The dark party lights seen in the front view of the Sony SRS XB41 speaker.

Sony SRS XB41 Hard Reset

We give here the hard reset instructions for your Sony SRS XB41 Extra Bass Bluetooth speaker to return the unit to its default factory settings.  Hard resetting returns the XB41 to default fresh-out-of-box state. Plus, it erases any earlier paired Bluetooth device linkage from memory. Clearing this stops this speaker from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices. Also, you might hard reset to get it ready for sale or re-gifting, or to stop it from pairing wirelessly with devices you no longer wish it to connect with.

Sony SRS XB41 Speaker Hard Reset, Step by Step

1. Turn the XB41 ON

Press and release the Power button for a half-second or so. E.g. Find the Power button as shown in the next picture. It’s the rightmost button in the top buttons panel.

Picture of the Sony SRS XB41 -Power- button. Sony SRS XB41 Hard Reset.
The Sony SRS XB41 -Power- button.

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

Picture of the white glowing Power lamp.
Sony SRS XB41 speaker -Power- Light glowing white.

The speaker may make a ping-pang tone sound when it powers up to signify that is has paired with a device. Or it may make no sound if it does not connect.  But whether the unit syncs or not though, the hard reset routine is the same, as follows.

2. Press and Hold the Power 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 XB41 then enters hard reset mode.

Then after a very brief pause, the speaker powers OFF, and the status lamp goes dark, as shown next. Note that on the SRS XB41, there is no power-down sound.

Picture of the dark -Power- light on the speaker.
The speaker with dark -Power- lamp.

3. Check that your Sony SRS XB41 Speaker Did Indeed Hard Reset

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

Note that after hard reset, the XB41 comes up in discovery mode. The Pairing Mode lamp quickly flashes blue to let you know this. E.g. See this in the next picture.

The glowing -Bluetooth Status- light.
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 SRS XB41 Hard Reset !

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

After a hard reset, the XB41 no longer connects automatically with any Bluetooth device. So to get auto joining going again, 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 Sony SRS XB41 Hard Reset

    1. Sony SRS XB41 Product Page at

Revision History

    • 2021-10-05: First published.