Picture of the front top of the Sony SRS XG500 speaker.

How to Factory Reset Sony SRS XG500 Speaker

Shows how to factory reset the Sony SRS XG500 wireless tabletop speaker back to its default settings. E.g. Resetting returns sound mode and light settings to their fresh-out-of-the-box values.  Plus, factory resetting erases any earlier connected Bluetooth devices from memory. This stops this unit from auto pairing to any nearby wireless devices. Moreover, you might do this to get this speaker ready for sale or re-gifting, or just to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to connect with.





How to Factory Reset the Sony SRS XG500, Step by Step

1. Turn the Speaker ON

Press and release the Power button for a half-second or so. E.g. Find the Power button as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the -Power- button on the Sony SRS XG500.
The -Power- button on the Sony SRS XG500.

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

Then, the status light comes on, as shown next.

Picture of the -Power- lamp on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker, glowing green.
The -Power- lamp on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker, glowing green.

The XG 500 may make a ding-dong tone sound when it powers up, if it pairs to a nearby device. Or it may make no sound at all if it doesn’t.  But whether paired or not though, this reset to default state routine works the same way, as follows.





2. Press and Hold the Play-Pause and Mega Bass Buttons At the Same Time

Find these buttons as shown next.  Both of them are in the top button panel.

Picture of the Play-Pause and Mega Bass buttons.
The Play-Pause and Mega Bass buttons.

Hold these in until the speaker shuts off, and all lights go dark.

After nearly 6 seconds, the XG500 powers down, and the status lamp and party lights (if enabled) all go dark, as shown next. Note that on this speaker, there is no power-off sound.

Picture of the dark status and Bluetooth lamps on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker, which is powered OFF.
The dark status and Bluetooth lamps on the Sony SRS XG500 speaker, which is powered OFF.

3. Check that the Factory Reset of the Sony SRS XG500 Speaker Was Indeed Successful

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

Note that after factory reset, this speaker comes up in discovery mode. The Bluetooth Status lamp blinks blue in a pulse-pulse-pause-pulse-pulse-pause sequence, to let you know this. E.g. See this in the next picture.

Picture of the Bluetooth status light blinking blue.
The Bluetooth status light blinking blue.

This is a signal that you may then look for this speaker on a nearby BT device, and pair to it if you so desire.





4. Done with How to Factory Reset a Sony SRS XG500 !

The factory reset is now finished. Thus you may now safely sell or gift this speaker, or pair it again with your Bluetooth devices.

Keep in mind that after a factory reset, the XG500 no longer automatically connects with any previously paired BT device. Thus, to set up auto pairing again, you first manually pair this speaker with a device. Then following that, any time that both speaker and device have Bluetooth turned on, and they’re near each other, pairing will automatically take place once more.

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References for How to Factory Reset the Sony SRS XG500

  1. Sony SRS XG500  Product Page at Sony.com

Revision History

  • 2022-08-05: First published.
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