You can reset most JBL Bluetooth speakers by holding down the play and volume-up buttons simultaneously for a few seconds until it powers down. Then you can turn the speaker on as usual. A reset can fix many random problems.
My name is Donovan, and I’m a musician, producer, and all-around audio lover. I’ve used many different types of speakers in the studio and at home and have first-hand experience with several JBL speaker models.
This post will show you how to reset a JBL speaker. I’ll walk you through the process of resetting your speaker quickly and easily and highlight why you might want or need to do this. The goal is to keep your listening experience as enjoyable as possible.
Let’s dig in.
- You can reset most JBL speaker models by holding down the play and volume-up buttons for a few seconds until the speaker powers down and then turning it on as usual.
- A reset of your speaker can help fix some bugs and problems with your speaker, such as connectivity issues and charging problems.
- If you have an old JBL speaker that isn’t wireless, you can’t reset these because they are passive and don’t have a circuit board.
How to Reset a JBL Speaker
Knowing how to reset your JBL speaker can come in handy for many reasons. I’ll highlight these in the next section, so you have a good understanding of when and why you might want or need to reset your speaker.
But for now, here’s the simple process for resetting most JBL Bluetooth speakers:
Press and hold the play and volume-up buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds or more until the speaker powers down. Then turn the speaker back on, and it will be reset.
Some models will power back on after the reset while you hold these buttons, and others might require you to power them up regularly by pressing the power button. The play button typically looks like a sideways triangle, and the volume up is a plus symbol (+).
This is the method for resetting nearly all JBL speaker models, but there are a few that are slightly different. Some require you to hold the play and Bluetooth buttons at the same time instead of the volume-up button.
You should refer to your user’s manual for exact instructions on how to reset your specific JBL speaker model if the steps above do not do the trick. A reset is always pretty straightforward, but there typically isn’t a dedicated reset button on any speaker.
Also, remember that older model JBL speakers without wireless or Bluetooth technology cannot be reset. These speakers are designed as passive devices, meaning they don’t have anything in them that can or needs to be reset.
When to Reset a JBL Speaker
Now that you know how to reset a JBL speaker, let’s also touch on why you might want or need to reset a JBL speaker.
The simplest way to put it is that anytime your speaker is acting weird or not functioning as it usually does, you should reset it to see if that fixes the issue. This is the best starting point for any problems you may have with your speaker.
Some examples of issues you might experience include the speaker not charging or the signal cutting in and out. But you also might have problems with how the speaker sounds, or it’s not functioning at all.
Random bugs and glitches can occur with any modern electronic device, such as your phone or computer. Resetting these devices will usually fix minor problems that don’t have an obvious explanation, and the same is true with your speaker.
A reset won’t always fix every issue you encounter with your JBL speaker. But in my experience, I’d say that resetting the speaker usually fixes 75% or more of the random issues I’ve ever had with any of the speakers I’ve owned.
Another thing to keep in mind after resetting a JBL speaker is that you might need to pair the speaker with your source device afterward. A factory reset of the speaker might cause your phone to forget the device, and you’ll need to go through the standard pairing process.
There are plenty of other troubleshooting tips for dealing with issues related to your JBL speaker. I’ve written a few other posts on these, including reasons why a JBL speaker keeps turning off and why a speaker isn’t charging.
If you reset your speaker and are still dealing with issues, look over those posts for more information on assessing and fixing the problem. But resetting the speaker first might fix things up in a matter of seconds, even if you don’t know exactly what’s wrong.
Here are a few quick answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to how to reset a JBL speaker.
How do I factory reset my JBL speaker?
A factory reset on your JBL speaker is basically the same as a standard reset. You can do this by holding down the play and volume up keys at the same time for a few seconds until the speaker powers down. Then you turn it back on as you usually would.
How do I reset my JBL 4 speaker?
You can reset your JBL 4 speaker by pressing the volume up and play buttons simultaneously until the speaker powers down. This is the same for most JBL speaker models, and doing a reset can help you deal with all sorts of issues.
How do I unfreeze my JBL speaker?
If your speaker seems to be frozen, you should factory reset the device. This should get it working properly again, and you can reset the speaker by holding the volume up and play buttons at the same time until it powers down and resets.
Why is my JBL not responding?
The most likely cause for your JBL speaker not to be responding is that it has a dead battery. Attach the charging cable and wait for it to charge up to see if that helps fix the issue. You can also try resetting the speaker, which should help it work properly again.
How do you reset a JBL speaker that won’t turn on?
You can try to reset a JBL speaker that won’t turn on the same way you would a normally functioning one. If that doesn’t work, you should plug the speaker in to charge it up and try again. You can also call JBL customer service for more troubleshooting tips and advice.
Resetting a JBL speaker is simple, and you just need to press and hold the play and volume up buttons simultaneously for a few seconds until the speaker powers down. Then you can power up the speaker as usual if it hasn’t already done so on its own.
Resetting your JBL speaker is an excellent starting point for troubleshooting any issues or problems that appear during regular use. Doing this can fix many seemingly random issues that don’t have an explanation. It won’t fix everything, but it’s worth trying first.
What model JBL speaker do you have? Did resetting it fix the issue you were dealing with? Let me know in the comments below.