Picture of the glowing Sony SRS XB01 speaker Status light.

Sony XB01 Hard Reset Instructions

Gives here the Sony XB01 hard reset instructions, to return the unit to its default settings. Hard resetting this speaker restores it to default out-of-box state. Plus, it erases any earlier paired BT devices from memory. Clearing these halts this speaker from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices. Also, you might hard reset this speaker to get it ready for sale or re-gifting, or to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to link with.

Sony XB01 Hard Reset Instructions, Step by Step

1. Turn ON the XB01

Press and release the Power button for a half-second or so. Find this pushbutton as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Sony XB01 -Power- button.
The Sony XB01 -Power- button.

Then, the status light comes on, as we see next.  This light we find on upper left corner of the front grill.

Picture of the glowing -Status- light. Sony XB01 Hard Reset.
The glowing -Status- light.

The speaker could make a ding-dong beep sound when it powers up, if it links with a nearby Bluetooth device.  But should it not connect, then it makes no sound whatsoever when booting. But whether it syncs or not, this hard reset routine works the same way, as follows.

2. Press and Hold the Volume DOWN , Volume UP, and Power Buttons at the Same Time

Find these buttons as shown next.  All three of them we find on the top of the speaker, as the next picture shows.

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

The XB01 then enters hard reset mode after a a couple seconds delay.

Then the speaker powers OFF, and the status lamp goes dark, as shown next. Note that on this speaker, there is no power-down sound. You may release the buttons at this point.

Picture of the dark -Status- light on the speaker.
The speaker, displaying a dark -Status- lamp.

3. Check that your Sony XB01 Did Indeed Hard Reset

Next, power on the XB01 again, as described in step 1 above.

Note that after a hard reset, this speaker comes up in pairing mode. The Status lamp blinks blue rapidly to tell you this.  This is a signal for you to check for this speaker on a nearby BT device, and sync to it if you so desire.

4. Done with Sony XB01 Hard Reset !

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

Note that after a hard reset, the speaker no longer automatically syncs with any previously paired Bluetooth device. Thus, to restore this auto pairing, you manually pair the XB01 with a device. Then after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, and they’re in range of each other, pairing automatically occurs once more.

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Revision History

    • 2023-03-12: First published.