How to Pair Bluetooth Devices to JBL LINK 10

1 Introduction

By pairing your JBL Link 10 to a Bluetooth device, you will be able to play audio wirelessly from your mobile device, computer, or other Bluetooth media player.
JBL Link 10 speaker

Bluetooth Technology

In order to use Bluetooth, the device you're playing music from must have Bluetooth on it. This is common for most mobile devices, but a lot of computers do not have Bluetooth without purchasing a separate adapter.

2 Charge Device

First, make sure your speaker is adequately charged before powering on.

  1. Lift the rubber flap to expose the charging port of your speaker.
  2. Connect the micro USB cable into the charging port of your speaker. The other end must be connected to a USB charging block or a powered USB port to charge the speaker.
    Charge port

    Depending on the method being used to charge your speaker, charging times will vary. Charging your speaker to full takes approximately 4 hours.

    Always remember to firmly replace the rubber flap on your Link 10 when the charging port is not in use. This flap is part of what allows your Link 10 to achieve its IPX7 water resistance rating.

The five lights above the power button on the rear of the speaker indicate how much battery life remains on your speaker.
JBL power button lights.

3 Pairing Mode

While you're away from home, your Link 10 can be used as a wireless speaker that connects via Bluetooth to your mobile devices such as your smartphone or tablet. To get your speaker ready to pair with another device:

  1. Make sure your speaker is powered on.
  2. Press the Bluetooth button.
    JBL Link 10 Bluetooth button.
  3. The Bluetooth symbol itself will illuminate and begin flashing. This indicates that it is ready to pair with your favorite Bluetooth device.

? What type of device are you connecting to?

  1. Android
  2. iOS
  3. Windows
  4. macOS (Apple)

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By pairing your JBL Link 10 to a Bluetooth device, you will be able to play audio wirelessly from your mobile device, computer, or other Bluetooth media player.
JBL Link 10 speaker

Bluetooth Technology

In order to use Bluetooth, the device you're playing music from must have Bluetooth on it. This is common for most mobile devices, but a lot of computers do not have Bluetooth without purchasing a separate adapter.

First, make sure your speaker is adequately charged before powering on.

  1. Lift the rubber flap to expose the charging port of your speaker.
  2. Connect the micro USB cable into the charging port of your speaker. The other end must be connected to a USB charging block or a powered USB port to charge the speaker.
    Charge port

    Depending on the method being used to charge your speaker, charging times will vary. Charging your speaker to full takes approximately 4 hours.

    Always remember to firmly replace the rubber flap on your Link 10 when the charging port is not in use. This flap is part of what allows your Link 10 to achieve its IPX7 water resistance rating.

The five lights above the power button on the rear of the speaker indicate how much battery life remains on your speaker.
JBL power button lights.

While you're away from home, your Link 10 can be used as a wireless speaker that connects via Bluetooth to your mobile devices such as your smartphone or tablet. To get your speaker ready to pair with another device:

  1. Make sure your speaker is powered on.
  2. Press the Bluetooth button.
    JBL Link 10 Bluetooth button.
  3. The Bluetooth symbol itself will illuminate and begin flashing. This indicates that it is ready to pair with your favorite Bluetooth device.

Some Bluetooth accessories are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its manual. Check your Bluetooth accessory manual for the correct PIN or passkey.

Depending on what device (Smartphone or Tablet) and which generation you have, the menu theme and options might look slightly different on your screen. However, the steps should be similar to all Android devices and generations.


Using the Dropdown Menu

  1. Swipe down from the top of the device screen if it's a phone or up from the bottom of the device screen if it's a tablet to access the menu.
  2. Locate the Bluetooth icon.
    Bluetooth icon.
  3. Press and hold the Bluetooth icon.
  4. Swipe the switch to your right to set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.
  5. A list of nearby devices and previously paired devices will be shown.
  6. In the list of Available Devices, choose the Bluetooth accessory you wish to pair with.
    Android bluetooth menu showing the bluetooth switch in the on position and a list of bluetooth devices currently in range.
  7. If you are prompted for a passkey, put it in. If there is no passkey, then your Bluetooth accessory should be paired now.

Using Settings within the Android Menu

  1. Locate and tap the Apps Menu.
    Android apps icon.
  2. Locate and tap the Settings icon.
    Android Settings icon.
  3. Select the Bluetooth. You may need to select Connections first.
  4. Swipe the switch to your right to set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.
  5. A list of nearby devices and previously paired devices will be shown.
  6. In the list of Available Devices, choose the Bluetooth accessory you wish to pair with.
    Android bluetooth menu showing the bluetooth switch in the on position and a list of bluetooth devices currently in range.
  7. If you are prompted for a passkey, put it in. If there is no passkey, then your Bluetooth accessory should be paired now.

Some Bluetooth accessories are configured with a PIN or a passkey that is often listed in its information manual. Check your Bluetooth accessory documentation for the correct PIN or passkey.

From Any iOS Device (iPod, iPad, iPhone)

  1. Open Settings
    iOS Settings.
  2. Then Bluetooth.
    Settings menu with Bluetooth highlighted.
  3. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.
  4. Wait for your iOS device to display the detected Bluetooth accessory.
    Bluetooth settings page.
  5. Select the Bluetooth accessory to pair it with the iOS device.
    • If a PIN or passkey is required, you will be prompted to enter it.
    • If there is no passkey, your Bluetooth accessory should connect without issue.

Some Bluetooth devices are configured to require a PIN or a passkey. If this is the case, check your Bluetooth device's documentation for the correct default PIN or passkey.

  1. Set the Bluetooth accessory in pairing/discovery mode.

    This process will vary depending on what kind of device you have. Refer to your device's documentation for specifics on how to accomplish this.

  2. Click the Start button.
    Windows 10 Start Menu
  3. Tap on Settings.
    Windows 10 Settings
  4. Then click on Devices.
    Devices Settings
  5. Select Bluetooth & other devices from the left-hand column and ensure the Bluetooth switch is in the On position to the right.
    Bluetooth & other devices and the Bluetooth toggle highlighted
  6. Click Add Bluetooth or other device.
    Add Bluetooth or other device highlighted
  7. Select Bluetooth from the list.
    Bluetooth highlighted
  8. Select the device you want to pair the system with.
    Bluetooth device highlighted
  9. If asked to enter or verify the passcode showing on the other device, do so.
    Bluetooth PIN highlighted
  10. Click on Done.
    Done highlighted
  11. After the pairing was successful the device will show the Paired status under its name.
    Paired device highlighted
  1. Click on the speaker icon in the notification area.
    Speaker icon
  2. The current playback device is now displayed. Click the current playback device.
    Playback device
  3. Select the playback device you would like to use.
  1. Set your device to pairing mode. The way you do this may differ from device to device.

    In many cases, you can place your device in pairing mode by having the device off, then pressing and holding the power button to start it up. Usually, after a few moments, it will indicate it is in pairing mode (flashing its indicator light, for example), and you can release the power button.

  2. On the menu bar, click the Apple menu, then System Preferences.
    macOS Apple Menu with System Preferences highlighted.
  3. Select Bluetooth.
    System Preferences with Bluetooth highlighted.
  4. Ensure that it says Bluetooth: On. Turn it on with the button if it isn't.
    Screenshot of the Bluetooth properties box. Annotation that shows how to turn the Bluetooth radio on.
  5. Your computer will search for any Bluetooth devices in range.
  6. Once your device is located, click Pair.
    Bluetooth properties box with directions to click the Pair button next to the device you wish to connect to.
  7. Once the pairing process is complete, your Mac will automatically connect to the device whenever it is in range.
  1. Click on the speaker icon and click on Sound Preferences.
    Screenshot of speaker menu selected with Sound Preferences highlighted.
  2. Click on the Input tab and then select the device you wish to be your default recording device.
    Screenshot of Sound Preferences window and input tab is selected and then input device is highlighted.
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