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

JBL Charge 5 Speaker Pairing

Gives JBL Charge 5 Speaker pairing directions. So these work on Bluetooth devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad Apple products.  Moreover, a routine with some small variation also works for Android phones and tablets.

JBL Charge 5 Speaker Pairing: Step by Step

With your Charge 5 OFF (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your mobile device. So we run with an iPad Air tablet for this demo.

1. Find your Way to the Home Screen on your Tablet or Phone

Firstly, press the Home button to uncover the mobile device’s Home screen.

2. Find the Settings App

Then we find ours on the second page of our Home screen.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
iOS Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted

3. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

The source device then displays the first page of its settings, as shown in the next step.

4. Go to Bluetooth Settings to Continue with JBL Charge 5 Speaker Pairing 

Then the Bluetooth Settings screen displays. Note that our Bluetooth is active  here. But since the 5 is currently OFF, it does not appear in the Bluetooth Devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired the 5 with this iPad Air before. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page.

5. Turn On your JBL Charge 5 Speaker

Switch on the 5 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Charge 5 Speaker top view. Showing the -Power- button when the unit is OFF.
The JBL Charge 5 Speaker top view. Showing the -Power- button when the unit is OFF.

The 5 then boots and comes on.

But since our iPad does not know about this particular speaker, it will not pair with it automatically.

The light in the Power switch then comes on white.  Furthermore, this glowing Power button denotes this not-paired state as shown next.

6. Put the Charge 5 Into Pairing-Discovery Mode

So to see your JBL Charge 5 Speaker on your source device, put it into discovery mode. To do that, press and release the Pairing button.

When you press the Bluetooth Pairing button, the 5 makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Also, that same button starts flashing white.

Picture of the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons glowing.
The -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons glowing.

7. Find your Charge 5 on your Source Device

See the screen shot next. We found our speaker, as pointed at by the green arrow, as shown next.

Picture of the iPad BT Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 5 Speaker as discovered.
iPad BT Settings page, showing the JBL Charge 5 Speaker as discovered.

8. Pair with your JBL Charge 5 Speaker 

Tap the listed speaker in the Other Devices section of the Bluetooth devices list, shown above.

Your mobile device then pairs with the speaker (“JBL Charge 5” in this demo).

The device’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.

iPad -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the -JBL Charge 5- unit as connected.
iPad -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the -JBL Charge 5- unit as connected.

Note that the JBL Charge 5 Speaker now shows as connected.

9. Done with JBL Charge 5 Speaker Pairing  !

At last we have successfully paired the 5 with our iPadOS device.  Again, this procedure also applies when pairing with Apple iPhone and iPod devices. However the screen faces may differ slightly on the iPhone.

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References for JBL Charge 5 Speaker Pairing

    1. Official JBL Charge 5 Speaker Product Page
    2. Where to Buy the JBL Charge 5 Speaker