How to Pair JBL Headphones Quickly

Norvan Martin
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More and more people are choosing comfortable wireless headphones over traditional wired ones. You can connect such headphones to a smartphone or other devices via Bluetooth as long as they support it.

In this article, we will look at how you can pair your JBL headphones to most devices and what to do when the Bluetooth connection doesn’t work. JBL makes some of the best speakers, headphones and earbuds, but pairing them can be tricky. Let’s simplify it all for you.

General Rules

  • The corresponding module responsible for the wireless connection (Bluetooth, NFC) must be enabled on the smartphone.
  • Headphones may need to activate pairing mode.
  • The devices should be in the line of sight at a distance of no more than 10 m.

How To Pair Your JBL Speaker To Your Device

How To Connect JBL Earbuds To An Android Phone

The procedure for connecting your wireless JBL headphones to a smartphone is very simple.

How To Connect JBL Earbuds To An Android Phone

Follow the guide below to connect your JBL to your Android device;

  1. Turn your earbuds on by pressing the power button on the case or by removing them from their charging box.
  2. Put your JBL earbuds in Bluetooth mode. To do this, press and hold the right earbud for 5 seconds.
  3. Go to your phone Menu and find the Bluetooth tag.
  4. You will see a list of devices that are within range of the Bluetooth signal. Find the name of the model of your JBL headphones in this list: most often, this is the name the manufacturer gives to its gadgets.
  5. Click on the device name – the smartphone will try to establish a connection with it. After that, it will most likely ask for a password (pairing code).
  6. The most popular factory password is 0000. But the manufacturer of the headphones may provide another: in this case, find it in the owner’s manual.
  7. After entering the correct pairing code, the devices will connect via Bluetooth. If your JBL model has an indicator light, it will light up or start flashing.

If the actions are performed correctly, your smartphone display will also show “ Connected ” or show the Bluetooth connection sign at the top of your device.

How to connect JBL Earbuds To A Samsung Phone

The algorithm is the same as when connecting headphones to any Android smartphone, as discussed above.How to connect JBL Earbuds To A Samsung Phone

Brief instructions for connecting to the Samsung:

  1. Put your wireless JBL headphones into pairing mode.
  2. Go to Bluetooth settings on your phone (Bluetooth must be on).
  3. Find the name of the headphones you want to connect to in the list of available devices.
  4. Click on your device and wait a few seconds, after which the connection will be. established, and the headphones will be connected to your Samsung device.

How To Connect JBL Earbuds To An iPhone

Follow the guidelines below step by step to connect your JBL earbuds to your iPhone:

How To Connect JBL Earbuds To An iPhone

  1. Turn your earbuds on by pressing the power button on the case or by removing them from their charging box whichever the case may be.
  2. Put your JBL earbuds in Bluetooth mode. To do this, press and hold the right earbud for 5 seconds.
  3. Turn on the iPhone.
  4. Open the settings of the mobile device.
  5. Find the Bluetooth tab, open it, and activate this option.
  6. Wait until the slider next to ” Other devices ” stops spinning;
  7. When the search is over, click on the column name to connect to it.

If the actions are performed correctly, the synchronization will end in a few seconds and your iPhone display will show “ Connected ”.


  • After the first pairing, subsequent connections will be made automatically.
  • JBL Tune 120 TWS earbuds can use one earbud as a Bluetooth headset. For this, the right earpiece is used, which has a built-in microphone.

How To Pair Your JBL Speaker To Your Device

If you are connecting your JBL Bluetooth headphones to a phone or computer for the first time, you need to carry out the pairing procedure so that the phone and headphones transmit authentication codes to each other and start working in a pair.

Without pairing your devices, your headphones will not work with your phone and your phone will not see the headphones in the list of available devices. 

In the vast majority of cases, to turn on the pairing mode on the headphones, you need to hold the power button for up to 5 seconds.

If you do everything correctly, the indicator on the headphones will start blinking. This means that the gadget is in pairing mode. Now, look at your phone screen.

The name of the headphones that you want to connect to the phone should appear on the screen of your phone in the “Available Devices” section.

Once you see the name of the headphones, click on it. The pairing of the two devices will start automatically. You may sometimes see a pairing code and you have to approve it for the pairing to be complete. 

More specifics are explained below for different devices.

How to Pair The JBL Tune 120

Before you can use the JBL tune 120 earbuds you have to first pair the right and left earbuds to each other. To do this, follow the short instructions below;

  1. Remove the right and left earbuds from the charging case.
  2. Press on the left and right earbuds 3 times. 
  3. They should be paired after doing this. 

JBL Earbuds Not Connecting

Why won’t my JBL headphones or earbuds connect to Bluetooth from my device? Despite the simple connection algorithm, users occasionally encounter problems when trying to connect their phones to JBL wireless headphones. The reasons are usually trivial: we have compiled a list of the most popular reasons:

1. Headphones are off or not in pairing mode

It is banal but true: many forget to turn on their “ears”, and the smartphone, and of course, cannot find them among the available devices. This often happens with simple model JBLs without light indication.

2. The headphones are out of pairing mode

As a rule, the connection mode works only for a certain time. If you’ve been messing around with your smartphone for too long and it’s time out, chances are you won’t be able to find the device on the available list. Pay attention to the indicator light and try to see if the pairing mode is activated.

3. The distance between your device and headphones is too wide

For a reliable connection, two gadgets should be at a distance of fewer than 10 meters and in a line of sight. If you try to connect from the next room through a couple of walls, you may fail.

4. The headphone name is weird

This is often encountered by those who bought cheap or fake wireless JBL from a non-trusted source. In this case, it will be difficult for you to find the device in the Bluetooth list when connecting.

However, the solution to this is simple; turn off the headphones, and press the “Search” or “Refresh” button on your smartphone. One of the devices should disappear.

Turn on the gadget again and update the list – watch the appearance of a new line. This should be your device.

5. The headphone battery is dead

Another popular scenario for those who have been messing around with the connection for too long.

Many models do not warn you in any way that the battery is low. In others, the “alarm indicator” is activated, that is, the LED starts blinking red or with an increased frequency. 

6. You have rebooted your smartphone

If you turned off your phone (for example, when boarding an airplane) or rebooted it (for example, after an update), you will have to reconnect.

Your JBL Bluetooth devices will not automatically pair. The process of pairing is the same as described earlier. 

If any of this doesn’t work, try troubleshooting or resetting your earbuds. This is explained below. 

Troubleshooting Your JBL Headphones

If your JBL speaker won’t connect to your phone or device, try the suggestions below. You don’t have to do them all at once, perhaps restarting your JBL or phone will help you right away.

  1. Reboot your smartphone and headphones/earbuds.
  2. Turn Bluetooth off on your smartphone and also remove your earbuds from Bluetooth mode.
  3. Reset your JBL headphones to the factory settings (see the section below for instructions).
  4. Charge devices to 100% and reconnect;
  5. At the time of synchronization, keep the phone and speaker as close to each other as possible.

If, after all the above steps, the earbud still does not connect, we recommend contacting the service or handing over the JBL speaker under warranty, if it is still valid.

How To Factory Reset Your JBL Headphones

It is important to note that the method to factory reset an earbud is different from the steps for resetting a headphone.

Factory Reset Your JBL Headphones

To perform a factory reset of the JBL Tune 120 TWS earbuds (hard reset), place both earbuds in the case, then press and hold the button on the right earbud for 5 seconds.

The headphone indicator will turn off and then light up again. After that, all settings will be reset.

However, if you want to factory reset JBL Tune 220 TWS headphones, follow the listed instructions:

Step 1. Disconnect the JBL Tune 220 TWS earbuds from your phone. 

Step 2. Place both earbuds in the charging case. 

Step 3. Remove the right earbud from the case.

Step 4. Press and hold the removed earbud for 10 seconds. This will reset the JBL Tune 220 TWS earbuds to factory settings.

Step 5. Delete the headphone Bluetooth data on your phone

Step 6.  You can now reconnect the JBL Tune 220 TWS to your phone.

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