Picture of the JBL Go 2 portable speaker, front view, with the Power / Status lamp glowing white, highlighted.

How to Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone

This post shows how to connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone phones. Start with your speaker OFF (dark front panel LED). Then, follow these directions to pair your Go 2 Bluetooth speaker to an iPhone. We’re running an iPad Air tablet for this exercise.  But the pairing details are nearly the same for the iPhone, though the various connection process screens may appear a little different on the iPhone.

Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone Instructions

1. Visit the Home Screen on your iOS Device

Press the Home button to get to the  Home   iOS page.  See our Home screen as pictured next.

2. Find the iOS Settings App

We found ours on the second page of the Home screen on our iPad Air tablet.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow. Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.
iPad Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted. Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.

3. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

The iPhone then displays the first page of its Settings screen, that looks like the next screenshot

Screenshot of the iOS 11 Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted. Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.
iOS Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted.  Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.

4. Go to the Bluetooth Settings  Page

Tap the Bluetooth item, as pointed at by the dark green arrow in the last screenshot above.

Our Bluetooth Settings screen the appears as follows. Note that we switched our Bluetooth ON here on the IOS tablet. But since the Go Two speaker is now OFF, it does not show in either the My Devices or Other Devices lists on the phone yet,  Why?  Because we’ve never connected it with this iOS device before now.  Plus, the speaker is not yet sending out its connection info. See this situation, as shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list.  Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.
iPad Air tablet showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list.  Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.

Note in this picture that we find no JBL Go 2 listed yet.

5. Turn On your JBL Go 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Turn on this speaker by quickly pressing its Power button. See this button, circled in green, in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Go 2 speaker, top view, showing the Power button circled. Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.
JBL Go 2 speaker, top view, showing the Power button circled.  Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.

The speaker then comes on.

But since our iOS device does not know about this speaker, the Go 2 will not wirelessly connect with it by itself. The light that comes alive in the front grill of the speaker, near the top, shows this not-paired state by solidly glowing or blinking white as seen next.

Picture of the JBL Go 2 portable speaker, front view, with the Power / Status lamp glowing white, highlighted. Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.
JBL Go 2 portable speaker, front view, with the Power / Status lamp glowing white, highlighted.  Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.

6. Put your Go 2 into Bluetooth Discovery Mode

Now, to see your Go Two speaker on your iPhone, enter the start up the speaker’s Bluetooth discovery mode. For that, press and release the Bluetooth button on the speaker, as circled in the next photo.

Picture of the JBL Go 2 wireless speaker, top view, showing its Bluetooth Pairing button circled. Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.
JBL Go 2 wireless speaker, top view, showing its Bluetooth  Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.

When you press the Discovery Mode button, the speaker makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Plus, the front panel status lamp changes from a solid white to flashing white. See this in the last picture above.

7. Find your JBL Go 2 on your iPhone

See the picture next. We found ours on iOS, as circled in green.

Screenshot of the iOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Go 2 speaker, discovered but not paired. Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.
iOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Go 2 speaker, discovered but not paired.  Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.

8. Connect with your Go 2 Wireless Speaker

Tap the listed speaker in the Other Devices section of the Bluetooth devices list, shown above.

Your iPhone then connects with the Go 2 JBL (appears as “JBL Go 2” in this demo).

The Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look like the following.

Picture of the iOS tablet displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, showing a JBL Go 2 portable speaker paired, successfully connected, and circled. Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.
iOS displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, showing a JBL Go 2 portable speaker paired, successfully connected, and circled.  Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone.

Note that the Go 2 speaker now shows as connected, as shown inside the green oval in the last picture.

9. Done with How to Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone !

We have now successfully connected our JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker with an iPhone, or an iOS device like it.  Audio output from your phone now plays on this wireless speaker, which presumably, is what you want.  Enjoy!

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References for How to Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone

  1. JBL Go 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Product Page on JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2020-05-22: Optimized the text and added some more tags.
  • 2019-05-03: Tuned the targeting for ‘Connect JBL Go 2 to iPhone’. Added tags.
  • 2019-01-19: First published.