Picture of the Sony SRS X5 as seen from the top right angle, showing the top, front, and right sides of the unit.

How to Factory Reset Sony X5

Show you how to factory reset your Sony X5 personal wireless speaker to its default settings. Factory resetting restores the X5 to factory default state. Plus, it erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory. We might want to clear these to prevent this speaker from pairing to any nearby BT devices. Also, you would best reset your speaker to get it ready for sale or re-gifting, or to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to connect with.

How to Factory Reset Sony X5, Step by Step

1. Turn ON the Speaker

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

Picture of the Power button on the top of the Sony X5.
The Power button on the top of the Sony X5.

Find the Power button, as shown in the last picture above.

Then, the status light comes on, as shown next.  This light we find on top of the unit just behind the Power button.

Picture of the Power light glowing green.
The Power light glowing green.

Note that the speaker makes no sound when it boots. Only the lights come on.

2. Press and Hold the Volume DOWN and Power Buttons

Both of these buttons we find on the top of the speaker, right of center, as called out in the next picture. They are in the back row.  The Volume Down button is in the leftmost position in this row, while the Power button is in the rightmost position.

Picture of the Volume Down and Power buttons on the Sony X5.
The Volume Down and Power button locations on the Sony X5.

Since one of these buttons is for power, you need to first touch and hold the Volume Down button by itself,  Then, after a half-second, while touching that one, press and hold the Power button.  Doing it this way prevents accidently powering down the speaker before it has a chance to reset.

Then, hold both buttons in until all lamps go out, and the speaker powers OFF.  This takes one to three seconds as the speaker factory resets.

Next, the speaker switches OFF, and the Power and Pairing lamps go dark, as shown next. Note that on this speaker, there is no power-down sound when factory reset finishes.

Picture of all dark lights on the top panel.
Showing all dark lights on the top panel.

You may release the buttons when all the lights go dark.

3. Check that the Factory Reset of the Sony X5 Did Indeed Occur

Next, power on the X5 once more, as described in step 1 above.

Note that after a factory reset, this speaker comes up in discovery mode. The Pairing lamp blinks in fast white blips to tell you this.  This is a signal for you to look for this speaker on a nearby BT device, and pair to it if you so desire.

Picture of the Pairing lamp fast blinking on the Sony X5.
The Pairing lamp flashing fast on the Sony X5.

4. Done with How to Factory Reset Sony X5 !

The factory reset is now finished. So you may now sell or gift the unit, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.

After a factory reset, the speaker no longer automatically connects with any previously paired Bluetooth device. Thus, to restore this auto syncing, you manually pair the X5 with a device. Then after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, and they’re near to each other, pairing would automatically take place once more.

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Revision History

    • 2023-04-30: First published.