JBL Free X
|Ear tip material||Silicon|
|Driver size (mm)||5.6|
|Driver sensitivity at 1kHz/1mW (dB)||< 9.5dBm|
|Dynamic frequency response range (Hz)||10Hz – 22kHz|
|Number of drivers per ear||1|
Control Connect Specifications
|Bluetooth profiles||A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.6, HFP V1.6, HSP V1.2|
|Bluetooth frequency||2.402 – 2.480GHz|
|Bluetooth transmitted modulation||GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK|
|Bluetooth transmitter power||<9.5 dbm|
Documents & Downloads
Quick Start Guide
What’s in the Box
- 1 x JBL Free headphones
- 1 x Charging case
- 2 x sets of gel sleeves (M, L)
- 3 x sets of silicone ear tips (S, M, L)
- 1 x Micro USB charging cable
- 1 x Quick start guide
- 1 x Safety sheet
- 1 x Warranty
- 1 x Warning sheet
FAQs & How-Tos
Cleaning Instructions for Re-establishing ChargingIt is not uncommon to have charging problems with True Wireless headphones. You may encounter that charging stops, does not start at all or that one of the ear buds suddenly switches on and begins the pairing process. This is almost always caused by dirt on the metal charging contacts. These contacts are vulnerable because they can easily be contaminated by sweat, skin grease, or ear wax. They are usually gold plated, but gold plating does not prevent surface dirt.
If you have charging problems, the first step is to always clean all contact points, on each earbud and on the charging case.
You will need: cotton cloth or makeup swab, cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol.
Use a cotton swab with some rubbing alcohol to clean the charging terminals of the headphones. Rotate the swab and scrub lightly on each contact surface, then use a cotton cloth to remove any dust and cotton residue left on the headphones. It is important to perform this process periodically to keep your headphones clean, thus avoiding affecting the charging speed/quality.
Wipe the contact pins in the charging case with a clean cotton swab. The swab can be slightly moistened with rubbing alcohol, but it is important that the interior is completely dry before closing the box. Use the cotton cloth and wait for it to dry.
Repeat until the contact points are visibly clean, and charging should work as designed. This procedure can be performed on all TWS earphones and cases.
JBL Free: Manual Re-pairing Left & Right Ear Pieces
In the event that left and right ear piece pairing is lost, power on both ear pieces and press the buttons 3 times on each ear piece to initiate re-pair.
Is Volume Control Supported?
This headphone does not feature volume control. You must manually control volume from your device.
My JBL Headphone App Support
This headphone is not supported by the My JBL Headphone app.
How to avoid Bluetooth interference/interruptions:
Always have a clear line of sight between your Bluetooth device (speaker, headphones, etc.) and source device (Smartphone/tablet/PC, etc). Be aware of obstacles in front of your devices.
Try to shutdown products that have Bluetooth, but not are not being used. They are often the reason for interference even though they are not being used.
Do not stand too close to your Wi-Fi router since a Wi-Fi signal is stronger and in many cases will "overlap" the connection.
Be aware of walls around you. Concrete and brick walls will often interrupt the signal, as it cannot pass through such thick walls.
Bluetooth signals cannot travel through water, which includes the human body. Make sure with Wireless Headphones to keep your Source device and the receiver on the same side of your body.
Open spaces such as parks can cause issues for your devices, as open air is "bad" for any Bluetooth signal if it cannot reflect from objects around you.
Pairing issues with a Smartphone or Tablet:
- First, try to restart the Bluetooth connection on your source device (Smartphone/tablet/PC) by switching Bluetooth off and on again with a short pause in between.
"Forget" (remove) the previously paired connection (on your smartphone/tablet/PC) in your Bluetooth settings if you had once paired with our product.
Try to restart the source device(Smartphone/tablet/PC) by powering it off and on again, and after restarting try to establish a Bluetooth connection to your product.
If the above does not work, then try to restart your product (Portable speaker, Headphone) by turning it off and on again.
Press and hold down the Bluetooth button on your device (Portable speaker, Headphones) to initiate pairing mode again.
Go into the Bluetooth settings on your Smartphone/tablet or PC to start the pairing process.
You should now have a successful pairing with our device, but if you are still experiencing issues then contact us again.
Pairing issues with a Computer or PC:
In most cases when a Computer/PC/Laptop has issues connecting to a Bluetooth device (Portable speaker, Headphones, Active speakers), it's caused by your Computer/PC/Laptop's Bluetooth driver (software).
The driver (software) should support the following Bluetooth protocols, to be able to play music/sounds from your Computer/PC/Laptop:
A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) driver for your Computer/PC/Headphones to transfer music.
AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) driver to send skip/forward/pause/play music to your device
Always get the latest driver version available for your Computer/PC/Laptop.
To download the correct driver (software), visit the manufacturer's website of your Computer/PC/Laptop. They usually have a "Support/Download" section where you can find the correct driver. Otherwise, contact their support.
The standard drivers provided by Microsoft/Windows systems are often not correct, and will result in error messages (such as having to enter a PIN code), or pairing not working.
What is Bluetooth technology?
Bluetooth technology is a wireless technology that exchanges data (Music etc.) over short distances from a mobile device.
Bluetooth range depends on your surroundings (reflection from objects) and what chipset is being used (some can go 1 meter, 10 meters or 100 meters).
Our Bluetooth devices typically supports up to 10 meter distance from the source device.
Explaining the different Bluetooth profiles used in our devices:
Many of our Bluetooth devices have a specification sheet like Bluetooth Profiles Supported: A2DP v1.5/AVRCP v1.6. These are the protocols that a specific Bluetooth speaker or Headphone device is compatible with. This might look too technical for some customers, but all you need to know is that Bluetooth Speakers and Headphones they are the only ones with these profile that you need to be aware of:
A2DP – A2DP stands for ‘Advanced Audio Distribution Profile’ and is a Bluetooth protocol that allows mobile users to stream high quality (stereo or mono) audio wirelessly. If you want to listen to your music on a pair of Bluetooth headphones or speakers, both devices need to support this.
AVRCP – AVRCP stands for ‘Audio/Video Remote Control Profile' and controls remote functions such as pause/start/skip/forward.
HSP – HSP stands for ‘Headset Profile’ and is a Bluetooth profile to enable a two-way wireless Headphone to be used with a Bluetooth smartphone. In our Headphones this is one of the most common Bluetooth profiles and supports simultaneous two-way (full-duplex) audio, but it does not support stereo audio.
HFP - HFP Stands for 'Hands Free Profile'. This profile provides the same abilities as HSP does, but adds abilities such as redial last number called, voice dialing and call waiting.
Note for HSP and HFP:
You can also use it with devices other than phones, like your Computer/PC with a Bluetooth Headphone that could be used with a Bluetooth-enabled PC and VoIP software to place an Internet phone call (NOTE: some PC software requires different drivers for specific purposes like SKYPE - Always refer to the manufacturer of the PC/Laptop for help with setting this up).
JBL Free: Charging Information
When you place the two Free earphones in the charging case, you will see a white led ring light up on both of them. At the same time, some of the four dot-leds on the charging case will light up to indicate the battery level of the case battery. When the earphones are fully charged, the white led ring goes out on each of them. When both are fully charged, the charging case charging level leds go out too.
JBL Free: Manual Re-pairing to Bluetooth Devices
In the event that ear pieces do not re-pair automatically to paired Bluetooth device, power off ear pieces individually by press and hold the buttons for 5 seconds. To enter Bluetooth pairing mode when ear pieces are powered off, press and hold on buttons of both earpieces for 8 seconds. Re-pair the right ear piece with desired Bluetooth device when LED indicator on right ear piece alternates between blue and white LED lights.
JBL Free: Power On Information
Remove the Right ear piece from the case. (It should automatically enter into pairing mode and will alternate between blue and white LED) Make sure the unit you are trying to connect to is in pairing mode. It should recognize the JBL Free within 3-8 seconds. Choose "JBL Free" to connect.
Resetting/Powering Off True Wireless Headphones1. Putting the earbuds back to the charging case and close the lid.
2. Use the Auto-off function via the JBL Headphone app (Only applicable for headphones supported in our JBL Headphone app).
3. *Double-tap on your right or left side of the earbud and long press 5 seconds until you hear a ring tone. *It will power-off your headphone and factory reset them.
Your TWS headphones will lose the Bluetooth connection, and you will need to redo the pairing process again by 'forgetting the device' in your BT settings.
JBL Free: Pairing Information
Remove ear pieces from the case. Both ear pieces should automatically connect to each other. Wireless connections are automatically established when the headphones are taken out of the case. To pair to a different device, press and hold the Right ear piece for 5 seconds as it alternates between blue and white LED lights. Make sure that the device you are attempting to connect to is in pairing mode. The JBL Free should display on discoverable devices within 3-8 seconds. Choose JBL Free and the headphones will connect after you hear the audio confirmation tone.
JBL Free: Handsfree calls
The JBL Free automatically switches from stereo to mono when making or taking phone calls. Voice calls will only come through the right ear piece for a more natural call experience.
Headphones & Third Party Communication Apps (Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc)
If you are experiencing issues getting the app to communicate with your headphones, (assuming you have already paired the headphones with the device) go into the communication apps audio settings. You will likely find the resolution there. You may have to set your headphones as the ‘communication device’ within the app you are using.
How to Reset True Wireless Stereo Headphones
Place both ear pods in the charging box, while the charging box is plugged into a power source. Press and hold the button on the Right pod for about 5 seconds. The LED on the pod will turn off and then turn back on again. This restores to factory defaults. (Please note that charging must take place for reset to work.)
JBL Free: Volume Control
The JBL Free X does not feature volume control. In order to adjust the volume, you must manually increase/decrease from your device.
Pairing issues with a Computer or PCIn most cases when a Computer/PC/Laptop has issues connecting to a Bluetooth device (Portable speaker, Headphones, Active speakers), it's caused by your Computer/PC/Laptop's Bluetooth driver (software).
The driver (software) should support the following Bluetooth protocols, to be able to play music/sound from your Computer/PC/Laptop:
• A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) driver for your Computer/PC/Headphones to transfer music.
• AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) driver to send skip/forward/pause/play music to your device
Always get the latest driver version available for your Computer/PC/Laptop.
To download the correct driver (software), visit the manufacturer's website of your Computer/PC/Laptop. They usually have a "Support/Download" section where you can find the correct driver. Otherwise, we advise you to contact their support.
The standard drivers provided by Microsoft/Windows system are not correct and will result in error messages (such as having to enter a PIN code), or pairing will not work.