sony makes some amazing bluetooth speakers. Whether you have one of the smaller models, like the sony srs-xb12 waterproof wireless speaker, or one of the larger models, like the sony xb90, you probably want to know how you can pair your speaker with a compatible audio source.
if you’re not sure how to pair your sony bluetooth speaker with a compatible device, we’re here to help! Fortunately, almost all Sony Bluetooth speakers will pair with devices the same way, regardless of the size, power, or cost of the particular model you own.
by following the steps below, you’ll be enjoying your favorite music and podcasts with your sony speaker in no time.
step by step guide to pair a sony speaker with a compatible device
Before we begin, it’s worth mentioning how important it is to read the instruction manual for your specific sony speaker. Not only can this teach you how to use your new speaker correctly, but it can also contain important information like how long your speaker’s warranty lasts and how you can protect your speaker from damage and unnecessary wear.
However, if you no longer have a copy of the instruction manual, you can continue with the following steps to pair your sony speaker with an audio source:
step 1: turn on the speaker
The first and most obvious step is to turn on the speaker. after you have pressed the power button, the power led indicator will light up. With almost all sony bluetooth speakers, the bluetooth indicator light will also start flashing at this point.
if this is the first time you have turned on your sony speaker, you will notice that the bluetooth indicator will flash rapidly. is doing this because the speaker has never been paired with a device before. Once you’ve paired your speaker for the first time, it will automatically pair with nearby devices when you turn it on. In most cases, when you turn it on for the first time, the speaker will try to pair with the last device it was connected to.
step 2: press and hold the pairing button
on almost all sony bluetooth speakers, the pairing button will have the bluetooth symbol, shown below:
After you hold this button down for roughly one second, you will hear your Sony speaker’s guidance voice say the word “pairing”. You will also notice that the LED light located beside the Bluetooth button will have started to flash at a rapid speed.
once both things happen, the speaker will have entered pairing mode, which means it’s starting to search for compatible devices. Please note that the pairing procedure will only remain active for 5 minutes on a Sony speaker. While other brands allow the pairing procedure to continue until the speaker is paired, Sony limits this mode to 5 minutes as it helps conserve battery power.
If 5 minutes have passed and you still haven’t paired your speaker with a compatible device, you’ll need to start over. when the procedure is finished, you will notice that the led indicator light next to the bluetooth button will turn off.
Step 3: Make sure your chosen device has bluetooth enabled
Although it may sound quite obvious, your sony bluetooth speaker will not be able to pair with your chosen device if the bluetooth feature is turned off.
If you’re trying to pair a smartphone with your speaker, go to your phone’s settings menu and make sure bluetooth is enabled. Both iOS and Android devices have a similar procedure for enabling Bluetooth connections, so it shouldn’t matter if you’re using an Android smartphone or an Apple iPad.
Step 4: Pair the speaker with your audio source
Now that the speaker is in pairing mode and bluetooth is enabled on your chosen device, it’s time to pair them. the type of device you are trying to pair with your speaker will determine the next steps. Depending on the device you have, you can follow the procedure described below:
if you’re using an android device, go to settings and look for the drop down menu called “pair new devices”. From here, you should see the name of your Sony speaker in a menu titled “Available Devices.” all you have to do is select the speaker, and you should have the option to pair or cancel. press pair.
Within seconds, your Android device will connect to your Sony speaker, and you can start playing audio from your phone or tablet through your speaker!
ios devices (iphone, ipad, macbook, etc.):
if you are pairing an ios device, start by opening settings. In the settings menu, select bluetooth and make sure it’s turned on. doing so will open a dropdown menu showing all supported devices in the area.
You should see the name of your Sony speaker listed under the menu titled “DEVICES”. Select your speaker and wait until the word ‘Connected’ appears beside its name. If it asks for a passkey, use 0000, the standard code for any Sony device.
windows devices (laptops, tablets, desktops, etc.):
If you are trying to pair your sony speaker with your windows device, start by pressing the windows key. from there select settings, then devices. select the option that appears as ‘bluetooth & other devices and make sure bluetooth is turned on.
from here, click ‘add bluetooth or other device’. If it’s in pairing mode, your sony bluetooth speaker should show up as one of the available devices. select the speaker by clicking on its name, which will open a pop-up asking you to “connect device” or “cancel”. After clicking “connect device”, your windows device and sony speaker will be paired!
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Once your bluetooth speaker has been paired with your chosen device using the steps outlined above, you won’t have to pair them again! The speaker and device will pair automatically when they are close to each other and your device is bluetooth enabled.
If you want to pair your speaker with another device but it automatically connects to a different one, you can simply open the bluetooth menu on the old device and disable the connection with your sony speaker.
remember, pairing your sony speaker with a compatible device doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems. Fortunately, Sony speakers are incredibly easy to use, so you shouldn’t have any problems if you follow the steps outlined above.