Why Does My JBL Speaker Keep Turning Off?

Does your JBL keep turning off? Well, you are not alone. Most of the JBL users have complained so. A very dear friend of mine faced the same issue, he couldn’t fix it. At last, when he was about to give up on his overly loved JBL speaker I took the matter into my hands and decided to investigate the issue.

JBL is a well-trusted brand, the speakers are not faulty at all. Usually, this happens because of other reasons. Here are a few.

Why Does the JBL Speaker Keep Turning Off?

The JBL speaker keeps turning off because of the following reasons

  • Low battery
  • Overheating
  • Outdated firmware
  • Auto standby mode
  • Poor Bluetooth connection

Low battery

The low battery is the most commonly reported cause of the JBL speaker turning off. Therefore, before attempting to find fault in the speaker, I would suggest you check whether it’s fully charged or not.

If the speaker is on for quite some time, recharge and play again. If the issue is still not resolved, there you have to investigate the issue further.

The fully recharged speaker usually keeps working without any interruptions.


Overheating is not a common issue in JBL speakers. However, excessive use and an unsuitable environment can push the JBL and any other speaker to its limits and often become a cause of the said issue.

Therefore, turn off the speaker for some time and let it cool down. If overheating is causing the speaker to shut down randomly, the issue would get resolved.

Avoid placing the speaker in direct sunlight to not go through this annoying situation again and again.

Outdated firmware

The firmware gets old and outdated quite easily. The old or outdated firmware can cause the JBL speaker to shut down randomly. Therefore, you have to check the firmware from time to time.

If the firmware appears outdated or worn out, replace it asap. It is better to have spare firmware at home. So, the issue can be fixed immediately.

Auto standby mode

Most JBL users do not know that the speakers have an auto standby mode. The auto standby mode turns the speakers off after a few minutes of inactivity. Therefore, if your JBL speaker is turning off after a few minutes of inactivity, there is no issue.

This is happening because of auto standby mode. The auto standby mode is supposed to save power by turning off the inactive speaker. Keep the speaker active to prevent it from going into auto standby mode.

Poor Bluetooth connection

jbl speaker bluetooth

This is usually not the case with all JBL speakers. It only happens with Bluetooth speakers.

The poor Bluetooth connection often causes them to go silent (not turn off). However, if the Bluetooth connection is not recovered, the speaker goes into standby mode.

Check the Bluetooth connection if you are noticing any interruptions. Have a stable Bluetooth connection and keep the speaker active, the issue would not arise.

If none of the above seems to be the reason for your JBL speaker turning off, you have to get it thoroughly checked.

I would suggest you take it to a professional and get the matter resolved. However, it should only be done when you are sure none of the above is the cause of the issue.

Otherwise, taking it to a professional would not help much, it might only be a hassle.

How to Fix and Prevent the Issue?

To fix the issue, you have to recharge the speaker to the fullest and reset it. Resetting the JBL speaker is not tricky at all.

All you have to do is press and hold the power and play/pause buttons together for about 10 seconds.

To prevent this issue from happening again, you have to do and avoid a few things. Here they are.

  • Keep the JBL speaker fully recharged, use only when the battery is full
  • Turn off the auto standby mode
  • Keep the speaker away from the direct sunlight
  • Turn off the speaker immediately when there is no need
  • Check and replace the firmware from time to time
  • Take it to the professional if nothing helps

Frequently Asked Question

Why does my JBL speaker turn off by itself?

If the JBL speaker is fully charged and has updated firmware, it turns off by itself because the auto standby mode is on. It is a feature that turns off the speaker after a few minutes of inactivity.

How do I stop my JBL speaker from turning off randomly?

To stop your JBL speaker from turning off randomly, you have to reset the speaker. Press and hold the power and play/pause buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds.

My JBL speaker keeps turning off, what does it mean?

The JBL speaker turning off randomly is an indication that it either requires a recharge, needs to cool down, or the firmware to be replaced.


The JBL speaker can turn off randomly due to many reasons. However, usually, it happens because of low battery, overheating, outdated firmware, and the auto standby mode. Besides that, there can be a serious problem as well. However, most of the time it happens because of these minor issues.

To fix the issue you have to charge, replace the firmware, or reset the speaker. If this does not work, you have to take your JBL speaker to the professional and let him fix it for you.

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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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