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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 :: 42 comments

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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.

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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

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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.

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JBL Amour Headphone bluetooth pair to samsung A71

From Firmansyah on November 12, 2020 :: 11:21 pm

I never successed to pair my JBL Amour Headphone bluetooth to Samsung A71. Please tell me who has successed to do it.
Many thanks

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Bluetooth connection

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

How do I connect it to a ps4?

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Headphone model

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

My headphone is an E55bt

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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: https://amzn.to/2LO16OL

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JBL CLIP 2 &3

From BTA on November 01, 2019 :: 10:00 am

I have both the clip 2 and clip 3 when paired to my galaxy s10, both devices connect to the phones BT however there is a significant delay between the 2 speakers causing sound to be unbearable.  Any advice?

Thx

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You need to daisy chain them, not connect both to phone

From Josh Kirschner on November 04, 2019 :: 6:37 pm

If you want the Clip 2 and Clip 3 to be synced, you need to daisy chain them together, not connect both to the phone. The steps are to connect one of the speakers to the phone, then hold down the pairing button on BOTH the speakers for more than 5 seconds. This should pair the speakers to each other for properly synced sound. For more detail, see the Clip2 owner’s manual.

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Hopeless

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 ....

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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.

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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

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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.

Josh

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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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jbl headset to alexa

From William-- R Liston on July 24, 2019 :: 9:57 am

i want to pair jblt450bt to my alexa

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Windows 7

From Michael on August 12, 2019 :: 10:49 am

how connect JBL Wireless headphones for Windows 7 pc?

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Headphones not pairing with Bluetooth transmitter

From Darren on August 18, 2019 :: 12:00 am

My JBL 500bt will not pair with the Bluetooth transmitter that I have put on my television other headphones have worked but kept breaking so how do I remedy the pairing issue

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Have you reset the transmitter?

From Josh Kirschner on August 19, 2019 :: 1:14 pm

I would try resetting both the headphones and the transmitter and retry to pair. If that doesn’t work, will need to know more details about the problem and where in the process it is failing.

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Same problem

From Matthew on August 28, 2019 :: 11:11 am

I have the same problem with these headphones. Pairing is turned on both devices, but its not connecting.

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JBL Tune 600ntbc not connection to my laptop

From Bert Beattie on August 29, 2019 :: 11:12 am

Hey there,

When I go to the bluetooth settings in my windows 10 laptop I can’t see the headphones as an option to pair with? Is it possible to pair the two?

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Definitely possible to connect with laptop

From Josh Kirschner on September 03, 2019 :: 11:23 am

You should be able to pair pretty much any pair of Bluetooth headphones or speaker to your laptop. If you’re not seeing the JBL Tune 600ntbc when you open your laptop Bluetooth settings, it sounds like the headphones aren’t in pairing mode or are already pairing to another device (your phone?) before the laptop has a chance to connect.

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JBL to Samsung TV

From Dimitrios on August 29, 2019 :: 12:26 pm

Hi there,
My Samsung smart TV (new 2019 model) cannot detect by EB55BT headphones.
I can connect them to my Samsung Phone, I can connect the phone to the TV, but not the headphones to the TV…?
Any ideas?

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Possibly already connected to your phone?

From Josh Kirschner on September 03, 2019 :: 11:42 am

Is the issue that the TV isn’t seeing the headphones or it is giving an error message when trying to connect? If you’re not seeing the EB55BT headphones in your Samsung TV Bluetooth settings, have you made sure the headphones aren’t already pairing to your phone?

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CONNECTION PROBLEM

From TENZIN on November 11, 2019 :: 10:17 am

WHY JBL E25BT CAN’T COONECT TO HP LAPTOP WINDOWS 10 CORE i3

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JBL charge 4

From Robert on December 12, 2019 :: 7:51 pm

Hi, I have the JBL charge 4 and it connects wonderfully to my phone but when I try to connect it to my Win. 10 laptop it asks for a pin, yet there is no pin.

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sound

From donna smith on February 16, 2020 :: 2:10 pm

I can’t get any sound to my ear plugs.  I have a JBL Endurance DIVE set.  It has successfully paired to my laptop, an HP Windows 8.1, but no sound comes thru.  help….

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Check your Windows sound settings

From Josh Kirschner on February 17, 2020 :: 2:37 pm

In your Windows sound settings, what device is listed as the “output device”?

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Connection issues

From Jackson Gibb on March 06, 2020 :: 11:48 pm

Mine won’t connect to my phone. O turn them on and they start to blink red and blue but my phone won’t see them, is it because of my phone? (Google pixel 3)

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What do the. Button on

From Nonni on July 28, 2020 :: 6:29 pm

What do the. Button on each bud do?

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JBL live 300tws

From Brian Kraeker on September 29, 2020 :: 2:34 pm

When I connect these headphones to my laptop. they pair fine, but windows gives me a pin number to correspond to on my device, which there is nothing to display a pin number on.  Windows seems to read these headphones as something other than an audio device.  I have updated drivers and no change.

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Try forgetting them?

From Josh Kirschner on September 30, 2020 :: 2:43 pm

Did you try to “forget” the JBL headphones in your laptop’s Bluetooth settings, then try to re-pair from scratch by holding down the power button when you turn them on until they go into pairing mode?

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Can't connect JBL reflect mini to huawei p30

From Alistair on October 28, 2020 :: 3:03 am

I am having trouble connecting my new headphones to my phone (huawei p30).
I’ve tryed all the basic stuff, puttem kn pairing mode, searched for it turned the bt on the phone on/off.
It connects fine to my gf’s iphone, i also used to have exactly the same headphones and they connected fine.
Any ideas?

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JBL

From Logan Gordon on November 08, 2020 :: 3:23 pm

My headphones won’t connect, they are on, but they don’t even show up on the Bluetooth pairing, I’ve used them on this device, but it just won’t show up. I’ve tried it on other devices and they work. I’ve restarted the phone 5 times, the headphones 4 times, I’ve turned Bluetooth on and off, but nothing is working. Any suggestions?

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Need App to Control 1 Flip5

From Valerie on December 14, 2020 :: 11:19 am

I’m looking for an app so I can control my speaker remotely. Turn on off, control bass etc.
I do not want to connect another speaker.

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My JBL10 won’t sync

From Maggie on January 03, 2021 :: 7:03 pm

I have a iPhone 7s my JBL10 won’t sync tried everything

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Same problem

From Lauren Wilson on May 02, 2021 :: 3:00 pm

Did you figure it out? I’m having the same problem!

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Turn off phone pair

From Jason Struck on January 23, 2021 :: 9:49 am

After a week of wanting to skip these earbuds across a parking lot, I had to turn the phone Bluetooth off and the laptop found it after about half a minute.

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Bluetooth pairing

From Kathy on February 14, 2021 :: 3:35 pm

Thanks sooo much. I would turn to again 👍👍👍

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Stop my JBL from automatically pairing

From Rolston James on February 16, 2021 :: 12:24 am

Lately my JBL has been automatically pairing to some other device that’s not mince and no matter how much I press the Bluetooth button to disconnect it would not. How do I stop it from doing that?

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Are you sure that is the issue?

From Josh Kirschner on February 16, 2021 :: 2:25 pm

Bluetooth has a very short range, so it seems unlikely that your JBL device (you didn’t say what it is) would be pairing to someone else’s device. Are you sure you are holding the pairing button long enough to put it into pairing mode? More details here would be helpful.

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Stop my JBL from automatically pairing

From Rolston James on February 16, 2021 :: 2:51 pm

Hi Josh, thanks for your response..much appreciated. My device is a JBL Flip 3. After reading some the other comments on this site, I tried several things such removing the JBL from my computer Bluetooth list, turning it off and on while keeping the Bluetooth button pressed for awhile and so far it hasn’t done that. Another interesting realization is that after doing rearranging of electronics equipment, every time I open up iTunes I would get an error message about an unrecognizable Bluetooth equipment showing up, so perhaps that’s something I should look into if it happens again. Again, much thanks for your response…

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How simply said.

From Janet on April 20, 2021 :: 1:15 am

Thank You SO much for solving the pairing issue I had with my new phone & my JBL charge 3. So easy to read and digest the information you gave. Fantastic. Thank You.

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Glad it was helpful

From Josh Kirschner on April 22, 2021 :: 7:17 pm

Bluetooth pairing can be frustrating at times, even for us “experts”. Glad my article helped you out.

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