Front left view of the JBL Charge 5 BT speaker.

JBL Charge 5 Bass Mode

Unfortunately, the usual way to activate the JBL Charge 5 bass mode does not work. Further, we know of no other way to switch this mode ON. But you could simulate it by adjusting an equalizer app on your streaming source device. Hopefully, JBL will add this feature in a later version of the firmware.

But if this did work, it might operate as follows, just as it has on other JBL Charge speakers.

Now when ON, this mode would make the passive bass radiators vibrate noticeably more.  Moreover, extra bass mode would add a decidedly “thumpy” aspect to the content playing. This could make this speaker sound much bigger than it really is.

JBL Charge 5 Bass Mode: Proposed Method

First off, by default, this BT speaker would have this super bass mode turned on.  Moreover, if this toggling actually worked, then it would also add more treble as well as extra bass as well.

Picture of the -Volume Down- and -Bluetooth- buttons on the JBL Charge 5.
The -Volume Down- and -Bluetooth- buttons on the JBL Charge 5.

JBL Charge 5 Bass Mode, Detailed Steps

Someday we hope that you’ll be able to turn this bass mode ON. It would work by pressing the Volume Down (-) and Bluetooth buttons. Then hold them in for about ten seconds.  Finally you would release them when the oval ring lights up.

Find these buttons on the top of the speaker.

Picture of all lights lit on the top button panel on the JBL Charge 5.
All lights lit on the top button panel on the JBL Charge 5.

Also, to reverse what you did above, then again, you would press the Volume Down and Bluetooth buttons. Hold them in until the oval button ring lights up once more.  Then release.  Finally, when the ring goes dark, bass mode would go back to what it was before.


    1. Speaker firmware version for this test:

Other Posts About the JBL Charge 5

    1. Hard Reset Routine
    2. How to Tell if JBL Charge 5 is Charging
    3. How to Make This Speaker Discoverable
    4. Software Update Instructions
    5. How to Charge


    1. JBL Charge 5 Official Product Page