Picture of the Blue colored JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker, front view.

Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone Instructions

This post teaches how pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone iPad iPod iOS tablets and phone devices works. Start with your speaker OFF (dark front panel LED). Then, follow these instructions to pair your Go 2 Bluetooth speaker to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch iOS-based device. We’re running an iPad Air tablet for this exercise.  But the pairing details are nearly the same for the other iOS devices, although the various pairing screens may look a bit different across the various iOS devices.

Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone iPad iPod iOS Phones Tablets Instructions

1. Visit the Home Screen on your iOS Device

Press the Home button to get to the  Home   iOS page.  See our Home screen as pictured next.

2. Find the iOS Settings App

We found ours on the second page of the Home screen on our iPad Air tablet.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow. Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone.
iPad Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted. 

3. Bring up the Settings App

Tap the Settings app icon.

The tablet / iPhone then displays the first page of its Settings screen, as shown in the next screenshot

Screenshot of the iOS 11 Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted.
iOS Settings screen on iPad Air, with Bluetooth turned ON screen showing, and the Bluetooth item highlighted.

4. Go to the Bluetooth Settings  Page to Continue with Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone

Tap the Bluetooth item, as pointed at by the dark green arrow in the last screenshot above.

Our Bluetooth Settings screen the appears as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is switched ON here. But since the Go Two JBL speaker is currently OFF, it does not show in either the My Devices or Other Devices lists on the tablet yet,  Why?  Because we’ve never paired it with this iPad Air prior.  Plus, the speaker is not yet broadcasting its connection information. See this situation, as shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS iPad Air, showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list.
iPad Air tablet showing previously paired Bluetooth devices list. 

Note in this picture that there’s no JBL Go 2 listed yet.

5. Turn On your JBL Go 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Turn on this speaker by quickly pressing its Power button. See this button, circled in green, in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Go 2 speaker, top view, showing the Power button circled. Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone.
JBL Go 2 speaker, top view, showing the Power button circled.

The speaker then comes on.

But since our iPad does not know about this speaker, the Go 2 will not pair with it by itself. The light that comes to life in the front grill of the speaker denotes this not-paired state by glowing blinking or solid white as seen next.

Front view of the speaker, with the Power / Status lamp glowing white, highlighted.
Front view of the speaker, with the Power / Status lamp glowing white, highlighted. 

6. Put your Bluetooth JBL Speaker into Pairing Mode

Now, to see your Go Two speaker on your iOS phone or tablet, enter the start up the speaker’s Bluetooth pairing mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button on the speaker, as circled in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Go 2 wireless speaker, top view, showing its Bluetooth Pairing button circled.
JBL Go 2 wireless speaker, top view, showing its Bluetooth Pairing button circled.

When you press the Pairing button, the speaker makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Plus, the front panel status lamp changes from a solid white to flashing white. See this in the last picture above.

7. Find your JBL Go 2 on your iOS iPad, iPod, or iPhone Device

See the picture next. We found ours, as circled in green.

Screenshot of the iOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Go 2 speaker, discovered but not paired. Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone.
iOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the JBL Go 2 speaker, discovered but not paired. 

8. Pair with your Go 2 Wireless Speaker

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

Your iOS device then pairs with the Go 2 JBL (appears as “JBL Go 2” in this demo).

The Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to display something like the following.

Picture of the iOS tablet displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, showing a JBL Go 2 portable speaker paired, successfully connected, and circled. Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone.
iOS tablet displaying its -Bluetooth Settings- screen, showing a JBL Go 2 portable speaker paired, successfully connected, and circled. Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone.

Note that the Go 2 speaker now shows as connected, as shown inside the green oval in the last picture.

9. Done with Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone !

We have now successfully paired our JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker with our iPad iOS device.  Audio output from that device now plays on this wireless speaker, which presumably, is what you want.  Enjoy!

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References for Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone

  1. JBL Go 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Product Page on JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2020-04-21: Added tags.
  • 2019-05-05: Tuned the targeting for ‘Pairing JBL Go 2 with iPhone’.
  • 2019-01-19: First published.