When a JBL speaker starts having issues with charging, pairing, battery drain, etc., it is common to suggest resetting the speaker. This is because something could have gone wrong such as a bug or a new setting got changed. But it isn’t super apparent how to reset a JBL speaker, so how do you do it?
To reset a JBL speaker, you may need to hold down the volume up and play button, depending on your specific JBL speaker model, such as on the JBL Flip 5. Other models may require different but similar steps. If you are unsure, the manual included with the speaker will tell you how you can reset it.
We will be thoroughly going over how you can reset your specific JBL speaker model. If you want to learn more, we encourage you to read further.
Why Would You Need to Reset a JBL Speaker?
These days, speakers do more than just producing sound; they can connect to other devices such as your smartphone or other Bluetooth or Wi-fi enabled devices. You probably know about smart speakers and how advanced they are, for example.
But even seemingly simple speakers have more going on under the hood than you may think. For example, wireless speakers have to show the user how full the battery is and when to start charging.
Battery related issues are areas where a reset can fix a problem, such as rapid battery drainage or a device that is refusing to charge. Resetting is generally one of the first things to try if you encounter these problems.
You might want to reset a speaker to resolve things not working correctly, either by a changed setting or a software bug.
Furthermore, it is possible for a speaker to soft-brick. This is a term used for devices that become unusable but can be restored via conventional means, in this case, resetting the device. This is different from a hard bricked device, which also becomes useless, but can’t be restored via conventional means.
How to Reset a JBL Speaker
Resetting a JBL speaker is easy, even if it isn’t apparent, without looking through the manual or searching how to do it online. Generally, you’ll have to hold down two buttons, one being the Volume and the other being something like the Bluetooth or pause/play button.
It’s not clear why the reset instructions aren’t universal across all models, but that’s just how it is. In the next sections, we will tell you how you can reset your model of JBL Speaker.
How to Reset a JBL Charge Speaker
The JBL Charge is an excellent speaker for great sound and long battery life in one. Perfect for all-nighter parties and camping. It even doubles as a battery bank to boost your other devices when running low on juice.
To reset the JBL Charge, when the device is powered on, hold the Volume Up and Bluetooth buttons at the same time until the light ring glows.
How to Reset a JBL Flip Speaker
The JBL Flip is their mid-range speaker. It provides the perfect balance of affordability and fantastic sound quality. It’s also not too large, making it easy to carry in a bag. This is the speaker for most people.
Resetting the JBL Flip is simple, hold the Volume and play button down while the system is on for approximately 5 seconds. The device will then power off, and when powered on again, the speaker will be restored to its factory settings.
How to Reset a JBL Link Speaker
JBL Link speakers are wi-fi enabled with Google Assistant – so nearly, they are smart speakers like the Google Nest mini and Google Nest Audio. But the advantage of buying a Link over those is JBL’s expertise in audio quality.
To reset the JBL Link 10 and 20, power on the device and hold down the mute button for 15 seconds. The device will then power off. That’s all there is to it! When you power it back on, it will be factory restored.
How to Reset a JBL Go Speaker
The JBL Go is a small speaker meant to be very portable. It’s also the most affordable of JBL’s wireless speakers, and you can typically pick one up for under $40 with the carrying case included.
To reset the JBL Go, power on the device and hold down both the Volume down button and Bluetooth button for 5 seconds.
How to Reset a JBL Xtreme Speaker
The JBL Xtreme is pretty much a giant JBL flip with a more powerful audio quality. It is great for outdoor environments because its sound carries pretty far.
To reset the JBL Xtreme, power on the device and hold the Volume up and play buttons for 5 seconds.
How to Reset a JBL Clip Speaker
While the JBL Go is small, the JBL Clip is even smaller. As the name suggests, you are meant to clip the speaker onto a bag or anything else you desire. It takes up pretty much no space when used in this way, making it great for outdoor activities such as hiking.
To reset the JBL Clip, power on the device and hold down the play/pause button and power button for 30 seconds.
What to Do if Resetting Doesn’t Resolve Your Issue
If you are trying to reset your speaker due to an issue you are having, and it isn’t resolved after doing so, here is what you can try when troubleshooting common problems:
- The speaker doesn’t charge. One of the first things to do when a device isn’t charging is to try a different cable. It’s cliche, but cables can get damaged or stop working. Additionally, it would help if you tried a different power outlet.
- The speaker isn’t pairing. This is typically easily solvable. If your speaker isn’t pairing with your phone or another device, ensure that the device’s Bluetooth is turned on. Next, there should be a Bluetooth pairing menu in the settings on your device. Put the speaker in pairing mode, and your device should recognize it. One thing you should note is that older devices may not be compatible with more recent Bluetooth speakers.
- The speaker is dying quickly. The advertised battery life on your speaker is technically correct, but it is a bit misleading. When a speaker is advertised as having a 12-hour battery life, that rating is for low volumes. If you want to turn up the Volume on a higher setting (which you are likely to do at a party, for example), that battery will drain much more quickly.
- The speaker has poor audio quality. Likely, there isn’t anything wrong with the speaker itself; however, it is worth noting that if you stress a speaker at high volumes, the sound quality will deteriorate over a length of time. Thus if you have an older speaker, it is possible it needs to be replaced. You should also check the audio settings on the device you paired it to; a speaker emits a sound that it is told to.
If you have a JBL speaker that is quite old, it might be worth looking into the newer products. This video goes over the current speakers that JBL has in its product line:
Resetting all of JBL’s speakers is quick and simple once you know the correct button combinations to press and how long to hold them down. We hope any issues you are having with your speaker can be resolved with this troubleshooting method. If not, consult the tips above – the fix may be more straightforward than you think it is.