Back view of the JBL Flip 5 speaker package box.

How to Connect JBL Flip 5 to iPhone

This post demonstrates how to connect iPhone to the JBL Flip 5 portable Bluetooth speaker.





How to Connect JBL Flip 5 to iPhone, Step by Step

With your JBL Flip 5 turned off (power button is dark), run through this routine to pair it to your iPhone.  We’re using an iPad Air tablet for this demo since we do not have an iPhone to take screenshots from.  But the setup pages are roughly the same, and so, the routine works as well on the iPhone.

1. Navigate to the   Home   Screen on your iPhone

Press the   Home   button to reveal the Home  screen.

2. Find the  Settings  App

We found ours on the second page of the iOS home screen as shown next.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow.
iOS Home screen with Settings app highlighted.

3. Bring up the   Settings   App

Tap the  Settings  app icon.

The iPhone then displays the first page of its settings, as shown in the next step.

4. Go to the  Bluetooth Settings    Page to Continue with How to Connect JBL Flip 5 to iPhone

Our Bluetooth settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since the Flip 5 is currently turned OFF, it does not show up in the Devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never joined this speaker with this iOS device prior.  See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page with the JBL Flip 5 not present on the -My Devices- list.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page with the JBL Flip 5 speaker not present on the -My Devices- list.




5. Turn On your JBL Flip 5 Portable Speaker

Turn on the JBL Flip 5 by quickly pressing its   Power   button. See this circled in green, in the next picture.

Top view of the JBL Flip 5 speaker, powered OFF, with the Power button highlighted.
Top view of the JBL Flip 5 speaker, powered OFF, with the Power button highlighted.

The speaker then powers up.

But since an iPhone would not know about this speaker if never paired to it before, the Flip 5 will not connect with the iPhone automatically. The light that comes on in the Power switch denotes this not-paired state by glowing solid white, as shown next.

Top view of the speaker, powered ON, not paired, showing the glowing Power button highlighted.
Top view of the speaker, powered ON, not paired, showing the glowing Power button highlighted.

6. Put the JBL Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your JBL Flip 5 on your iPhone, place the speaker into Bluetooth pairing mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

Top view of the speaker, showing the glowing Bluetooth button highlighted.
Top view of the speaker, showing the glowing Bluetooth button highlighted.

When you press the   Bluetooth Discovery Mode   button, the JBL Flip 5 makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Also, that button starts flashing white.

7. Find your Speaker in the Other Devices List, to Continue with How to Connect JBL Flip 5 to iPhone

See the screen shot next. We found our Flip 5 JBL, as pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the -Tom's Flip 5- speaker discovered and highlighted.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the -Tom’s Flip 5- speaker discovered and highlighted.

8. Pair with your JBL Flip 5 Wireless Speaker

Tap the listed speaker in the  Other Devices section of the   Bluetooth Devices    list.

Your iPhone then pairs with the Flip 5 (“Tom’s Flip 5” in this demo). The iPhone’s    Bluetooth Settings    screen then changes to look something like the following.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Tom's Flip 5- speaker now connected and highlighted.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Tom’s Flip 5- speaker now connected and highlighted.

9. Done with How to Connect JBL Flip 5 to iPhone !

At last, you have now successfully connected your JBL Flip 5 portable speaker with an iPhone. Thus, you can now play music, and hear them all through this speaker.





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References for How to Connect JBL Flip 5 to iPhone

  1. How do I Connect my iPhone to the JBL Speaker?   from Apple Support

Revision History

  • 2020-08-10: First published.
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