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How to Pair JBL Headphones

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Written by Victor Ikani

Founded by audio engineer James Bullough Lansing, JBL is a company headquartered in the United States that is in the business of manufacturing premium quality audio equipment. While it produces a wide range of audio products, the headphones manufactured by the company have been one of its highest selling products. The 75-year-old company has set up its offices in different countries and JBL headphones have been received well across the globe. 

What makes these headphones interesting is that they can be paired up with a large number of devices. This particular feature makes them come across as high-utility products and also makes them more convenient for people to use. While all the headphones manufactured by the company boast a stylish design and are comfortable to use, what makes them so popular is the fact that they are long-lasting and come with useful features like these.

If you are somebody who is not very well-versed with technology or have used simpler or basic headphones in the past, you might be a little confused initially as to how should one connect these to a particular device and use them. After going through this article, you will have no issues with connecting your headphones to any device.

Getting your JBL headphones paired to a particular device’s Bluetooth is quite similar to getting any other device paired to Bluetooth. You just need to follow the steps written below to get your headphones paired with the Bluetooth of a device.

Step 1: Pairing mode needs to be switched on to connect to Bluetooth

If you are trying to connect your headphones to Bluetooth for the first time, it will be switched ON automatically. You would be able to see the light on the headphones blinking. This generally means that the pairing mode of the device has been activated. If it’s a device you have already paired your headphone with, then you would be required to switch on the pairing mode manually. 

For doing this, you will have to press the Bluetooth button continuously for 3 seconds. Once you see the LED light flashing, you must know that the pairing mode has been activated. Now, you are perfectly ready to connect your JBL headphones to your phone. 

Step 2: Look for the JBL device on your laptop’s Bluetooth or on your phone

The second step involves finding the JBL device. This process is different for different devices.

a) Android

Go to Settings and turn on Bluetooth. After that, click on the ‘Pair New Device’ button. Once you trace the JBL device, get your device connected to it by clicking on it. 

b) iPhone 

As was the case with Android, you have to go to settings and turn on Bluetooth. Inside it, choose the ‘Other Devices’ option and look for the JBL device. After discovering it, get it connected to your phone.

c) Windows 10

Look for the ‘Bluetooth and other devices’ option. You should be able to see this in the Bluetooth button present in the toolbar. Now, you need to click on the option ‘Show Bluetooth devices’. If you find the option to be hidden, you will be required to click on the upward arrow placed towards the bottom of the screen. Once the ‘Add a device’ window pops up, find your JBL device and click on it. You can also look for Bluetooth options in the search box. A window with ‘Bluetooth and Other Devices’ written on it will open. This is an option you need to click on. While doing this, your Bluetooth should be on. Look for the device here and then, connect to it. 

d) macOS

For connecting your headphones to MacOS, go to the Apple menu. After this, go to ‘System Preferences’ and click on ‘Bluetooth’. Find your JBL device here and then, click on it. When the bar pops up, click on ‘Accept’. 

Step 3: Confirm

When the LED stops blinking, you must know that the two devices have been paired with each other. The JBL device will also provide an audio confirmation to indicate that the devices are now paired. This is the final step in the process. Once this is done, you can be sure about the fact that your JBL headphones and the supporting device have been connected. 

Resetting JBL Headphones

Have you already paired your JBL headphones with a particular device and now, wish to switch to another one? In that case, you will be required to reset the saved settings on your JBL headphones. Once your headphone ‘forgets’ the previous pairing, you will be able to connect it to a new device. 

Here are the steps which you need to follow for resetting your JBL headphones.

Step 1: Switch off the headphones

The first towards resetting your JBL headphones involves switching them off. For doing this, you would be required to press the ‘Power’ button positioned on the right ear cup. After pressing the button, a sound will come out of the headphones indicating that it has been switched off. 

Step 2: Press the ‘volume down’ and ‘volume up’ buttons at the same time

On the right ear cup of the headphones, you can find the ‘volume up’ and ‘volume down’ buttons. Press the two buttons together continuously for 5 seconds. Once the headphones get powered off, you will get to know about the same with the little sound it will make. 

Step 3: Let go of the buttons

Once you release the two volume buttons, the device will a sound indicating that the power has been switched on. After this, a ‘pinging’ sound will come out of the device. This sound is indicative of the fact that the JBL headphones have been reset. It will now have the default factory settings and you can now pair it with a new device. 

Pairing Failures

If your JBL headphones are not being able to pair up with a new device despite having followed the aforementioned steps, then there could be a technical issue or a connectivity failure. A connectivity failure can be handled with the help of the methods mentioned below.

1. Compatibility

This is one of the most common reasons behind two devices not being able to connect with each other. If the two devices, you are trying to connect, are not compatible with each other for some reason, you must seek technical help.

2. Modes

We sometimes switch on the airplane or power-saving mode on our phone or laptop unknowingly. That makes the device invisible and impossible to connect. Just bring it back to general mode and things should be fine. 

3. Setting

If the method you used to delete or remove saved settings didn’t work, try another method. 

4. Power

Before trying to connect two devices, make sure that both of them are powered on. There are times when the device gets switched off and you don’t even realize it.

5. Charge

Some devices fail to connect with other devices when their battery or charge is too low. These are devices that are supposed to be promoting smart power management. Therefore, if the battery is low, it results in a distortion in signals and prevents the device from establishing a connection with another device. 

About the author

Victor Ikani

Ahmadderar is a website developer and SEO specialist. In his spare time, you'll catch him either reading books or attempting to write tutorials.

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