Here, we show how to reset the JBL Charge 4 speaker. Resetting puts the speaker back into its default factory state. Plus, it wipes any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory, and so, stops the speaker from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices after the reset. Also, hard reset it to get the Charge 4 ready for sale or re gifting.
How to Reset the JBL Charge 4
1. Turn on the JBL Charge 4
Press and release the Power button. It should light up solid white right away.
Find the Power button, pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture above.
Then, the Power button comes on, as shown next. Here, since we’ve paired the speaker with Bluetooth devices before this, it does not enter Bluetooth discovery 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 next 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 factory resetting once this sound finishes.
3. Press the Volume UP and Bluetooth Buttons Together
See the next picture to find the Bluetooth and UP Volume buttons.
The speaker then enters reset, as shown in the next picture. Note that both the Power and Bluetooth buttons and the egg shaped ring that surrounds 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 4 turns off. All lights go off, and it makes the power-down guitar sound.
The next picture shows the JBL Charge 4, powered down. All buttons are dark.
4. Check that your JBL Charge 4 Did 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 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 Bluetooth discovery 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 hard reset.
5. Done with How to Reset the JBL Charge 4 !
The JBL Charge 4 reset is now done. Thus you may now pack it up for sale, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.
Since, as noted prior, 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 4 listed in the Bluetooth devices section of your source device settings. Once that’s done, then manually pair the 4 with that device again if you want. Then after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, pairing with automatically take place once more.
Other Posts About the JBL Charge 4 BT Speaker
- JBL Charge 4 Charging Instructions, How to Recharge
- JBL Charge 4 Low Frequency Mode, How to Turn On
- Charge 4 JBL Firmware Update Instructions
- JBL Charge 4 Buttons Guide, What Each Button Does
- How to Pair JBL Charge 4 with Alexa Echo Speakers
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References for How to Reset the JBL Charge 4 Speaker
- 2020-12-06: First published.