JBL is one of the top audio brands in the world. They’ve been around for almost a century, and this shows in the quality of their products.
When wireless technology emerged, JBL was one of the first companies to utilize it and change the way we listen to tunes forever. Since the first wireless speakers started emerging, the one that a lot of people wanted was a JBL.
They are well-built, easy to set up, and they come in groovy colors with a sleek design. But, above all, they sound great.
Oh, did I mention their neat features?
Thanks to the rise of mobile apps, JBL speakers come with one of the best companion apps for any speaker out there. There are tons of features for sound customization. But, one of the most alluring ones has got to be the Connect, Connect+, and PartyBoost features.
This allows you to connect multiple JBL wireless speakers to not only increase your output volume but also to use dynamic range and stereo image. Believe it or not, this great feature will allow you to link up to 100 JBL speakers together (I can’t wait for that video).
That’s why I decided to show you how to connect multiple JBL speakers together. It can be done either using the companion app or without it. So, let’s learn everything you need to know about connecting JLB wireless speakers.
Before you start ordering random models based on how they look, you need to understand a few things first. In particular, which kinds of JBL speakers can be connected and which cannot?
So, how do you know?
Well, there are three Bluetooth connection protocols built into JBL speakers. The first is called “Connect,” the second is called “Connect+,” and the third is called “PartyBoost.” Understanding the difference and which models they apply to is central to using them.
While these connection protocols do have a lot in common, they are different enough to be incompatible. The protocols differ in age; therefore, the age of your JBL speaker will determine its compatibility with other models.
Trying to connect an older version of the protocol to a newer one will not be possible. So, it is good to know which version of the protocol is installed on which type of speaker. Let’s have a look at which version of the Bluetooth protocols different JBL speaker models use.
JBL Connect Protocol
The following models come with the first iteration of the Connect protocol:[bl]
JBL Connect+ Protocol
The following models feature JBL’s Connect+ protocol:[bl]
JBL PartyBoost Protocol
The following speakers are equipped with JBL’s PartyBoost protocol:[bl]
- Flip 4 and Flip 5.
- Pulse 4 and Pulse 5.
- Boombox 2 and Boombox 3.
- JBL Xtreme 3.
How to Connect Multiple JBL Speakers Together
We now know which connection protocol is installed on which JBL speaker models. Next, we can get into how to pair multiple JBL speakers for enhanced sound and increased output.
Check that the different speakers are compatible
If you have your speakers all gathered up and ready to go, start by checking that they are all compatible with one another. This is a simple process, and you don’t need the app to perform this check.
If you own two of the same JBL model, you can go ahead and pair them up since they have the same protocol. However, if you have different models, you need to check which protocol they use.
How do you do that?
JBL speakers all have an hourglass icon to indicate the pairing button on the speaker. Let’s have a closer look at those buttons, shall we?[bl]
- A plain hourglass icon with straight edges indicates that the model uses the Connect protocol.
- An hourglass icon with straight edges and a + symbol indicates that the speaker uses JBL’s Connect+ protocol.
- An hourglass icon with nice rounded edges indicates JBL’s PartyBoost protocol.
Check the connect button on all of your JBL speakers. If they have the same kind of button, then you know that they are compatible with one another.
Turn On all Your JBL Speakers
Whether you have two or more speakers that you want to link up, it’s best to start by powering them all on. Hold down the power button for a few seconds, and a blue or white LED indicator will come on. And, sometimes, an audio tone will sound.
Connect All The JBL Speakers To Your Source
To sync up the audio coming to the speakers, they must receive the signal from the same source device. This means that you have to connect the speakers to the same smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Some smart devices have a limit to the amount of Bluetooth devices that you can connect simultaneously. So, make sure to check if your specific device has any such limitations before proceeding.
Here’s the step-by-step guide to pairing multiple JBL speakers to a single source device:[bl]
- Open the settings on your source device and navigate to the Bluetooth section to make sure that the Bluetooth is turned on. Once Bluetooth is on, the device will begin looking for nearby Bluetooth devices.
- Take one of your JBL speakers and hold down the Bluetooth button for a few seconds. Release the button when you hear the tone.
- Return to your source device, and the JBL speaker that is in pairing mode will show up under the available or “other” devices list. Tap or click on it to engage the pairing process.
- Repeat this process with each of the speakers until all of them are paired to your source device via Bluetooth.
Test the Connection
Now that you have paired all your speakers, it’s time to test the connection by playing some audio. When you start playing music, you should hear the audio coming from only one speaker. You can play audio from your device or use a streaming service like Spotify.
Press the “Connect” Button on the Original Speaker
Now that you have audio playing from your source device successfully, you need to sync up all the other speakers in your system to the original JBL speaker. Press the connect button on your original speaker; this is the one that is currently playing audio.
Press the Connect Button on the other JBL Speakers
This final step will only work if you successfully paired all the speakers to the source device. So, make sure that is done before attempting this.
Press the Connect button on the rest of the speakers, and they will sync up to the original speaker. That’s it. If you have done everything correctly, you should now be hearing sound coming from all your different JBL speakers as if they are one speaker system.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some FAQs should you be curious about some of the other particulars about JBL wireless speakers.
How do I disconnect just one of the speakers?
If you wish to remove one speaker from your setup while it’s still playing, there are two options. You can either simply press the Connect button again, or you can just turn the speaker off with the power button. This will remove the speaker from the chain without disrupting any of the others.
Can I connect a JBL Flip and JBL Charge?
Yes, you can connect these two models since they both make use of JBL’s Connect protocol.
Why are my JBL speakers not connecting to one another?
The main reason is that one or more of the speakers does not have any of the connect protocols installed. Otherwise, it means that the speakers have them installed, but the versions are not compatible.
What kind of play modes are there?
If you download the JBL companion app, you will be given access to a myriad of features. One of which is choosing different play modes. You have the choice of Normal, Stereo, and Party mode. Take note that only models that match can be used as stereo pairs.
Can old protocols be updated to new ones?
The only JBL speaker that can be upgraded is the JBL Charge 3. It ships from the factory with the Connect+ protocol installed. However, you can choose to upgrade it to PartyBoost to make it compatible with newer models. You will require the JBL app to perform this update.
What is the difference between Connect+ and PartyBoost?
The main difference between the protocols is range. The Connect+ protocol allows for seamless connections up to a distance of 30 feet, whereas the PartyBoost will extend that range to 60 feet.
How do I know that I’ve got a genuine JBL Speaker?
The most obvious giveaway of a fake would be the packaging. It is harder to fake the packaging of a product than it is to fake the product itself.
Secondly, you need to pay attention to the build quality and the printing of the logo on the speaker. It must be high resolution and textured to your touch.
Finally, a real JBL speaker will have a serial number, barcode sticker, compliance icons, and fine printing.
Have Other JBL Speaker Questions?
Then take a look at our informative articles on How to Pair JBL Speakers and Headphones, How Do I Reset My JBL Speaker, What JBL Speakers Can Connect, and Why Is My JBL Speaker Not Charging for more useful information.
How To Connect Multiple JBL Speakers Together – Final Thoughts
JBL speakers are some of the best-sounding in the world. And they come with some of the coolest features. One of these, Connect, Connect+, and PartyBoost, is something you must take advantage of if you have one or more JBLs around.
Just be sure that they are compatible, and you can enhance your audio experience within a few minutes.
Until next time, happy listening.