Picture of an iPhone in front of the Sony SRS XG500 boombox speaker.

Connecting Sony Speaker to iPhone

This post explains connecting a common Sony speaker like the SRS Extra Bass portable series, with an iPhone or other smart device.

Connecting Sony Speaker to iPhone, Step by Step

With your speaker powered off (status lamp is dark), run through this routine to connect it to your iPhone mobile device.

1. Bring up the Home Screen on your iPhone

First off, press the Home button to get to the iPhone’s Home screen.

2. Find the Settings App

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

The -Settings- app icon on the iPhone -Home- screen.
iPhone -Home- screen showing the -Settings- app.

3. Bring Up the Settings App

Thirdly, tap the Settings app icon.

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





4. Go to Bluetooth Settings to Continue with Connecting Sony Speaker to iPhone Instructions

The Bluetooth settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since our BT speaker is currently powered OFF and so, not in discovery mode, it does not appear in the BT devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired this Sony speaker with the iPhone before, it should not appear here.

E.g. See this as shown in this list of previously paired Bluetooth devices, shown next.

Screenshot of the -Bluetooth Settings- page on an iPhone 12 Pro Max smart phone.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max -Bluetooth Settings- page.

5. Turn On your Sony Speaker

Press and release the Power button to power up this speaker.

E.g. See the Power button pointed at by the green arrow in our example speaker, in the next picture.

Picture of a common Sony speaker, showing the -Power- button.
A common Sony speaker, showing the -Power- button.

The speaker then powers up.

But since an iPhone does not know about this speaker if never paired to it before, the Sony will not link with it automatically. The pairing status light pointed at by the arrow in the next picture may either blink fast, slow, or remain dark therefore, to denotes this not-paired state.

Showing that speaker power is ON, and the Status lamp glowing.
Showing that speaker power is ON, and the Status lamp glowing.

6. Put your Sony Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your BT speaker on your iPhone, place it into Bluetooth pairing mode. On many Sony speaker models, you press and hold the Power button until you hear a couple beeps.  Also, some have a status lamp that begins blinking white or blue.

7. Find your Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with Connecting Sony Speaker to iPhone

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

Screenshot of a typical Sony speaker showing as discovered on an iPhone.
A common Sonyspeaker showing as discovered on an iPhone.

8. Link your iPhone with your Sony Speaker 

Next, tap the listed speaker in the Devices list.

Your iPhone then links with the speaker.

Then, the iPhone’s Bluetooth Settings screen then changes to look something like the following.  The blue arrows show the Sony speaker now connected to iPhone.

Screenshot of a common Sony speaker showing as Connected on an iPhone.
A typical Sony speaker showing as Connected on an iPhone.

9. Done with Connecting Sony Speaker to iPhone Directions !

Finally, we have now successfully linked our wireless speaker with a device like an iPhone.

Other Posts About the Sony Speaker

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References for Connecting Sony Speaker to iPhone

    1. Sony Speaker Official Product Page at Sony.com
    2. iPhone Official Product Page at APPLE.com

Revision History

    • 2023-03-01: First published.