Front view of the JBL Flip 5 speaker package box.

Hard Reset JBL Flip 5

Demonstrates the hard reset JBL Flip 5 procedure, to restore it to default settings.  Hard resetting erases any earlier paired devices from its memory.  Clearing these stops the 5 from auto pairing to any devices afterwards.  Also, you might hard reset to get it ready for sale or re gifting.  Or just reset to stop it from linking with devices of no current interest.

Hard Reset JBL Flip 5: Step by Step

1. Turn on the JBL Flip 5 

Press and hold the Power button until it lights up.

Picture of the top of the JBL Flip 5, powered OFF, showing the -Power- button.
Top view of the JBL Flip 5, powered OFF, showing the -Power- button.

Then, the Power button lights up along with the battery power scale. Here, since we’ve paired the speaker with devices before, it does not enter discovery mode.  We know that because the Bluetooth button is dark.

Picture of the glowing -Power- button.
The glowing -Power- button.

2. Wait for the Power Up Sound

The JBL Flip 5 plays a rising rock guitar strum when it comes on. It is then ready for use.

3. Press the Volume UP and Play-Pause Buttons Together to Start the Hard Reset

See the next picture to find the Play-Pause and UP Volume buttons.

Picture of the -Play-Pause- and -Volume-UP- buttons.
The -Play-Pause- and -Volume-UP- buttons.

The Flip 5 then enters hard reset. Note that both the Bluetooth and Power buttons light up gray white for a couple seconds.

Picture of the JBL Flip 5 during hard reset, showing all panel lights glowing.
The JBL Flip 5 during hard reset, showing all panel lights glowing.

Then after a short pause, the Flip 5 turns off.  All the lights go off, and it plays the power-down guitar sound.

4. Check that the Hard Reset Indeed Worked

Next, power on the Flip 5 again, as detailed in step 1 above.

Now this time, the Flip 5 comes up in discovery mode. Note that the Bluetooth button blinks white to denote this.  When that button blinks, this means that the unit has no current pairing.  Indeed, we expect it not to auto pair to anything after a hard reset.

Picture of the flashing -Bluetooth- button.
The blinking -Bluetooth- button.

5. Done with Hard Reset JBL Flip 5 !

Hard reset is now complete.  You may now pack up the Flip 5 for sale, or pair it again with your favorite BT devices.  The unit will no longer automatically connect with any device though.  So to restore auto pairing, manually pair the Flip 5 with a tablet or phone.  Then whenever both speaker and that device are in range, auto pairing happens once more.

Other Posts About the JBL Flip 5

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    3. How to Check JBL Flip 5 Firmware Version
    4. How to Check JBL Flip 5 Battery
    5. How to Rename JBL Flip 5

References for Hard Reset JBL Flip 5

    1. JBL Flip 5 Official Product Page