The -Power- button glowing blue on the JBL Boombox Bluetooth speaker.

Pairing JBL Speakers Instructions, Help, Tips

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.

Screenshot of a Home page on a common smart device, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow. Pairing JBL Speakers.
Typical smart device Home Screen with Settings app highlighted.

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 SettingsĀ  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.

Screenshot of the Bluetooth devices list. Note that there's no JBL speakers showing here.
The Bluetooth devices list. Note that there’s no JBL speakers showing here.

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.

Top view of the test speaker, powered OFF, showing the Power button..
Top of the test JBL speaker, powered OFF, with the Power button highlighted.

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.

Top view of the speaker powered ON, not paired, showing the glowing Power button.
Top view of the speaker, powered ON, not paired, showing the glowing Power button.

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.

Picture of the glowing Bluetooth button that we find on most JBL speakers.
The glowing Bluetooth button.

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.

Screenshot of the smart device showing what it looks like when it detects JBL speakers nearby.
JBL speakers showing as discovered on the smart device when they’re in pairing mode.

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.

Screenshot of the -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the -Tom's Flip 5- speaker now connected.
The Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Tom’s Flip 5- speaker now connected.

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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References for Pairing JBL Speakers

    1. JBL Speakers Official Product Page at

Revision History

    • 2023-02-13: First published.