Picture of the glowing party light bars on the Sony SRS XB31 speaker.

How to Put Sony SRS XB31 in Pairing Mode

To pair your SRS XB31 Sony speaker with a Bluetooth source device for the first time, or to update old connection info in that device, you have to know how to begin pairing mode on the speaker.  Moreover, in this mode, the speaker broadcasts its name and currently valid connection information over the Bluetooth airwaves.  This enables source devices to connect and then play music through this speaker.  So in this post, we show you how to put the Sony SRS XB31 speaker into pairing mode, to let you to link it with phones, tablets, computers, and smart speakers.





How to Put Sony SRS XB31 Speaker into Pairing Mode

1. Turn On the Speaker

Turn on the speaker by rapidly pressing its  Power  button.

E.g. See this button, that we point out with the green arrow, in the next picture.

Picture of the -Power- button.
The -Power- button.

The speaker then comes on.

Picture of the Sony SRS XB31 speaker -Power- lamp glowing.
The Sony SRS XB31 speaker -Power- lamp glowing.

2. Press and Hold the Power-Pairing Button for Two or Three Seconds

Secondly, This lets you see your XB31 on your source Bluetooth device. So, start pairing mode by pressing and holding the the Power-Pairing button, as pointed out in the first picture above.

Picture of the Bluetooth Status lamp glowing.
The Bluetooth Status light glowing.

When you press this Pairing button, the speaker plays a sequence of rising beep sounds, and says, “Bluetooth pairing,” in a female’s voice. Also, the Bluetooth Status lamp begins rapidly flashing blue, as we see in the last picture..

3. Done with How to Put Sony SRS XB31 Speaker in Pairing Mode

While the Status lamp is flashing, you should be able to see the XB31 on any in-range phone, computer, tablet, or smart speaker, that is within several feet of it, as shown next.

Screenshot of the iPadOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the Sony SRS XB31 speaker as Discovered.
The iPadOS Bluetooth Settings page, showing the Sony SRS XB31 speaker as Discovered.

Note in the last picture, that the speaker appears as “SRS-XB31”.  So at this point, you could connect to the 31 if you wish.

Other Posts About the Sony SRS XB31 Bluetooth Speaker

  1. How to Pair Sony SRS XB31 Speaker
  2. How to Turn Off Sony SRS XB31 Bluetooth Speaker
  3. Turning Off the Party Lights on the XB31
  4. Telling if the XB31 is Charging

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References

  1. Sony XB31 SRS Bluetooth Speakers Product Page at Sony.com

Revision History

  • 2020-09-28: First published.
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