These JBL Charge 5 hard reset instructions show how to restore this BT speaker to its original fresh-from-factory settings. Moreover, hard resetting erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from its memory. So it stops the speaker from pairing to any nearby devices after hard reset. Also, hard reset it to get the Charge 5 ready for sale or re gifting.
JBL Charge 5 Hard Reset Directions, Step by Step
1. Turn on the JBL Charge 5
Press and release the Power button. It should immediately light up solid white.
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 pairing mode. This is obvious because the Bluetooth button remains OFF, rather than flashing white. Note the dark Bluetooth button, to the right of the glowing Power button in the next picture.
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.
The Charge 5 soon enters hard 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 hard reset. I.e. The ring and both buttons glow gray-white.
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.
4. Check that your JBL Charge 5 Did Indeed Hard Reset
Next, power on the speaker again, as described in the first step above. In brief, press and release the Power button.
Now this time, after the hard reset, our speaker instantly comes up in Bluetooth discovery mode, as shown next. We did not need to press the Bluetooth button first to make this happen.
Further, note that the Bluetooth button blinks to let you know that the speaker has entered Bluetooth pairing mode. Conversely, when this button blinks or is dark, the speaker is not currently in a pairing session. Indeed, we expect it not to pair to anything after a factory reset.
5. Done !
The JBL Charge 5 hard reset is now complete. Thus you may now pack it up for sale, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.
As noted prior, the speaker will no longer pair with any previously paired, in range BT device in Bluetooth pairing mode. Further, 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 again.
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- JBL Charge 5 Software Update Instructions
- How to Charge JBL Charge 5 Speaker
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- 2020-08-10: First published.