Top view of the JBL Flip 5 speaker during reset, showing all panel lights glowing.

How to Reset Flip 5 Portable Speaker

Explains how to reset the  Flip 5 speaker to return it to default settings.  Resetting erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from its memory.  Clearing these stops it from pairing to any nearby BT devices after the reset.  Also, you might reset this Flip to prepare it for sale or re gifting, or to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to pair with.





How to Reset Flip 5 Speaker

1. Turn on the Speaker

Press and hold the Power button until it lights up.

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

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

Then, the Power button lights up along with the battery power scale, as shown next.  Here, since we’ve paired the speaker with Bluetooth devices before this, it does not enter Bluetooth discovery mode.

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.

2. Wait for the Power Up Sound

The Flip 5 makes a rising rock guitar strum sound when it powers up.  Then, this unit is ready for use after this sound finishes.

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 Play-Pause and Volume-UP buttons highlighted on the Flip 5.
Play-Pause and Volume-UP buttons highlighted on the Flip 5.

The speaker then enters reset, as shown in the next picture.  Note that both the Bluetooth and Power buttons light up gray white for a couple seconds.  Shown next.

Top view of the speaker during reset, showing all panel lights glowing.
Top view of the speaker during reset, showing all panel lights glowing.

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





4. Check that the Reset Worked

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

Now this time, after reset, our Flip 5 comes up in Bluetooth pairing mode, as shown next.  Note that the Bluetooth button blinks white to let you know this.  When the   Bluetooth  button blinks, this means that the Flip 5 is not currently paired.  Indeed, we expect it not to pair to anything after a reset.

Top view of the Flip 5 speaker, showing the glowing Bluetooth button highlighted.
Top view of the Flip 5 speaker, showing the glowing Bluetooth button highlighted.

5. Done with How to Reset Flip 5 Speaker !

Resetting is now finished.  You may now pack up the speaker for sale, or pair it again with your favorite BT devices.  The unit will no longer automatically connect with any previously paired Bluetooth device that is in range.  To restore automatic Bluetooth pairing, manually pair the Flip 5 with a tablet or phone.  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 Reset Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker 

  1. The Flip 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Official Product Page, on JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2020-07-27: First published.
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