Picture of the Sony SRS XP500 speaker, showing as discovered on the Bluetooth Settings page on iPadOS.

How to Put Sony SRS XP500 in Pairing Mode

To connect your SRS XP500 Sony karaoke party speaker with a wireless source device for the first time, or to refresh old connection info in that device, you have to know how to place this speaker into pairing mode.  Now in this mode, this unit broadcasts its name and currently valid connection handles over the Bluetooth airwaves, so that nearby BT source devices can use this information to link to it.  Thus in this post, we show you how to make the Sony SRS XP500 discoverable, to let you pair it with phones, tablets, computers, and smart speakers. Thus you can play your favorite tunes from those devices, on the XP500.

How to Put Sony SRS XP500 in Pairing Mode, Step by Step

1. Turn On the XP500

Firstly, turn on the speaker by quickly pressing its  Power  button.





E.g. See this button, pointed out by the bright blue arrow, in the next picture.

Picture of the -Power- button on the Sony SRS XP500 speaker.
The -Power- button on the Sony SRS XP500 speaker.

The speaker then boots.

Picture of the -Power- light blinking green.
The -Power- lamp flashing green.

2. Press and Release the Pairing Button 

Secondly, this lets you find your XP 500 on your source BT device. So, place the speaker into pairing mode by pressing and releasing the  Bluetooth Pairing  button, as we point it out in the next picture.

Picture of the Bluetooth pairing / discovery button on the Sony SRS XP500 speaker.
The Bluetooth pairing button on the Sony SRS XP500 speaker.

Additionally, when you press and release this button in a quarter second, the speaker talks to you in a female voice, and says, “Bluetooth pairing.”

Picture of the Bluetooth pairing status lamp glowing blue.
The Bluetooth pairing status light glowing blue.

Plus, the Pairing Status lamp begins flashing blue in a pulse-pulse-pause-pulse-pulse-pause pattern. We point out this light in the last picture.

3. Done with How to Put Sony SRS XP500 in Pairing Mode

Picture of the Sony SRS XP500 speaker, showing as discovered on the Bluetooth Settings page on iPadOS.
The Sony SRS XP500 speaker, showing as discovered on the Bluetooth Settings page on iPadOS.

Finally, while the Bluetooth Status lamp is flashing, you should see the XP500 on any in-range phone, computer, tablet, or smart speaker, that is within several feet of it, as we see in the last picture above.  The speaker appears as “SRS-XP500” there.  At this point, you can connect to the speaker from your source device.

Other Posts About the Sony SRS XP500 Karaoke Party Speaker

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    2. Bass Boosting the Sony SRS XP500 Party Speaker
    3. Making the Sony SRS XP500 Discoverable
    4. Sony SRS XP500 Pairing Help
    5. How to Turn On Sony SRS XP500 Party Speaker

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References for How to Make Sony SRS XP500 Discoverable

    1. Sony SRS XP 500 Bluetooth Speakers Product Page at Sony.com

Revision History

    • 2022-11-28: First published.
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