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How to pair Sony WF-1000XM5 to Android, iPhone, PC, and more

Start enjoying your earbuds in no time!
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Published onFebruary 9, 2024

Did you get yourself a new pair of Sony WF-1000XM5 true wireless earbuds? Congratulations! These are amazing headphones, and we were delighted with them in our Sony WF-1000XM5 review. You’re in for a treat, and we know the first thing you’ll want to do is start using them. Let’s show you how to pair the Sony WF-1000XM5 to Android, iPhone, PC, and more.

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To pair the Sony WF-1000XM5, enter pairing mode by opening the case and pressing the pairing button in the back for about five seconds, or until the indicator light starts flashing in blue. Enter your device's Bluetooth settings and look for a new device. The headphones should show up as WF-1000XM5. Establish the connection, and you should be ready to go in a few seconds.

The specific steps will be different on all platforms, so let's go over each device type to make sure you know how to pair your Sony WF-1000XM5 to Android, iPhone, PC, and more. Also, make sure your earbuds have a charge before starting this process.


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How to connect the Sony WF-1000XM5 to Android

Connecting your Sony WF-1000XM5 to Android devices is as simple as it gets. If you’ve connected other devices to your device in the past, the process will be a breeze.

  1. Open the Sony WF-1000XM5 charging case.
  2. Press and hold the pairing button in the back for about 5 seconds. The LED indicator will flash blue when ready.
  3. On your Android phone, launch the Settings app.
  4. Go into Connected devices.
  5. Hit Pair new device.
  6. You’ll see all available options under Available devices. Select WF-1000XM5.
  7. Hit Pair.

You can also download the Sony | Headphones Connect from the Google Play Store to take advantage of all the features these earbuds have to offer. It will also simplify and guide you through the setup process.

How to connect the Sony WF-1000XM5 to an iPhone or iPad

If you have an iPhone, the process is very similar.

  1. Open the Sony WF-1000XM5 charging case.
  2. Press and hold the pairing button in the back for about 5 seconds. The LED indicator will flash blue when ready.
  3. On your iPhone, launch the Settings app.
  4. Go into Bluetooth.
  5. Look under Other Devices. You should see WF-1000XM5. Select it.
  6. Give the system a few seconds to connect.

Likewise, you can also download the Sony | Headphones Connect app from the Apple App Store. Grab it to access all the enhanced features.

How to connect the Sony WF-1000XM5 to a Windows PC or laptop

The settings are a bit more hidden if you’re trying to use your headphones with a Windows machine. Let’s walk you through the process.

  1. Open the Sony WF-1000XM5 charging case.
  2. Press and hold the pairing button in the back for about 5 seconds. The LED indicator will flash blue when ready.
  3. On your Windows computer, launch the Settings app.
  4. Go into Bluetooth & devices.
  5. Select Add device.
  6. Click on Bluetooth.
  7. The system will search for available connections. Select WF-1000XM5.
  8. Wait a few seconds for the system to establish the connection.

How to connect the Sony WF-1000XM5 to a Mac or MacBook

What if you have a Mac? We can help with that, too.

  1. Open the Sony WF-1000XM5 charging case.
  2. Press and hold the pairing button in the back for about 5 seconds. The LED indicator will flash blue when ready.
  3. On your Mac computer, click on the Apple menu.
  4. Go into System Settings.
  5. Select Bluetooth.
  6. Hold the pointer over WF-1000XM5, then click Connect.
  7. Select Accept if asked to confirm the connection.

FAQs

Yes. The instructions in this guide will take you through the manual process of pairing your earbuds, but you may not need to. If your mobile device supports Fast Pair, you might get a notification telling you the earbuds are available for pairing as soon as you open the charging case.

Yes. The Sony WF-1000XM5 true wireless earbuds will activate when inserted into your ear, and you can use one or both at any given time.

You don’t necessarily need to download Sony’s app for the Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds to work, but many of the product’s enhanced features and settings will require it. You will get the full experience if you download the official app.

The Sony WF-1000XM5 can keep a stable connection at 10 meters. The same applies for pairing.