Picture of an iPhone with a Sony SRS XB23 speaker.

Sony SRS XB23 Reset Instructions

Here we give Sony SRS XB23 reset instructions, to return this wireless cylinder speaker to its default settings.  Resetting restores the XB23 to default state. Plus, it erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from the speaker’s memory. Clearing memory like this stops this speaker from pairing to any nearby BT devices afterwards, until you enter new connections manually. Or, you might reset to get the unit ready for sale or re-gifting, or to stop the XB23 from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to sync with.

Sony SRS XB23 Reset, Step by Step Instructions

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.

The -Power- button on the Sony SRS XB23 speaker.
Sony SRS XB23 speaker -Power- button.

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

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

The -Power- light glowing green on the speaker. Sony SRS XB23 Reset.
The -Power- lamp glowing green on the speaker.

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 stay quiet if it does not.  Whether the XB23 pairs or not though, this reset routine works the same way, as follows.

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

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

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

The XB23 then enters reset mode.

Then after a several-seconds pause, the speaker powers OFF, and the Power lamp goes dark, as shown next. Note that on the SRS XB23, there is no power-down sound.

The dark -Power- light.
The -Power- lamp is now dark.

3. Check that your Sony SRS XB23 Did Indeed Reset

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

Note that after reset, the XB23 comes up in BT pairing mode. The Pairing Mode lamp double flashes blue to let you know this.

Picture of the -Bluetooth Status- light blinking blue.
The -Bluetooth Status- lamp flashing blue.

This pairing light signal tells you 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 SRS XB23 Reset !

The resetting is now over. So you may now sell or gift this wireless speaker, or pair it again with your favorite BT streaming devices.

After reset, the XB23 no longer automatically links with any Bluetooth device. Therefore, if you’re keeping the speaker and wish to restore auto pairing, you manually link the speaker with a device. Then after that, any time that both XB23 and that device have Bluetooth turned on, and they’re near to each other, pairing between them would automatically take place once again.

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References for Sony SRS XB23 Reset 

    1. Sony SRS XB23 Product Page at Sony.com

Revision History

    • 2022-07-15: First published.