This post shows how to pair the Sony XG500 boombox Bluetooth speaker with an iPhone, or other iOS or iPadOS based device.
How to Pair Sony XG500 to iPhone, Step by Step
With your SRS XG500 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 shown next.
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 Sony XG500 to iPhone
Our Bluetooth Settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is running here. But since our SRS XG500 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 XG500
Turn on the SRS XG500 by quickly pressing its Power button. See this, pointed at by the green arrow, in the next picture.
The speaker then powers up, and its status lamp glows green, as seen in the next picture.
Also, the Bluetooth lamp will blink in some pattern to indicate that the SRS XG500 is ready to receive a Bluetooth pairing request, as we see in the next picture.
If it blinks slowly and evenly, then it’s 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 like device does not know about this speaker, the SRS XG500 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.
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 XG500 to iPhone
See the screen shot next. We found our SRS XG500, as we point out with the green arrow.
8. Pair with your SRS XG500
Tap the listed speaker in the discovered devices list.
Your mobile device then pairs with the SRS XG500.
The iPhone’s Bluetooth Settings screen might then change to look something like the screenshot just above. Note the now-paired Sony XG500 entry, as pointed at by the green arrow.
9. Done with How to Pair Sony XG500 to iPhone !
At last, we have now successfully paired our SRS XG500 mini BT speaker with an iPhone like device.
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- 2023-03-30: First published.