Front left view of the JBL Charge 5 BT speaker.

How to Increase Bass on JBL Charge 5

Unfortunately, the usual way how to increase bass on JBL Charge 5 does not work. Further, we know of no other way to bass using just the speaker itself. But you could simulate it by adjusting an equalizer app on your streaming source device. Hopefully though, JBL will add this feature in a later version of the firmware.

But if this did work, it might work as follows, just as it has on other JBL Charge speakers.

Now when increasing bass on the speaker, this would make the passive bass radiators vibrate noticeably more.  Moreover, extra bass mode would add a decidedly “thumpy” aspect to the content playing. This could make the unit sound much bigger than it actually is.

How to Increase Bass on JBL Charge 5: Step by Step

First off, by default, this BT speaker would have this more bass mode ON.  Moreover, if this toggling actually worked, then it would also add more treble as well as extra bass as well.

Picture of the JBL Charge 5, top view, showing the -Volume Down- and -Bluetooth- buttons.
The JBL Charge 5, top view, showing the -Volume Down- and -Bluetooth- buttons.

How to Increase Bass on JBL Charge 5: How to Switch ON

Some day, we hope that you’ll be able to increase the bass in this way. It would go as follows. Press the Volume Down (-) and Bluetooth buttons for about ten seconds.  You would release them when the oval ring lights up.

Top view of all the lights aglow.
Showing all lights aglow.

Also, to reverse what you did above, then again, you would press the Volume Down and Bluetooth buttons. Hold them in until the oval button ring lights up once more.  Then release them.  Finally, when the ring goes dark, the increased bass mode would go back to what it was before.


    1. Speaker firmware version for this test:

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