Picture of the JBL Charge 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, original box, side 1.

JBL Charge 3 Factory Reset Instructions

These JBL Charge 3 factory reset instructions detail how to factory reset your JBL Charge 3 power bank speaker to its default settings. Resetting restores this speaker to factory default, fresh-out-of-the-box state. Plus, it erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from its memory. Clearing these stops the Charge 3 from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices after the reset. Also, you might factory reset your speaker to get it ready for sale or re-gifting.

JBL Charge 3 Factory Reset Instructions

1. Turn on the JBL Charge 3

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

Picture of the Jspeaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.

Find the Power button, as shown in the last picture above.

Then, the Power button comes on, as shown next. In our case, since we’ve paired the speaker with Bluetooth devices before this, it does not enter Bluetooth discovery mode. We know that because the Power button is glows solid gray, rather than blinking blue.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted. JBL Charge 3 reset.
JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted. JBL Charge 3 reset.

2. Wait for the Power Up Sound

The speaker makes a rising electric guitar strum sound when it powers up. The JBL Charge 3 is ready for factory resetting after this sound finishes.





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 JBL Charge 3 IPX7 speaker, showing its Volume Up and Play Pause buttons highlighted. JBL Charge 3 reset.
JBL Charge 3 IPX7 speaker, showing its Volume Up and Play Pause buttons highlighted. JBL Charge 3 reset.

The Charge 3 then enters factory reset, as shown in the next picture. Note that both the Power and Connect buttons light up for a couple seconds as the factory reset progresses. The Power button glows a pale blue, and the Connect button glows gray-white.  We circled these buttons in green, as shown next.

Picture of the BT speaker and power bank during factory reset. Showing the glowing Power and Connect Plus buttons lighted and circled.
JBL Charge 3 speaker and power bank during factory reset. Showing the glowing Power and Connect Plus buttons lighted and circled.

Then after a short pause, the speaker turns off. All the lights go off, and it makes the power-down guitar sound.  The next picture shows the Charge 3, powered down.  All buttons are dark.

Picture of the speaker, top view, showing its control panel buttons.
JBL Charge 3 portable waterproof speaker, top view, showing its control panel buttons.

4. Check that your JBL Charge 3 Did Factory Reset

Next, power on the Charge 3 again, as detailed in step 1 above.  In short, press and release the Power button, as shown next.





Now this time, after factory reset, our speaker immediately comes up in Bluetooth discovery mode, as shown next. We did not have to press the Bluetooth button first, as after a reset, the speaker automatically enters Bluetooth pairing mode.

Note that the Power button blinks blue to denote Bluetooth discovery mode. When this button blinks blue or shows as solid white, the Charge 3 is not currently paired. We expect it not to pair to anything after a factory reset.

Picture of the speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing blue and highlighted.
JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing blue and highlighted.

5. JBL Charge 3 Factory Reset Instructions Now Complete !

The JBL Charge 3 factory reset is now finished. You may now pack it up for sale, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.

The speaker will no longer automatically pair with any prior paired, in range Bluetooth device. So, to restore automatic Bluetooth pairing, you’ll need to forget the previously paired Charge 3 listed in the Bluetooth devices section of your source device settings.  Once you do that, then manually pair the Charge 3 with that device again if so desired. Then after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, pairing with automatically take place once more.

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References

    1. Charge 3 Speaker Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

    • 2022-12-02: Updated links.
    • 2020-05-08: First published.
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