Picture of the left front of the Sony SRS XG500 wireless speaker.

How to Hard Reset Sony SRS XG500 Speaker

Shows how to hard reset the Sony SRS XG500 wireless speaker back to its default factory state. E.g. Hard resetting returns sound mode and light settings to their fresh-out-of-the-box values.  Plus, it erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory. This stops this unit from auto pairing to any nearby wireless devices. Moreover, you might hard reset 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 Hard 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, should it pair to a nearby device. Or it may make no sound at all if it doesn’t.  Whether paired or not though, this hard 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 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 speaker shuts down, and the status lamp and party lights (if enabled) all go dark, as we see in the next picture. Note that on the XG500, there is no power-down 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 Hard Reset of the Sony SRS XG500 Speaker Did Indeed Occur

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

Note that after hard reset, the XG 500 comes up in discovery mode. The Bluetooth Status lamp blinks blue in a pulse-pulse-pause-pulse-pulse-pause way, to let you know this. E.g. See this in the next picture.

Picture of the Bluetooth status light flashing blue.
The Bluetooth status light flashing 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 Hard Reset Sony SRS XG500 !

The hard reset is now over. So you may now sell or gift this speaker, or pair it again with your Bluetooth devices.

Keep in mind that after hard reset, the XG500 no longer automatically connects with any previously paired Bluetooth device. Thus, to restore auto pairing, you manually pair it with a device. Then following 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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References for How to 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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