The JBL Charge 5 speaker, top view, showing the -Power- button glowing.

JBL Charge 5 Buttons Codes Combinations

The JBL Charge 5 party speaker has six buttons and a few lamps across its top, as well as battery gauge light strip on the front. The Power button lights in white to show that the speaker is ON or OFF. The Bluetooth lamp blinks or glows solid to show the speaker’s pairing status. And, there’s also a port access panel on the back near the bottom of the unit. This protects the USB charge output port.  Interestingly, the USB-C charging input port is outside of this protected area.  Nonetheless, here, we offer our JBL Charge 4 buttons guide.  This shows where the control buttons are on the speaker, explains what each button does, tells when to press them, and how to use them in general.

JBL Charge 5 Buttons Guide Functions, Descriptions, and Locations

The JBL Connect+ Button

You use the Connect Plus button to connect two or more JBL Connect+ compatible speakers together, in “party mode”, such that they all play the same audio content. Like speakers joined in Amazon’s multi room music groups, all speakers linked via Connect+ sync with each other. That is, they all play the same audio at the same time.

Top view of the JBL Charge 5 BT speaker, showing the -Connect Plus- button.
JBL Charge 5 BT speaker, top view, showing the -Connect Plus- button.

Note that you also press this button when setting up a stereo pairing among exactly two speakers that are the same model.

How to Use the Connect Plus Button

For party mode, power up and pair the first speaker in your group to the source device you wish to play your music from.  Then you press this button on the first and then on all other Bluetooth speakers you wish to add to the Connect+ group.  Shortly after, they all begin playing the same program.

The picture above shows the JBL Charge 4 not joined in Connect+, because the Connect+ oval ring is dark. But, this ring lights when you connect the speaker to a Connect+ group.

For stereo, you  do likewise, but use only two speakers that are both the same model.  That is, they both must be JBL Charge 5 units. But you also use the JBL Connect app to tell the system to pair your two speakers for stereo mode instead of party mode.

The Volume Down and Volume Up Buttons

The JBL Charge 5 has two volume controls on its top, one on each side of speaker center, near the Bluetooth and Power buttons. the volume buttons are in the shapes of the minus and plus symbols. When pressed, these lower and raise the output volume of the speaker by reducing or increasing the volume setting on the paired source Bluetooth device. See the Volume Down and Volume Up buttons circled in the next picture.

Top view of the JBL Charge 5 power bank speaker, showing the -Volume DOWN- and -Volume UP- buttons.
JBL Charge 5 power bank speaker, top view, showing the -Volume DOWN- and -Volume UP- buttons.

How to Use the Volume Buttons

With the JBL Charge 5 paired and playing, press the minus shaped button to decrease audio output level from the speaker. Furthermore, press the plus shaped button to increase audio output. Note though that these controls have no effect when the speaker is not paired.

Also, the volume setting may change from paired device to paired device. That is, each paired device remembers its own volume setting. So you may have to readjust the sound output when you unpair the JBL Charge 5 from one Bluetooth device and pair it to another.





The Power Button

The Power button switches the Charge 5 on and off.

The JBL Charge 5 speaker, top view, showing the -Power- button glowing.
Top view of the JBL Charge 5 speaker, showing the -Power- button glowing.

How to Use the Power Button 

Quickly press and release the Power button to turn the speaker ON or OFF.

This button glows solid white any time the speaker is ON.  See this button glowing white in the last picture above.  Plus, the button goes dark when the speaker is off, as shown next.

Top view of the JBL Charge 5 power bank speaker, showing the -Power- button when the speaker is OFF.
The JBL Charge 5 power bank speaker, top view, showing the -Power- button when the speaker is OFF.

The Bluetooth Discovery Mode Button

There is one row of buttons on the JBL Charge 5.  Four of the six buttons in that row has a very pronounced tactile shape. The two buttons in the middle you can still feel but not as easily.  But of the two in the center, one of those is the Bluetooth button.  It’s to the right of the Power button, as pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Top view of the JBL Charge 5 wireless speaker, showing the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons lit.
JBL Charge 5 wireless speaker, top view, showing the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons lit.

How to Use the Bluetooth Button

You’ll use this button anytime you’re pairing the JBL Charge 5 with a never-before-paired BT device.  So, with this speaker powered on, press and release the Bluetooth button to place the Charge 5 into discovery mode. When in discovery / pairing mode, the speaker transmits its name and other connection information over the Bluetooth airwaves. This allows nearby Bluetooth devices to discover and connect to it.

The Play Pause Button

The Play / Pause button is shaped like a right-pointing arrow and is found on the top, nearest to the right edge of the Charge 5, as shown in the next picture.

Top view of the JBL Charge 5 rechargeable speaker, showing the -Play Pause- button.
JBL Charge 5 rechargeable speaker, top view, showing the -Play Pause- button.

How to Use the Play-Pause Button

Press and release this quickly, once, to pause audio play. Press and release again, and again quickly, to resume audio play.

Note that this is not a mute button. That is, pausing play in this way stops media playback on the source Bluetooth device to which this speaker is currently paired. If streaming, the stream pauses.  So, you won’t miss any content when you pause the speaker, as the source device (your phone, tablet, or computer) remembers the point where you stopped play. So it resumes playback at that spot when you press the play pause button again.

Move Ahead in a Playlist with the Play / Pause Button

Finally, you can skip forward to the next song in a playlist with the Play-Pause button on the Charge 5. As the song plays, do the following…

      • To advance to the next song, quickly press and release the Play-Pause button twice.  Upon doing that, your source device advances to the next song in the current playlist.

The Reset Button Combination

You can reset the JBL Charge 5 to factory default settings and state by pressing the Volume UP and Play-Pause buttons at the same time and holding them in until the reset begins. See these buttons in the next picture, highlighted by the green arrows.

Top view of the JBL Charge 5 speaker, showing the -Volume Up- and -Play-Pause- buttons.
JBL Charge 5 speaker, top view, showing the -Volume Up- and -Play-Pause- buttons.

You may wish to reset the speaker to correct any erratic or strange behaviors you see from it such as failing to pair, sound distortion, failure to power off when you press the power button, and so on. Note that resetting seems to invalidate any saved connection information to this speaker on your source Bluetooth devices. So you’ll have to forget those connections and re pair the speaker after a reset in order to play your audio content through it once again.

The Service Mode Button Combination

First, when in this (often called ‘weird’ or ‘secret’) mode, the JBL Charge 5 does not power ON unless you connect an external power source such as the included AC charger adapter. Thus, it will not run on the internal battery while in Service Mode.  Furthermore, when you do apply outside power, it powers up without you pressing the Power button.  That is, it comes on as soon as you apply power to the DC input port on the back of the speaker.





Further, you cannot turn off the Charge 5 while it is in Service mode, unless you disconnect the external power source. And then, it powers off without pressing the Power button.

Showing the -Bluetooth- and -Play-Pause- buttons on the JBL Charge 5 speaker.
Top view of the JBL Charge 5 speaker, showing the -Bluetooth- and -Play-Pause- buttons.

How to Turn On Service Mode on the JBL Charge 5

To turn on this Service mode, power on the speaker first. Then press the Bluetooth and Play-Pause buttons at the same time, until the unit powers OFF, which usually takes ten seconds or so.

Find these buttons pointed out in the last picture. Note that you can enter this mode as long as the speaker is ON, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s connected to external power or not.

How to Turn Off Service Mode

Now you can restore proper speaker operation by disabling this mode. But note that when this Service mode is in effect, then to switch it back off, you must connect external power. Why?  Because when in Service mode, the JBL Charge 5 won’t come on without outside power. But you can’t change modes without powering up the unit first.  Thus, you need the power adapter to make this fix.

  1. So, connect your speaker to AC power and turn on the speaker.
  2. Then, with the unit Power button glowing, you press and hold the Bluetooth and Play-Pause button combo for ten seconds or so, until the unit powers off.
  3. Then, normal speaker operation comes back.

Finally, at this point, the Power button should turn the JBL Charge 5 on again, whether or not you connect the charger adapter.

The JBL Charge 5 Battery Status Lights Gauge

This speaker also has a light strip on the front that show the amount of charge currently in the built in power bank battery.

How to Read the Battery Status Gauge

When the internal battery is full, this entire strip lights up white.  And as the power bank discharges, more of the strip goes dark. In the next picture, the speaker is shown at between 60 and 80 percent charge. Note that four lamps to the left are lit in this situation.

The battery level meter gauge showing a full charge on the JBL Charge 5 Speaker.
The battery level meter gauge showing a full charge on the JBL Charge 5 Speaker.

As the battery further discharges, more strip goes dark, until the charge amount reaches between 0 and 20 percent. In this case, only the very bottom of the bar glows.

Finally, when the battery discharges to critically low levels, the bottom of the strip blinks. Speaker shutdown will come soon when this occurs.  So, recharge it right away for continued musical enjoyment.





Other Posts About the JBL Charge 5 IPX7 Speaker

  1. How to Put JBL Charge 5 in Pairing Mode
  2. JBL Charge 5 Low Frequency Mode
  3. How to Reset the JBL Charge 5 Speaker
  4. JBL Charge 5 Firmware Update Instructions

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References

  1. JBL Charge 5 Waterproof Power Bank Speaker Product Page, on JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2021-08-02: First published.
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