The JBL Flip 4 waterproof speaker features several buttons and lamps across its top. The power button lights up in different colors to show Bluetooth speaker status. Here, we explore the JBL Flip 4 buttons, show you where they are on the speaker, what each button does, and when to press them.
JBL Flip 4 Buttons Functions, Descriptions, and Locations
Bluetooth Discovery Mode Button
There are two rows of buttons on the JBL Flip 4, and in the first row of four buttons, each one has a unique shape. First, we have the Bluetooth discovery mode button first, near the left side of the speaker, as pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture. Note its squiggly shape.
With this wireless speaker powered on, press this button to place this Bluetooth speaker into discovery mode. When in discovery mode, the speaker transmits its name and other connection information over the Bluetooth airwaves. This allows other nearby Bluetooth devices to discover it and connect to it.
Volume Down and Up Buttons
The JBL Flip 4 also features volume controls. Near the center of the speaker and in the same row as the Bluetooth discovery mode button, the buttons in the shapes of the minus and plus symbols, when pressed, lower and raise the output volume of the speaker by reducing or increasing the volume setting on the paired source Bluetooth device. See the volume buttons, circled in yellow in the next picture.
With the JBL Flip 4 paired and playing, press the minus shaped button to decrease audio output level from the speaker. Press the plus shaped button to increase audio output. Note that the volume controls have no effect when the speaker is not paired. Also, the volume setting may change from paired device to paired device. That is, each paired device remembers its own volume setting. So you may have to readjust the sound output when you unpair the speaker from one Bluetooth device and pair it to another.
Play Pause Button
The Play / Pause button is shaped like a right-pointing arrow and is found near the right side of the JBL Flip 4 speaker, as pointed at by the green arrow we drew in, in the next picture.
Press this to pause audio play. Press again to resume audio play. Note that this is not a mute button. That is, pausing playback in this way suspends sound playback on the source Bluetooth device to which this speaker is currently paired. So, you won’t miss any content when you pause the speaker, as the source device (your phone, tablet, or computer) remembers where the content was paused. So it resumes playback at that spot when you press the play pause button again.
When paired with an Apple device, press and hold the Play / Pause button to get Siri’s attention. Note that Siri must be enabled on the source device (phone, tablet) for this feature to work.
Reset Button Combination
You can reset the JBL Flip 4 to factory default settings and state by pressing the Volume UP and Play / Pause buttons at the same time and holding them in until the hard reset occurs. See these buttons circled in yellow in the next picture.
You may wish to reset the speaker to correct any erratic or strange behaviors you see from it such as failing to pair, sound distortion, failure to power off when you press the power button, and so on. Note that resetting seems to invalidate any saved connection information to this speaker on your source Bluetooth devices. So you’ll have to forget those connections and re pair the speaker after a reset in order to play your audio content through it once again.
The Power Button
The Power button not only switches the JBL Flip 4 on and off, but also contains a multi-colored light to indicate speaker status when it is turned on.
The power button flashes blue when the speaker has not yet been paired, and is in Bluetooth discovery mode. It glows solid blue when the JBL Flip 4 is currently paired successfully with a Bluetooth source device. See this blue glow in the next picture.
The power button glows solid white when the speaker is not currently paired and awaiting a pairing request from a source Bluetooth device. See this button glowing white in the next picture.
The JBL Connect+ Button
The Connect Plus button is used to connect two or more JBL Connect+ compatible speakers together, in “party mode”, such that they all play the same audio content. Similar to speakers participating in Amazon’s multi room music groups, all speakers participating in Connect+ are synched. That is, all of them play the same audio at the same time.
You press this button on each Bluetooth speaker you wish to add to the Connect+ group.
The picture above shows the JBL Flip 4 not participating in Connect+, because the Connect+ button is dark. However, the Connect+ button lights up when the speaker is connected to the Connect+ group.
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- 2018-07-10: First published.