JBL Bluetooth Speaker Pairing Guide

Bryn De Kocks | June 3, 2024 9:20 am

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JBL’s Bluetooth speaker range has gone through several evolutions of multi-speaker pairing. With Connect, Connect+, PartyBoost, TWS, and more recently Auracast – it can be difficult to know what technology each speaker supports and which other models they can be paired with. Our compatibility checker tool lets you quickly and easily find which JBL speakers are compatible and which wireless technologies they support.

How To Pair Your JBL Speaker

Toggle between the accordions below to find detailed information on how to pair your JBL Bluetooth speaker.

  • PartyBox 100
  • On-The-Go
  • On-The-Go Essential

Step 1. Turn the left channel speaker on first (the first speaker turned on will automatically be assigned to the left channel). Then turn on the right channel speaker.

Step 2. Hold down the Bluetooth pairing button on both speakers simultaneously, for between 5 and 7 seconds. The speakers will chime once the connection begins establishing.

Step 3. Wait a few seconds for the speakers to complete the TWS pairing process. They will automatically enter TWS mode at this point.

  • PartyBox 200
  • PartyBox 300
  • PartyBox 1000

Step 1. Turn both speakers on. Press and hold the Bluetooth pairing button on the first speaker for between 5 and 7 seconds until you hear the chime.

Step 2. Once the first speaker is done, hold the Bluetooth pairing button on the second speaker until you the second speaker chime. The pairing process will begin.

Step 3. Wait a few seconds for the speakers to complete the TWS pairing process.

*Unlike earlier TWS models, you can decide which channel to assign each speaker using the L/R TWS buttons on the back of the speaker after the pairing process is complete.

  • PartyBox 110
  • PartyBox 310
  • PartyBox 710
  • Encore
  • Encore Essential

Step 1. Press the TWS button on the first speaker to begin the pairing process.

Step 2. Press the TWS button on the second speaker while the first speaker is in the pairing process.

Step 3. Wait a few seconds for the speakers to finish pairing.

  • PartyBox 120
  • PartyBox 320
  • PartyBox Ultimate
  • Go 4
  • Clip 5
  • Xtreme 4

Step 1. First, establish a Bluetooth connection between your source device (phone, tablet, etc) and your Bluetooth speaker.

Step 2. Press the Auracast button on your speaker, beginning the pairing process. An audible confirmation will be played through the speaker and music will be muted.

Step 3. Now press the Auracast button on all the speakers you want to pair with the main speaker (must be within range).

  • Xtreme 3
  • Charge 5
  • Pulse 4
  • Pulse 5
  • Boombox 2
  • Boombox 3
  • Flip 5
  • Flip 6

Step 1. Connect to the first speaker using your source device (Phone, tablet, etc) and begin playing music through the speaker (JBL recommends doing this for 20 seconds before proceeding).

Step 2. Press the PartyBoost button on the speaker.

Step 3. Turn on the additional speakers you want to pair.

Step 4. Press the PartyBoost button on the additional speakers, giving it some time to establish a pairing connection before moving on to pair the next speaker.

  • Flip 4
  • Charge 3
  • Charge 4
  • Xtreme 2
  • Pulse 3
  • Boombox (first generation)

Step 1. Connect to the first speaker using your source device (Phone, tablet, etc) and begin playing music through the speaker.
Step 2. Turn on the other speakers you want to connect.

Step 3. Press the Connect button on the main speaker.

Step 4. Press the Connect button on the other speakers, you’ll have 30 seconds to pair them once you start the pairing process on the first speaker. They will then be added to the chain.

*If the speaker disconnects from the chain, press the Connect button on the disconnected speaker again.

  • Flip 3
  • Pulse 2
  • Xtreme (first generation)

Step 1. Connect to the first speaker using your source device (Phone, tablet, etc).
Step 2. Turn on the other speakers you want to connect.

Step 3. Press the Connect button on the main speaker.

Step 4. Press the Connect button on the other speakers within a few seconds to pair them once you start the pairing process on the first speaker. They will then be added to the chain.

*If the speaker disconnects from the chain, press the Connect button on the disconnected speaker again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I connect different JBL speaker models together?

JBL speakers are cross-compatible within their respective pairing protocols. Connect/Connect Plus-supported speakers can connect and PartyBoost-supported speakers can connect. But PartyBoost speakers cannot connect with Connect Plus versions.

Do I need the JBL app?

The JBL Connect or PartyBoost app isn’t necessary to establish speaker linking, however, it provides another method of doing so and offers a variety of additional features that may come in handy, especially in party-like environments.

The JBL app doesn’t work on my Android device?

For Android users, one must be using an operating system of 5.0 or later in order for the app to function effectively on your device.

How do I disconnect one of my linked JBL speakers?

If you have a series of JBL speakers running together, whether it be via Connect Plus or PartyBoost, there are two ways you can disconnect speakers from the network individually:

1. Press and hold the Connect button again. This will remove it from the speaker chain and allow for independent pairing if you wish. 

2. Switch the speaker off. This won’t affect the rest of the speakers in the system. 

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Author: Bryn De Kocks

Bryn has worked in the field for several years, writing in-depth speaker reviews for various audio publications. His work has historically focused on headphones and Bluetooth speakers, while incorporating his understanding of the Bluetooth speaker market to help educate potential buyers.

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