Screenshot of the iPadOS Bluetooth page, showing the Sony SRS XB12 portable speaker as connected.

How to Pair Sony SRS XB12 with iPhone

This post shows how to pair the Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Extra Bass speaker with an iPhone, or other iOS or iPadOS based device.





How to Pair Sony SRS XB12 to iPhone

With your SRS XB12 switched OFF (power button is dark), run through these directions to pair it to your iPhone mobile device. We use an iPad Air computer for this demo, since we do not have an iPhone in shop right now.  But the procedure is pretty much identical.

1. Go to the Home Screen on your Device

Firstly, press the Home button to bring up the smart device’s Home screen.

2. Find the Settings App

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

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow. How to Pair Sony SRS XB12 with iPhone.
iOS Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted

3. Bring up the Settings App

Thirdly, tap the Settings app icon.

The smart device then shows the first page of its settings, as shown in the next step.





4. Go to the Bluetooth Settings  Page to Continue with How to Pair the Sony SRS XB12 to an iPhone

Our Bluetooth Settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is running here. But since our XB12 is currently shut OFF (is not in Bluetooth pairing mode), it does not show up in the BT devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired this speaker with our iOS device before.

5. Turn On your Sony XB12

Turn on the XB12 by quickly pressing its  Power  button. See this, pointed at by the green arrow, in the next picture.

Picture of the Sony SRS XB12 portable speaker powered OFF, showing the -Power- button.
Sony SRS XB12 portable speaker powered OFF, showing the -Power- button.

The speaker then powers up, and its status lamp glows green, as seen in the next picture.

The speaker powered ON, showing the Status lamp lit.
The speaker powered ON, showing the Status lamp lit.

Also, this lamp will blink in a slow flashing pattern to indicate that the XB12 is ready to receive a Bluetooth pairing request.

If it blinks slowly, then it’s passively waiting for a Bluetooth connection request to come in.

But if it flashes quickly, in a three or four blinks per second, then it’s broadcasting its pairing information over Bluetooth so other devices can find it. I.e. The speaker is in pairing mode in this case.

Moreover, since our test iPhone like device does not know about this speaker, the SRS XB12 will not pair with it automatically.

6. Put the Speaker into Bluetooth Pairing Mode

Now, to see this speaker on your iPhone, place it into Bluetooth pairing mode if it’s not in that mode already (flashing quickly). To do that, press and hold the Power button, and release when the unit beeps, and the Status lamp begins its three-pulses-per-second flashing pattern.

Find the Power button as shown above, pointed at by the green arrow.

7. Find the Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with How to Pair Sony SRS XB12 to iPhone

See the screen shot next. We found our SRS XB12, as we point out with the green arrow.

iPadOS Bluetooth page, showing the speaker as discovered.

8. Pair with your XB12

Tap the listed speaker in the discovered devices list.

Your mobile device then pairs with the SRS XB12.

I.e. The the mobile device’s Bluetooth Settings screen might then change to look something like the following.  Note the now-paired Sony SRS XB12 entry, as pointed at by the green arrows in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the iPadOS Bluetooth page, showing the BT speaker as paired.
iPadOS Bluetooth page, showing the speaker as paired.

9. Done with How to Pair Sony SRS XB12 to iPhone !

At last, we have now successfully paired our XB12 mini BT speaker with an iPhone like device.





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References for How to Pair Sony SRS XB12 to an iPhone

  1. Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Speaker Product Page at Sony.com

Revision History

  • 2021-09-08: First published.
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