How to Tell if JBL Charge 3 is Charging

How to tell if JBL Charge 3 is charging?  Well, this Bluetooth speaker with power bank has a lone row of small LED lamps across its pedestal, as shown in the pictures coming up.  These lights display battery charge level status.  To tell if this speaker is charging, look at these to see Charge 3 charging in action and how to know that the speaker is indeed taking on energy.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable. How to tell if JBL Charge 3 is charging.

How to Tell if JBL Charge 3 is Charging

Connect your Charge Three to AC Power

Obviously, you can be sure that this speaker is NOT charging when no cord is connected to it.

Check the Battery Status Lamps

There are five lamps that light in succession as the Charge 3 battery charging moves forward, as we show in the next picture.  You can tell if the JBL Charge 3 is charging if you see one of these lamps flashing white.  When the battery inside is  dead all the way, the light on the far left blinks white while charging.  Then as the battery fills, that lamp switches to a steady white glow.  At that time, the next lamp to the right starts blinking white.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth rechargeable speaker battery status gage at eighty percent of full charge.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth rechargeable speaker battery status gauge at eighty percent of full charge. How to tell if JBL Charge 3 is charging.

Also, the speaker heats up a bit during charging as does its USB charger.  This warmth is an excellent way how to tell if the JBL Charge 3 is charging.

When All Lamps Light Solid, Charging is Close to Finished

As speaker charging persists, more and more of the lamps light up solid, and the flashing moves further to the right, until it reaches the last of these five battery level indicator lamps.  This next-in-line lighting is another indication that the Charge 3 is in fact, charging.

This next picture shows the speaker just before wrapping up a charging cycle. Note that all the lamps in the battery status meter glow.  But the last one goes on blinking for several minutes.  When one light blinks while a working charger is connected, this is another way that the speaker tells us that the Charge 3 is recharging.

Picture of the JBL Charge Three Bluetooth speaker, front view, charging in progress but nearly done, with all battery gauge lamps ON and circled.

JBL Charge Three Bluetooth speaker, front view, charging in progress but nearly done, with all battery gauge lamps ON and circled.

The battery recharge cycle finishes when all charge status gauge lamps go dark, as shown next. Thus, the battery is no longer recharging when all lamps are OFF. Even with the charger cord still plugged in, no lamp glows when battery is full.  The speaker no longer charges when the battery reaches this state.

Picture of the Charge 3 JBL speaker, front view, fully charged with all battery gauge lamps OFF and circled.

Charge 3 JBL speaker, front view, fully charged with all battery gauge lamps OFF and circled.

Finally, Unplug the Speaker and Turn it On

If the battery gauge reads full, this tells you that the speaker did indeed charge when connected to AC power.

Take care.

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Change Log

  • 2019-05-14: Tuned the key phrase targeting for ‘How to Tell if JBL Charge 3 is Charging’, and added tags.
  • 2019-02-10: First released.




Finding JBL Charge 3 Firmware Version

Here, we show how finding JBL Charge 3 firmware version is done on this Bluetooth speaker. You may wish to know the exact version number of the currently installed speaker firmware, while troubleshooting speaker connection and other problems.  Now, to get the release info of the firmware installed on your Charge 3, you’ll need a mobile device with Bluetooth, the JBL Connect+ app installed on that device, and obviously, the Charge 3 speaker itself. Displaying the currently installed firmware version takes less than a minute.

Finding JBL Charge 3 Firmware Version Without Connect App

First step: Power on the Charge 3.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.  Finding JBL Charge 3 firmware version.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted. Finding JBL Charge 3 firmware version.

Next, once the speaker boots, press the Connect and Volume DOWN buttons at the same time. See these buttons shown next.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 speaker top view, showing the -Volume DOWN-, and -Connect- buttons highlighted.

JBL Charge 3 speaker top view, showing the -Volume DOWN-, and -Connect- buttons highlighted.

After a brief pause, the speaker announces the digits of the firmware version currently installed in a female voice.  Our said, “7 3 0”.  This agrees with the version we see in the app, in the next section.

Finding JBL Charge 3 Firmware Version with Connect App

First, connect your mobile device to the internet and install the Connect+ app if not done already.

Next, power up your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.  Finding JBL Charge 3 firmware version.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted. Finding JBL Charge 3 firmware version.

Then, pair your mobile device with the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing blue and highlighted.

JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing blue and highlighted.

You are now ready to visit the speaker information screen within the JBL Connect+ app, where the currently installed firmware release number is shown for your JBL speaker.

1. Find the JBL Connect+ App on your Mobile Device

We found ours on the fourth home page in our Apple iPad Air, as shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the JBL Connect app highlighted.   Finding JBL Charge 3 firmware version.

iOS 11 home screen, showing the JBL Connect app highlighted. Finding JBL Charge 3 firmware version.

2. Run the JBL Connect+ (JBL Connect Plus) App

The app takes a few seconds to show you some pretty animations when you first start it, as shown next.

Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, displaying its splash screen.

JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, displaying its splash screen.

But then it finds your paired JBL Charge 3 speaker and shows you its status (Home) screen, as pictured next.

Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, showing its JBL Charge 3 speaker Home screen. The Settings button is highlighted. Find current firmware version on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, showing its JBL Charge 3 speaker Home screen. The Settings button is highlighted. Find current firmware version on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

3. Tap the Settings Button

This is the gear shaped object at the bottom center of the screen, as pointed at in the last picture above by the dark purple arrow.

Tapping the gear button then brings up the speaker’s Settings screen, as shown next.

Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing the JBL Charge 3 -Settings- page, with the -Information- button highlighted.  Finding JBL Charge 3 firmware version.

JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing the JBL Charge 3 -Settings- page, with the -Information- button highlighted. Finding JBL Charge 3 firmware version.

4. Tap the Information Button

Find this located in the top left corner of the Settings screen.  It’s the little circle with the letter I inside.

Tapping this button brings up the paired JBL Charge 3 speaker Information screen, as shown next.

Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing the JBL Charge 3 speaker information screen, with the currently installed firmware version circled. Find current firmware version on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing the JBL Charge 3 speaker information screen, with the currently installed firmware version circled. Find current firmware version on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

On this page, we see that the firmware version currently running on our JBL Charge 3 speaker is 7.3.0.0.

5. Done!

We have now successfully learned what the currently installed firmware version is on our paired JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.  A similar procedure works too for other models of JBL Bluetooth speakers that are compatible with the JBL Connect+ app.

Once you have the firmware version information, you can close the JBL Connect Plus app, unless of course, you have something else to do in there.

Disclaimers

The above comments apply to Charge 3 speaker firmware version 7.3.0 and Connect+ app version 4.2.29 for iOS.  Note that the app version shown next is different from the speaker firmware version. Do not confuse the two.

Screenshot of the JBL Connect app on iOS, displaying its version number, 4.1.29.

JBL Connect app on iOS, displaying its version number, 4.1.29.

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  • 2019-04-28: Added tags, and comments about pressing speaker buttons to hear current firmware version. Adjusted the key phrase targeting.
  • 2019-04-02: Improved key phrase targeting.
  • 2018-07-29: First published.




How to Charge JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth Speaker

You can charge JBL Flip 3 wireless speakers conveniently via their hidden USB charge ports. To summarize how to charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker: First, select a right sized USB power adapter. Why this? Because the Flip 3 does not come with this as a standard accessory.  In this demo, we used the iClever 3-port USB wall charger, model IC-TC03.

Plus, the Flip 3 needs a high power USB power source to charge fully in a reasonable amount of time, and the IC-TC03 fills this bill nicely. Next, connect the orange micro USB cable included with the speaker between the Flip 3 and that iClever adapter. Next, plug the adapter into a working wall outlet. Finally after a few to five hours, your JBL speaker will fully charge. Then, you’ll be able to play it again for up to ten hours approximately, before you must charge it again.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker, its battery status indicator showing that the internal battery is almost completely dead. The red light, showing that the battery is critically low, is highlighted.

JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker, its battery status indicator showing that the internal battery is almost completely dead. The red light, showing that the battery is critically low, is highlighted.

 How to Charge JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Bluetooth Speaker

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 battery operated speaker, with its USB charging cable along with an iClever 3 port USB wall charger. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Flip 3 battery operated speaker, with its USB charging cable along with an iClever 3 port USB wall charger. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

1. Choose Right Size Power Adapter

As mentioned above, we’re using the iClever 36 watt three port USB wall charger AC adapter, as shown next.

Picture of the iClever 3-port USB wall charger, model IC-TC03, Showing its specs label side.

iClever 3-port USB wall charger, model IC-TC03, Showing its specs label side.

2. Open the Port Cover on the JBL Flip 3

Use a penny or a dime to pry open the waterproof seal port cover on the Flip 3. This exposes the micro USB charging port inside, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, showing its USB charge port highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, showing its USB charge port highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

3. Plug in the Micro USB Cord to the Flip 3

Then, plug the small end of the orange micro USB charge cord into the matching micro USB port in the speaker, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, with the included USB charge cord connected. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Flip 3 portable Bluetooth speaker, with the included USB charge cord connected. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

4. Plug the Other End of the USB Cord into your USB Power Adapter

Next, connect the A end of the USB charge cable to the power adapter, as pictured next.

Picture of the iClever 3-Port USB wall charger, model IC-TC03. Showing its USB port side with a USB cable plugged into one of its output ports. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

iClever 3-Port USB wall charger, model IC-TC03. Showing its USB port side with a USB cable plugged into one of its output ports. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

5. Plug the AC USB Power Adapter into a Working Wall Outlet

Now that the Flip 3 and our iClever AC adapter are connected, we plug the charger into a functioning AC outlet, as shown next. In this demo, we’ve plugged ours into an energized Tripp-Lite surge protector power strip.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 battery powered Bluetooth speaker, charging. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Flip 3 battery powered Bluetooth speaker, charging. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

At least one of the battery status lamps lights up on the Flip 3 when you apply sufficient USB power. There are five lamps on this speaker that light in succession as internal battery charging progresses, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 speaker, showing Its battery status gauge at 60 percent charged, highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Flip 3 speaker, showing Its battery status gauge at 60 percent charged, highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 speaker.

6. Let the Flip 3 Charge Until All Battery Power Lights Go Off

Battery charging is almost complete when all but the last of the battery status lights light solid. The last one continues to blink for several minutes more to top off the charge, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker. Showing its battery status gauge, which itself shows that the speaker Is almost fully charged. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Flip 3 wireless speaker. Showing its battery status gauge, which itself shows that the speaker Is almost fully charged. How to Charge JBL Flip 3.

The battery recharge cycle finishes when all battery status gage lights go out, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 speaker, connected to USB wall charger. Showing its battery status gauge highlighted, with all lights OFF. This means that recharging has finished.

JBL Flip 3 speaker, connected to USB wall charger. Showing its battery status gauge highlighted, with all lights OFF. This means that recharging has finished.

7. Unplug the USB Charge Cable from the JBL Flip 3

The next picture shows the micro USB charging port on the Flip 3 after the charge cord has been removed.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker, showing its USB charge port highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

The Flip 3 showing its USB charge port highlighted.

8. Fully Close the Waterproof Port Door

Note that unless this flap is snapped securely and completely in place, water could enter the port area, possibly damaging the Flip 3 electronics inside. So, be careful to press the port door closed with enough force to correctly seat it, to get full water resistance.  See how this port door looks when completely closed and sealed in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth wireless speaker. Showing The USB AUX IN ports door closed and highlighted. How to Charge JBL Flip 3 splashproof Bluetooth speaker.

Our Flip 3 wireless speaker. Showing The USB AUX IN ports door closed and highlighted.

9. Done!

We have now fully charged our JBL Flip 3 wireless Bluetooth speaker. Note that the battery charge status gage just after turning on the Flip 3 after a full recharge. All lamps are aglow, meaning that the speaker is current fully charged, as shown in the last picture above.

Repeat this process every ten to twelve hours of music play through the Flip 3, to keep its battery in top condition. We charge ours when the battery status gage lights show only one light glowing.

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  • 2019-04-13: Tweaked the targeting and added more tags.
  • 2018-08-27: First published.




Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home Instructions

This post demonstrates how pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home smart speakers works. These include the original, mini, and max Google Home versions. Since this pairing happens between the Charge 3 and the Google speakers directly, you need not turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to establish this pairing.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home Smart Speakers

With your JBL Charge 3 powered off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your Google Home Mini, Original, or Max smart speaker. We’re using an iPad Air tablet to set up this pairing. In this demo, we’re pairing with a Google Home Mini. But the routine is similar for the other Google smart speaker products.

Now, to the procedure.

1. Find the Google Home App on your Mobile Device

We found the Home app on our iOS iPad Air as shown in the next screenshot. In our case, this app is on the third home screen page. It’s pointed at by the purple arrow.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home smart speakers. Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home smart speakers. Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

2. Run the Google Home App

The app displays its Home screen as shown in the next screenshot.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted. Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home

Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted. Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home

3. Tap the Hamburger Control

Find the hamburger item in the top left corner of the screen. This is pointed at by the purple arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Google Home app’s main menu, as shown in the next screenshot.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its hamburger menu, with the Devices Item highlighted.

Google Home app on iOS, displaying its hamburger menu, with the Devices Item highlighted.

4. Tap the Devices Option on the Main Menu

The Devices option is pointed at by the bright purple arrow in the last screenshot.

This brings up the Devices screen, as shown in the next screenshot. From here, choose which smart speaker device you wish to pair with your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. We had to scroll down on this screen to locate our Google Home Mini, named Office Speaker.

Picture of the Google Home Mini Speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App, showing in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.

Google Home Mini Speaker, as displayed in the Google Home App, showing in the Devices list, with its Device Menu location highlighted.

5. Tap the Hamburger Control on the Google Home Speaker you Wish to Pair to your JBL Charge 3

Find the hamburger control near the top right corner of each speaker card, as shown in the last screenshot.

This brings up the selected device’s control menu, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, with a Google Home Mini device control menu displaying, with the Settings Item in that menu highlighted.

Google Home app on iOS, with a Google Home Mini device control menu displaying, with the Settings Item in that menu highlighted.

6. Tap the Settings Menu Item

The Settings menu item is circled in bright purple in the last picture.

Tapping Settings takes you to the device-specific settings screen for the speaker you chose, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Device Settings- screen, top of that page.

Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Device Settings- screen, top of that page.

7. Scroll Down to the Device Settings Section

Scroll down the Device Settings screen, until you see the Default Speaker item. We’ve pointed at this with a blue arrow in the next picture.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home smart speakers. Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Device Settings- screen, with the -Default Speaker- iten highlighted.

Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home smart speakers. Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Device Settings- screen, with the -Default Speaker- iten highlighted.

8. Tap the Default Speaker Item

This brings up the Choose a Default Speaker for Music and Audio screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted. Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home.

Google Home app on iOS, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted. Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home.

At this point, you’re ready to start a Bluetooth scan by your Google Home speaker. You’ve selected the Home speaker to pair with in step 5 above. So, that Google speaker will be the one that scans for Bluetooth devices like the JBL Charge 3.

But don’t press the Pair Bluetooth Speaker item button in the last screenshot just yet. We must first power up your JBL Charge 3 speaker and put it into pairing discovery mode.

9. Turn On your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Speaker

Put down your mobile device for a bit.

Then turn on the JBL Charge 3 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since our Google Home Mini does not know about this speaker, and the Charge 3 does not know about the Mini, the Charge 3 will not pair with the Mini right away. Thus, the light that comes on in the Charge 3 power switch denotes this not-paired state by glowing solid white, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered On, not paired. Showing the glowing white power button highlighted.

Note that your Charge 3 may be flashing blue if you’ve never paired it with a device since the last factory reset. In that case, skip the next step (Step 10) and pick up with Step 11.

10. Put your JBL Bluetooth Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to allow the Google Home smart speaker to find your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, place the Charge 3 into Bluetooth discovery mode. To activate pairing discovery mode, press and let go of the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture, pointed at by the green arrow.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 wireless speaker with its Bluetooth Discovery Mode button highlighted.

JBL Charge 3 wireless speaker with its Bluetooth Discovery Mode button highlighted.

When you press the Bluetooth Discovery Mode button, the Charge 3 makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Also, the power button changes from a solid white glow to flashing blue. See this next.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and in Bluetooth discovery mode. Power button is flashing blue, and is highlighted. Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home.

JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and in Bluetooth discovery mode. Power button is flashing blue, and is highlighted. Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home.

11. Go Back to your Mobile Device

The screen with the blue Pair Bluetooth Speaker option should still be showing, as in the next screenshot.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted.

Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Choose Default Speaker- screen, with the -Pair Bluetooth Speaker- item highlighted.

12. Tap the Pair Bluetooth Speaker Item

This starts your Google Home speaker scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in Bluetooth discovery mode. Your Charge 3 is now in Bluetooth discovery mode. So your Google Home should find it.  If it doesn’t, then move the speakers closer to each other and try again.

The next screenshot shows the Bluetooth scanning in progress.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Pair Your Bluetooth Speaker- screen, while scanning for Bluetooth devices.

Google Home app on iOS in 2018, showing its -Pair Your Bluetooth Speaker- screen, while scanning for Bluetooth devices.

After a short pause, your Google Home should find the JBL Charge 3 portable speaker, and list it as shown next, as pointed at by the dark purple arrow.

Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its -Pair your Bluetooth Speaker- screen. Showing the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, discovered.

Google Home app on iOS, displaying its -Pair your Bluetooth Speaker- screen. Showing the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, discovered.

In our demo, the Google Home Mini speaker found our JBL Charge 3, named JBL Charge 3.

13. Tap your JBL Charge 3 on the Discovered Bluetooth Devices List to Pair It

See the screenshot above. If Google Home found more than one device, you’ll have to tap the one you want. A blue check mark then appears beside the device you chose.

Now our scan found the JBL Charge 3. Just one device. So ours was selected by default, as the blue check mark shows above.

14. Tap the Done Item

Tapping Done causes our Google Home speaker then paired with the Charge 3 speaker.

The Google Home app then took us back to its Choose a Default Speaker for Music and Audio screen, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its -Choose a Default Speaker- screen. The JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker is set as default speaker.

Google Home app on iOS, displaying its -Choose a Default Speaker- screen. The JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker is set as default speaker.

At that time,, the JBL Charge 3 makes the Speaker Paired sound (the three ascending guitar notes). Note the blue check mark to the left of the new default speaker in the last screenshot.  The now-paired speaker is pointed at by the dark purple arrow.

The JBL Charge 3 speaker is now paired with your Google Home. It’s power button glows solid blue. This means that successful pairing is under way, as shown next.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing blue and highlighted. Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home.

JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing blue and highlighted. Pairing JBL Charge 3 with Google Home.

15. Done!

We can now ask the Google Home assistant to play music on our Office Speaker Google Home Mini, and those tunes will play on this wonderful sounding JBL Charge 3 power bank speaker.

Note though, that only the media you request actually plays through the Charge III. The Google Assistant voice sounds however, still come directly from the Google Home smart speaker. Also, be sure to speak directly to your Google Home, and not to the Bluetooth speaker, when making voice requests.

Enjoy!

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Revision History

  • 2019-04-13: Added tags.
  • 2019-04-05: Shortened post title and URL, and revised key phrase targeting.
  • 2018-07-21: First published.




Updating Firmware on JBL Charge 3, How To

Here, we demonstrate updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.  The process can take up to thirty minutes depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi internet connection.  Plus, it’s irreversible once done.  You won’t be able to return to the previous firmware version once you complete this software upgrade.  So, be sure that you indeed wish the upgrade and have considered all of its ramifications before proceeding.

Prepare for Firmware Updating

You’ll need and internet connection, a Bluetooth enabled mobile or desktop computer device, and the JBL Connect Plus (Connect+) app, as well as the JBL Charge 3 speaker itself.

So, get your mobile device connected to the internet and install the Connect+ app if you haven’t already.

Connect your JBL Charge 3 to AC power.  Why?  Because we don’t want its battery power bank going dead during the update.  This sort of mishap could leave a corrupted version of the firmware in the speaker’s memory, and brick the speaker, rendering it useless and not repairable.

Then, pair your mobile device with the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.

You are now ready to begin the firmware updating process on that JBL Bluetooth speaker.

Updating Firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Speaker, How To

1. Find the JBL Connect+ App on your Mobile Device

We found ours on the fourth home page in our Apple iPad Air, as shown next.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the JBL Connect app highlighted.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. iOS 11 home screen, showing the JBL Connect app highlighted.

2. Run the JBL Connect+ (JBL Connect Plus) App

The app takes a few seconds to show you some pretty animations when you first start it.  But then it locates your paired JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker and shows you its status screen, as pictured next.

Note the explanation point inside the orange circle in the top right corner of the speaker’s picture, as pointed at by the dark green arrow.  This means that there are important messages about this speaker pending for your to read and act upon.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing the JBL Charge 3 speaker, needing a firmware update. Notification symbol for that is highlighted.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Showing the JBL Charge 3 speaker, needing a firmware update. Notification symbol for that is highlighted.

Note that if there are no current messages or firmware updates available for this particular wireless speaker, then you will see no explanation point.

3. Tap the Orange Circled Explanation Point (!)

Tapping the Important Messages (!) circle brings up the first IMPORTANT NOTICE screen about the available firmware upgrade, as shown next.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Connected to a JBL Charge 3 speaker. Displaying first important notice about upgrading the firmware on this connected Bluetooth speaker.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS. Connected to a JBL Charge 3 speaker. Displaying first important notice about upgrading the firmware on this connected Bluetooth speaker.

This screen gives details about the available firmware update.  In our case here, it tells us that we need this upgrade to enable JBL Connect+ functionality on our Charge 3 speaker.  Specifically, this software upgrade enhances the speaker operation by allowing it to connect into a group of up to a hundred JBL Connect+ compatible wireless speakers, such that they all stream the same content, in synchronization with each other.  You would do this when you wish to blanket a large area with music for dancing for example.

4. Flick to the Left to See the Next IMPORTANT NOTICE Page

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, paired with a JBL Charge 3 speaker. Displaying the 2nd important notice, warning about this firmware update being permanent and thus, not reversible.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, paired with a JBL Charge 3 speaker. Displaying the 2nd important notice, warning about this firmware update being permanent and thus, not reversible.

This page warns us that this particular JBL speaker firmware cannot be undone, and that once done, this software upgrade is permanent in the speaker.  It also says that after this upgrade, the speaker we’re updating will no longer be able to connect with other JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speakers that are running older versions of the firmware. You will also lose connectivity with older speakers such as the JBL Flip 3, JBL Pulse 2, JBL Xtreme, JBL Boost, and Cinema 5B450.

5. Flick Once More to the Left to See the Next IMPORTANT NOTICE Page

Another left flick brings up the JBL Charge 3 firmware upgrade confirmation prompt screen, as shown next.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, paired with a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Prompting for firmware update confirmation. You must tap the Install button to go ahead with the firmware installation.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, paired with a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Prompting for firmware update confirmation. You must tap the Install button to go ahead with the firmware installation.

This prompt again warns us that we won’t be able to fall back to the old firmware version once this upgrade is complete.  It then asks us to decide whether to install the new software or to cancel out.  We’re going ahead, in the next step.

6. Tap the INSTALL Button

Touching the INSTALL button brings up the Upgrade Speaker screen as shown next.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, connected with a JBL Charge 3 speaker. Prompting to plug in the speaker to AC power to update its firmware.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, connected with a JBL Charge 3 speaker. Prompting to plug in the speaker to AC power to update its firmware.

This page tells us to connect our Charge 3 speaker to AC power if we’ve not done so already (You would have already done this if you were following the instructions in the preliminaries section above).

7. Connect the JBL Charge 3 to AC Power if Not Done Already

We connected our JBL Charge 3 to an AC outlet via the included power adapter and cable, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 wireless speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable.

JBL Charge 3 wireless speaker, charging. Showing all connections for recharging this power bank speaker. The AC adapter is plugged Into wall, and connected to the speaker via the USB A to micro USB male charge cable. Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3.

8. Tap the   OK   Button

Next, go back to the JBL Connect+ app running on your mobile device, and tap the OK button.  See this button in the last screenshot picture.

The firmware update then begins, with the download of the firmware update file from the internet, through your mobile device, to the speaker via the Bluetooth connection, as shown in the next screenshots.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, connected with a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Displaying the -Transferring Firmware Update File- page as the new firmware file is copied from the mobile device to the speaker.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, connected with a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Displaying the -Transferring Firmware Update File- page as the new firmware file is copied from the mobile device to the speaker.

8a. Firmware Update Begins

Copying the file from the internet to the speaker is the slowest part of the firmware upgrade process.  But as shown in these screenshots, the JBL Connect+ app shows you a progress pie-chart picture, that gradually becomes more orange as the firmware file transfer proceeds.

Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, paired with a JBL Charge 3 waterproof speaker. Transferring update firmware file to that speaker, 40 percent done.

JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, paired with a JBL Charge 3 waterproof speaker. Transferring update firmware file to that speaker, 40 percent done. Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3.

8b. Firmware Update at Forty Percent Complete

We’re probably about fifteen minutes into the firmware update at this point in the process.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, linked via Bluetooth with a JBL Charge 3 splashproof speaker. Transferring new firmware file, 65 percent complete.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, linked via Bluetooth with a JBL Charge 3 splashproof speaker. Transferring new firmware file, 65 percent complete.

8c. Firmware Update at 65.7 Percent Done

The next screen shows that the firmware file transfer to the speaker has finished (100 percent done). The pie chart is completely orange now.

Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, paired with a JBL Charge 3 portable speaker. Transferring new firmware update file to that speaker, 100 percent done.

JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, paired with a JBL Charge 3 portable speaker. Transferring new firmware update file to that speaker, 100 percent done. Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3.

8d. Firmware Upgrade File Transfer 100 Percent Complete

Once the app copies the upgrade file to the JBL Charge 3, you get the  Upgrade Successful  screen, as shown next.  However, note that the speaker is still in the process of installing the new firmware for nearly a minute after you first see this green and white screen. Thus, this screen warns us that our speaker will restart automatically, and it asks us not to unplug the speaker while it’s running the upgrade.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, paired with a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker and power bank. The new firmware update to the speaker is successful. Done button highlighted.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, paired with a JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker and power bank. The new firmware update to the speaker is successful. Done button highlighted.

9. Wait for the JBL Charge 3 to Shut Off

Watch the power light on the speaker, as shown next.  Eventually it will go dark, as shown next, pointed at by the green arrow.

Picture of the JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.

JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker, powered off. Showing the Power button highlighted.

The speaker may or may not turn itself back on again.  Ours did not.  If, like ours, yours did not come back up after the firmware upgrade, then go ahead with the next step (Step 10).  But if yours did come back online though, then skip Step 10 and pick up with Step 11.

10. Power On the JBL Charge 3

Press the dark Power button to turn this Bluetooth speaker on again.  It should again pair with your mobile device where you’re running the JBL Connect Plus app.  The Power button turns solid blue with your speaker has successfully paired again with your tablet or phone, as shown next.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. Picture of the JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing blue and highlighted.

Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker. JBL Charge 3 IPX7 certified portable Bluetooth speaker, powered on and paired. Power button is glowing blue and highlighted.

11. Press the Done Button

With your speaker successfully paired to the JBL Connect+ app again, press the green Done button, as shown in the last screenshot.

The app then displays the JBL Charge 3 status screen once again.  However, this time, note that there’s no longer the orange circled explanation point (!), as shown next.  This indicates that the firmware update succeeded and that the speaker is now running the current firmware version.

Screenshot of the JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, linked with a JBL Charge 3 splashproof speaker. The firmware update to that Bluetooth speaker is done. No newer firmware version available.

JBL Connect Plus app on iOS, linked with a JBL Charge 3 splashproof speaker. The firmware update to that Bluetooth speaker is done. No newer firmware version available. Updating firmware on JBL Charge 3.

12. Done!

You’re now successfully updated the firmware to the current version in your JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth speaker.  Enjoy the new multi speaker connectivity features.

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Revision History

  • 2019-04-02: Removed ad code and improved key phrase targeting.
  • 2018-07-14: First published.