What is JBL Connect app?
If you've been using a JBL speaker and you've never used the app for connectivity, then this is for you. It is possible that you had no idea that this app existed. Many people use the speakers connected mainly with the Bluetooth of their smartphones or smart devices.
However, today you'll come to know that there is such an app created specifically to connect your speaker for better amplification and enjoyment of your music. The JBL connect app was created for users of portable JBL speakers to connect in order to magnify volume and interact with.
Features of the JBL Connect app
- Jbl features up to eight different inbuilt animations which controls the light theme on the speaker.
- There are options to download ambient sounds that are specifically made to further enhance specific light themes.
- There are also options to link multiple speakers wirelessly to make the listening experience of the user enjoyable.
- This app is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
Why you will love JBL Connect app
The three most important reasons you will love the JBL connect app include the connection the interaction and the enjoyment of your music.
- First, the connection is wireless and seamless. You easily connect one or multiple speakers and use the connect app to set up left and right channels to better enjoy the stereo.
- Next, you can easily interact with all the lights themes by tapping swiping or drawing and it instantly shows on the speaker.
- Last but not the least, asides the fact that you can enjoy your own music playing out of the speakers, you can also download ambient sounds.
These are especially made for the light themes to create a beautiful and serene environment for you and your family and guests or friends to enjoy.
Pros of using JBL Connect app with your JBL Speakers:
- It's easy to set up.
- It's a free app. You don't have to pay to use the app.
- You get to enjoy your favorite music on amplified speakers.
- The app visualizes your music making it easy to interact and connect with other JBL Pulse 2 users.
- You can perform a firmware upgrade using the app.
Some problems with JBL Connect
- It usually requires the location services to be switched on before it functions which in turn consumes a lot of data.
- The app has bugs which can slow it's functionality.
Download and install JBL Portable on your Laptop or Desktop computer
Or follow the guide below to use on PC:
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Select your PC version:
- Windows 7-10
- Windows 11
If you want to install and use the JBL Portable app on your PC or Mac, you will need to download and install a Desktop App emulator for your computer. We have worked diligently to help you understand how to use this app for your computer in 4 simple steps below:
Step 1: Download an Android emulator for PC and Mac
Ok. First things first. If you want to use the application on your computer, first visit the Mac store or Windows AppStore and search for either the Bluestacks app or the Nox App >> . Most of the tutorials on the web recommends the Bluestacks app and I might be tempted to recommend it too, because you are more likely to easily find solutions online if you have trouble using the Bluestacks application on your computer. You can download the Bluestacks Pc or Mac software Here >> .
Step 2: Install the emulator on your PC or Mac
Now that you have downloaded the emulator of your choice, go to the Downloads folder on your computer to locate the emulator or Bluestacks application.
Once you have found it, click it to install the application or exe on your PC or Mac computer.
Now click Next to accept the license agreement.
Follow the on screen directives in order to install the application properly.
If you do the above correctly, the Emulator app will be successfully installed.
Step 3: for PC - Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10 / 11
Now, open the Emulator application you have installed and look for its search bar. Once you found it, type JBL Portable in the search bar and press Search. Click on JBL Portableapplication icon. A window of JBL Portable on the Play Store or the app store will open and it will display the Store in your emulator application. Now, press the Install button and like on an iPhone or Android device, your application will start downloading. Now we are all done.
You will see an icon called "All Apps".
Click on it and it will take you to a page containing all your installed applications.
You should see the icon. Click on it and start using the application.
Step 4: for Mac OS
Hi. Mac user!
The steps to use JBL Portable for Mac are exactly like the ones for Windows OS above. All you need to do is install the Nox Application Emulator or Bluestack on your Macintosh. The links are provided in step one
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How to download and install JBL Portable on Windows 11
To use mobile apps on your Windows 11, you need to install the Amazon Appstore. Once it's set up, you'll be able to browse and install mobile apps from a curated catalogue. If you want to run android apps on your Windows 11, this guide is for you.
Steps to setup your pc and download JBL Portable app on Windows 11:
- Check if your computer is compatible: Here are the minimum requirements:
Check if JBL Portable already has a native Windows version here ». If there is no native version, proceed to step 3.
Install the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store here ». Selecting "Get" will begin the installation of the App and will automatically install Windows Subsystem for Android too.
After installation, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app will appear in the Start menu and your apps list. Open the Amazon Appstore and login with your Amazon account.
Go to the Amazon App store and search for "JBL Portable". Open the app page by clicking the app icon. Click "Install". After installation, Click "Open" to start using the JBL Portable app.
- RAM: 8GB (minimum), 16GB (recommended)
- Storage: SSD
- Intel Core i3 8th Gen (minimum or above)
- AMD Ryzen 3000 (minimum or above)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c (minimum or above)
- Processor Architecture: x64 or ARM64
To find JBL Portable Android app on Windows 11 after you install it, Go to Start menu » Recommended section. If you can't find the JBL Portable app there, click on "All apps" next to the pinned section in the Start menu and scroll through the list.
Was the setup process hard? Is Amazon Appstore on Windows not available in your country or Is JBL Portable app not working on your Windows 11? Simply download the APK directly and install via emulator. Follow the best guide for this here ».
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JBL Portable Software Features and Description
Download the JBL Portable app to get the most out of your JBL portable speakers and unlock more features.
Compatible with the following speakers:
- Flip 6, Flip 5, Flip 4, Flip 3
- Charge 5, Charge 4, Charge 3
- Pulse 4, Pulse 3, Pulse 2
- Xtreme 3, Xtreme 2, Xtreme
- Boombox 2, Boombox
- Connect to compatible JBL portable speakers for Stereo to amplify sound or Party mode for a bigger party
- Personalize and control your speaker straight from the app
- Get additional software updates and product support
Top Pcmac Reviews
App not functional
By joelmole (Pcmac user)
Got a JBL Charge 4 and using an iPhone XR. Initially app would never find the speaker so I gave up for a while. Now it does. Instructs me that the current running firmware is 2.7 and that there’s a 3.0 upgrade. I hit the upgrade button and it states “Plug the speaker into a power source and keep your phone close to JBL Charge 4 to continue.” I am close, and speaker is plugged in. Button that states “I followed the instructions” is grayed out and can’t be selected. QA procedures for this app need to be improved.
Edit: Turns out issue is that the Charge 4 won’t charge using a USB-C standards compliant charger (Pixel charger or MacBook Pro charger). It works fine using the JBL supplied cable and traditional USB-A charger. Was able to perform firmware upgrade after that. This isn’t a review of the speaker itself so I’ll leave that aside.
The app itself doesn’t have any EQ functionality, the only apparent purpose is to allow stereo or party mode (Don’t own any other JBL products), and perform firmware upgrades. Updating from 1 to 3 stars, would rate higher if it included EQ.
Solid app; limited features
By Brandyzzle (Pcmac user)
I’ll start by saying that when I first set up my JBL Pulse 3, while I was overall happy with the lightshow, it wasn’t as fluid or on beat as I expected. It seemed more like random lights flashing than actually in sync with the music. There was also occasional skipping which I chalked up to the walls in my apartment compromising the Bluetooth connection. I had an iPhone 6s and just upgraded to the 8, and the difference is night and day. The lights are much more fluid now and RIGHT on beat. Sharp rapid movements, and smooth transitions. The app makes switching between light shows and adjusting brightness a breeze. I keep it at full brightness during the day and dim it at night. I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because I wish there was a way to turn the device On and Off from the app. Also, when scrolling through the different light shows, there should be an option to turn the lights Off, but there isn’t. You have to physically hold the Light button on the device itself.
By Dee Dee G (Pcmac user)
Charge 3 & Flip 3. Both work well independently, which is what they are supposed to do. Both DO NOT work together, which IS NOT what they are supposed to do. The whole purpose of buying these was to connect them. I would give this app ZERO stars if it were possible. Offering to have products connect and they can’t connect is like going to buy a car knowing that 4 wheels are required make the car roll....then when you replace a tire the car turns on but it won’t move. This connection of these devices is an essential part of the products overall performance. It’s obvious by all the comments and the ratings left buy consumers that are just as irritated as I am, the JBL’s performance for these “connected” devices is nonexistent.
What is your company going to do to rectify this issue? Too bad we can’t do a class action lawsuit like they do with carmakers. And ask for pain and suffering for all of the foolishness and time wasted in trying to get something to work THAT SHOULD WORK AS ADVERTISED. 😡😡😡
JBL Charge 3 Connect+ Update
By Loader157 (Pcmac user)
I’ve updated the Charge 3 a few months back, while I understood the downfalls upgrading to connect + would be from leaving the normal JBL Connect in the past I decided to do so. Upgrade process only took a couple of mins, Charge 3 shuts off, & boots up with the pairing mode okay 🤔.
Now I tested it My Charge 3 with my JBL Boombox, the Boombox being Connect+ enabled by Default I listened to a couple of tracks, I Right away noticed drop outs (Constantly) Which I guess is because of the software update, & or just not having 2 of the same speakers (2x JBL Boombox 2x JBL Charge 3)
Which shouldn’t make a difference when you’re going to add more units along the way.
Time to time I use both speakers in party mode, Which sounds good, but the delay in when you play (Any media content) takes time for the other speaker which is not the Master to come in to (Sync)
Overall if I am going to purchase more JBL Connect+ enable speakers, JBL needs to come out with an software update to JBL Connect+ to fix these Minor issues.
Also an update for previous Connect Enabled speakers to be upgraded to Connect+
My overall Cons V.S Pros
Cons (JBL Connect+)
• Delay in Start up in media content
• Sync issue within playing music
• Connect 100+ JBL Connect+ enabled speakers together
• Stereo Mode