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How to Pair JBL Speakers and Headphones?

JBL is one of the premium audio hardware manufacturers in the world. They’ve been around for more than fifty years, and they’ve shown no intention of slowing down. 

Amongst their most popular devices are their wireless speakers, headphones, and soundbars. Known for their robust build quality, simple usability, and excellent sound, these devices have become favorites for audio lovers all around the world. 

Of course, JBL Bluetooth speakers and headphones are some of the most popular choices. So, I decided to take a look at how to pair JBL speakers and headphones so that you can start enjoying your favorite music and podcasts.

The Steps To Follow

How to Pair JBL Speakers and Headphones

It doesn’t matter if you’re using wireless speakers like the JBL Charge 4, a wireless headset like the JBL Reflect Mini NC or a JBL Soundbar. The way to pair JBL speakers or headphones is the same.

  1. Start by activating Bluetooth on both devices.
  2. Open the pairing menu on your source device and begin the pairing process.
  3. Confirm the pairing was successful. 
  4. If you have problems, troubleshoot your Bluetooth connection.

Let’s take a look at these steps in turn.

Activate Bluetooth and Pairing

To connect Bluetooth devices, they both need to have their Bluetooth turned on. Start by ensuring the Bluetooth on your phone/tablet/PC is turned on. If you are unsure about where to do this, refer to your device’s manual or an online guide. 

When you turn on a JBL device that has never been paired (or has been reset), it will automatically power on in pairing mode. This will be indicated by the flashing LED indicator. 

If your device has been paired and you want to engage in pairing mode, simply hold down the pairing button on the speaker. JBL headphones work on the same principle. The only difference is that there is no dedicated pairing button. Instead, the power button doubles as the pairing button. 

Find Your JBL Device and Begin the Pairing Process

Find Your JBL Device

Now that both Bluetooth devices are turned on and discoverable, let’s take a look at pairing your JBL device on the different platforms.


If Bluetooth isn’t turned on, go to settings, Bluetooth, and turn the Bluetooth toggle to the on position. Alternatively, swipe down on the home screen and tap the Bluetooth icon. 

In the Bluetooth menu, tap on “Pair New Device” and wait for your JBL device to pop up on the list. Tap on it, and the pairing process should engage. 


If Bluetooth isn’t turned on, activate it from the control panel by swiping upward on the home screen and tapping on the Bluetooth Icon. 

Alternatively, you can open the settings app and navigate to Bluetooth, and turn the toggle on to activate the Bluetooth. Once activated, look for your JBL device under “other devices” and tap on it to pair.


On your Mac, click on the Apple icon at the top left of the screen and then select “System Preferences.” Click on Bluetooth and find your JBL device under the available devices; click on it to begin pairing. If you are given a prompt to confirm the connection, simply click on “Accept.”

Windows 10

You can turn on Bluetooth from the Windows taskbar by clicking on the Bluetooth icon at the bottom right of the desktop and selecting “Show Bluetooth Devices.” If the Bluetooth button is hidden on the taskbar, simply click on the little arrow to show you tray icons. 

Alternatively, you can open the settings app from the Start menu, then select devices and Bluetooth, and other devices. Flick the toggle switch to the on position, and Bluetooth will be activated. Click on “Add Bluetooth or other device” and then select your JBL device from the list. 

Confirm the Connection is Successful

Confirm the Connection

When a JBL device goes into pairing mode, it will have a blinking indicator. Once the pairing has been completed, the indicator will stop flashing. Sometimes, you will hear an audio tone as confirmation. The best way to test, of course, is to simply play some audio and see if it comes through the speaker.


If you have followed these steps and are still having problems pairing JBL speakers or headphones, then you might need to troubleshoot your Bluetooth connection. 

Start by testing your JBL and source devices with other devices, and then go from there. If your problems persist, you may have a more advanced issue. 

Need More Help With Your JBL Device?

If so, take a look at our hand articles on Why Is My JBL Speaker Not ChargingWhy Won’t My JBL Headphones Connect to My iPhoneWhat JBL Speakers Can ConnectHow Do I Reset My JBL Speaker, and Why are My Speakers Buzzing for more useful information.

Also, if you are a JBL fan, check out our in-depth JBL Quantum 400 Review, our JBL Tune 230NC TWS Review, our JBL Charge 5 Review, our JBL Flip 5 Review, our JBL E45BT Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Review, and our JBL E55BT Review for great items you can buy in 2023.

How to Pair JBL Speakers and Headphones – Final Thoughts

JBL wireless Bluetooth devices can deliver an excellent wireless audio experience no matter what source device you’re using. 

Just make sure to follow the easy steps, check that your Bluetooth devices are working properly, and set up should take more than a few minutes at most. However, if you continue to have problems, check troubleshooting guides to determine where your issue lies.

Until next time, good luck, and happy listening.

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