How to Set Up a JBL LINK 10 Smart Bluetooth Speaker

Authored by: Tech Pro Team
1 Introduction
This guide will teach you how to set up your JBL Link 10 speaker, how to get started with the built-in Google Assistant feature at home, and how to have it ready to pair with your favorite Bluetooth devices so it can become a wireless speaker when you're away from home.
Tools You'll Need:
  • A micro USB cable (included) is needed to charge your speaker
  • A USB wall charger (not included) or a device with a powered USB port to charge the speaker
Before You Begin:
  • You must have your smartphone or tablet on hand to set up Google Assistant
You must have the Google Home app installed
JBL Link 10

2 Charge

First, make sure your speaker is adequately charged before powering on.

  1. Lift the rubber flap to expose the charging port of your speaker.
  2. Connect the micro USB cable into the charging port of your speaker. The other end must be connected to a USB charging block or a powered USB port to charge the speaker.
    Charge port

    Depending on the method being used to charge your speaker, charging times will vary. Charging your speaker to full takes approximately 4 hours.

    Always remember to firmly replace the rubber flap on your Link 10 when the charging port is not in use. This flap is part of what allows your Link 10 to achieve its IPX7 water resistance rating.

The five lights above the power button on the rear of the speaker indicate how much battery life remains on your speaker.
JBL power button lights.

3 Link with Google Assistant

While you're at home, the built-in Google Assistant of your Link 10 can become your voice assistant. It offers voice commands, voice searching, and voice activated device control, letting you complete a number of tasks after you've spoken the "OK Google" or "Hey, Google" wake words.

Setting up the Google Assistant is not required. You can still use your JBL Link 10 as a wireless speaker if it is simply paired with another Bluetooth device.

The Google Assistant connects to your home WiFi network in order to function. Because of this, if your speaker is removed from your home, the Google Assistant will stop working until the speaker is either returned home, or connected to a different WiFi network using the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.

  1. Turn on the power to your speaker by pressing the power button on the side of the speaker. The 5 LED lights above the power button will light up when the device is turned on.
  2. Open the Google Home app.
    Google Home
  3. Your device should be listed in the app. Tap on Set up next to your device.
    Discovered device
  4. Tap Yes to set up your device.
  5. A sound will play, once you hear the sound tap Yes.
    Sound Test
  6. Choose a location for your speaker and then tap Next.
    Select location of speaker
  7. Choose a name for your speaker and then tap Next.
    Speaker name]
  8. Select your Wi-Fi network from the list and tap next.
    Wi-Fi network selection
  9. If asked, enter your passcode for your Wi-Fi network and tap Next.

    You may be asked to enter your passcode or have Google Home do it for you if you have already connected to the network before. 

  10. You will be presented with a page about Google and it's partners. Once you have reviewed the information hit Next.
    Information about Google and partners.
  11. Tap I Agree to set up Voice Match.

    You can tap "No Thanks" to skip this step. If you do not want to use Voice Match, it will be harder for Google to recognize your voice.

    Voice match
  12. If asked, repeat the phrases on the screen.

    If you have already set up Voice Match you will be advised that it has already been set up. 

  13. Enter your address and tap Confirm Address.

    This step is optional and you can tap "Skip" to bypass this step if you do not want to provide your address. 

    Enter address page
  14. You can add additional music and video services. Once finished tap Next.
    Available Music Services

  15. You will now see a screen with a summary of your information. Tap Continue.
    Summary of changes

Now that your Link 10 is connected to your home WiFi network, the WiFi light beneath the JBL badge will illuminate. The amount of the light lit indicates your wireless signal strength. If the speaker is removed from your home, this light will go off to indicate that it is no longer connected to WiFi.

 JBL Link 10 WiFi light.

4 Pairing Mode

While you're away from home, your Link 10 can be used as a wireless speaker that connects via Bluetooth to your mobile devices such as your smartphone or tablet. To get your speaker ready to pair with another device:

  1. Make sure your speaker is powered on.
  2. Press the Bluetooth button.
    JBL Link 10 Bluetooth button.
  3. The Bluetooth symbol itself will illuminate and begin flashing. This indicates that it is ready to pair with your favorite Bluetooth device.