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How to pair JBL speakers to Android, iPhone, Mac, and Windows

Sync soundwaves from your JBL speakers to any of your devices with ease.

Published onDecember 13, 2023

JBL makes all kinds of wireless Bluetooth speakers like the JBL Charge 5, Flip 6, and so on. If you just got a new speaker, this article shows you exactly how to connect a JBL speaker to your phone, computer, or TV regardless of what model it is.


To connect a JBL speaker with any device, activate pairing mode on the speaker and turn on Bluetooth on the device.

On iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth > Other Devices.
On Android, go to Settings > Connected devices > Pair new device.

On Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth.
On Windows, go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
On a TV, find the Bluetooth settings menu.


How to connect JBL speakers to an iPhone

Here’s how to connect a JBL speaker to your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the iOS Settings app.
  2. Navigate to the Bluetooth menu and toggle the switch to the On position. It should appear green.
  3. Turn on and put your JBL speaker in pairing mode. It should appear on your iPhone under Other Devices.
  4. Select the speaker to begin pairing.

How to connect JBL speakers to an Android phone

Connecting your JBL speaker to an Android phone is just like pairing AirPods for example. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Connected devices on your Android device and ensure Bluetooth is turned on.
  2. Power on your speaker and put them in pairing mode.
  3. Tap Pair new device on your Android phone or tablet. The name of your speaker should appear under Available Devices.
  4. Tap the name of the speaker.

Note that the above steps were gotten from the Google Pixel 8 Pro. But the process is similar on other Android phones.

You can install the JBL Portable app for Android and iOS from the respective app stores if you want to use certain features like setting up the PartyBoost mode for multiple speakers.

The app only works with select line-ups like the JBL Charge, Flip, Pulse, Extreme and Boombox series.

How to connect JBL speakers to a Mac

Here’s how to connect a JBL speaker to a MacBook:

  1. Click the System Preferences icon on the Mac dock.
  2. Select Bluetooth and turn it on.
  3. Put the speaker in pairing mode. Wait for the name to appear on your Mac under Devices.
  4. Click Connect next to the name to pair your speakers.

How to connect JBL speakers to a Windows PC

The process of connecting speakers to Windows is not so different from Mac. Here’s how to connect a JBL speaker to a Windows PC:

  1. Press the Start button on your laptop’s keyboard.
  2. Navigate to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and toggle the Bluetooth switch to the On position.
  3. Turn on your JBL speaker and put it in pairing mode.
  4. Select Add Bluetooth or another device on your Windows PC. You can also click the Bluetooth Taskbar shortcut and select Add a Bluetooth Device.
  5. Select your speaker from the list of devices and follow the on-screen instructions.

Note that while most modern PCs have built-in Bluetooth functionality, older models may need a Bluetooth adapter.

How to connect JBL speakers to a TV

Smart TV menus can be quite different from one another. But you can expect most products to follow a similar general pattern. With that in mind, here’s how to connect a JBL speaker to a TV with built-in Bluetooth capability:

  1. Power on and put your JBL speaker in pairing mode.
  2. Find and go to your TV’s Bluetooth settings menu. It may be in the general settings menu or the TV’s navigation.
  3. Search for your speaker and select it to connect.

Note that these are general steps for connecting most TVs to speakers. You may need to check your TV’s user manual for information specific to your brand.

If your TV lacks built-in Bluetooth functionality, you’ll need a Bluetooth Audio Adapter to connect your speakers. The process is the same as the built-in Bluetooth. However, you need to connect the adapter to your TV first and put it in pairing mode as well.

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