A Bose Bluetooth speaker delivers the sound, so great. The proprietary Bose Technology produces the loud and clear sound that you’ll love to listen to your favorite album with a Bose Bluetooth speaker.
There are around 50 different variants available for Bose Bluetooth speakers, differentiate with its features and user experience. Bose Bluetooth speakers are further categorized; these are the types of Bose Bluetooth speakers available in the market:
- Portable speakers
- Stereo speakers
- Computer speakers
- Home cinema systems
- Smart home speakers
- Wave systems
Old wired speakers have been replaced with Wi-Fi connective and Bluetooth connective speakers to have a wireless music streaming experience.
The power source of all Bose Bluetooth speakers is through battery charging, some Bose speakers are also Wi-Fi connective.
The battery backup of a Bose Bluetooth speaker is different for every product, but normally, it is more than 6 hours.
The Bose Bluetooth speaker is compatible with all types of devices including Android and iOS. It is available in a multi-variety of vibrant colors.
Hence, the source of power for these wireless Wi-Fi connective and Bluetooth connective speakers would be battery charging. You then need to understand different indicators in the speaker to understand the charging process.
Checking The Battery Status Indicator Of A Bose Speaker
You need to charge your speaker only when it is in need to charge. So, how can you know whether it requires charging or not? To conserve the battery power of your speaker, the battery status indicator is normally off.
To check the charge level of the Bose Bluetooth speaker, you need to press and hold the power button and observe the battery indicator of your speaker.
- The speaker indicates a Green Signal: Your speaker has a battery level of 70% or more of full charge.
- The speaker indicates a Yellow Signal: Your speaker has a battery level of 20% to 70% of full charge.
- The speaker indicates a Red Signal: Your speaker has a battery level of 20% or less, which shows your speaker requires charging.
If your Bose Bluetooth speaker indicates a signal, it means it’s badly in need of charging.
So, how can you charge your speaker? Here is the process.
Charging A Bose Bluetooth Speaker
After observing the battery indicator of your speaker through a red indication signal and find that your Bluetooth speaker requires charging, then you need to follow the process for charging your Bose’s Bluetooth speaker.
The speaker’s battery can be charged when the cover is opened or closed.
Below is the two-step process for charging your Bose Bluetooth speaker:
- Insert the DC power cord plug
- Plug power supply into AC power outlet
Insert the DC Power Cord Plug
From the power supply, insert the DC (Direct Current) power into the direct current jack. You will find the DC jack on your speaker generally on the back of the speaker.
In Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker, you will find the Direct Current jack on the back of the speaker.
Plug Power Supply Into the AC Power Outlet
After you insert the DC power into the DC jack of the speaker, you need to plug the power supply into an Alternating Current power outlet.
When you plug the power supply into the power outlet, the Bluetooth speaker emits a tone.
The speaker discharges the tone to confirm the power connection when you plug in the power supply. This tone helps you understand your speaker is getting charged.
The battery can be charged when the cover of your speaker is opened or closed. You can also use the Bluetooth speaker while charging its battery. The battery status indicator of the speaker indicates the charging status.
The recommended time to charge the speaker is limited to 3 hours. You should not charge your Bose Bluetooth speaker for more than 3 hours. Doing so might affect its battery.
Yellow Signal While The Speaker Is Plugged-In With AC Power Outlet
Yellow signal refers to battery charging. It means your speaker’s battery is getting charged.
You can use your Bluetooth speaker while charging the battery.
Green Signal While The Speaker Is Plugged-In With AC Power Outlet
Green signal refers to charging completed. When the speaker indicates a green signal, it is being charged fully and it is ready to use.
You can use the speaker for a longer duration, due to its long-lasting battery backup.
As you can see, it is very easy to charge a Bose Bluetooth speaker.
This speaker is also very easy to use. You are only required to connect with the phone Bluetooth or Wi-Fi wireless network to enjoy the music streaming to the speaker.
Troubleshooting – All Bose Bluetooth Speakers
My Bose Bluetooth Speaker Is Not Charging
If your Bose Bluetooth speaker does not charge when connected to the mains, do the following:
Connect The USB Cable From The Charger To One Of The USB Ports Of A Working PC
If the speaker is charging, the charger is defective. You must, therefore, replace it.
Note: It is quite possible to charge a Bose speaker (or any other USB device with a rechargeable battery) by connecting it to a PC. However, the charging time will be extended, as the PC provides less electricity than the charger.
You can also use the charger of a mobile phone, but be careful: it must have an output (this number is indicated on the charger) of 5VDC (no more, no less) and a current output between 0.5-1.0A (500mA-1000mA). The connection must also be in micro-USB format.
Connect The Speaker And PC With Another USB Cable
If the charging light comes on, then the charger cable is at fault and must be replaced.
If the speaker does not charge once you have made the above points, then the problem is probably due to the speaker itself. This can come from the charging port, battery or charging circuit. The speaker must then be repaired by a specialist.
My Bose Bluetooth Speaker Does Not Turn On, Even When It Has Been Charged For Several Hours
If your speaker does not turn on, try this:
- Make sure your speaker is connected to a power source.
- Be sure to use the transformer supplied with your speaker. Although in principle you can use other transformers, it is recommended to use only the one supplied with your Bose speaker.
- If you are using a surge arrester, disconnect it and connect the plug directly to the wall.
- Make sure that both ends of the cable are well inserted.
Try this if you have the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00N32I2Q6″ locale=”US” tag=”myshowerspeak-20″]Bose SoundLink Color[/easyazon_link] (without the 3-dots button):
- Connect the SoundLink to a power source.
- Hold down the Play/Pause button for 15 seconds.
- Before releasing the Play/Pause button, disconnect the speaker.
- Release the button.
- Reconnect the speaker to the mains supply.
- Press the power button. The speaker should turn on normally.
My Speaker Does Not Turn On When It Is On Battery Power
The battery may not be sufficiently charged. Turn on your speaker for a few hours and try again.
Some Bose Bluetooth speakers, such as the SoundLink Color, have a battery protection system: if the speaker is not used for 14 days or more and is disconnected, the system activates to preserve the battery life. This is the case when you unpack your speaker for the first time. In this case, simply connect your speaker to a power source to reactivate the system.
My Bose SoundLink Color Charges Normally But Does Not Turn On
If you have tried to make a factory reset of your speaker but it does not work, one solution would be to disconnect and reconnect the battery inside the unit.
But to do this, you will have to remove the speaker and desolder the battery yourself. So do this only if your speaker is no longer under warranty. Otherwise, you would lose the benefit of this warranty.
Once the battery is disconnected, press and hold the power button for 20 seconds to remove any trace of electrical charge from the unit, then release the button.
Then reconnect the battery and turn the unit back on to check that everything is back to normal.
B y clicking on this link, you will find a detailed tutorial on how to remove the battery from a Bose SoundLink Color speaker.
Troubleshooting – Bose SoundLink Color II Bluetooth Speaker
Sound Quality Is Poor When The Speaker Is Connected To The Auxiliary Port
Try the following things to solve this problem:
- Reduce the volume on the device connected to the auxiliary port. Some devices have an output volume that is too high (especially if the volume is turned up high enough), which can cause distortion or poor sound quality problems on the speakers.
- Change the equalisation parameters of the connected device to “flat” or even “off”.
- Make sure that the 3.5mm cable is properly inserted into the port, on the speaker but also on the auxiliary device.
- Maybe it’s due to the cable itself. Connect another cable.
- If you use a music application to listen to music, change it to see if the problem persists.
- Try with another connected device.
- Restart your audio device: turn it off completely and then on again.
- Restart the Bose speaker by turning it off and pressing the power button for 10 seconds. This will erase the language and equalization settings and return the unit to its factory settings.
No Sound Comes Out Of The Device Connected To The Auxiliary Port
Try these solutions to solve the problem:
- Make sure that the auxiliary input is selected. Press the corresponding button (refer to the speaker manual). The light above the button must be on to indicate that the auxiliary source is selected.
- Make sure that the connected device is on and playing a music source.
- Make sure that the 3.5mm cable is connected to both the audio device and the speaker.
- Make sure that the speaker is not in silent mode. When the auxiliary audio source is selected, pressing and holding the multifunction button will mute or unmute the speaker.
- Increase the volume of the speaker.
- Try connecting the device with another auxiliary cable.
- Try connecting another audio source.
- Reset the speaker by turning it off and holding down the power button for 10 seconds. This will erase all language settings and equalization settings.
Impossible To Pair An NFC Device
If you are unable to pair your Bluetooth device using the NFC (Near Field Communication) standard, try the following:
- Make sure that your device supports the NFC standard. Refer to your user manual for this information.
- Check your device settings and make sure Bluetooth and NFC are enabled.
- Align the contact point of your Bluetooth device with the center of your speaker. If this does not work, move your Bluetooth device to locate its point of contact. In general, the contact point is located at the back of the unit.
- Reset the device you are trying to pair. To do this, turn it off and on again, remove and reinsert the battery or unplug the power cord and plug it back in.
- Reset the speaker by holding down the power button for 10 seconds until the speaker turns off.
- Try pairing another NFC device. If it matches correctly, there may be a problem with the first device.
Troubleshooting – Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker
No Sound From A Device Connected To The Auxiliary Port
Try this to solve the problem:
- Make sure that the device is properly connected to the auxiliary port and is working properly.
- Press the AUX button on the speaker and make sure the indicator light is on.
- Make sure that the cable you are using is correctly inserted into the ports of each of the two devices.
- Make sure that the speaker is not in silent mode and that the volume is not at 0.
- Increase the volume on the auxiliary device.
- Increase the volume on the speaker.
- Use another cable.
Pairing Not Possible With A Bluetooth Device
To solve the problem, try these procedures:
- Press the button marked with the Bluetooth symbol until the Bluetooth indicator slowly flashes blue.
- Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your device.
- Make sure that you have selected “Bose SoundLink Mini” from the list of Bluetooth devices offered by your device and that your device has confirmed the selection.
- Move your device closer to the speaker. You may be too far from your speaker.
- Turn off all Bluetooth devices in the vicinity or disable their Bluetooth function if possible.
- Make sure your device is A2DP (Bluetooth stereo) compatible.
- If you connect your Bose speaker to a PC or Mac, be sure to choose “Bose SoundLink Mini” in your computer’s audio settings. You may need to play a song in order to complete the operation.
- Try resetting your speaker: Press and hold the Mute button for 10 seconds. Your Bluetooth device will disconnect and the Bose SoundLink Mini will turn off. Then press Power to turn the speaker back on and reconnect it.
The Speaker Indicates That It Is Connected, But No Sound Comes Out
Try these different actions to solve this problem:
- Make sure that your device is connected to the speaker.
- Make sure that the controls of the audio device are set to audio playback.
- Make sure that the volume is not mutated and that the volume is up.
- Make sure that your Bluetooth device is not in silent mode and that its volume is turned up.
- Turn Bluetooth off or off on all nearby Bluetooth devices and reconnect only the device you want to hear.
- Turn off and then turn the speaker back on.
The Speaker Does Not Turn On When It Is On The Battery
- Connect the speaker to the mains socket. If the speaker is unplugged from the AC outlet and is not used for 14 days or more, it enters protection mode to preserve the battery life. It is then necessary to reconnect the device to the mains supply in order to reactivate the system.
- The battery may not be sufficiently charged. It must be charged to a minimum in order to power the speaker.
The Speaker Does Not Turn On When Connected To The Mains Supply
- Make sure your speaker is connected to a power source.
- Make sure you are using the transformer provided with your Bose speaker.
- If you are using a surge protector, connect your speaker directly to the wall outlet.
- Check if your speaker has the latest firmware version. Visit http://btu.bose.com.
If these actions do not work, you can temporarily switch the speaker to “Ship Mode”, which will reset the internal processor.
To switch the speaker to “Ship Mode”, follow this procedure:
- Connect the speaker to a power source.
- Press and hold the multifunction button for 10 seconds.
- While holding the multifunction button pressed, disconnect the speaker from the power socket.
- Release the multifunction button.
The speaker is now in “Ship Mode”. It is actually completely off. In order to get it out of the Ship Mode, connect it to a power source. It is recommended to leave it charged for one hour before resuming use.
Note: Turning the speaker to “Ship Mode” restarts the processor, but does not delete the language settings or the list of paired Bluetooth devices.
Other Tips Concerning Bose Bluetooth Speakers
How Do I Reset The Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker?
- Turn on the speaker.
- Press and hold the power button for 10 seconds. This starts the reset procedure, then the speaker will turn off. Warning: a reset deletes all previous updates.
How Do I Change The Language On A Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker?
- Press and hold the Multifunction and + keys simultaneously until you hear the name of the first language…
- Press + or – to browse the list of languages…
- When you hear your language, hold down the Multifunction button.
How Do I Connect My Bose Bluetooth Speaker To Another Wi-Fi Network?
If your network configuration has changed or you want to connect your system to another network:
- Open the SoundTouch® application.
- Select the menu icon (≡) at the top left of the screen.
Note: On a desktop or tablet computer, if the menu icon (≡) is not visible, the sliding menu may already be open.
- Select “Settings”.
- Select “Add or reconnect a speaker”.
- Follow the instructions on the screen to establish the connection.
How Do I Connect A Bose SoundLink Color II Speaker To Bluetooth?
- Make sure your speaker is in detectable mode. Keep pressing the Bluetooth button until the speaker’s Bluetooth light starts flashing blue.
- Make sure that Bluetooth is activated on your device. To do this, it is usually only required to access the device’s parameter menu.
- Open the Bluetooth settings menu of your device and verify that “Bose SoundLink” is selected as a paired device. If the SoundLink speaker does not appear on your device, “start” a “search” from the device’s Bluetooth menu.
- Try to move your device closer to the speaker. The Bluetooth range is about 9 meters. In the case of interference, such as a wall or the use of multiple Bluetooth devices in the same location, the range is reduced.
- If possible, deactivate all other Bluetooth devices in the vicinity, or deactivate their Bluetooth capability.
- Make sure your Bluetooth device supports A2DP (Stereo Bluetooth) profile for music playback. If in any doubt, consult the operating instructions for your device.
- When connecting the SoundLink speaker to a computer, be sure to select it as an audio output device from the computer’s audio settings menu (consult the computer manufacturer for more information). To finalize the connection, you may need to play a track, or close and then open the music application again.
- Reset the device you are trying to pair. To do this, it is usually necessary to restart it or remove its battery and/or power cord for one minute.
- Reset the speaker by turning it on and then holding the power button for 10 seconds until it turns off.
- A factory reset erases the paired mobile devices stored in memory and the language settings of the speaker, which returns to its original configuration. Once the unit resets, turn on the speaker and try to pair it with the unit.
- Check and install software updates for your SoundLink speaker at global.Bose.com/support.
- Try pairing another device. If this one works, the problem probably comes from the first device.
Adding A System To An Existing SoundTouch Account
- If you have already configured a SoundTouch system, you can create another system from the Settings screen, with no need to create a new account.
- On your computer, open the SoundTouch application.
- Select the menu icon (≡) at the top left of the screen.
Note: On PCs and tablets, if the menu icon (≡) is not visible, the drop-down menu may already be open.
- Select Settings.
- Select Speaker Settings.
- Select Add or reconnect a speaker.
- Select WI-FI CONNECTION and comply with the instructions on the screen.
How To Delete The Speaker Pairing List
- On the speaker, keep the Bluetooth button pressed and hold it down for 10 seconds until you hear “List of Bluetooth devices deleted”.
- On your mobile unit, clear the speaker from the Bluetooth menu. All paired mobile devices are erased and the speaker is available for pairing again.
How To Update The Bose SoundLink Color II Speaker Firmware
With The Bose Connect Application
The application alerts the user that a product update is available by displaying an update icon on the product image with an available update.
- Press the Bose product icon displaying the update icon to start the update.
- Wait for the speaker to update. This usually takes a few minutes. When you are finished, the application displays a check mark under the product icon.
Note: After the update, the product may not respond for about 30 seconds during the restart.
Without The Bose Connect Application
Note: A computer, internet connection and USB-A to USB-micro B cable (included with the product) are required.
- Make sure that the computer is connected to the Internet and that you are using a compatible operating system and web browser.
- For a complete list of compatible operating systems and browsers, see the compatibility table on the system update website.
- Open a browser and navigate to http://btu.bose.com.
- Wait for the update program to connect (it displays “Connection” during this time).
- Click “Accept and continue” to accept the terms of the Bose update program.
- Click on “Download” to download the update program.
- Once downloaded, open the file (BoseUpdaterInstaller) to install the update program, then connect your product to your computer via USB.
- If an update is available, click on “Apply Changes” to download the latest software.
- You can also click on “Learn more” to discover the improvements made to the update.
- Once the system has been successfully updated, disconnect the system from the computer.