Screenshot of the iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the Sony SRS XB33 speaker as Discovered but not Connected.

Sony XB33 Pairing Instructions

This post gives Sony XB33 pairing instructions for typical smart devices. E.g. These include Apple and Android phones, media players, tablets, and computers.

Sony XB33 Pairing Instructions, Step by Step

With your SRS XB33 powered OFF (power button is dark), run through these directions to link it to your source BT mobile device. We’re using an iPad Air tablet computer for this demo here.

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.

Picture of an iPad Home screen, with the Settings app highlighted by an arrow. Sony XB33 Pairing.
iOS Home Screen with Settings App Highlighted

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 Sony XB33 Pairing

Our Bluetooth Settings screen displays as follows. Note that our Bluetooth is enabled here. But since our Sony XB33 is currently shut OFF (is not in Bluetooth pairing mode), it does not appear in the Bluetooth devices list. Also, we don’t see it since we’ve never linked this speaker with our mobile device before.

Screenshot of the iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page showing nothing discovered. Sony XB33 Pairing.
iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page showing nothing discovered

5. Turn On the Sony SRX XB33 

Additionally, turn on the XB33 by quickly pressing and releasing its  Power  button. See this, pointed at by the yellow arrow, in the next picture.

Picture of the -Power- button on the Sony XB33.
Sony XB33 -Power- button.

The speaker then powers up, and its status lamp glows green, as we see in the next picture.

But since our iPad does not know about this speaker, the SRS XB33 will not pair with it automatically.

Picture of the -Power- lamp lit up.
The -Power- lamp lit up.

6. Put the XB33 into Discovery Mode

Now, to see your speaker on your device, place it into Bluetooth discovery / pairing mode. To do that, press and hold in the Pairing button, and release when the speaker announces “Bluetooth pairing,” in a female voice.

Find the Pairing button as we see in the next picture, pointed at by the arrow.

Picture of the -Bluetooth Pairing- button.
The -Bluetooth Pairing- button.

Also, the Bluetooth Status lamp begins double flashing in a pulse-pulse-pause-pulse-pulse-pause pattern.

The flashing -Bluetooth Status- light on the speaker top.
The -Bluetooth Status- lamp blinking.

7. Find the Speaker on your Mobile Device to Continue with Sony XB33 Pairing

See the screen shot next. We found our XB33, as pointed at by the yellow arrow.

Screenshot of the iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the Sony XB33 as Discovered but not Connected.
iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- screen, showing the Sony XB33 as Discovered but not Connected.

8. Link with your Speaker

Tap the listed speaker in the discovered devices list.

Your mobile device then pairs with the SRS XB33.

E.g. The the mobile device’s Bluetooth Settings screen might then change to look something like the following.  Note the now-paired SRS XB33 entry, as pointed at by the yellow arrows in the next screenshot.

Screenshot of the iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the Sony XB33 as Connected.
iPadOS -Bluetooth Settings- page, showing the Sony XB33 as Connected.

9. Done with Sony XB33 Pairing !

At last, we have now successfully paired the XB33 wireless speaker with a common mobile tablet device.

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Revision History

    • 2023-03-11: First published.