How to Connect JBL Speaker to MacBook?

Without a doubt, JBL speakers are versatile and compatible with most devices. Yes, these Bluetooth speakers integrate perfectly well with Apple computers. While Mac has a wide array of advanced functions, the in-built speakers are not quite commendable.

Most users connect Macbooks to external speakers to improve sound performance.

It is widely accepted that JBL Bluetooth speakers can be easily synced to a mobile phone, TV, and multiple other audio sources. Similarly, connecting a JBL speaker to a MacBook is just as easy as connecting other devices. Follow the step-by-step guide to establish the connection successfully.

How to Connect a JBL Speaker to a MacBook?

Since Mac has an in-built Bluetooth function, it can be easily connected to a speaker through a convenient, wireless method.

Another less common method is connecting external speakers via the headphone jack. Pairing both devices via a wired connection does limit mobility and leads to tangled wires.

Nevertheless, it is a quicker and simpler method of connecting a JBL speaker to a Mac. No matter what method you choose, it is fairly simple to connect both devices.

Connecting JBL Speaker to MacBook via Bluetooth

As for Bluetooth, all that is required is for Mac and JBL speakers to have Bluetooth enabled and within a close range. Whether you are using a fancy or an ultra-portable JBL speaker, Mac will pair easily with any Bluetooth speaker.

1. Enable Bluetooth on JBL Speaker

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The process of enabling Bluetooth may slightly vary for each JBL Bluetooth speaker. It is better to check the user manual for activating Bluetooth and putting the speaker into ‘discoverable’ or ‘pairing’ mode.

It is usually done by holding the power button for a few seconds or pressing the Bluetooth button. When the Bluetooth icon has a flashing blue light, it indicates the JBL speaker has entered pairing mode.

2. Activate Bluetooth on MacBook

Once the JBL speaker is in discoverable mode, turn on the Bluetooth on MacBook. It is fairly easy, to start by clicking on the Apple logo present on the upper left of Mac’s screen.

The Apple menu will appear, now find and click on the System Preferences option. In the third row, you will find the Bluetooth option, tap on it. Turn the Bluetooth on once the Mac’s Bluetooth menu opens.

3. Select the JBL Speaker

If the JBL speaker successfully entered the pairing mode, it should appear under the ‘Devices’ tab. If it is not listed under Bluetooth devices, ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on JBL speakers.

If it is listed, double-click on the speaker’s name, and shortly a prompt will appear asking you to accept the connection, hit ‘Accept’.

4. Adjust Settings

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Now, go back to the System Preferences, and click on the Sound button located on the second row. Tap on Output and change the audio output source to the connected JBL speaker.

5. Test Audio

If you have followed all the steps correctly, the sound should be coming from the JBL speaker. Open iTunes to play music, if you do not hear any sound from the speaker, try adjusting the volume or restarting the device.

Connecting JBL Speaker to MacBook via Aux Connection

If the JBL speaker does not have in-built Bluetooth, it can still be connected to Mac using an Aux connection.

This method is commonly used by Windows and Mac users to connect external speakers. However, it requires the user to invest in a quality aux cable that is long-lasting and less likely to bend and tangle.

  • Locate the Aux Port – Navigate to the auxiliary port with a 3.5mm diameter on both Mac and JBL speakers. For Mac, it is usually located at the back with a headphone logo. As for JBL speakers, take off the port cover on the side of the speaker, here you can spot the aux port next to the charging port.
  • Plug the Aux Cable – Once you have grabbed a superior quality Aux cable, plug one end into the JBL speaker and the other end into the Mac.
  • Change Audio Settings – For the speaker to play audio, it should be selected as the audio output device. Often, the audio source changes automatically when a new speaker is connected. If not, click on the Sound option in the System Preferences panel, tap on the Output Devices, and select JBL speaker.
  • Test Audio – If the sound plays through the JBL speaker, enjoy the superior audio performance. If the speaker is not connected, try inserting the aux cable deeper into the aux port. Check the volume level as often it goes to zero when a speaker is connected via an Aux cable.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to disconnect the JBL Bluetooth speaker from the Mac?

Click on the Mac’s Bluetooth menu in the System Preferences panel. Here, right-click on the selected JBL speaker and tap disconnect. Another way of disconnecting speakers is by simply disabling Bluetooth.

Can a MacBook Pro connect to a JBL speaker?

Yes, MacBook Pro can be connected to a JBL speaker wirelessly or through a wired connection. Using Bluetooth is an effective way of connecting JBL speakers without having to deal with unsightly wires.

How do I connect my JBL Xtreme to my MacBook?

The process is fairly easy, simply turn on the Bluetooth on both devices. Go to the Bluetooth menu on the MacBook, select the JBL speaker, and you are good to go.


On the whole, it is not difficult at all to connect a JBL speaker to a MacBook. In short, all it requires is a Bluetooth or Aux port and changing the audio output setting. Repeat the process if the speaker is not connected the first time.

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Cian has 7 years of experience in the musical instruments industry. His press and research articles are published in many well-known journals. Cian is part of our product testing team so he knows the criteria for the best products. Here at sound keen cian covers how to set up instruments and selection criteria for new products.

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