Picture of the Sony SRS XB10 Bluetooth speaker, showing the logo side.

How to Reset Sony Bluetooth Speaker

Show you how to factory hard reset a Sony Bluetooth speaker, to return it to its default settings. Resetting restores the speaker to its factory default state. Plus, resetting erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from its memory. Clearing these stops the unit from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices. Also, you might reset your Sony Bluetooth speaker to get it ready for sale or re-gifting, or to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to connect with.  In this scenario, we demonstrate this on the Sony SRS XB10 and XB12 models, although other Sony Bluetooth speakers reset in mostly the same way.





How to Reset the Sony SRS XB10 Bluetooth Speaker

1. Turn the Speaker ON

Press and release the Power button for a half-second or so. Find the Power button as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Sony SRS XB10 portable speaker, showing the -Power- button.
The Sony SRS XB10 portable speaker, showing the -Power- button.

 

Find the Power button, as shown in the last picture above.

Then, the status light comes on, as shown next.

The speaker powered ON, and the Status lamp glowing.
The speaker powered ON, and the Status lamp glowing.

The speaker may make a ding-dong beep sound when it powers up, should it pair to a nearby device. Or it may make no sound if it does not pair with anything.  Whether paired or not, this reset to factory default state routine works the same way, as follows.

2. Press and Hold the Volume DOWN and Power Buttons Together

Find these buttons as shown next.  Both of them are located near the bottom of the speaker, as called out in the next picture.

The speaker with the -Volume DOWN- and -Power-buttons highlighted. How to Reset Sony Bluetooth Speaker.
The speaker with the -Volume DOWN- and -Power-buttons highlighted

 

The XB10 then enters factory hard reset.

After a very short pause, the speaker powers OFF, and the status lamp goes dark, as shown next. Note that on this speaker, there is no power-down sound.

The Sony SRS XB10 speaker, powered OFF, with the status lamp dark.
The Sony SRS XB10 speaker, powered OFF, with the status lamp dark.

3. Check that your Sony SRS XB10 Speaker Did Indeed Reset

Next, power on the XB 10 again, as described in step 1 above.

Note that after a factory default reset, this speaker comes up in pairing mode. The Power lamp blinks rapidly to let you know this.  This is a signal that you may then look for this speaker on a nearby BT device, and pair to it if you so desire.

4. Done !





How to Hard Factory Reset the Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Speaker

1. Turn the Speaker ON

Press and release the Power button for a half-second or so. Find the Power button as shown in the next picture.  Some Sony models have this button on the top or back panels as well.

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

Find the Power button, as shown in the last picture above.

Then, the status light comes on, as shown next.

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

The Bluetooth speaker may make a ding-dong tone sound when it powers up, should it pair to a nearby device. Or it may make no sound at all if it does not.  Whether paired or not, this reset to factory default state routine works the same way, as follows.

2. Press and Hold the Volume DOWN and Power Buttons At the Same Time

Find these buttons in our example Sony speaker as shown next.

Picture of the speaker, powered ON, showing the -Power- and -Volume Down- buttons highlighted.
The speaker powered ON, showing the -Power- and -Volume Down- buttons highlighted.

The Sony Bluetooth speaker then enters factory hard reset.

After a very short pause, the speaker powers OFF, and the status lamp goes dark, as shown next. Note that on many Sony speakers, there is no power-down sound.

Picture of the speaker powered OFF, showing the dark Status lamp. How to Reset a Sony Bluetooth Speaker.
Showing the speaker powered OFF, and its dark Status lamp.

3. Check that your Sony XB10 Bluetooth Speaker Did Indeed Reset

Next, power on the unit again, as detailed in step 1 above.

Note that after a factory default hard reset, the speaker comes up in pairing mode. The Power lamp blinks blue rapidly to let you know this.  This is a signal that you may then look for this speaker on a nearby BT device, and pair to it if you so desire.

4. Done !





Done with How to Factory Hard Reset a Sony  Bluetooth Speaker !

The reset is now finished. So you may now sell or gift it, or pair it again with your favorite Bluetooth devices.

After a hard factory reset, most Sony Bluetooth speakers no longer automatically connects with any previously paired BT device. Thus, to restore automatic pairing, you manually pair it with a device. Then after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, and they’re near to each other, pairing would automatically take place once more.

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References for How to Reset a Sony Bluetooth Speaker

  1. Sony Bluetooth Speakers Product Page at Sony.com

Revision History

  • 2020-09-23: Added sections for all Sony Bluetooth speakers in our library.
  • 2020-08-29: First published.
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