Front view of the Sony SRS XB12 Extra Bass Bluetooth speaker.

Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Pairing Instructions

This post gives Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth pairing help, to link it with common BT source devices. E.g. Including the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad line of Apple phones, media players, and tablets. Also works with Android devices as well.

Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Pairing, Step by Step

With your SRS XB12 powered OFF (all lamps are dark), run through these directions for pairing it to your source BT mobile device. We’re using an iPad Air computer for this demo.

1. Go to the Home Screen on your Device

Firstly, press the Home button to reveal 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.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow. Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Pairing.
iOS Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted

3. Bring up the Settings App

Thirdly, touch 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 Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Pairing

Our Bluetooth Settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is ON here. But since our XB12 is currently OFF (and so, is not in Bluetooth pairing mode), it does not show up in the devices list on the tablet. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired this speaker with this particular mobile device before.





5. Turn On your Sony Speaker

Turn on the XB12 by quickly pressing its  Power  button. See this, pointed at by the green arrow, in the next picture.

Sony SRS XB12 portable speaker powered OFF, showing the -Power- button.
Sony SRS XB12 portable speaker powered OFF, showing the -Power- button.

The speaker then powers up, and its status lamp blinks blue, as seen in the next picture.  This means that it’s ready to receive a Bluetooth pairing request. If it slow blinks, then it’s passively waiting for a Bluetooth request to arrive.  But if it’s fast-flashing blue, then it’s broadcasting its connection info over Bluetooth so other devices can find this speaker. I.e. It is in Bluetooth pairing mode.

But since our iPad does not know about this speaker, the SRS XB12 will not pair with it automatically.

Picture of the speaker, powered ON, showing the Status lamp lit. Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Pairing.
The speaker powered ON, showing the Status lamp lit.

6. Put the XB12 into Bluetooth Pairing Mode

Now, to see the speaker on your device, place it into pairing mode. To do that, press and hold the Power button until the speaker beeps twice and the Status lamp begins flashing in short, fast bursts. Find the Power button as shown above, pointed at by the green arrow.

7. Find the Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Pairing

See the screen shot next. We found our XB12, as we point out with the green arrow there.

Screenshot of the iPadOS Bluetooth page, showing the speaker discovered.
iPadOS Bluetooth page, showing the speaker discovered.

8. Pair with your Speaker

Tap the listed speaker in the discovered devices list.

Your mobile device then pairs with the SRS XB12.





E.g. The the mobile device’s Bluetooth Settings screen might then change to look something like the following.  Note the now-connected SRS XB12 entry, as pointed at by the green arrows in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the iPadOS Bluetooth page, showing the portable speaker as connected.
iPadOS Bluetooth page, showing the portable speaker as connected.

9. Done with Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Pairing !

At last, we have now successfully paired our XB12 BT speaker with a common mobile tablet device.

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References for Sony SRS XB12 Bluetooth Pairing

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Revision History

    • 2022-08-10: First published.
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