Picture of the front left of the Sony SRS XB30 speaker.

Sony XB30 Hard Reset Instructions

Here we give Sony XB30 hard reset directions, to restore this BT speaker to its factory default settings.  Hard resetting restores the 30 to default state. Plus, it erases any earlier paired Bluetooth devices from its memory. This stops the speaker from pairing to any nearby Bluetooth devices. Furthermore, you might hard reset the unit 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 XB30 Hard Reset, Step by Step Directions

1. Turn ON the XB30

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

Picture of the Power-Pairing button on the Sony XB30.
The Power-Pairing button on the Sony XB30.

Then, the Power-Pairing button illuminates, as we see next.

Picture of the glowing Power-Pairing button.
The Power-Pairing button glowing.

The speaker may make a two-tone sound as it starts, to announce that it has paired, should it sync to a nearby device. Or it may play no sound at all if it does not.  But whether the unit connects or not though, this hard reset routine works the same way, 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 Volume Down and Power-Pairing buttons on the Sony XB30.
The Volume Down and Power-Pairing buttons on the Sony XB30.

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 as well.  Doing it this way prevents accidently powering down the speaker before it has a chance to reset.

The XB30 then enters its hard reset program.

Then after about five seconds, the speaker powers OFF, and the Power-Pairing button goes dark, as shown next. So release the buttons now. Note that on the SRS XB30, there is no power-down sound.

Picture of the top of the speaker, showing all lamps OFF.
Top view of the speaker, showing all lamps OFF.

3. Check that your Sony XB30 Did Indeed Hard Reset

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

Note that after this hard reset, the XB30 comes up in discovery mode. The Pairing Status lamp quickly blinks white to let you know this. But the speaker should not link with any device fresh after a hard reset.

E.g. See this in the next picture.

Picture of the blinking Pairing lamp on the Sony XB30.
Sony XB30 Pairing lamp flashing.

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 XB30 Hard Reset !

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

After a hard reset, the XB30 no longer automatically links with any Bluetooth device. So to restore auto syncing, you manually pair it with a device. Then after that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth turned on, and are in range, pairing would automatically take place once more.

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Revision History

    • 2023-03-22: First published.