Most Bose speakers can be reset by pressing the Play/Pause button for about 10 seconds. The speaker will power off and cycle through a reboot before the lights flash to indicate completion. This applies to most, but not all, Bose speakers and Soundbars.
My name is Donovan, and I’m a musician, producer, and all-around audio enthusiast. I’ve used many different speaker brands over the years, including Bose. I know through first-hand experience how to reset these speakers.
This post will show you how to reset a Bose speaker. I’ll walk you through the simple steps of making this happen, show you the difference between a regular and hard reset, and provide some other important related information.
Let’s dive in.
- To reset most Bose speakers, press and hold the Play/Pause button for about 10 seconds until the speaker powers down, turns back on, and its lights flash.
- A reset can help iron out some bugs, glitches, and other issues you might be having with your speaker.
- You can just turn your speaker off and back on for a simple reset.
- A factory reset will restore the speaker to its original settings, and you might need to connect it to the Bose app or your Bluetooth devices afterward.
- Various Bose speakers have different methods for resetting, so always refer to your user’s manual or check online to know for sure how to reset.
How to Reset Bose Speaker
Knowing how to reset any of your electronic devices is always good. And if you have a Bose speaker, learning how to do this can help you fix some random performance and operation issues that happen occasionally.
To soft reset most Bose wireless speakers, you only need to turn them off, wait a few seconds, and turn them back on again. This simple reset can often fix issues that don’t have much of an explanation.
If this reset doesn’t help, continue on to the next section below to learn how to perform a hard or factory reset. I’ll explain what that is and when you might need or want to do it there.
Some examples of when you’d want to do a soft reset on your Bose speaker include connection problems, sound glitches, or poor battery performance with a newer wireless speaker.
For example, let’s say you get intermittent sound from your speaker where the music comes in and then cuts out. If you are certain that your audio source is working correctly, a quick reset of the speaker can restore things back to normal.
Another example I’ve experienced in the past is when my Bose speaker battery wasn’t charging properly. I’d plug it into the charger, and nothing would happen. But after I turned the speaker off and back on again, everything worked normally.
Both of these problems were quickly resolved simply by soft resetting my speaker. As you can see, it’s an easy solution for some issues that might seem more significant than they actually are.
How to Factory Reset Bose Speaker
Factory resetting a Bose speaker is a little more involved but can help fix other problems that aren’t solved with a soft reset. A factory reset is also known as a hard reset, and this will restore the original factory settings to your speaker.
In other words, a factory reset will return the speaker to its original state that it was in when your first purchased and unboxed it. You’ll lose any saved data or connections, which you’ll need to restore after the reset is complete.
Many Bose speakers can be factory reset by pressing and holding the Play/Pause button for about 10 seconds until the speaker powers down, turns back on, and its lights flash a few times to indicate the reset is complete.
But not every single Bose model can be reset using this method. On the SoundLink II, you need to press and hold the Aux and Volume down buttons simultaneously until the speaker turns off, back on and the lights flash.
You should always refer to your user’s manual for exact instructions on resetting the particular Bose speaker model you have. This is an important thing to know how to do in case you run into any issues with your speaker.
If you don’t have a user’s manual, then a quick search of the model of your speaker and how to factory reset it should steer you in the right direction.
Keep in mind that you always need to have your speaker powered on to perform a factory reset. You can’t do it if the battery is dead, so plug it into a power source before attempting it if needed.
Nearly every Bose speaker can be factory reset by holding down a button, or several buttons, for 10 seconds. The exact button or buttons you need to press will vary from model to model, but the process is essentially the same.
Some examples of when you might want or need to factory reset your Bose speaker include when it is powered on but completely unresponsive or dealing with any bug or glitch that doesn’t respond to a soft reset.
Once you factory reset the speaker, you’ll need to manually restore any saved connections you had. So you’ll likely need to connect the speaker to the Bose app and reconnect any Bluetooth devices that might have automatically connected before the reset.
Here are a few quick answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to how to reset a Bose speaker.
How do I force reset my Bose speaker?
You can force reset your Bose speaker by holding down the Play/Pause button until the speaker powers down and turns back on again with lights flashing. This should take around 10 seconds and will restore the speaker to its factory settings.
On older Bose Soundlink speakers, you can reset it by pressing and holding the Aux and Volume down buttons and the same time until the speaker powers down and turns back on. This will take about 10 seconds and will restore the speaker to factory settings.
To reset the Bose SoundLink II speaker, press and hold the power button with the speaker powered on until it turns off and back on again. This usually takes around 10 seconds, and the reset will restore the factory settings on your speaker.
Why is my Bose speaker not working?
Several possible problems can cause your Bose speaker not to function correctly. The most common issues are a dead battery or a bug. You can fix potential bugs by resetting your speaker or plug it into a charger if the battery is dead.
How do I soft reset by Bose speaker?
You can do a soft reset on your Bose speaker by simply turning it off and back on again. This can work out some random bugs, glitches, and other issues with your speaker. You can also factory reset the speaker if a soft reset doesn’t do the trick.
Resetting a Bose speaker is pretty straightforward, but remember, there are two different ways to go about it. A soft reset can be done by turning the speaker off and back on again. A factory reset involves holding down a specific button or buttons until the speaker cycles and reboots.
Knowing how to reset your speaker is important to deal with several potential issues. I’ve used a reset to iron out many bugs, deal with battery issues, and fix an unresponsive speaker. Rember that you’ll need to reconnect to other devices after a factory reset.
Which Bose speaker do you have, and what do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.