Front right view of the JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth speaker.

How to Reset the JBL Charge 5 Speaker

Here, we show how to reset the JBL Charge 5 speaker.  Resetting puts the speaker back into its default factory state. Plus, it purges any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory, and so, stops the speaker from connecting to any nearby Bluetooth devices after the reset. Also, you should reset the speaker to get it ready for sale or re gifting.

How to Reset the JBL Charge 5 BT Speaker

1. Turn on the JBL Charge 5

Press and release the Power button.  It should light up solid white right away.

Top view of the JBL Charge 5 power bank speaker, showing the -Power- button when the speaker is OFF.
The JBL Charge 5 power bank speaker, top view, showing the -Power- button when the speaker is OFF.

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.

Picture of the -Power- button glowing.
The -Power- button glowing.

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 Play-Pause Buttons Together

See the next picture to find the UP Volume and Play-Pause buttons.

Picture of the -Volume Up- and -Play-Pause- buttons.
The -Volume Up- and -Play-Pause- 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.

Top view of the JBL Charge 5 speaker, showing all lights lit.
JBL Charge 5 speaker, top view, showing all lights lit.

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 speaker powered down.  All buttons are dark.

Picture of the top front of the speaker.
Top front view of the speaker.

4. Check that your JBL Charge 5 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 reset.

Top view of the JBL Charge 5 wireless speaker, showing the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons lit.
JBL Charge 5 wireless speaker, top view, showing the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons lit.

5. Done with How to Reset the JBL Charge 5 !

The JBL Charge 5 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 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.

Other Posts About the JBL Charge 5 BT Speaker

  1. The Charge 5 Speaker Won’t Turn On – How to Fix
  2. JBL Charge 5 Low Frequency Mode
  3. Charge 5 BT Speaker Buttons, Codes, Combinations, Meanings
  4. JBL Charge 5 Firmware Update Instructions
  5. How to Put JBL Charge 5 in Pairing Mode

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References for How to Reset the JBL Charge 5 Speaker

  1. JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth Speaker Official Home Page at

Revision History

  • 2021-08-02: First published.