Front left view of the JBL Charge 5 BT speaker.

JBL Charge 5 Factory Reset Instructions

These JBL Charge 5 factory reset instructions show how to reset your JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth speaker to restore the original fresh-from-factory settings. Moreover, factory resetting the speaker erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory. Plus, it stops the speaker from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices after the reset. Also, reset it to get the Charge 5 ready for sale or re gifting.





JBL Charge 5 Factory Reset Instructions

1. Turn on the JBL Charge 5

Press and release the Power button.  It should immediately light up solid white.

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.

Find the Power button, pointed at by the green arrow 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 Bluetooth button remains OFF, rather than blinking white.  Note the dark Bluetooth button, to the right of the glowing Power button in the next picture.

Top view of the speaker, showing the -Power- button glowing.
Top view of the speaker, showing the -Power- button glowing.

2. Wait for the Power Up Sound

The Charge 5 makes a rising electric guitar strum sound when it powers up, and is ready for factory resetting once this sound finishes.

3. Press the Volume UP and Play-Pause Buttons Together

See the next picture to find the Play-Pause and UP Volume buttons.

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.

The Charge 5 soon enters factory reset, as shown in the next picture. Note that both the Power and Bluetooth buttons and the egg shaped ring  that surrounds them.  All of these light up for a couple seconds during reset.  I.e. The ring and both buttons glow gray-white.

Top view of the speaker, showing all lights lit.
The speaker top view, showing all lights lit.

Then after a short pause, the JBL Charge 5 turns off. All lights go off, and it makes the power-down guitar sound.

The next picture shows the speaker, powered down.  All buttons are dark.

Top front view of the JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth speaker.
Top front view of the JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth speaker.




4. Check that your JBL Charge 5 Did Indeed Factory Reset

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

Now this time, after reset, our speaker instantly comes up in Bluetooth discovery mode, as shown next. We did not have to press the Bluetooth button first.  Note that the Bluetooth button blinks to let you know that the speaker has entered Bluetooth discovery mode. When this button blinks or is dark, the speaker is not currently paired. Indeed, we expect it not to pair to anything after a factory reset.

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

5. Done !

The JBL Charge 5 factory reset is now complete. Thus you may now pack it up for sale, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.

Since, as noted prior, the speaker will no longer automatically pair with any previously paired, in range BT device in Bluetooth pairing mode, you’ll need to forget the previously paired Charge 5 listed in the Bluetooth devices section of your source device settings.  Then once you do that, you manually pair this speaker with that device again if you desire. Finally, after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, pairing with automatically take place once more.

Other Posts About the JBL Charge 5 BT Speaker

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  3. JBL Charge 5 Buttons Guide
  4. How to Put JBL Charge 5 in Pairing Mode
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References

  1. JBL Charge 5 Official Home Page at JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2020-08-03: First published.
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