The JBL Connect app works with JBL Flip 5, Flip 4, Flip 3, Charge 4, Charge 3, Pulse 4, Pulse 3, Pulse 2, Xtreme 2, Xtreme and Boombox. Use the JBL Connect app for speaker configuration and software upgrade. iPhone 5 or newer is required for compatibility with JBL Pulse 4, Pulse 3 and Pulse 2.
Fix firmware upgrade notification bug.
Ratings and Reviews
App not functional
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.
JBL Charge 3 Connect+ Update
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
Solid app; limited features
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.
- Harman International Industries
- 183.5 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Harman International Industries
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.