Here, we show how to hard reset the JBL Charge 5 portable power bank speaker. Hard resetting puts the unit back into its default state. Plus, it deletes any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory. Thus, hard resetting stops the speaker from connecting to any nearby Bluetooth devices afterwards. Also, you should reset the speaker in this way, to get it ready for sale or re gifting.
How to Hard Reset the JBL Charge 5
1. Turn on the Speaker
Press and release the Power button. It should light up solid white right away.
The green arrow points out the Power button in the last picture above.
Then, that button comes on, as shown next.
Now since we’ve paired the speaker with Bluetooth devices before this, it does not enter Bluetooth pairing mode by itself. We know that because the Bluetooth button remains OFF, rather than blinking white.
Note the dark Bluetooth button, to the right of the glowing Power button in the last picture.
2. Wait for the Power Up Sound
The speaker makes a rising electric guitar strum sound when it powers up, and is ready for hard resetting once this sound finishes.
3. Press the Volume UP and Play-Pause Buttons Together
See the next picture to find the UP Volume and Play-Pause buttons.
The speaker then enters hard reset, as shown in the next photo. Note that both the Power and Bluetooth buttons and the egg shaped ring around them. All of these light up for a couple seconds during reset. I.e. The ring and both buttons glow gray-white.
Then after a short pause, the JBL Charge 5 turns off. All lights go off, and it makes the power-down guitar sound.
The next picture shows the JBL Charge 5, powered down. All buttons are dark.
4. Check that your JBL Charge 5 Did Hard Reset
Next, power on the speaker again, as we did in step 1 above. In short, press and release the Power button.
Now this time, after hard reset, our speaker instantly comes up in Bluetooth discovery mode, as shown next. We did not need to press the Bluetooth button first. Note that the Bluetooth button blinks to let you know that the speaker has entered pairing mode. When this button blinks or is dark, the speaker is not currently paired. Indeed, we expect it not to pair to anything after a reset.
5. Done with How to Hard Reset the JBL Charge 5 !
Hard reset is now done. Thus you may now pack the speaker up for sale, or pair it again with your favorite BT devices.
Since, as noted earlier, this speaker will no longer automatically pair with any previously paired, in range Bluetooth device in pairing mode, you’ll need to forget the previously paired JBL Charge 5 listed in the Bluetooth devices section of your source device settings. Once you do that, then you may manually pair the 5 with that device again if you so desire. Then, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, pairing with automatically take place once more.
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- 2022-09-20: First published.