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How to Connect JBL Speakers and Headphones to Bluetooth

by on August 21, 2018
in Music and Video, Home Audio, Speakers, Headphones, Tips & How-Tos, Tech 101 :: 0 comments

Whether you’re using one of JBL’s wireless speakers (such as the Flip 4, Charge 3 or Clip 3), JBL’s wireless headphones (like the Reflect Mini BT), or even one of JBL’s soundbars, the Bluetooth pairing process is pretty much identical. Follow the steps below to:

  1. Turn on pairing mode for your JBL deivce
  2. Find your JBL device on your phone or laptop and pair them
  3. Confirm successful pairing
  4. Troubleshoot your Bluetooth connection.

1. Turn on pairing mode for your JBL device

If your speaker/headphone/soundbar hasn't been connected to Bluetooth before, it will automatically start up in pairing mode when you power on (you should notice the LED light blinking). If you have paired your device previously, you can manually put it in pairing mode by holding down the Bluetooth button for at least 3 seconds, until the LED flashes (JBL speakers typically have a dedicated Bluetooth button. For JBL headphones, the Power button usually doubles as the Bluetooth button).

2. Find your JBL device on your phone or laptop and pair them

Android. Go to Settings and turn on Bluetooth. In Bluetooth click “Pair new device”. When you see your JBL device come up in the list, tap it and it should be paired with your phone.

iPhone. Go to Settings and then Bluetooth. Turn on Bluetooth. Look for your JBL device under “OTHER DEVICES” and tap on it to connect.

MacOS. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth. Select your JBL device from the list, then click Connect. If asked, click Accept.

Windows 10. Open “Bluetooth & other devices” in the System Settings either by clicking on your Bluetooth button in the tool bar and selecting “Show Bluetooth devices”. If the Bluetooth button is hidden, you'll find it under the upward arrow on the task bar at the bottom of your display (see below).

Bluetooth button on Windows 10

When the Add a device window comes up, click “Bluetooth”. Look for your JBL device in the list and tap on it to connect. Alternatively, search for “Bluetooth” in your Windows search box. When the Bluetooth & other devices window comes up, make sure Bluetooth is on then click “Add Bluetooth or other device” and select your device from the list.

3. Confirm successful pairing

When you have successfully paired your JBL speakers or headphones to your phone or laptop, the LED on your JBL device will stop blinking and you should hear an audio confirmation that your device is paired (either a tone or voice confirmation).

Troubleshooting your Bluetooth connection

If you have followed the steps above and your device still isn’t paring, try the steps in our detailed guide on how to fix Bluetooth pairing problems.

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