How To Fix JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Not Working Problem

The JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth not working issue prevents you from connecting the speaker to your smartphone. There are several reasons why this is happening such as a drained speaker battery, device not paired, or device not within range. You need to do several troubleshooting steps to fix this.

The JBL Clip 3 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that can be easily clipped to a bag or belt loop thanks to its built-in carabiner. It’s designed to be rugged so you won’t have any problems when you bring it with you on your outdoor adventure. Some of its features include an IPX7 waterproof design, speakerphone function, and a 10 hour battery life on a single full charge just to name a few.

Technical specifications of JBL Clip 3:

  • Bluetooth version: 4.1
  • Support: A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.5, HFP V1.5, HSP V1.2
  • Transducer: 1 x 40mm
  • Output power: 3.3W RMS
  • Frequency response: 120Hz – 20kHz (-6dB)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: >80dB
  • Battery type: Lithium-ion polymer (3.7V/1000mAh)
  • Battery charge time: 3 hour @ 5V, 0.6A
  • Music playing time: up to 10 hours (varies by volume level and audio content)
  • Bluetooth transmitter power: 0 – 9dBm
  • Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2.402 – 2.480GHz
  • Bluetooth transmitter modulation: GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK
  • Dimensions: 137 x 97 x 46 (mm)
  • Weight: 220g 

What to do when your JBL Clip 3 cannot connect to a Bluetooth device

One issue that you might encounter with your Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker is when you are unable to pair it with your smartphone. This can be an annoying problem especially if you want to play your favorite music on the speaker. Here are the troubleshooting steps you need to do to fix this.

Method 1: Perform a factory reset on JBL Clip 3

The first troubleshooting step you will need to perform is a factory reset or hard reset. This procedure removes any data stored in the Bluetooth speaker and brings it back to its default settings. This is a useful troubleshooting step to do when you are experiencing problems with the device such as when you can’t make a Bluetooth connection.

Time needed: 2 minutes.

Reset the speaker

  1. Turn on the device.

    You can do this by pressing on the power button.Fix JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth Not Working Problem

  2. Press and hold the Volume up button and Play button.

    Do this for around 10 seconds to reset the device.What to do when your JBL Clip 3 cannot connect to a Bluetooth device

  3. Turn on the device.

    You can do this by pressing on the power button. The device should now be in pairing mode.power jbl clip 3

Try to check if the issue has been resolved.

Method 2: Pair the Bluetooth device

One reason why you can’t seem to pair your smartphone to the speaker is if the speaker is already paired to another device. To fix this you will need to pair the speaker again.

  • Turn on the Clip 3.
  • Press and hold down the Bluetooth button for 3 seconds
  • When the light begins flashing the Bluetooth speaker is ready to pair and connect. 

Make sure to delete the speaker connection name on your phone then do a Bluetooth scan so that the speaker name will appear on it. Try connecting to the speaker.

Method 3: Charge the speaker to fix Bluetooth not working issue

If the battery is low in charge or drained then there’s a possibility that the Bluetooth feature will not work. If this is the culprit then all you need to do to fix this is to charge the speaker.

  • Insert the micro USB charging cord  into the charging port of the speaker.
  • Insert the other end of the  charging cord to a USB wall charger with an output of at least 1.0A.
  • Connect the wall charger to a power outlet.

Leave this charging for at least 3 hours then check if the issue still occurs.

Method 4: Device is not in range

You will want your Bluetooth speaker and smartphone to be within 100 feet of each other. This range will decrease if there are a lot of obstructions or signal interferences such as walls between both devices.

Try placing the speaker and the device it is connecting to side by side then check if the problem still occurs.

Having the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth not working issue can be a frustrating experience. Hopefully, this solution will help you fix the problem.

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Chad Buenaflor

Chad has been in the tech industry since 2000. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering and is interested in the hardware and software side of technology. Initially working for a Japanese semiconductor company as a Test Engineer for nearly 10 years, he then pursued his passion for internet technology by working for the support team of Time Warner Cable then finally joining TheDroidGuy as one of their troubleshooting and tech writers. On his free time he plays his favorite games on his PC, Xbox Series X, and Android phone. Contact me at Email

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