This post gives Sony XB21 Bluetooth pairing directions, to link it with common portable devices such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad line of Apple phones, media players, and tablets. A similar procedure connects this speaker with Android devices also.
Sony XB21 Bluetooth Pairing, Step by Step
With your SRS XB21 powered OFF (all lamps dark), run through this routine to pair it to your source device. We use an iPad Air tablet for this demo.
1. Go to the Home Screen on your Source 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.
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 XB21 Bluetooth Pairing
Our Bluetooth Settings screen displays as follows. Note that Bluetooth is ON here. But since our Sony XB21 is currently shut OFF (thus it is not in discovery mode), it does not show up in the devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never paired this speaker with our mobile device before.
5. Turn On your XB21
Turn on the speaker by quickly pressing its Power-Pairing button. See this, pointed at by the cyan arrow, in the next picture.
The unit then powers up, and its status lamp glows white, as seen in the next picture.
But since our tablet does not know about this speaker, the SRS XB21 will not pair with it automatically.
6. Put the XB21 in Discovery Mode
Now, to see this speaker on your device, place it into Bluetooth pairing mode. To do that, press and hold the Power-Pairing button, and release when you hear the rising pitch beep sequence and the speaker announces, “Bluetooth pairing,” in a lady’s voice. Find the Power-Pairing button as pictured above.
In addition to the audible announcement, the Bluetooth Status lamp begins blinking in rapid pulses.
7. Find the Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with Sony XB21 Bluetooth Pairing
See the screen shot next. We found our XB21, as pointed at by the yellow arrow.
8. Now Pair with the XB21
Tap the listed speaker in the discovered devices list.
Your mobile device then pairs with the speaker.
The the mobile device’s Bluetooth Settings screen might then change to look something like the following. Note the now-connected SRS XB21 entry, as pointed at by the green arrows in the next screenshot.
9. Done with Sony XB21 Bluetooth Pairing !
Finally, we have now successfully paired the XB21 speaker with with a common mobile tablet device.
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- 2023-03-17: First published.