Bluetooth Settings page on iPadOS, showing the Sony SRS XB43 speaker as discovered.

How to Make Sony Speaker Discoverable

To pair most any Sony speaker with a Bluetooth device for the first time, or to refresh old linkage info in that device, you have to know how to first make it discoverable.  Now in discovery mode, the Sony speaker sends out its name and current connection information over Bluetooth, so that nearby devices can find and link tp it.  Once joined, the source device can then stream audio to the speaker.  Thus in this post, we show you how to make the typical Sony speaker discoverable, to let you link it with phones, tablets, computers, and smart speakers.

How to Make Sony Speaker Discoverable, Step by Step Guide

1. Turn On the Speaker

Firstly, turn on the speaker by rapidly pressing and releasing its  Power  button. The Power button you can find on just about any Sony speaker, and it’s typically located on the top or front panels.  It’s the button with the circle icon that has a vertical line at the top of that circle.

Now in this demo, we’re showing this on Sony’s SRS XB22 speaker.  But again, this works on just about all Sony speakers.

In this case though, wee this button, pointed out by the cyan arrow, in the next picture.

Picture of the -Power- button on a common Sony speaker.
The -Power- button on a common Sony speaker.

The speaker then boots.

Picture of the glowing -Power- lamp on the speaker. How to Make Sony Speaker Discoverable.
The -Power- lamp glowing.

2. Press and Hold the Pairing Button for One or Two Seconds

Note that many Sony speakers have a dedicated Bluetooth button.  For them, to start up discovery mode, simply press and release this button.  However, on this particular model, the Power button also serves as the Bluetooth button.  Thus in this particular speaker, to start up discovery mode, you press and hold this  double-duty Power-Pairing button. E.g. See the location of this button in the picture above.

Release the button when the status lamp begins fast blinking and the speaker announces “Bluetooth pairing…” in a female voice. The unit is now discoverable by other devices.

Note also that putting the speaker in discovery mode does not clear its prior memorized Bluetooth connections.  Instead, it just allows you to connect to and add new devices to its memory.

3. Done with How to Make a Sony Speaker Discoverable

Screenshot of the iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- Page, Showing the test Sony speaker as Discovered but not Connected,
The iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- Page, Showing the test Sony speaker as Discovered but not Connected,

Finally, while the Bluetooth Status lamp is fast blinking, you should see your Sony speaker on any in-range phone, computer, tablet, or smart speaker, that is within several feet of it, as we see in the last picture.  Here, our speaker appears as “SRS-XB22”.

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References for How to Make a Sony Speaker Discoverable

    1. Sony SRS XB22 Compact Speaker Product Page at

Revision History

    • 2022-07-22: First published.