How Do I Stop My JBL Speaker From Turning Off?


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JBL is one of the oldest manufacturers of audio systems. They make great speakers at a friendly price. It is only in rare occasions when your speaker will have problems, and even in such cases, you can correct the issues with ease.

If you need a speaker with a deep bass, but one you can still bring to your next adventure, a JBL speaker is a great choice. Hardware and software issues may cause your speaker to keep turning off when you are enjoying your music. When that happens, what should you do?

How Do I Stop My JBL Speaker From Turning Off?

The easiest way to fix a speaker that keeps turning off when you are listening to music is to reset it. You can reset the speaker by holding the volume up and play/pause buttons simultaneously, or the volume up and Bluetooth button, mute button, or volume down and Bluetooth buttons at the same time and hold for about five seconds.

If the speakers keeps powering off, resetting it may solve the problem and allow you to enjoy your music better. You need to check that the battery of the speaker has charge before you reset the speaker.

How To Reset a Speaker That Keeps Powering Off

If you switch your JBL speaker on and that still doesn’t solve the problem, you can go on and reset the speaker back to factory settings. This will erase all the data in the speaker, and it will be in the same state it was in while new.

However, resetting the speaker is not always a good option as the speaker may fail to pair with the devices it was paired with before the reset.

Most likely, if the speaker keeps powering off and the battery connection is okay, it is a bug issue that you can fix with a simple reset. Resetting solves issues related to your speaker’s software. Different speakers have different settings, so you have to know how to reset each speaker.

Below are simple procedures to reset your speaker to factory settings:

• JBL Charge: Press the Volume Up (+) button and the Bluetooth button at the same time and hold for a few seconds when the speaker is on. The light around the buttons will illuminate, but the speaker stays on. You need to switch it off after the process.

• JBL Clip: While the speaker is on, press and hold the power button and the play/pause button at the same time for about 30 seconds. The device should power off after the reset.

• JBL Link: Press and hold the mute button for about 15 seconds. The device will power off and the reset will be done.

• JBL Go: Press and hold the Volume Down (-) and the Bluetooth buttons simultaneously for about five seconds. The device will reset and then power off.

• JBL Flip: With your speaker on, press and hold the Volume Up (+) button and the Play button at the same time for a few seconds until the device switches off.

• JBL Xtreme: Press and hold the Volume Up (+) and the Play buttons at the same time for about five seconds. The device will power off after the reset.

After the reset, you need to power on the speaker and check if the reset was successful. Try connecting a device you have always connected to the speaker and see if it has the memory of the device. If the speaker asks you to pair again, then the reset process was a success.

What May Cause a JBL Speaker Not to Turn On?

If your speaker keeps powering off, you may have a challenge trying to power it back on. If that happens, the first thing you need to check is that your speaker has charge. Plug in the speaker and power it on and perhaps the problem will disappear.

Most JBL Bluetooth speakers have batteries that last for up to 24 hours on charge. As such, it is common for users to forget to charge the devices. If the speaker won’t still turn on, the problem might be a faulty charging cable that causes the battery to run out unexpectedly. If you suspect your battery cable may have a problem, try a different battery cable and see how it works.

Sometimes the battery or the circuit board of your speaker might be damaged. If the battery is damaged, the battery cannot hold charge long enough, and it keeps powering off. In some JBL models, it is easy to get a replacement battery, but for others, you will find it hard to get a replacement battery.

If you have never repaired a Bluetooth speaker before, you need to take your speaker to a technician for the replacement battery. Opening your speaker and not knowing what to do with it can lead to more damages.

Note that, JBL speakers can turn off automatically if you do not connect them to any device after about 10 minutes. These devices do this to save power. If your device switches off after ten or so minutes, all you need to do is power it back on and connect it to a device to start enjoying music.

What Causes a JBL Speaker to Keep Turning On and Off?

Although most speaker will just turn off, there are others that will turn off and then turn back on, and they keep doing that for a long time. This will affect how you enjoy music. These speakers do not have a feature that allows them to turn on automatically.

Most likely, the power button has a problem where it may have dust under it or the circuit board of the speaker may have problems. If your speaker has this problem, you can contact JBL and see if the warranty covers such a problem.

You can take the speaker to a technician and have them clean the dirt under the power button, or you can allow the warranty to cover replacing or fixing the speaker.

Can an Old Speaker Keep Powering Off?

If your JBL speaker is old, it will have so many issues that a simple reset may not solve. These speakers may have a faulty circuit board that makes it switch on and off repeatedly. Again, the battery of the speaker may be damaged to a point that it doesn’t hold charge.

For an old speaker that is no longer covered by the warranty, if resetting and a battery replacement don’t fix the issue, you may have to replace the speaker. Most of the JBL speakers are affordable and getting another speaker might be a good option to avoid the repair costs that come with an old system.

These speakers may also have a problem with Bluetooth connectivity, especially if they are running an older version of Bluetooth. Know when to get a new speaker.

Why upgrade to a new speaker?

The newest JBL speakers have better features. For starters, they have Bluetooth version 4.2 or better, which makes them safe and allow them to connect fast and over a long distance. The speakers are also sleeker and easier to carry when you need to bring them to the next adventure.

If you pick a newer speaker, you will enjoy better audio quality. This happens thanks to the better Bluetooth version and a better subwoofer in the speaker. Further, you have several choices to choose from and there is a speaker for every budget.

Do JBL Speakers Have Problems With Bluetooth Connectivity?

All Bluetooth speakers may have a problem with Bluetooth connectivity. In most cases, they will not pair, or they will lose the connection after pairing. Unless the speaker is very old, connectivity issues are not common with JBL speakers, but they can happen.

If your speaker fails to pair, you can try switch off the speaker and the phone and wait for about three seconds. Switch on the phone and the speaker and open Bluetooth settings from your phone to pair the devices.

If the connection problem persists, check that there are no barriers, there is no interference, and the two devices are close enough to establish a connection.

Closing Thoughts

If you cannot deal with a speaker problem, you can always call JBL customer support and ask for help. You can trust JBL speakers, and I say that because I have tested them. The company creates some of most popular professional equipment, and they bring the same quality to their consumer products.

If your speaker warranty is still active, you need to reach out to the manufacturer and see if you can get the device repaired or replaced. This will help you avoid the hassle of opening the speaker yourself, and you could end up causing more issues.

Always start with the simple fixes such as switching the speaker off and then on again. If these simple fixes do not work, you can go ahead and reset the speaker to factory settings. The main problem with this is that your speaker may fail to connect to devices it would previously connect to.

Ken Cameron

There hasn't been an infomercial or cool gadget that I haven't at least thought about buying and trying. Let's just say my old nickname of "Go-Go Gadgets" was well earned.

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