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

JBL Flip 5 Speaker Pairing Instructions

This post gives pairing instructions for the JBL Flip 5 speaker that apply mainly to iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad Air line of Apple phones and tablets. But minor changes of these also work when pairing this speaker with Android devices.





JBL Flip 5 Pairing Instructions, Step by Step

With your Flip 5 JBL powered off (Power button is dark), run through this routine for pairing it to your BT source device.  We’re using an iPad Air tablet in this example.

1. Bring Up the Home Screen on your Source Bluetooth Tablet or Phone

Press the   Home   button to reveal the mobile device’s   Home  screen.

2. Find the  Settings  App

We found ours on the second page of the Home screen on our iPad Air, as shown next.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow. JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Pairing.
iOS Home screen with Settings app highlighted.

3. Bring up the   Settings   App

Tap the Settings app icon.

The iPad then displays the first page of its settings, as shown in the next step.





4. Go to  Bluetooth Settings  to Continue with JBL Flip 5 Pairing

Our Bluetooth settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since Flip 5 JBL speaker is currently switched OFF, it does not show up in the Bluetooth devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never linked this speaker with this tablet before.  See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page with the JBL Flip 5 speaker now gone from the -My Devices- list.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page with the JBL Flip 5 speaker now gone from the -My Devices- list.

5. Turn On your JBL Flip 5 Speaker

Turn on the unit by quickly pressing its   Power   button. See this pointed at by the green arrow in the next picture.

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

The unit then powers up.

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.

But since our iPad does not know about this speaker, the Flip 5 does not Bluetooth pair with it automatically. The speaker denotes this not-paired state by leaving the Bluetooth lamp dark, as shown in the last picture.

6. Put the Speaker into Pairing / Discovery Mode

Now, to see your JBL Flip 5 speaker on your source device, place it into discovery / pairing mode. To do that, press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture.

Top view of the speaker, showing the blinking Bluetooth button highlighted.
Top view of the speaker, showing the blinking Bluetooth button highlighted.

When you press this Pairing Mode button, the speaker makes a repeating single pluck guitar note sound several times. Also, the Bluetooth buttons starts flashing white.





7. Find your Speaker on your Source Device to Continue with JBL Flip 5 Pairing

See the screen shot next. We found our speaker, as pointed at by the purple arrow.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the -Tom's Flip 5- speaker discovered and highlighted.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the -Tom’s Flip 5- speaker discovered and highlighted.

8. Pair with your JBL Flip 5 

Tap the listed speaker in the  Other Devices  section of the BT devices list.

Our device then pairs with the JBL Flip 5 (“Tom’s Flip 5” in this demo).

The source device’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.

Screenshot of the iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Tom's Flip 5- speaker now connected and highlighted.
The iOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, with the -Tom’s Flip 5- speaker now connected and highlighted.

9. Done with JBL Flip 5 Pairing Instructions !

Finally, we have now successfully paired our JBL Flip 5 wireless speaker with our mobile device.

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References for JBL Flip 5 Pairing

  1. JBL Flip 5 Portable Speaker Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

  • 2020-11-24: First released.
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