Picture of the front panel of the Sony SRS XB43 speaker, all dark, the speaker is OFF.

Sony XB43 Hard Reset

Gives hard reset directions for the Sony XB43 desktop Bluetooth speaker to set it back to its default settings. Hard resetting restores this SRS model back to default state. E.g. Returns sound mode and light settings to their fresh-out-of-the-box values.  Plus, it clears any earlier linked Bluetooth devices from memory. Wiping these stops this speaker from pairing to any nearby source devices. Also, you might hard reset to get this device ready for sale or re-gifting, or to stop it from pairing with devices you no longer wish it to connect with.

Sony XB43 Hard Reset, Step by Step

1. Turn the Speaker ON

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

Picture of the Sony XB43 with dark power lamp. Sony XB43 Hard Reset.
Sony XB43 with dark power lamp.

Find the Power button, as shown in the last picture above.

Then, the status light comes on, as shown next.

Picture of the Sony XB43 party Speaker power lamp glowing.
Sony XB43 party Speaker power lamp glowing.

The XB 43 may make a ding-dong tone sound and say, “Bluetooth connected.” when it boots, if it pairs to a nearby device. Or it may make no sound at all if it connects to nothing.  But whether it connects or not, this hard reset back to factory default state routine works the same way, as follows.

2. Press and Hold the Bluetooth and Volume DOWN Buttons Together

Find these pushbuttons as we show next.  Both of them are in the top button panel.

Picture of the -Pairing- and -Volume DOWN- buttons.
The -Pairing- and -Volume DOWN- buttons.

The XB43 then begins its hard reset process.

Then after one or two seconds, the unit shuts OFF, and the status lamp and party lights (if enabled) all go dark, as we see next next. Note that on the XB43, there is no power-off sound.

Picture of all button panel lights dark on the Sony XB43.
Showing all button panel lights dark on the Sony XB43.

3. Check that your Sony XB43 Did Hard Reset

Next, turn on the unit again, as explained in step 1 above.

Note that after hard reset, the XB43 comes up in connect mode. The Bluetooth Status lamp blinks blue in a pulse-pulse-pause-pulse-pulse-pause pattern, to let you know this. E.g. See this in the next picture.

Picture of the blue glowing Bluetooth status light.
Showing the blue glowing Bluetooth status light.

This is a signal that you may then look for the 43 on a nearby BT device, and pair to it if you so desire.

4. Done with Sony XB43 Hard Reset !

With the hard reset now done, you may safely sell or gift this speaker, or pair it again with your own Bluetooth devices.

Keep in mind that after a hard reset, the XB43 no longer automatically joins with any previously paired BT device. Thus, to restore auto pairing, you manually connect it with a device for the first time after the reset. Then following that, any time that both speaker and that device have Bluetooth active, and they’re near to each other, pairing will automatically take place once more.

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Revision History

    • 2023-03-28: First published.