The JBL Go line of small and portable Bluetooth speakers have a few buttons on the top, and two on the right side, one lamp as well on the right side, and one port on the left side. The status lamp lights in two colors and flashing patterns to show speaker pairing and battery charge status. In this JBL Go 3 buttons guide, we explain all buttons on the speaker. We show where they are on the unit, describe what each button does when you press it, and when to depress them to perform various tasks. We also explain the status lamp as well as the input port below. Enjoy!
JBL Go 3 Buttons: Button Functions, Descriptions, and Where to Find Them
The Power Button
First off, in this JBL Go 3 buttons list, the Power button switches the speaker ON and OFF. Note that there is a separate two-colored status lamp, on the speaker’s right side, that shows speaker status when you turn on the speaker. When the speaker is ON, this lamp glows or flashes, depending on speaker pairing or battery recharge state.
Bluetooth Discovery Pairing Mode Button
Then, we have the Bluetooth discovery mode button, as circled in the next picture. Note the squiggly Bluetooth logo embossed on the button.
With this little speaker powered on, press the Bluetooth button to place it into discovery / pairing mode. When in pairing mode, the JBL Go 3 sends out its name and other connection info on the Bluetooth airwaves. This allows nearby Bluetooth devices to find and then connect to this speaker.
Volume UP and DOWN Buttons
The JBL Go 3 has volume controls too. Find these across the top buttons panel. The buttons in the shapes of the minus and plus symbols, when pressed, lower and raise the speaker volume. See the volume buttons, pointed out by the yellow arrows, in the next picture.
JBL Go 3 Buttons: Play Pause Button
The Play / Pause button is shaped like a right-pointing arrow and is the last button in the middle of the top buttons panel. See the Play / Pause button, pointed out by the yellow arrow, in the next photo.
Stop and Start Music Playback with the Play / Pause Button
Press Play / Pause to stop audio play. Press that same button again to resume play.
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 Go 3. 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
Pressing the Bluetooth and Volume UP buttons together with the speaker turned on triggers a hard reset of the speaker. See our How to Reset JBL Go 3 Bluetooth Speaker for further details on how to use this button combination.
The Speaker Status Lamp
This LED light is dark when the speaker is OFF and not charging. When powered ON, the status lamp slowly flashes white when the speaker has not yet been paired but is not advertising itself available for pairing. It rapidly flashes white when the speaker is in Bluetooth discovery mode and advertising itself as available to make a Bluetooth connection. The lamp glows solid white when the JBL Go 3 is currently paired successfully with a Bluetooth source device. See this white glow in the next picture.
Next, the status lamp glows steady red when the speaker is charging. With an energized USB-C power cord inserted, this lamp lights red no matter if the unit is ON or OFF.
If you power down the unit during charging, then the red lamp remains on until charging completes. It then goes out once recharging finishes.
Also, this lamp blinks red when the battery is critically low, while the speaker is playing.
But if it was powered up, then the status lamp returns to the state it was in prior to the start of speaker charging, either blinking or steady white glow.
The USB-C Power Input Port
We find the lone USB-C power input / charging port on the left side of the speaker. This female plug is where your AC or car charger cord connects, to recharge this speaker, as shown next.
Note that this particular Bluetooth speaker model has no JBL Connect+ or PartyBoost button. Further, the JBL Connect app does not recognize this Bluetooth speaker. Finally, unlike the previous version of the JBL Go series, there is no AUX input port.
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- 2021-07-09: First published.