Picture of the left front of the Sony SRS X3 speaker.

Sony X3 Factory Reset Instructions

Gives you the Sony X3 factory reset directions to restore this speaker to its default settings. Furthermore, doing this erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from memory. We might want to clear these to prevent this speaker from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices. Also, you would best reset your 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.

Sony X3 Factory Reset Directions, Step by Step

1. Turn ON the Speaker

Press and release the Power button for a half-second or so. Find the Power button as shown in the next picture. It’s in the back row of buttons on the top of the unit, closest to the rear right corner.

Picture of the Power button on the Sony X3.
The Power button on the Sony X3.

Then, the status light comes on, as shown next.  This light we find just behind the Power button.

Picture of the green glowing Power light on the Sony X3.
The green glowing Power light on the Sony X3.

The speaker makes a ding-dong beep sound when it powers up, whether it connects to a nearby device or not. But whether it pairs or not, this reset routine works the same way, as follows.

2. Press and Hold the Volume DOWN and Power Buttons

Both of these buttons we find on the top of the speaker, right of center, as called out in the next picture. Both buttons are in the back row.  The Volume Down button is in the leftmost position in this row, while the Power button is in the rightmost position.

Picture of the Volume Down and Power button locations on the X3.
The Volume Down and Power button locations on the X3.

Since one of these buttons is for power, you need to first press the Volume Down button by itself,  Then, after a half-second, while holding that one in, press and hold the Power button.  Doing it this way prevents accidently powering down the speaker before it has a chance to reset.

Then, hold both buttons in until all lamps go out, and the speaker shuts down.  This takes around five seconds as the speaker factory resets.

Next, the speaker powers OFF, and the Power and Pairing lamps go dark, as we see next. Note that on this speaker, there is no power-down sound when factory reset finishes.

Picture of the top of the Sony X3, showing all lamps dark.
Top of the Sony X3, showing all lamps dark.

You may release the buttons when all the lights go dark.

3. Check that the Sony X3 Factory Reset Did Indeed Work

Next, power on the X3 once more, as described in step 1 above.

Note that after a factory reset, this speaker comes up in pairing mode. The Pairing lamp blinks in fast white blips to tell you this.  This is a signal for you to look for this speaker on a nearby BT device, and pair to it if you so desire.

4. Done with Sony X3 Factory Reset !

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

After a factory reset, the speaker no longer automatically connects with any previously paired Bluetooth device. Thus, to restore this auto syncing, you manually pair the X3 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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    1. Official Sony X3 Support Page

Revision History

    • 2023-03-08: First published.