How to Pair JBL Charge 5 with Bluetooth Device


The JBL Charge 5 is a wonderful mid-sized portable Bluetooth speaker with a lot of solid features. An IP67 rating gives owners confidence the speaker will hold up against water and dust, Bluetooth 5.1 support ensures solid connectivity with other devices, JBL PartyBoost lets you sync it up with up to 100 other JBL speakers that support PartyBoost, and the big battery not only gives you up to 20 hours of playback, but lets you charge your other devices. But before you can enjoy those features you have to connect a device to your Charge 5, which only takes a few seconds.

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Steps to Pair JBL Charge 5 with Bluetooth Device

  1. Locate the Power and Bluetooth buttons that sit in the center of the button tray that runs along the top of your JBL Charge Bluetooth speaker.
  1. Power your JBL Charge 5 on if it isn’t turned on already. If the speaker is turned on the LED light under the power button will be lit up. Additionally, check to see if the backlight behind the Bluetooth button is solid or blinking. If the backlight behind the Bluetooth button is solid, then your Charge 5 is already paired with another device, which isn’t a big deal because it can be paired with multiple Bluetooth devices. If the LED backlight behind the Bluetooth button is blinking, then the speaker is in Discovery mode and you can skip the next step and move to Step 4.
  2. Press the “Bluetooth” button if the LED under the button is solid to pair your JBL speaker with another device. The Charge 5 will automatically start making the following pinging sound and the Bluetooth button’s LED backlight will start flashing, indicating the device is in Discovery mode. The speaker will remain in Discovery mode until it either runs out of battery life or you power it down.
  1. Make sure Bluetooth functionality is enabled on the device you want to connect to the JBL Charge 5 Bluetooth speaker, and then view the list of available Bluetooth devices you can connect to. For example, on an iPhone, you would navigate to “Settings” and then “Bluetooth” to display the Bluetooth screen, and then slide the toggle to the right of Bluetooth to the right side of the screen to ensure it is enabled. On the most recent version of Android, you would need to go into the Settings app on your device, tap “Connections,” and then make sure the Bluetooth toggle is turned on.
  1. You should see JBL Charge 5 in the list of available devices to connect to. Tap “JBL Charge 5.” The device should immediately show as connected on your device screen. Additionally, the JBL Charge 5 will indicate it has been successfully paired with a Bluetooth device when it makes the following short sound and the backlight for the Bluetooth button stops flashing.
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