This post shows how to connect typical JBL speakers with common streaming devices such as the mobile phone, tablet, and other speakers.
How to Connect JBL Speakers, Step by Step
With the JBL speaker switched OFF (the Power button is dark), run through this procedure to connect it to your streaming device.
1. Visit the Home Screen on Said Device
Press the Home button to bring up the mobile device’s Home screen. Shown next.
2. Find the Settings App
We found ours on the second page of an iPad home screen.
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 to Continue with How to Connect to JBL Speakers
Our Bluetooth settings screen displays, similar to the following.
Note that our Bluetooth is ON here. But since our test JBL speaker is currently not running, it does not show up in the devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never connected this speaker with this device before. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.
5. Turn On your JBL Speaker
Turn on this speaker by quickly pressing its Power button. See this pointed out in green, in the next picture.
The speaker then boots.
But since our device does not know about this speaker, it 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.
6. Put your JBL Speakers into Discovery Mode
Now, to see any JBL speakers on your mobile device, place them into pairing mode first. To do that, press and release the Pairing button, as we see in the next picture.
When you press this button, the speaker makes some kind of sound to alert you that it’s advertising itself as available for connections. Also, the Pairing button begins flashing white. See this in the last picture, pointed at by the green arrow.
7. Find the Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with How to Connect JBL Speakers
See the screen shot next. We found our speaker, as pointed at by the green arrow.
8. Next, Connect With the Speaker
Tap the listed speaker in the Other Devices section of the Bluetooth devices list.
Your source device then pairs with JBL speakers that are advertising themselves (“Tom’s Flip 5” in this demo). The mobile device’s BT Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.
9. Done with How to Connect JBL Speakers !
We have now successfully connected a common JBL speaker. Similar routines work with connecting to media players, phones, and desktop computers as long as they support Bluetooth.
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- 2023-02-13: First published.