Front left view of the Sony SRS XB33 speaker.

Sony Speaker Hard Reset Instructions

We offer here our Sony speaker hard reset instructions for typical models in this line, to return them to their out-of-the-box settings.  Hard resetting to factory default state restores most any Sony speaker to a fresh, known-good state. Plus, it erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from its memory. Thus, deleting these stops this speaker from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices. Also, you might reset to get the speaker ready for sale or re-gifting, or to stop it from pairing wirelessly with devices you no longer wish it to connect with.

Sony Speaker Hard Reset, Step by Step Instructions

1. Turn the Speaker ON

Press and release the Power button for a half-second or so. In this demo, we’re using the SRS XB31 speaker.  But most other Sony speaker models also have a Power button and work the same as described below.  So on your speaker, find the Power button as we see in the next picture.

Picture of the -Power- button on a common Sony speaker.
The -Power- button on a common Sony speaker.

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

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

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

The speaker may make a ding-dong tone sound when it powers up, to announce that it has paired, should it connect to a nearby device. Or it may make no sound whatsoever if it does not.  But whether the unit pairs or not, this hard reset procedure works the same way, as follows.

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

Find these buttons as shown next.  In our demo, they are both on the top button panel, as we point out in the next picture.

Picture of the Volume DOWN and Power buttons.
The Volume DOWN and Power buttons.

The Sony speaker then enters the hard reset process.

Then after around five seconds, the speaker powers OFF. Furthermore, the status lamp goes dark, as shown next. So release the buttons at this point. Note that on many Sony speakers, there is no power-down sound even though the unit does indeed power OFF.

Picture of the dark -Power- lamp.
The -Power- lamp dark.

3. Check that your Sony Speaker Did Indeed Hard Reset

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

Note that after hard reset, the speaker comes up in pairing mode. The Pairing Mode lamp quickly flashes to let you know this. E.g. See this in the next picture.

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

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 with Sony Speaker Hard Reset !

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

After a hard reset, the Sony speaker no longer automatically connects with any Bluetooth device. So to restore auto linking, you first pair it manually with a device. Then after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, and are in range, pairing automatically occurs  once more.

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References for Sony Speaker Hard Reset Instructions

    1. Sony Speaker Product Page at

Revision History

    • 2022-07-08: First published.