Jabra Elite 85T Firmware Update Brings Amazon Alexa to Your Ears

Some weeks ago, Jabra did something amazing. When they released the Jabra Elite 85T, they also released a firmware update that brought ANC to the Jabra Elite 75T. It was a small touch that showed the company’s commitment to its consumers. Now they’ve done it again with a Jabra Elite 85T firmware update that delivers one-touch access to Alexa.

The amazing thing was that the Elite 75T wasn’t designed for active noise cancellation. Despite that, however, the wizards at Jabra were not only able to find a way to add ANC, but they added ANC that really works. As I said when initially reporting on this, by doing so, Jabra may well have lost the business of Elite 75T users who, to have ANC, would have otherwise upgraded to the Elite 85T. But the company released the update anyway!

Jabra Elite 85T Firmware Update


The Jabra Elite 85T already had superior noise cancellation.

Jabra Elite 85T Firmware Update

And they could already access Siri or Google Assistant. But they weren’t yet able to connect to Alexa.

Jabra Elite 85T Firmware Update

Now they can, thanks to the Jabra Elite 85T firmware update that enables tight integration with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. It allows you to access a range of Alexa functionality, including:

  • Setting up routines (e.g., Alexa, good morning – plays music, turns on the lights)
  • Getting directions and weather notifications
  • Controlling Spotify
  • Calling contacts from your phonebook

Performing the Jabra Elite 85T firmware update couldn’t be easier.

Jabra Elite 85T Firmware Update

  • You first open the Jabra Sound+ app. (You’ll want to make sure you are running version 2 of the app.)
  • You then take the earphones from the case and turn them on
  • The app will locate the earbuds and send a notification that an update is available. Once started, the app will begin to download the update.
  • Once complete, you will be asked to place the earbuds back into the case and shut the lid.
  • A light will begin to flash. About fifteen minutes later, the blinking light will stop. This indicates that the update is complete.
  • From there, it is as simple as following the prompts in the app to configure Alexa.

The Jabra Elite 85T firmware update is just one more example of the company not only delivering great products but adding value long after the initial sale has been made. You can check out all their offerings here.

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Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

1 Comment on "Jabra Elite 85T Firmware Update Brings Amazon Alexa to Your Ears"

  1. BrendaHaines81 | June 19, 2021 at 1:27 am |

    My son doesn’t do well with headphones, so I’ve been thinking about getting him buds instead. I’ll check these out.

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