Left front view of the JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth speaker.

JBL Flip 5 Factory Reset

Gives the JBL Flip 5 factory reset routine to return the 5 to default settings.  Resetting erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from its memory.  Clearing these stops it from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices after the reset.  Also, you might factory reset to get it ready for sale or re gifting. Or to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer have interest in.

JBL Flip 5 Factory Reset: Step by Step

1. Turn on the JBL Flip 5 

Press and hold the Power button until it lights up.

Picture of the top of the JBL Flip 5, powered OFF. Showing the dark -Power- button.
Top view of the JBL Flip 5, powered OFF. Showing the dark -Power- button.

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.  We know that because the Power button is glows solid gray, rather than blinking blue.

Picture of the glowing -Power- button.
The glowing -Power- button.

2. Wait for the Power Up Sound

The JBL Flip 5 makes a rising rock guitar strum sound when it comes on.  The Flip is ready for use after this sound finishes up.





3. Press the Volume UP and Play-Pause Buttons Together to Start the Factory Reset

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

Picture of the -Play-Pause- and -Volume UP- buttons.
The -Play-Pause- and -Volume UP- buttons.

The Flip 5 JBL then enters factory reset. 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 JBL Flip 5 turns off.  All the lights go off, and it plays the power-down guitar sound.

4. Check that JBL Flip 5 Factory Reset Worked

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

Now this time, after reset, our JBL speaker comes up in Bluetooth discovery mode, as shown next.  Note that the Bluetooth button blinks white to denote this.  When the   Bluetooth  button blinks, this means that the unit doe snot currently have a pairing.  Indeed, we expect it not to auto pair to anything after a factory reset.

Picture of the flashing -Bluetooth- button.
The flashing -Bluetooth- button.

5. Done with JBL Flip 5 Factory Reset !

Resetting is now complete.  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.

Other Posts About the JBL Flip 5 

    1. JBL Flip 5 Charger Type, Replacement
    2. Pairing JBL Flip 5 – How Do You Do It?
    3. Firmware Upgrade Instructions
    4. How to Restart
    5. How to Bass Boost

References for JBL Flip 5 Factory Reset

    1. JBL Flip 5 Official Product Page