Picture of the JBL Charge 3 portable wireless speaker. Showing the front right end view. The Bluetooth speaker is powered on and paired.

JBL Charge 3 Hard Reset Instructions

These JBL Charge 3 hard reset instructions show you how to hard reset your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker to return the unit to its default settings. Hard resetting restores this speaker to factory default state. It erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from its memory. Clearing old settings stops the Charge 3 from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices after the reset. Also, you might hard reset your JBL Bluetooth speaker to get it ready for sale or re gifting, or to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to pair with.





JBL Charge 3 Hard Reset Instructions

1. Turn on the JBL Charge 3

Press and release the power button.  It should immediately light up.

Picture of the speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.
The 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 speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.
The speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.

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 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 IPX7 speaker, showing its Volume Up and Play Pause buttons highlighted.

The Charge 3 then enters hard factory reset, as shown in the next picture. Note that both the Power and Connect+ buttons light up for a couple seconds as the hard 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 JBL Charge 3 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 JBL Charge 3 turns off. All the lights go off, and it makes the power-down guitar sound.  The next picture shows the JBL Charge 3, powered down.  All buttons are dark.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 portable waterproof 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 Hard Reset

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

Now this time, after 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 hard 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 Charge 3 is not currently paired. We expect it not to pair to anything after a reset.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth 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. Done!

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

The JBL Charge 3 will no longer automatically pair with any previously paired, in range Bluetooth device in Bluetooth pairing mode. 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. “How do I completely factory reset my Charge 3? I need to remove the updates it has on it.”  from BestBuy.com
  2. TIL how to hard reset a JBL Charge Bluetooth Speaker?  on Reddit.com

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Revision History

  • 2020-04-21: Added more tags.
  • 2019-04-17: Added tags.
  • 2018-12-19: First published.
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