Picture of the front right side of the JBL Boombox 2 speaker.

JBL Boombox 2 Hard Reset Instructions

Here we give JBL Boombox 2 hard reset directions.  This restores the unit to its default settings. It also erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory, and stops this speaker from pairing to any nearby active devices that happen to be in range. Also, you might hard reset this speaker to clear up pairing problems or to get it ready for sale or re gifting.  So learn how to do this in the following paragraphs.

JBL Boombox 2 Hard Reset, Step by Step Procedure

1. Turn On the Speaker

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

Picture of the dark -Power- button on the JBL Boombox 2.
The dark -Power- button on the JBL Boombox 2.

Then, press and release the Power button.  That button should right away light up as we see in the following pictures.  Find the Power button in the last picture above.

Next, the Power button lights up. In this case, since we’ve paired this Boombox with a tablet before, it automatically pairs with it now, as the two are in range of each other. We know that because the Bluetooth button glows solid white, rather than blinking.

Picture of the glowing -Power- button on the JBL Boombox 2 portable speaker.
The glowing -Power- button on the JBL Boombox 2 portable speaker.

2. Wait for the Power Up Sound

The Boombox 2 plays a rising electric guitar strum when it powers up. The Boombox 2 is ready to hard reset once this sound ends.

Now If your Boombox 2 pairs with an nearby 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 a Bluetooth device does not change how you hard reset the unit.

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 unit then enters hard reset mode, as shown in the next picture.

Note that both the Power and Bluetooth buttons light up, along with the oval ring around them, for a couple seconds, as the Boombox 2 hard resets. See this in the next picture.

Picture of all buttons glowing on the top of the speaker.
All buttons glowing on the top of the speaker.

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 JBL Boombox 2 Hard Reset Did Indeed Happen

Next, power on the speaker again, as described in step 1 above.  In short, press and release the Power button.

Now this time, after hard reset, the speaker immediately comes up in Bluetooth pairing mode. The Pairing button flashes to indicate this, as we see next.

Picture of the blinking Bluetooth Pairing button.
The flashing Bluetooth Pairing button.

Note that we did not press the Bluetooth Pairing button first to get into this mode.  Why not?  Because after hard reset, the speaker automatically enters discovery mode.  Note that this button fast pulses to denote this. Indeed, we expect it not to auto pair to anything after a hard reset.

5. Done with JBL Boombox 2 Hard Reset !

Finally, the reset is complete. So you may now pack the speaker for sale, or pair it again with your favorite wireless devices.

Again, this speaker will no longer automatically pair with any previously linked in-range Bluetooth device that is in pairing mode. So, to restore this auto pairing, you’ll need to forget the previously paired Boombox 2 listed in the Bluetooth devices section of your source device settings.

Once you do that, then manually pair the speaker with that device again if you so desire. Finally after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth active, pairing with automatically happen once again.

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References for JBL Boombox 2 Hard Reset

    1. JBL Boombox 2 Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

    • 2022-11-01: First published.