Front view of the JBL Boombox BT speaker.

JBL Boombox 1 Hard Reset Instructions

This post gives JBL Boombox 1 hard  reset instructions, that restore the speaker to its default factory settings. Hard resetting the Boombox 1 returns it to fresh-out-of-the-box operation. It clears any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from  memory. Wiping old settings stops the BT speaker from pairing to any close-by active Bluetooth devices. Also, you might hard reset to prepare the speaker for sale or re gifting, or to stop it from pairing with phones and tablets you no longer wish it to link with.

JBL Boombox 1 Hard Reset Instructions, Step by Step

1. Turn on the Boombox 1

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

Top view of the JBL Boombox 1 wireless speaker, with power off, showing all buttons dark.
Top view of the JBL Boombox 1 wireless speaker, with power off, showing all buttons dark.

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 near the center of the photo.

Next, the Power button comes on, as shown next. It either blinks or flashes depending on pairing state.

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

2. Wait for the Power ON Sound

The speaker makes a rising electric guitar strum noise when it boots. You may begin the hard reset after this sound ends.

Now if your speaker pairs with an in-range Bluetooth device, you’ll also hear the three rising single guitar notes a few seconds after the startup cord.  At any rate, whether or not the speaker pairs with any Bluetooth devices does not change the reset routine.  In either case, the hard reset routine remains the same, as we list 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 -Volume Up- and -Play-Pause- buttons.
The -Volume Up- and -Play-Pause- buttons.

The Boombox 1 then enters hard reset, as we see in the next picture.

Note that both the Power and Connect+ buttons come on for a couple seconds as the reset advances. The Power button glows a pale blue or white, and the Connect+ button glows gray-white for a second or two, and then the speaker powers down and all buttons go dark, as we show next. You’ll also hear the falling guitar strum as the unit shuts off.

Picture of top of the JBL Boombox 1 BT speaker, with power off, showing all buttons dark.
Top view of the JBL Boombox 1 BT speaker, with power off, showing all buttons dark.

4. Next, Check that the JBL Boombox 1 Hard Reset Did Indeed Occur

Next, power on the Boombox 1 again, as shown in step 1 above.  In summary, press and release the Power button.  See the   Power   button pointed out in the next picture.

Now this time, after hard reset, our speaker right away starts in Bluetooth pairing mode, as seen next.

Note that we did not press the Bluetooth button first.  Why?  Because after reset, the speaker automatically enters Bluetooth pairing mode when you power it up.  Note that the Power button blinks blue to mean Bluetooth discovery mode. When the Power button blinks blue or shows as solid white, the speaker is not currently paired. Indeed, we expect it would not pair to anything after resetting.

Picture of the top of the JBL Boombox 1 speaker, showing the -Power- button glowing.
Top View of the JBL Boombox 1 stereo speaker, showing the -Power- button glowing.

5. Done with JBL Boombox 1 Hard Reset

Finally, the reset is now complete. So, you may pack the speaker up for resale, or pair it once again with your media playing Bluetooth devices.

Note about Automatic Pairing after JBL Boombox 1 Hard Reset

The Boombox will no longer pair with any previously paired in-range Bluetooth device without you manually pairing it again. So, to restore automatic BT pairing, you’ll need to forget the previously paired connection for this speaker listed in the Bluetooth devices section of your source device settings.  Next, once that’s done, then manually pair the Boombox 1 with that device again if you wish. Then any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, pairing automatically happens once again.

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References

    1. JBL Boombox 1 Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

    • 2023-01-24: First published.
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