iPad BT Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 5 speaker as discovered.

How to Connect JBL Charge 5 to iPhone

This post lays out how to connect an iPhone to the JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth party speaker.





How to Connect JBL Charge 5 to iPhone, Step by Step

Turn on your JBL Charge 5 speaker and run through this routine to connect it to your iPhone.  We’re using an iPad Air tablet for this demo though since we do not have an iPhone to take screenshots from.  But the setup pages are roughly the same, and so, the routine works as well on the iPhone.

1. Bring Up the   Home   Screen on your iPhone

Firstly, press the   Home   button to reveal the Home  screen.

2. Find the  Settings  App

We found ours on the second page of the iPadOS home screen 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

Thirdly, tap the  Settings  app icon.

The iPhone then displays the first page of its settings, as shown in the next step.





4. Go to the  Bluetooth Settings    Page to Continue with How to Connect JBL Charge 5 to iPhone

Our Bluetooth settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is ON here. But since the Charge 5 is currently switched OFF, it does not show up in the Devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never joined this speaker with this  device prior.  See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page with the JBL Charge 5 not present on the -My Devices- list.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page with the JBL Charge 5 speaker not present on the -My Devices- list.

5. Turn On your JBL Charge 5 Power Bank Speaker

Turn on the unit by quickly pressing its   Power   button. The green arrow points this out in the next picture.

Top view of the JBL Charge 5 power bank speaker, showing the -Power- button when the speaker is OFF.
The JBL Charge 5 power bank speaker, top view, showing the -Power- button when the speaker is OFF.

The speaker then powers up.

But since an iPhone would not know about this speaker if never paired to it before, this JBL speaker will not connect with the iPhone automatically. The dark Bluetooth switch denotes this not-paired state.

6. Put the JBL Speaker into Pairing Mode

Now, to see your JBL Charge 4 on your iPhone, place the speaker into Bluetooth pairing mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

Top view of the speaker, showing the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons lit.
The speaker, top view, showing the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons lit.

When you press the   Bluetooth Discovery Mode   button, the JBL Charge 5 makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Also, that button starts flashing white.





7. Find your Speaker in the Other Devices List, to Continue with How to Connect JBL Charge 5 to iPhone

See the screen shot next. We found our Charge 5, as pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

iPad BT Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 5 speaker as discovered.
iPad BT Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 5 speaker as discovered.

8. Pair with your JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth Speaker

Tap the listed speaker in the  Other Devices section of the   Bluetooth Devices    list.

Your iPhone then pairs with the JBL Charge 5 (“JBL Charge 5” in this demo).

Then, the iPhone’s    Bluetooth Settings    screen changes to look something like the following.

Showing the -JBL Charge 5- speaker as connected.
Showing the -JBL Charge 5- speaker as connected.

9. Done with How to Connect JBL Charge 5 to iPhone !

Finally, we have now successfully connected this BT speaker with an iPhone. Thus, you can now play music, and hear it through this speaker.

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References for How to Connect JBL Charge 5 to iPhone

  1. How do I Connect my iPhone to the JBL Speaker?   from Apple Support
  2. JBL Charge 5 Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2020-08-10: First published.
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