Picture of an iPhone beside the JBL Flip speaker.

JBL Flip Hard Reset Instructions

We give here the  JBL Flip BT speaker hard reset directions, to restore it to its default settings. Resetting restores the unit to default state. It also erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory. Plus, this stops the Flip from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices afterwards. Also, you might hard reset to clear up pairing and streaming errors, or to get the speaker ready for sale or re gifting, or simply, to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to auto pair with.

JBL Flip Hard Reset, Step by Step Instructions

1. Turn on the Speaker

Press and hold the Power button until it lights up.

Picture of the Power button on the JBL Flip 1 Bluetooth speaker.
The Power button on the JBL Flip 1 Bluetooth speaker.

Find the Power button, as we see in the last picture above.

Then, the Power button lights up, as we see next.

Picture of The glowing Power / Pairing button on the JBL Flip speaker.
The glowing Power / Pairing button on the JBL Flip speaker.

In our case, since we’ve paired the speaker with Bluetooth devices since the last reset, the Flip does not enter Bluetooth discovery mode. We know that because the Power button slow flashes blue, on and off. But if in discovery mode, it would flash blue and red.

2. Wait for the Power Up Sound

The Flip makes a couple short beeps when it boots. The unit is then ready for use.

3. Press the Volume DOWN and Power Buttons Together

See the next picture to find the Power and  Volume DOWN buttons.  They are on the top end of the unit.  The Power button is closest to you as you face the speaker, and the Volume Down button is the left end of the button bar in the center of the speaker top.

Picture of the Power and Volume DOWN buttons.
The Volume DOWN and Power buttons.

The JBL Flip then runs its hard reset routine, as the next picture shows. Note that the Power button lights solid blue for a second or two during reset.

Then after a short pause, the speaker shuts off. All the lights go dark, although this model makes no sound upon shut down.

Picture of the Power button on the JBL Flip 1 Bluetooth speaker.
The Power button on the JBL Flip 1 Bluetooth speaker.

4. Check that the JBL Flip Speaker Hard Reset Did Occur

Next, power on the Flip again, as we detail in step 1 above.  In short: Press and release the Power button.

Now this time, after reset, our speaker comes up in Bluetooth pairing / discovery mode, as we see next. Note that the Power button blinks blue and red to denote this. Moreover, when it blinks, the Flip is not currently paired. indeed, we expect it not to pair to anything after a reset.

Picture of the red blinking Power button.
The red flashing Power button.

5. Done with JBL Flip Hard Reset !

The reset is now complete. So you may now pack it up for sale, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.

Note that the speaker will no longer automatically connect with any previously paired Bluetooth device that is in range and in pairing more. So to restore automatic pairing, first manually pair the Flip with a device like a phone or tablet. 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 JBL Flip Hard Reset

    1. JBL Flip Bluetooth Speaker Official Product Page at JBL.com

Revision History

    • 2022-11-01: First published.