Picture of the JBL Flip 3 speaker. Showing its front and right end.

How to Factory Reset JBL Flip 3 Speaker

We discuss here how to factory reset the  JBL Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker to its default settings. Factory resetting restores the unit to default state. It also erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from its memory. Plus, this stops the Flip 3 from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices afterwards. Also, you might reset to clear up pairing and streaming errors, or to get the speaker ready for sale or re gifting, or simply to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to pair with.





How to Factory Reset the JBL Flip 3

1. Turn on the Speaker

Press and hold the Power button until it lights up.

Picture of the top of the JBL Flip 3 speaker, showing power button highlighted. Speaker is OFF.
Top view of the JBL Flip 3 speaker, showing power button highlighted. Speaker is OFF.

Find the Power button, as we see in the last picture above.

Then, the Power button lights up along with the battery power scale, as we see next.

Top view picture of the speaker, the -Power- button glowing white, highlighted. Speaker powered ON.
Top view of the speaker, showing the -Power- button glowing white, highlighted. Speaker powered ON.

In our case, since we’ve paired the speaker with Bluetooth devices since the last reset, the Flip 3 does not enter Bluetooth discovery mode. We know that because the Power button glows solid gray, rather than blinks blue.

2. Wait for the Power Up Sound

The Flip 3 makes a rising electric guitar strum sound when it powers up. The unit is ready for use after this sound ends.

3. Press the Volume UP and Phone Buttons Together

See the next picture to find the Phone and UP Volume buttons.  They are the rightmost two buttons in the row of buttons located right on the cloth grill.

Top view picture of the speaker, showing the reset button combination circled. How to Factory Reset JBL Flip 3.
Top view of the speaker, showing the reset button combination circled.

The JBL Flip 3 then runs its factory reset routine, as the next picture shows. Note that all lamps light up for a couple seconds during reset.

Top view picture of the speaker, showing the light pattern as seen during factory default reset.
Top view of the speaker, showing the light pattern as seen during factory default reset.

Then after a short pause, the speaker shuts off. All the lights go out, and it makes the power-down guitar sound.

Top view picture of the speaker, showing the -Power- button highlighted. Speaker is OFF after factory reset finishes. How to Factory Reset JBL Flip 3.
The speaker top view, showing the -Power- button highlighted. Speaker is OFF after factory reset finishes.

4. Check that the Factory Reset of the JBL Flip 3 Speaker Did Occur

Next, power on the Flip 3 again, as we detail in step 1 above.  In short: Press and release the Power button.

Now this time, after factory reset, our speaker comes up in Bluetooth pairing mode, as we see next. Note that the Power button blinks blue to denote this. Moreover, when it blinks blue or shows as solid white, the Flip 3 is not currently paired. indeed, we expect it not to pair to anything after a reset.

Picture of the speaker's -Power- button blinking blue.
Showing the speaker’s -Power- button flashing blue.

5. Done with How to Factory Reset JBL Flip 3 !

The factory reset is now complete. So you may now pack it up for sale, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.

Note that the speaker will no longer automatically connect with any previously paired Bluetooth device that is in range and in pairing more. So to restore automatic pairing, first manually pair the Flip 3 with a device like a phone or tablet. Then, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, pairing with automatically take place once more.





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References for How to Factory Reset a JBL Flip 3 

  1. JBL Flip 3 Speaker Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2022-08-05: First published.
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