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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 :: 10 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 pairing, try the steps in our detailed guide on how to fix Bluetooth pairing problems.

[Image credits: JBL, Techlicious]

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Bluetooth Speaker

From Donna on January 23, 2019 :: 1:13 pm

How do I connect my speakers to a Google Home mini



To connect your speaker to

From Suzanne Kantra on January 23, 2019 :: 4:59 pm

To connect your speaker to a Google Home mini via Bluetooth, you need to pair it using the Google Home app.

- Open the Google Home App
- Tap the Google Home device (i.e. your Google Home mini) you’d like to pair with your speaker
- In the top right corner, tap the Settings gear icon, the select Default music speaker
- Tap Pair Bluetooth speaker. Your Google Home mini will then scan for Bluetooth speakers.
- Tap the JBL speaker when it appears on the screen.

For more details on Google Home mini Bluetooth speakers pairing, check out the Google FAQ.



Bluetooth connection

From Chris joseph on July 07, 2019 :: 11:07 am

How do I connect it to a ps4?



Headphone model

From Chris joseph on July 07, 2019 :: 11:09 am

My headphone is an E55bt



PS4 doesn't support Bluetooth audio out

From Josh Kirschner on July 10, 2019 :: 12:04 pm

You can’t connect your JBL headphones directly to the PS4 with Bluetooth because PS4 doesn’t support Bluetooth audio out. However, you can get a wireless USB Bluetooth adapter, plug that into your PS4 and select the “USB headset” as your audio device in your PS4 output settings.

A basic Bluetooth USB adapter will run you around $10 on Amazon:




From Ian Mutch on July 08, 2019 :: 10:30 am

Directions that begin turn on pairing ap are of no use I need directions that start with turn your phone on by pressing ....



Pairing mode is turned on

From Kelly Clubb on July 18, 2019 :: 4:54 pm

Pairing mode is turned on JBL devices by pressing and holding the Bluetooth button for typically 3-5 seconds while powered on.



pairing to JBL speaker

From Ian Mutch on July 10, 2019 :: 3:03 pm

None of these explanations are of any use go to bluetooth on your phone and click pair it says   but the option doesn’t exist end of



Need more info

From Josh Kirschner on July 10, 2019 :: 3:12 pm

Hi Ian,

If you would like more guidance, I need more info about what phone you’re using and where exactly in the process you are getting stuck.




Pair JBL Bluetooth to Android/iOS

From Kelly Clubb on July 18, 2019 :: 4:50 pm

Why does it seem like people are trolling?

Go to Settings on your phone, goto Bluetooth, make sure it’s turned on, place the speaker in pairing mode, tap on speaker when it shows up. Boom, you’re paired.

* Some devices you have to click Pair New Device in order for it to search for devices in pairing mode. Different versions of Android or iOS may vary slightly. Use some common sense though.


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