Picture of the JBL Flip 4 portable speaker, showing the pressing of its Bluetooth discovery mode button.

How to Hard Reset JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker

We show here how to hard reset the JBL Flip 4 reset, to restore your speaker to its out-of-the-box state.  Hard resetting deletes any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from its memory.  Thus, clearing the memory stops the Flip 4 from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices after the hard reset.  Also, you might hard reset your speaker to get it ready for sale or re-gifting, or to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to pair with.





How to Hard Reset the JBL Flip 4, Step by Step

1. Turn on the JBL Flip 4

Press and hold the Power button until it lights up.

Picture of the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker in OFF state. Showing the Power button highlighted with yellow arrow.
JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker in OFF state. Showing the Power button highlighted with yellow arrow.

Find the Power button, as shown in the last picture above.

Then, the Power button lights up along with the battery gauge scale, as shown next.  In this case, since we’ve connected the speaker with BT devices prior, it does not enter Bluetooth discovery mode.  We can tell this because the Power button is glows solid gray, rather than blinking blue.

Picture of the speaker top, showing that the power is ON.
The speaker top view, showing that the power is ON.

2. Wait for the Power Up Sound

The speaker makes a rising electric guitar strum sound when it finishes booting.  And, it’s ready for use after this sound ends.

3. Press the Volume UP and Play-Pause Buttons Together

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

Picture of the Volume UP and Play-Pause buttons circled in yellow on the speaker.
Showing the Volume UP and Play-Pause buttons circled in yellow on the speaker

The hard reset then occurs on the Flip 4, as we view in the next picture.  Note that both the  Bluetooth  and  Power  buttons light up gray white for a couple seconds.

Showing buttons all lit, circled in yellow.
Showing buttons all lit, circled in yellow.

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





4. Check that Hard Reset on the JBL Flip 4 Did Indeed Happen

Next, power on the speaker again, as we detail in step 1 above.

Now this time, after hard reset, the Flip 4 comes up in Bluetooth pairing mode, as shown next.  Note that the Power button blinks blue to signal this.  When this button blinks or shows as solid white, Flip 4 pairing has not yet occurred.  This is as it should be because we expect it to pair to nothing right after a hard reset.

Picture of the JBL Flip 4 speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.
JBL Flip 4 speaker in Bluetooth discovery mode. Showing the Power button, flashing blue, highlighted with the yellow arrow.

5. Hard Reset of the JBL Flip 4 Speaker is Done!

The hard reset is now finished.  You may now wrap the unit up for sale, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.  Remember that the Flip 4 will no longer automatically connect with any previously paired Bluetooth device that is in range and in Bluetooth pairing mode.  To set up automatic Bluetooth pairing again, you must manually pair the Flip 4 with some device.  Then after that, any time that both the Flip and that device have Bluetooth turned on, pairing with take place once more, without you having to do anything.





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References

  1. JBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Speakers, on JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2020-05-09: First published.
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