Picture of the JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker, top front view, showing buttons and cloth grill.

How to Reset JBL Extreme Speaker

How to reset the JBL Extreme BT speaker shows how to restore the speaker to its default factory settings. Resetting erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory, and stops the Extreme from pairing to any nearby active Bluetooth devices that happen to be in range. Also, you might reset the unit to get it ready for sale or re gifting.  So learn how to reset it in the following paragraphs.





How to Reset JBL Extreme BT Speaker

1. Turn on the Speaker 

When the unit is off, all buttons are dark, including the Power button, as shown next.

Picture of the speaker powered OFF, showing its dark Power button highlighted. How to Reset JBL Extreme.
The Extreme speaker powered OFF, showing its dark Power button highlighted.

Then, press and release the Power button.  That button should right away light up as shown in the following pictures.  Find the Power button, as shown in the last picture above, pointed at by the green arrow.

Next, the Power button comes on, as shown next. In our case, since we’ve paired the Extreme with a tablet before, it automatically pairs with it now. We know that because the Power button glows solid blue, rather than blinking blue or white.  Yours may glow different colors or flash patterns depending on the speaker’s pairing state.

Showing the speaker powered on and paired, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted. How to Reset JBL Extreme.
Showing the speaker powered on and paired, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted.

2. Wait for the Power Up Sound

The speaker makes a rising electric guitar strum sound when it powers up. The speaker is ready for resetting after this sound dies down.  If your Extreme pairs with an in-range Bluetooth device, you’ll also hear the three rising single guitar notes a few seconds after the startup cord.  Nonetheless, whether or not the speaker pairs with something does not change how you reset it.  In either case, how you reset the JBL Extreme is the same, as we detail next.





3. Press the Volume UP and Play-Pause Buttons Together

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

Picture of the BT speaker, with its reset button combination highlighted.
The BT speaker, with its reset button combination highlighted.

The Extreme then enters reset mode, as shown in the next picture.

Note that both the Power and Connect+ buttons light up for a couple seconds as the factory default reset advances. The Power button glows a pale blue or white, and the Connect+ button glows gray-white for a second or two.  We circled these buttons in green, as shown next.

Picture of the Extreme speaker with its Power and Connect buttons glowing pale during reset, and circled.
The Extreme speaker with its Power and Connect buttons glowing pale during reset, and circled.

Then after a short pause, the unit turns off. All the lights go off, and it makes the power-down guitar sound.

4. Next, Check that Resetting Did Indeed Occur

Next, power on the unit again, as detailed in step 1 earlier.  In short, press and release the Power button, as shown next.

Now this time, after reset, the speaker immediately comes up in Bluetooth discovery mode, as pictured next.

Note that we did not press the Bluetooth button first, as after reset, the speaker automatically enters Bluetooth pairing mode.  Note that the Power button blinks blue to denote Bluetooth discovery mode. When the Power button blinks blue or shows as solid white, the Extreme is not currently paired. We expect it not to pair to anything after a reset.

Picture of the speaker powered on and paired, with its blue glowing Power button highlighted.
The speaker powered on, with its blue flashing Power button highlighted.

5. Done with How to Reset the JBL Extreme !

Reset of the JBL Extreme is finished now. So you may now pack it up for sale, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.

As noted earlier, the Extreme will no longer automatically pair with any previously paired in-range Bluetooth device in pairing mode. So, to restore this auto pairing, you’ll need to forget the previously paired Extreme listed in the Bluetooth devices section of your source device settings.  Once done, then manually pair the Extreme with that device again if you so desire. Then after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, pairing with automatically happen once again.





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References for How to Reset the JBL Xtreme BT Speaker

  1. JBL Xtreme Troubleshooting on iFixIt.com

Revision History

  • 2021-09-06: First published.
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