This post explains pairing JBL speakers with common streaming devices such as the mobile phone, tablet, and other speakers.
Pairing JBL Speakers, Step by Step
With the speaker OFF (Power button is dark), run through this routine to join it to your mobile device.
1. Visit the Home Screen on your Smart Device
Press the Home button to bring up the mobile device’s Home screen. Shown next.
2. Find the Settings App
We found ours on the second page of an iPad home screen.
3. Bring up the Settings App
Tap the Settings app icon.
The smart device then displays the first page of its settings, as shown in the next step.
4. Go to Bluetooth Settings to Continue with Pairing JBL Speakers
Our wireless settings screen displays, and resembles the following.
Note that our Bluetooth is activated here. But since our test JBL speaker is currently powered OFF, it does not show up in the BT devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired this speaker with this device before. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.
5. You Must First Turn On JBL Speakers Before Pairing
Switch on this speaker by quickly pressing its Power button. See this circled in green, in the next picture.
The speaker then powers up.
But since our test smart device does not know about this speaker, it will not pair with it automatically. The light that comes on in the Power switch denotes this not-paired state by glowing solid white, as shown next.
6. Next, Put JBL Speakers into Discovery Mode
Now, to see JBL speakers on your mobile device, place them into pairing mode. To do that, press and release the Pairing button, as we see in the next picture.
When you press the Bluetooth button, the speaker makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Also, the Bluetooth button begins flashing white. See this in the last picture, pointed at by the green arrow.
7. Find the Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with Pairing JBL Speakers Instructions
See the screen shot next. We found our speaker, as pointed at by the blue arrow.
8. Next, Pair With the Speaker
Tap the listed speaker in the Other Devices section of the Bluetooth devices list.
Your source device then pairs with JBL speakers that are advertising themselves (“Tom’s Flip 5” in this demo). The mobile device’s BT Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.
9. Done with JBL Speakers Pairing !
We have now successfully paired a common JBL speaker. Similar routines work with pairing media players, phones, and desktop computers as long as they support Bluetooth.
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- 2023-02-13: First published.