Upgrading Jawbone Mini Jambox

91tRcTlun7L._SL1500_This is a post for the unlikely event that you find yourself owning an old ‘Jawbone Jambox Mini‘ **and** you want to change the voice pack back to original/default, after you spent a couple of years using the Japanese one – a voice pack you don’t really understand but thought it would be entertaining to listen to a new voice when you turn on the speaker.

So Jawbone went under in 2017 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jawbone_(company)) so not an awful lot of hopes they will provide any new software or update the old one.

To make it a little gloomier, their website was completely taken down and they never really open sourced the code for their hardware nor did they post to some third-party website the last state of all the software for their products.

Luckily, before Jawbone’s website was completely taken down, Robert decided to capture all the latest software and posted it elsewhere with instructions on how to update. You can find all the goodies here:

NOW A WORD OF ADVICE!!

I use a macbook and I can confirm that if you try to use the Mac Jawbone Updater 2.2.5 to update/change the language pack of your Jawbone Mini Jambox, the upgrade will fail and you will end up with a bricked speaker. 😦

The good news is that this is recoverable. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Unplug the Mini Jambox.
  2. Power down the Mini Jambox.
  3. Press and hold the Play/Pause button (circular button on top).
  4. While still holding the button, plug the Mini Jambox to a power source.
  5. Voilá, your Jambox should now be in recovery mode and you can flash it/upgrade it with a new language package.

In order to properly upgrade the language pack of your Jawbone Mini Jambox you should be running on Windows and use the Windows “Jawbone Updater.exe”. I did try initially doing this via VMWare Fusion, running a Windows 8.1 VM inside my Mac OS X. That does not work.

You need to run the Jawbone Updater software from a native Windows operating system (no VMs involved).

And that’s it, your Jawbone Mini Jambox is good to go for a little longer.

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