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Question: Bluetooth won't connect to JBL Flip

Is there a fix for Bluetooth yet? My iOS7 upgrade worked for about 15 minutes and then sound jumbled and now won't work. I removed the device and tried to pair it again with my JBL Flip. The phone sees the JBL but wont pair. All of us in the house that upgraded are having the same issue I'm pretty ticked Apple wouldn't fully test something so basic. I see others are having the same problem with many other devices.

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Jan 16, 2014 11:31 AM in response to ksills3 In response to ksills3

I found the solution.

Start bluetooth on the iPhone

Start the JBL speaker, the button lights blue and you hear a short warning-sound.

Now push the startbutton on the JBL again and hold it.

The light turns red.

Look at the iPad and after a short period the name JBL pops up.

Stop pushing the "red" button at the JBL

Select the JBL name at the iPad to connect.

When it is connected or paired, your done.

The next time you want to connect the JBL you do not have to repeat the above, because your iPhone knows you have a JBL.

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Aug 24, 2015 1:28 AM in response to VietnameseStoner In response to VietnameseStoner

I found the solution.


I had been trying to get my JBL Flip to become discoverable by my Apple iPhone 5s, and my Apple Macbook.


This is what worked:

Press the Start button on the JBL Flip, it will make a warning beep and turn on. The start button will glow blue.

Press the '+' and '-' buttons together, and press the 'bluetooth' button on the JBL Flip, and keep pressed until the bluetooth button starts blinking blue. Now the JBL Flip is in pairing mode and can be discovered by the Apple device.

JBL Flip will appear in devices available in the Bluetooth settings on the Apple device.

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Jan 16, 2014 11:31 AM in response to ksills3 In response to ksills3

I found the solution.

Start bluetooth on the iPhone

Start the JBL speaker, the button lights blue and you hear a short warning-sound.

Now push the startbutton on the JBL again and hold it.

The light turns red.

Look at the iPad and after a short period the name JBL pops up.

Stop pushing the "red" button at the JBL

Select the JBL name at the iPad to connect.

When it is connected or paired, your done.

The next time you want to connect the JBL you do not have to repeat the above, because your iPhone knows you have a JBL.

Jan 16, 2014 11:31 AM

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Jul 4, 2015 12:19 PM in response to Netking83 In response to Netking83

Right on Netking83! Thank you very much. I was getting frustrated trying to figure out why it wouldn't connect. What I find is that as long as my iPhone is connected even though I am not accessing the JBL Flip, my girlfriend's iPhone won't connect. Once I disabled my connection with the Flip, my girlfriends iPhone could connect. Then, when I went to connect my iPhone again, I couldn't connect to the Flip at all even after disabling the Flip from my girlfriends iPhone.


There is some bug between the iPhone 5 latest IOS release, and the JBL Flip? It is silly that it can connect to only one iPhone at a time even though one iPhone is not accessing the JBL Flip.


Cheers and have a happy July 4th 2015.

Jul 4, 2015 12:19 PM

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Jul 31, 2015 10:47 AM in response to Netking83 In response to Netking83

Greetings I need some help with my jbl flip, when I turn it on it doesn't make the warm welcome sound and the light ring around the power button starts blinking a blue ring, nor does it make a sound when I power it off. I can't connect my iphone 5 and my jbl via Bluetooth but the aux cord works ... Please help

Jul 31, 2015 10:47 AM

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Aug 24, 2015 1:28 AM in response to VietnameseStoner In response to VietnameseStoner

I found the solution.


I had been trying to get my JBL Flip to become discoverable by my Apple iPhone 5s, and my Apple Macbook.


This is what worked:

Press the Start button on the JBL Flip, it will make a warning beep and turn on. The start button will glow blue.

Press the '+' and '-' buttons together, and press the 'bluetooth' button on the JBL Flip, and keep pressed until the bluetooth button starts blinking blue. Now the JBL Flip is in pairing mode and can be discovered by the Apple device.

JBL Flip will appear in devices available in the Bluetooth settings on the Apple device.

Aug 24, 2015 1:28 AM

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Jan 10, 2016 8:13 AM in response to Netking83 In response to Netking83

I want to say THANK YOU. I just spent an hour looking up ways to undo "forget this device" from the iPhone, but once I looked up how to troubleshoot from the JBL device platform, you directions worked. I can't thank you enough for saving me a trip to the Apple store, and even better, saving me from possible loss of sanity by having to deal with the "geniuses" there.

Jan 10, 2016 8:13 AM

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Feb 14, 2016 3:20 PM in response to mukulsaxena In response to mukulsaxena

Hi mukulsaxena,

Thank you so much for your post ! Your solution really worked !!!

Saved me so much time and headaches, this solution is like reset of the bluetooth!

mukulsaxena wrote:


I found the solution.


I had been trying to get my JBL Flip to become discoverable by my Apple iPhone 5s, and my Apple Macbook.


This is what worked:

Press the Start button on the JBL Flip, it will make a warning beep and turn on. The start button will glow blue.

Press the '+' and '-' buttons together, and press the 'bluetooth' button on the JBL Flip, and keep pressed until the bluetooth button starts blinking blue. Now the JBL Flip is in pairing mode and can be discovered by the Apple device.

JBL Flip will appear in devices available in the Bluetooth settings on the Apple device.

Feb 14, 2016 3:20 PM

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