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How to pair JBL Bluetooth speakers, earbuds, and headphones

Get your JBL device working with your PC, Mac, or smartphone.
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November 1, 2022

JBL makes all sorts of Bluetooth headphones, speakers, and earbuds, and it can get somewhat overwhelming to figure out how to pair them. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered in this guide on how to pair JBL earbuds, speakers, and headphones with your devices.

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First, put your JBL device into pairing mode. For headphones and earbuds, turning them on for the first time often puts them into pairing mode automatically. After that, you can put headphones into pairing mode by pressing the power button for around five seconds or tapping and holding an earbud for about five seconds. To put a JBL speaker into pairing mode, turn it on and press the Bluetooth button. Once your JBL product is in pairing mode, you can sync it with other devices.


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How to turn on pairing mode on JBL headphones, earbuds, and speakers

Bluetooth Icon on a smartphone settings menu
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Before using your JBL headphones, earbuds, or speakers with a device, you must put them into pairing mode. The specific steps to do this may vary depending on the product, but in general, here’s what to do:

  • For JBL headphones, turning on the headphones for the first time will put them into pairing mode. If you want to put them into pairing mode after that, power them off, then press and hold the power button for around five seconds until the blue indicator LED flashes and they enter Bluetooth pairing mode.
  • JBL true wireless earbuds, like the JBL Tune 230NC TWS, automatically enter pairing mode when you open their case or take a bud out of the case. If that doesn’t work, you can enter pairing mode manually by tapping and holding the left or right earbud for five seconds until the earbuds enter pairing mode. The specific earbud to use to do this may vary, so check your model’s manual to be sure.
  • If you have wireless JBL bands on a band, you can automatically put them in pairing mode by turning them on.
  • You can put JBL speakers, like the Flip 6, into pairing mode by turning the speaker on and then pressing the Bluetooth button.

How to pair a JBL device to your Android phone

If you’re pairing your JBL device with an Android phone, first ensure you’ve enabled Bluetooth on your phone and then put your JBL device into pairing mode. Following that, here’s what to do on your phone:

  1. Open Settings > Connected devices > Pair new device.
  2. Wait for your device to appear in the list of devices.
  3. Tap on your device.

These steps may vary depending on the brand and model of your Android phone.

How to pair a JBL device to your iPhone

To pair your JBL earbuds, speakers, or headphones with your iPhone, ensure you enable Bluetooth on your phone and then put your JBL device into pairing mode. Then, do the following on your iPhone:

  1. Open Settings > Bluetooth and ensure Bluetooth is enabled.
  2. Wait for your JBL device to appear in the list of devices.
  3. Tap on your device.

How to pair JBL devices to a Windows PC

Windows users can also pair JBL devices with their Bluetooth-enabled PCs. First, ensure you’ve enabled Bluetooth on your computer, then put your JBL device into pairing mode. After that, do these steps on your PC:

  1. Open Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth.
  2. Wait for your device to appear on the list.
  3. Click on the name of your device.

How to pair JBL devices to a Mac

Mac users will follow similar steps to windows users to get their JBL earbuds, speakers, or headphones synced with their computer. Ensure you’ve enabled Bluetooth on your Mac, then put your JBL device into pairing mode. After that, do the following:

  1. Open Apple Menu > System Preferences > Bluetooth.
  2. Wait for your JBL device to appear on the list.
  3. Click on your device’s name (you may also need to click Accept).

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FAQs

Yes, it should. If you turn on your JBL product next to a Bluetooth-enabled device you’ve already paired it with before, the two should sync together automatically. Make sure you’ve enabled Bluetooth on your device for this to work.