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Sony is a highly regarded company in the audio equipment industry, known for their high-quality sound and innovative features. The WF-1000XM3 is one of their best-selling products, offering wireless earbuds with exceptional noise-canceling capabilities. 

However, connecting these earbuds to your devices can be challenging, especially if you’re not familiar with the connectivity of wireless earbuds.

In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide to help you connect your Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds to your smartphone or laptop. We will review the earbuds’ basic features and explain the connectivity options available. Whether you’re a first-time user or a seasoned audiophile, this guide will help you get the most out of your new earbuds.


Sony WF-1000XM3: An Overview

The WF-1000XM3 earbuds from Sony are their top-of-the-line wireless option, delivering impressive sound quality and clarity. While they may be the younger sibling to Sony’s premium WF-1000XM4 earbuds, they still include all the features you would expect from a flagship product.

The earbuds offer convenient touch controls on each bud, allowing for easy volume adjustment, play/pause, and track selection. The build quality of the earbuds feels robust, with a solid plastic construction that exudes a premium feel. Additionally, the earbuds offer an excellent fit, remaining securely in place even during vigorous exercise or running. The earbuds come in various ear tip sizes to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.

Regarding connectivity, these earbuds use Bluetooth to connect to any wireless device and can be used up to a range of 10 meters. The battery life of these earbuds is impressive, providing up to 6 hours of playback on a single charge. The charging case that comes with earbuds also extends the battery life by 24 hours, ensuring you can enjoy listening to your favorite tunes all day while on the move.

Featuring dual noise sensor technology, the WF-1000XM3 earbuds employ Sony’s proprietary noise-canceling technology to block out external noise effectively. The earbuds also have an adaptive sound control feature that automatically adjusts the noise cancellation based on your surroundings and activity. 

Whether you’re in a busy city, on a plane, or just need some quiet time, the WF-1000XM3 earbuds deliver an immersive audio experience by eliminating unwanted background noise.


Sony WF-1000XM3: Connectivity

1. Connecting with iPhone

Before you attempt to connect the earbuds to any device, ensure it’s within 1 meter of the device and has a sufficient battery. Take the following steps to connect the earbuds to your iPhone:

  • Remove the earbuds from the case, and you will notice the blue light flashing. It indicates that the earbuds are switched on.
  • Start pairing mode by putting both buds in your ears.
  • Tap the touch sensors on both sides for at least 5-7 seconds until you hear “Bluetooth pairing.”
  • Open the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone and turn it on.
  • Select WF-1000XM3 from the list and put the passkey 0000 if required. 

Your Sony earbuds are connected to your iPhone. 


2. Connecting with Android

The procedure to connect your Sony WF-1000XM3 to an Android smartphone is similar to the iPhone. However, if you have an NFC enabled Android phone, you can use one-touch control to connect the buds. This is how you do it:

  • Go to phone Settings and choose Connections.
  • Use the toggle switch to turn on NFC.
  • You can also type NFC in the search bar on the Settings page and directly access the option.
  • Take the earbuds out of the charging case and wait for the blue indicator to start flashing.
  • Touch the smartphone with the earbuds charging case.
  • Follow the simple on-screen instruction on your phone to set up the connection.
  • Once the connection is successful, you will hear Bluetooth connected in the left earbud. 

Check out this video guide for more detailed info:


3. Connecting with Windows PC

Before you connect the earbuds to your Windows PC, ensure the following:

  • Your PC must have a Bluetooth adapter that supports A2DP playback connections. 
  • The Bluetooth adapter is turned on in your laptop. 
  • The earbuds are within a 1-meter range.
  • There is a sufficient battery in the earbuds.

Here are the steps to connect Sony WF-1000XM3 to your Windows laptop:

  • Take the left earbud out and start the pairing mode until you hear the Bluetooth pairing message in the left piece.
  • On your computer, Go to Start ➡ Settings ➡ Devices.
  • Click on Bluetooth and use the toggle switch to turn it on.
  • Give it a few seconds to search and locate the Sony earbuds.
  • Select Sony WF-1000XM3 from the list and click on Pair.

4. Connecting with Mac

Connecting Sony WF-1000XM3 to Mac is pretty straightforward. Make sure your laptop supports A2DP Bluetooth connections and has Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher. Take the following steps to proceed with the connection: 

  • Enter the pairing mode by removing the earbuds from the charging case until you see the blue indicator flashing. You will also hear the same Bluetooth pairing message in the left earbud.
  • Go to System Preferences ➡ Bluetooth.
  • Select Sony WF-1000XM3 on the Bluetooth screen.
  • If a passkey is required for authentication, type 0000.
  • You will hear Bluetooth connected once the connection is successful. 

The following video will further clarify the steps you need to take to connect your Sony earbuds to your Mac:


Connecting with Android Smart TV

To connect the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds to your Android smart TV, you can follow the same steps as with any other Android smartphone. 

It’s essential to ensure that your TV supports A2DP Bluetooth pairing before proceeding. To initiate the pairing process, simply bring the earbuds within one meter of your TV and activate pairing mode by removing them from the charging case. From there, the remaining steps of the process are similar.

The following video will help you connect your Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds to any Smart TV:


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