Picture of the Xtreme JBL Bluetooth speaker and its carrying strap, along with the Mini Google Home smart speaker.

How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home

We go over here how to Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home speakers. These include the original, mini, and max models. Since this pairing happens directly between the Xtreme and Google Home, there’s no need to turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to create this pairing.





How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home 

With your JBL Xtreme powered down (power button is out), run through these step-by-step instructions to pair it to your Google Home speaker.  Note that the pairing directions are roughly the same for Original Home, the Mini, and the Google Home Max  speakers.

We’re using an iPad Air tablet to set up this pairing. In this demonstration, we’re pairing with a Mini Home Google speaker.

Now, to the directions.

1. Find the Google Home App on your Mobile Device

We found the Home app on our iOS iPad Air as shown in the next screenshot. In our case, this app is on the third home screen page. It’s pointed at by the purple arrow.

Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home.
Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

2. Run the Google Home App

The app displays its Home screen as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS, showing its Home page.
Google Home app on iOS, showing its Home screen.

3. Swipe UP to Scroll Down to Find Desired Speaker Group and Speaker to Pair

If you don’t see the speaker group in which the Google Home speaker you wish to pair is a member, then swipe up on the Home screen until you do.  Swiping up scrolls you down the Home page that lists all your Google speaker devices and groups currently set up in your Google account.

Now in this example, we’re pairing a Mini Google Home speaker. It’s a member of our Office group.  So we scrolled down the page until we saw that group and speaker, as shown next, circled in green.

Screenshot of the Google Home app, iOS version, showing its -Home- page, with the -Office- group circled.
Google Home app, iOS version, showing its -Home- page, with the -Office- group circled.

4. Tap the Google Speaker Device that you Wish to Pair, to Continue with How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home

Here,  we pair our Xtreme with our Google Mini, named Office Speaker.   So we tap the picture of the Mini Home, seen inside the green circle above.

This brings up the main page for the selected Google speaker, as pictured next.

Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS, showing the main screen for Office Speaker, with the -Settings- button highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, showing the main screen for Office Speaker, with the -Settings- button highlighted.

5. Tap the Device Settings  Icon on the Speaker’s Main Control Screen 

We call out the Device Settings option with the green arrow in the last screenshot.





Tapping the gear-shaped Device Settings button brings up the Device Settings screen for your chosen Home Google speaker, as shown in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Device Settings- screen, top of that page.
Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Device Settings- screen, top of that page.

6. Scroll Down to the Default Speaker  Setting

Scroll down the Device Settings screen, until you see the Default Speaker item. We’ve pointed at this with a blue arrow in the next picture.

Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Device Settings- screen, with the -Default Speaker- item highlighted. How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home.
Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Device Settings- screen, with the -Default Speaker- item highlighted.

7. Tap the Default Speaker Item

This brings up the  Choose a Default Speaker for Music and Audio  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted.

At this point, you’re ready to start your Google Home speaker scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices. You’ve selected the Home speaker to pair with in step 4 above. So, that Home Google speaker will be the one that scans for Bluetooth devices like the JBL Xtreme.

But  HOLD ON A MINUTE!  don’t press that Pair Bluetooth Speaker item button just yet. We must first power up your JBL Xtreme speaker and put it into discovery / pairing mode.

8. Switch On your Xtreme JBL Bluetooth Speaker to Continue with How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home

Put down your mobile device for a second, and power up the Xtreme by quickly depressing and releasing its Power button. We note the Power button with the green arrow in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Xtreme speaker powered OFF, showing its dark Power button highlighted.
JBL Xtreme speaker powered OFF, showing its dark Power button highlighted.

The Xtreme then powers up.

But since our Google Home Mini has never paired with this Xtreme before, it has no connection information for it in its paired-previously Bluetooth devices list.  So,  the Xtreme will not yet connect with this Mini automatically. Therefore, the light that illuminates in the Power switch tells us of this not-paired condition by lighting up either solid white or flashing blue, similar to as seen next.

Picture of the JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker powered on and in pairing mode, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted.
JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker powered on and in pairing mode, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted.

Note that your JBL Xtreme may flash blue, and not a solid-glowing white, especially if you’ve never paired it with a mobile device since its last factory reset. After a fresh reset, and prior to any device pairings, this speaker automatically enters Bluetooth pairing mode.  Thus, the Power light flashes blue without you having to press the Bluetooth key.  For that scenario, skip the next step and continue on with Step 10.

Now for this demo, ours glows solid white, since we have paired the Xtreme with devices since its last factory reset.  So, for explanation purposes, we’ll do the next step, to show you how to put the Xtreme into Bluetooth pairing mode.





9. Put your Xtreme JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Pairing / Bluetooth Discovery Mode

Now, to enable a Google Home speaker to find the Xtreme, place your Xtreme into pairing mode. More precisely, depress and release the Bluetooth button on the Xtreme, as shown in the next picture, pointed at by the green arrow.

Picture of the JBL Extreme speaker top view, with the Bluetooth button highlighted.
JBL Extreme speaker top view, with the Bluetooth button highlighted.

When you press the Discovery Bluetooth Mode button, the speaker makes a repeating single note guitar sound three or four times. Furthermore, the Power button changes from steady white to flashing blue. See this in the last picture above, which illustrates the Power button glowing blue after we pressed the Bluetooth button.

10. Pick Up your Mobile Device Again 

The screen with the blue Pair Bluetooth Speaker option should still display, as in the next screenshot.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted.

11. Tap the Pair Bluetooth Speaker Item, to Continue with How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home

This starts your Google Home speaker scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in Bluetooth discovery mode. Your Xtreme is now in Bluetooth pairing mode. So your Google Home should find it.  If it does not however, then move the speakers nearer together and try again.

The next screenshot shows the Bluetooth scanning in progress.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Pair Your Bluetooth Speaker- screen, while scanning for Bluetooth devices.
Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Pair Your Bluetooth Speaker- screen, while scanning for Bluetooth devices.

After a short pause, your Google Home should find the JBL Xtreme portable speaker, and list it as shown next, as pointed at by the green arrow.  In our demo, the Mini found our JBL Xtreme, named aptly, JBL Xtreme.

Screenshot of the iOS version of the Google Home app, showing its -Pair Bluetooth Devices- page, with the JBL Xtreme speaker discovered and highlighted.
Google Home app, iOS version, showing its -Pair Bluetooth Devices- page, with the JBL Xtreme speaker discovered and highlighted.

12. Tap your JBL Xtreme Speaker on the Discovered Bluetooth Devices List to Pair It

See the screenshot above. If Google Home found more than one device, you’ll have to tap the one you want. A blue check mark then appears beside the device you chose, as pictured next.

Screenshot of the Home Google app on iOS, displaying its -Pair Bluetooth Devices- page, with a JBL Xtreme speaker selected, and the -Done- button highlighted. Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home.
Home Google app on iOS, displaying its -Pair Bluetooth Devices- page, with a JBL Xtreme speaker selected, and the -Done- button highlighted.

13. Tap the Done Item

Tapping  Done  triggers our Google Home speaker to then pair with the JBL Xtreme speaker.

The Google Home app then takes us back to its Choose a Default Speaker for Music and Audio screen, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its -Choose Default Speaker- page for our -Office Speaker-, with the JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its -Choose Default Speaker- page for our -Office Speaker-, with the JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker highlighted.

Just prior to returning us to the Choose Default Speaker screen, speaker pairing occurs.  Then, the JBL Xtreme makes the Speaker Paired sound (the three rising up the scale guitar notes). The now-paired Xtreme is pointed at by the bright green arrow.

The Bluetooth speaker is now paired with your Google Home. It’s power button glows solid blue. This means that successful pairing is happening.

14. You’re Done with How to Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home !

We can now ask the Google Home assistant to play media on our Office Speaker Google Home Mini.  Then, those recordings now play on this full sounding JBL Xtreme portable speaker.

Note however, that only the media you ask for actually plays through the Xtreme. The Google Assistant voice though, still plays directly from the Google Home smart speaker.

Finally, be sure speak directly to your Google Home, and not to the Xtreme speaker, when requesting.  The Google Home microphone is still the one that hears your commands, even when paired with a Bluetooth speaker.

Have fun!





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References for Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home

  1. JBL Xtreme Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Official Product Page, on JBL.com
  2. Google Home Smart Speaker with Google Assistant Product Page, at store.google.com

Revision History

  • 2020-04-20: Added tags.
  • 2019-05-05: Tuned the targeting for ‘Pair JBL Xtreme with Google Home’. Added tags.
  • 2019-01-18: First posted.
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