If you have a wireless JBL Go Bluetooth speaker, you likely love the sound. You may love the sound enough to the point where you want to connect it to more than just a mobile phone. It is possible to connect the device to anything that uses plays music and can connect to Bluetooth. That includes your Windows PC. There are some variations for how you connect the speaker to your computer, so it's a good idea to go through these JBL Go instructions so you know what is required to pair it with your PC.
What Is JBL Go?
The JBL Go speaker is a small, portable speaker. It is small enough to hold in your hands, making it the perfect speaker to toss into a backpack or purse before you hit the road. It is also coated with a durable rubber, which allows you to play music wherever you go without worrying if the speaker will hit anything.
The JBL Go speaker comes in several color options. This includes black, gray, orange, pink, red, turquoise, and yellow. It doesn't have any Internet or playback capabilities on its own, so it needs to connect with a music device such as a phone or your computer. However, the device offers improved auto playback over the equipment you already have.
JBL Go Features
If you're in the market for a new Bluetooth speaker, you may want to compare the JBL Go with other options. It is an inexpensive speaker option that is great for picnics or for going with you to the beach. Because of the rubber external construction it has exceptional durability. It also comes with up to five hours of playback, so you'll have music for hours. It also takes just 1.5 hours to store up a complete charge for the device to be ready.
If you're interested in connecting the speaker and saving the battery, you can use a 3.5mm connection to do this. So if you're interested in plugging it into your computer but you don't want to drain the battery, you may want to just pick up a 3.5mm male to male cable, which will allow you to hook it up to the audio-out 3.5mm port on your computer system.
There are volume controls build right onto the top of the JBL Go. On the side of the speaker there is a Bluetooth activation switch and also the 3.5mm port, should you want to use this option.
How To Connect JBL Go Bluetooth To PC
If you're looking for the highest quality audio experience when using your JBL Go you need to take advantage of the 3.5mm connection. A cable connection will always provide a superior listening experience to Bluetooth. However, if the speaker is too far away from the computer you will need to use the Bluetooth connection option, which only takes a few moments to set up.
Connecting Your Bluetooth Speaker To A Windows 7 Computer
Power on your JBL Go speaker by holding down the power button. After a moment a blue light will appear from inside of the speaker.
Once you have done this click the "Start" button, then choose "Devices and Printers." From the pop-up menu that appears select "Add a Device" and wait for the computer to scan over all the available Bluetooth devices in the area. Choose the JBL Go option as the equipment you want to pair with your computer, then choose "Next."
Your computer will now pair with the speaker. It will remain paired until you either turn the Bluetooth feature off on your Windows 7 computer or you turn off the JBL speaker.
Connecting Your Bluetooth Speaker To A Windows 8.1 Computer
If you're running a Windows 8.1 computer, you'll need to turn on the JBL speaker and wait for the blue light to click on.
Now, click the "Start" button, then type "Bluetooth" from the search field. Choose "Bluetooth settings" from the list of options that pops up. When this list of options appears choose to turn Bluetooth on, then select the JBL Go speaker as the device you want to connect with it. Now click the "Pair" button.
The computer will now connect with your Bluetooth speaker and you'll be able to listen to the audio playing through the speaker.
Connecting Your Bluetooth Speaker To A Windows 10 Computer
To begin connecting your JBL speaker with the Windows 10 computer you'll need to power on the speaker and wait for the blue light to click on from inside the speaker.
Once the light is on, you will need to turn on Bluetooth from your computer. The easiest way to do this is to click on the small quotation box in the lower right corner of the screen. This will bring up a number of display options. From here, choose "Bluetooth." This turns on the computer's Bluetooth feature. It will automatically scan for any available Bluetooth devices. When it discovers the JBL GO speaker, you'll be able to connect it with your computer.
If you are unable to find this quotation box in the lower right corner of the screen, you can click the "Start" button, then choose "Settings," followed by "Devices." Finally, select "Bluetooth and other devices," then turn the Bluetooth glider to "On."
This brings up the Action Center as the computer scans for any available Bluetooth devices. It will display the JBL GO speaker. Choose this speaker and the computer will automatically connect with the speaker.
Connect JBL Speaker To Mac
If you want to move your JBL Go speaker to a Mac computer, you are able to do this. The process isn't all that different from connecting it on a Windows computer.
First, you'll want to turn on the speaker and wait for the blue light to click on from inside the speaker. Now, on the Mac computer, you'll see the Bluetooth icon located on the menu bar in the top right corner of the screen. If it isn't currently on, it will be a light gray icon. Click it bring up the control menu, then choose to turn it on.
When you turn on the Bluetooth feature your Mac will scan for any available Bluetooth devices in the area. Make sure to keep your speaker close while pairing the two. Once the Mac computer identifies the JBL GO speaker, you need to click it. After selecting it the computer will pair the speaker to the computer. It will now finish the pairing, which will take a brief moment. When the window closes, you'll now be able to use the speaker for all of your audio playback.
Speaker Is Not Connecting With Windows Computer
There might be an issue where the computer is not detecting the JBL speaker. This may happen if the computer is unable to pick it up or if it does not understand the signal being sent by the JBL Go speaker. When this is the case you will need to download the speaker's driver from the JBL website. The driver will tell the computer how to work with the speaker. If you have any kind of playback issues, it is a good idea to download the driver as well as this will clear up potential problems you might have with the speaker.
To download the driver, you'll need to head over to the JBL website. From the left side of the screen click the three vertical line icon, then choose "Support." From here you'll need to select "product and customer support."
Now choose "Product Support" from the list of options given to you. When the new page loads, you'll be able to enter in the kind of device you have. Type in JBL Go and the website will take you to the available listing of options to download. You can download the owner's manual if you'd like it, but what you want is the driver download. There will be a driver download for both Windows and Mac computers.
Click the download link for the kind of computer you are running. It is a small file so it should finish downloading almost instantly. From here, you'll now need to open the downloaded file to launch the installation wizard. Follow the installation wizard's prompts to complete the driver installation.
Now, restart the pairing process with the operating system you have on the computer. The computer will now be able to identify the JBL Go speaker, giving you the playback opportunity through the connected speaker.
The JBL Go Bluetooth speaker is a great speaker to take with you when you're on the road. It offers five hours of playback and is there to connect with any device that pairs via Bluetooth. This includes your computer. So, if you want to connect the speaker to your laptop or desktop and don't want to use the 3.5mm headphone jack, you are able to take advantage of the Bluetooth connection option. It takes a few moments to pair up and you'll have everything working in no time.