in the last screenshot above.

The Amazon Echo Alexa device then pairs with the JBL Xtreme speaker.

Shortly thereafter, the Alexa App’s  Bluetooth Settings  screen then rearranges itself to appear something like the following.

Picture of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, with the now-paired JBL Xtreme speaker highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, with the now-paired JBL Xtreme speaker highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

Also, the JBL Xtreme plays the Speaker Paired sound (the three escalating guitar notes). Note that the Bluetooth symbol to the left of the listed speaker item appears in the last screenshot, as pointed at by the green arrow.  This shows you which memorized speaker in the Previously Paired Bluetooth Devices list is currently connected to your Alexa Echo speaker.

The Xtreme speaker Power  button now glows solid blue to mean that successful pairing has occurred, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker powered on and paired, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted.

JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker powered on and paired, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Amazon Alexa Echo.

14. Done!

We have now successfully paired our Xtreme with our Amazon Echo Dot 3 Alexa speaker. Thus, we may command Alexa to play music on this Dot, and then stream it to the JBL Xtreme. Thus, that music will play on the very full sounding Xtreme JBL wireless portable speaker instead of the Echo. The Xtreme generally has a fuller, louder sound than your run-of-the-mill Echo speakers.  So pairing these devices has definite sound advantages.  So enjoy!

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Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Echo Dot Speakers

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

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Echo Dot Speakers

With your JBL Clip 3 powered off (status lamp under the carabiner is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your Amazon Echo Dot. We’re using an iPad Air tablet to create 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 Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot 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 Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Home- screen, with the hamburger control highlighted.

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

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot 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 Echo device you wish to pair with your JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker.

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

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot 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 Clip 3 speaker.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot 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 Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot 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 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 the JBL Clip 3 speaker and put it into Bluetooth discovery mode.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot 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 Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot 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 Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker

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

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker, showing its -Power- button highlighted.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Speaker, showing its -Power- button highlighted.

The Clip 3 then powers up.

But since our Echo Dot does not know about this speaker, the Clip 3 will not pair with it without your help the first time. Thus, the status lamp that lights on the top of the speaker signifies this not-paired state by slowly flashing white, as pointed out in next photo.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing shite and highlighted.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing shite and highlighted.

8. Put your JBL 3 Speaker into Bluetooth Discovery Mode

Now, to allow the Echo Dot to find your JBL Clip 3, place the Clip 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 Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 waterproof speaker, showing its Bluetooth discovery mode button highlighted.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. JBL Clip 3 waterproof speaker, showing 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 status lamp changes from a slow flashing white glow to rapid flashing white. See this next.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth wireless speaker, top view, showing status lamp glowing white.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth wireless speaker, top view, showing status lamp flashing white.

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 Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot 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 Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot 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  Pair a New Device  Button

This starts your Echo Dot scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in Bluetooth discovery mode. Your Clip 3 is now in Bluetooth discovery mode. So your Dot 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 -JBL Clip 3- speaker that the app discovered, highlighted.

Amazon Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Setup- screen. Showing the -JBL Clip 3- speaker that the app discovered, highlighted.

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

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

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

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

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

The Echo Dot then pairs with the Clip 3 speaker. 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 the -JBL Clip 3- speaker, paired and highlighted.

Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Devices- screen, with the -JBL Clip 3- speaker, paired and highlighted.

Also, the JBL Clip 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.

The speaker is now paired with your Echo Dot. It’s status light glows solid white.  This means successful pairing established, as shown next.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. Picture of the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.

Pairing JBL Clip 3 with Amazon Echo Dot speakers. JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker, top view, showing the status lamp glowing white and highlighted.

13. Done!

We have now successfully paired our JBL Clip 3 splashproof  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 Clip. Just be sure to speak to the Dot when issuing commands, and not the Clip 3.  Even though the Clip 3 is now paired with the Echo Dot, the Dot still receives voice commands through its internal far field microphones.

Enjoy!

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How to Put Alexa in Pairing Mode

You must know how to put Alexa in pairing mode to connect her to a Bluetooth speaker.  But why would you want to do that?  Well, using a BT speaker on Alexa often gives better sound than what you get normally, especially from the Alexa Dot speakers.  So pair those Dots with a JBL Xtreme for example.  Then you hear a big hi-fi sound for anything you ask Alexa to play.  Here we show how to turn on Alexa pairing mode so you can hear all that quality in your Bluetooth speakers.

What you Need First

  • Download and install the Alexa app on your mobile device.
  • Connect your mobile device to same WiFi network as the Alexa speaker whose pairing mode you wish to turn on.
  • Be sure to power on the Alexa speaker you want.
  • Connect that Alexa speaker to your Amazon account.

How to Put Alexa in Pairing Mode

We use an iPad Air tablet in this demo.

1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device

We found it  on our iOS iPad Air as seen in the next screenshot. For us, 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 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted. How to put Alexa in pairing mode.

2. Run the Alexa App

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

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.

Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button 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.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted. How to put Alexa in pairing mode.

Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted. How to put Alexa in pairing mode.

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

We point at the Settings  item with the green arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Settings screen, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Alexa App on iOS, showing its Settings screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted.

Alexa App on iOS, showing its Settings screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted.

5, Tap the Device Settings Item

This brings up the All Devices screen, where all of your connected Alexa enabled devices appear in a list, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -All Devices- page, with an Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker in the list highlighted. How to put Alexa in pairing mode.

Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -All Devices- page, with an Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker in the list highlighted. How to put Alexa in pairing mode.

6. Tap the Alexa Device you Wish to Place into Pairing Mode

For this demo, we chose the  Thomas’s Echo Dot 3rd Gen  Alexa speaker, although pairing works similarly with all the other Bluetooth enabled Alexa speaker models.

Anyway, touching the listed speaker then takes you to the device-specific settings for that particular Alexa device, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Device Settings- screen for the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Alexa speaker, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Device Settings- screen for the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Alexa speaker, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted.

7. Tap the  Bluetooth Devices  Item

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

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

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted. How to put Alexa in pairing mode.

Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted. How to put Alexa in pairing mode.

At this point, your Alexa app is ready to begin a Bluetooth scan by your chosen Alexa speaker. We chose our Alexa Dot 3 in the last step. So, that Dot will be the one that pairing mode comes on for when we press the  Pair a New Device   button.

8. Tap the Pair a New Device Button

This puts your Alexa speaker into pairing mode.  That is, it starts your smart speaker scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices that are in Bluetooth discovery mode themselves.

9. Done!

You have now successfully put Alexa into Bluetooth pairing mode.  So, if your Alexa speaker finds any nearby Bluetooth speakers that you put into discovery mode, they will show up in the Alexa app.

After a short time, you should get something like the screen we got. Shown next.

Picture of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, with the JBL Xtreme speaker found and highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, with the JBL Xtreme speaker found and highlighted.

In our demo, the Alexa app, through our 3rd generation Dot, found our JBL Xtreme speaker, named JBL Xtreme.

Alexa leaves pairing mode when you pair a speaker with it, or when it times out waiting for you to pair.

Finally, tap the Bluetooth speaker you wish to pair, and if all goes well, pairing should happen in a few seconds.

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JBL Xtreme Alexa Pairing Instructions

This post gives JBL Xtreme Alexa pairing instructions. They work for pairing the JBL Xtreme with Bluetooth enabled Echo smart speakers. And, since this pairing happens directly between the Xtreme and Alexa, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to perform this pairing.

JBL Xtreme Alexa Pairing Instructions

With your JBL Xtreme powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your Alexa Echo. We’re using an iPad Air tablet to make this Bluetooth connection.

1. Find the Alexa app on your Mobile Device

We located the Alexa app on our iOS iPad Air as seen in the next screenshot. In our case, the 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 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.  JBL Xtreme Alexa pairing instructions.

2. Run the Alexa App

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

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.

Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted. JBL Xtreme Alexa pairing instructions.

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.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted.

Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted. JBL Xtreme Alexa pairing instructions.

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

We point at the Settings  item with the green arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Settings screen, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Alexa App on iOS, showing its Settings screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted.

Alexa App on iOS, showing its Settings screen, with the Device Settings option highlighted. JBL Xtreme Alexa pairing instructions.

5, Tap the Device Settings Item

This brings up the All Devices screen, where all of your connected Alexa enabled devices appear in a list, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -All Devices- page, with an Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker in the list highlighted.

Alexa App on iOS, displaying its -All Devices- page, with an Echo Dot 3rd Gen speaker in the list highlighted. JBL Xtreme Alexa pairing instructions.

6. Tap the Echo Device you Wish to Pair to your JBL Xtreme Bluetooth Speaker

For this demo, we chose the  Thomas’s Echo Dot 3rd Gen  Alexa speaker, although pairing works similarly with all the other Bluetooth enabled Alexa speaker models.

Anyway, touching the listed speaker you wish to pair then takes you to the device-specific settings screen for that particular Alexa device, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Device Settings- screen for the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Alexa speaker, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Device Settings- screen for the Echo Dot 3rd Gen Alexa speaker, with the -Bluetooth Devices- option highlighted.

7. Tap the  Bluetooth Devices  Item

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

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

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted.

At this point, your Alexa app is ready to begin a Bluetooth scan by your chosen Alexa speaker. We chose our Alexa Dot 3 in the last step. So, that Dot will be the one that looks for Bluetooth devices when we press the  Pair a New Device   button.

BUT WAIT A MINUTE!  Don’t press that button just yet.  We must fire up the  JBL Xtreme speaker first, and then make sure it’s in Bluetooth pairing mode.  But if your Xtreme is already ON and ready to pair, then skip the next step, and move on to step 9 below.

8. Turn On your Xtreme JBL Speaker

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

Picture of the JBL Xtreme speaker powered OFF, showing its dark Power button highlighted.

JBL Xtreme speaker powered OFF, showing its dark Power button highlighted.  JBL Xtreme Alexa pairing instructions.

 

The Xtreme then powers up.

But since our Alexa Dot 3 has never paired with this Xtreme before, it has no connection information for it in its previously paired Bluetooth devices list.  Thus the Xtreme will not yet pair with this Dot by iteslf. So, the light that comes on in the Power switch tells us of this not-paired condition by glowing either solid white or flashing blue, similar to as seen next.

Picture of the JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker powered on and in pairing mode, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted.

JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker powered on and in pairing mode, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted.

Note that your JBL Xtreme may blink blue instead of a steady white, especially if you’ve never paired it with a mobile device since its last hard reset. For that case, skip the next step (Step 9) and pick up with Step 10.  But for this demo, ours glows solid white, since we have paired the Xtreme with devices since its last factory reset.

9. Put your Xtreme JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Pairing Mode

Now, to allow an Alexa Echo smart speaker to find the JBL Xtreme, place your Xtreme into pairing mode. That is, press and release the Bluetooth button on the JBL Xtreme, as shown in the next picture pointed at by the green arrow.

Picture of the JBL Extreme speaker top view, with the Bluetooth button highlighted.

JBL Extreme speaker top view, with the Bluetooth 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 in the last picture above, which shows the Power button glowing blue after we pressed the Bluetooth button.

10. Now Go Back to your Mobile Device and the Alexa App

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

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Pair a New Device- button highlighted. JBL Xtreme Alexa pairing instructions.

11. Tap the Pair a New Device Button

This starts your Alexa smart speaker scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices that are in Bluetooth discovery mode themselves. Since your JBL Xtreme is now in Bluetooth discovery mode, the Dot should find it if close enough in range.  Our Xtreme was indeed close enough to be received by our Gen 3 Dot.

Thus, after a short time, you should get something like the screen we got. Shown next.

Picture of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, with the JBL Xtreme speaker found and highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, with the JBL Xtreme speaker found and highlighted.

In our demo, the Alexa app, through our 3rd generation Dot, found our JBL Xtreme speaker, named JBL Xtreme.

12. Find your JBL Xtreme in the Discovered Devices List

See the screenshot above. Our search discovered two Bluetooth devices. It found the JBL Xtreme speaker as well as our Roku media streamer.

So, we located our Xtreme speaker in the list, as pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture.

13. Finally, Pair your Alexa with your JBL Xtreme

Pair with the JBL Xtreme by tapping that speaker entry on the  Bluetooth Setup  screen, shown in the last screenshot above.

The Alexa device then pairs with the JBL speaker.

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

Picture of the Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, with the now-paired JBL Xtreme speaker highlighted.

Alexa app on iOS, showing its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, with the now-paired JBL Xtreme speaker highlighted. JBL Xtreme Alexa pairing instructions.

Also, the JBL Xtreme plays the Speaker Paired sound (the three escalating guitar notes). Note that the Bluetooth symbol to the left of the listed speaker item appears in the last screenshot, as pointed at by the green arrow.  This shows you which memorized speaker in the Previously Paired Bluetooth Devices list is currently connected to your Alexa speaker.

The Xtreme  Power  button now glows solid blue to mean that successful pairing has happened, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker powered on and paired, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted.

JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker powered on and paired, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted.

14. Done!

We have now successfully paired our Xtreme with our Alexa speaker. Thus, we may ask Alexa to play music on this Dot, and then stream it to the Xtreme. Thus, that music will play on the very full sounding Xtreme JBL wireless portable speaker instead of the Alexa. The Xtreme has a fuller, louder sound than your run-of-the-mill Alexa speakers.  So pairing these devices has definite sound pluses.  So enjoy!

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References

Changes History

  • 2019-03-26: First released.