Picture of an iPhone with a Sony SRS XB33 speaker.

How to Pair Sony XB33 to iPhone

This post shows how to pair the Sony XB33 Extra Bass wireless speaker with an iPhone, or other iOS or iPadOS based device.

How to Pair Sony XB33 to iPhone, Step by Step

With your SRS XB33 switched OFF (power button is dark), run through these directions to pair it to your iPhone mobile device.

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 we show in the next picture.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow. How to Pair Sony XB33 with iPhone.
iOS Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted

3. Bring up the Settings App

Thirdly, tap the Settings app icon.

Screenshot of the -Bluetooth- option on the iPhone 12 Pro Max -Settings- page.
iPhone 12 Pro Max -Settings- page, showing the -Bluetooth- option.

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 XB33 to an iPhone

Our Bluetooth Settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is running here. But since our SRS XB33 is currently shut OFF (is not in Bluetooth pairing mode), it does not show up in the BT devices list.

Screenshot of the -Bluetooth Settings- page on an iPhone 12 Pro Max smart phone.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max -Bluetooth Settings- page.

Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired this speaker with our iOS device before.

5. Turn On your Sony XB33

Turn on the SRS XB33 by quickly pressing its  Power  button. See this, pointed at by the green arrow, in the next picture.

The -Power- button on the Sony XB33.
Sony XB33 -Power- button.

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

Picture of the -Power- lamp glowing.
The -Power- lamp lit up.

Also, the Bluetooth lamp will blink in some pattern to indicate that the SRS XB33 is ready to receive a Bluetooth pairing request, as we see in the next picture.

The glowing -Bluetooth Status- light on the Sony XB33.
Sony XB33 -Bluetooth Status- lamp glowing.

If it blinks slowly and evenly, then it is passively waiting for a Bluetooth connection request to come in.

But if it flashes in a pulse-pulse-pause, pulse-pulse-pause pattern , 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 does not know about this speaker, the SRS XB33 will not pair with it automatically.

6. Put the Speaker into Discovery Mode

Now, to see this speaker on your iPhone, place it into Bluetooth pairing mode if it’s not in that mode already. To do that, press the Bluetooth button, and release when the unit beeps, and the Bluetooth lamp begins its pulse-pulse-pause, pulse-pulse-pause flashing pattern.

Picture of the -Bluetooth Pairing- button.
The -Bluetooth Pairing- button.

Find the Bluetooth button as shown in the previous picture, pointed at by the yellow arrow.

7. Find the Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with How to Pair Sony XB33 to iPhone

See the screen shot next. We found our SRS XB33, as we point out with the green arrow.

The iPhone Bluetooth Settings page, showing a Sony XB33 as Discovered.

8. Pair with your SRS XB33

Tap the listed speaker in the discovered devices list.

Your mobile device then pairs with the SRS XB33.

Picture of the iPhone Bluetooth Settings screen, showing a Sony XB33 as Connected.
The iPhone Bluetooth Settings screen, showing a Sony XB33 as Connected.

I.e. The the mobile device’s Bluetooth Settings screen might then change to look something like in the last screenshot.  Note the now-paired Sony XB33 entry, as pointed at by the green arrow.

9. Done with How to Pair Sony XB33 to iPhone !

At last, we have now successfully paired our SRS XB33 mini BT speaker with an iPhone like device.

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Revision History

    • 2023-03-11: First published.