How to Turn Off Bose SoundLink

You can turn off your Bose SoundLink speaker by pressing the Power button one time. It’s important that you only press the button once because if you long press it (hold it down while pressing), it can go into Bluetooth pairing mode. 

BOSE Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker

My name is Donovan, and I’m an active musician and producer who loves everything about audio. I’ve used many different types of portable speakers over the years and have first-hand experience dealing with a Bose SoundLink. 

This post will show you how to turn off a Bose SoundLink. I’ll walk you through the easy process of making this happen while providing you with other important information. My goal is to help you get the most out of your speaker. 

Let’s get after it. 

Key Takeaways

  • You can turn off your Bose SoundLink speaker by single pressing the Power button. 
  • This applies to all versions of the SoundLink speaker. 
  • You don’t want to press and hold the Power button on your SoundLink because this puts the speaker into pairing mode and does not turn it off. 
  • Most Bose SoundLink speakers have an Auto-Off function that is designed to help conserve battery. You can turn this feature off if you want or need to. 

How to Turn Off Bose SoundLink 

Knowing how to turn off your Bose SoundLink speaker is a must. Even though this speaker has an auto-off function (more on that later), you’ll still want to turn it off when not in use to get the best battery life possible. 

Luckily, turning off your SoundLink is super simple. You just need to single press the power button to turn it off. Single-pressing means that you press the power button once time and release the pressure. 

If you long-press the Power button or press and hold it down, you can put the speaker into Bluetooth pairing mode. This won’t turn it off even though you are pressing the power button. 

The Power button is located on the left of all the buttons on most SoundLink models, but refer to your user’s manual if you can’t find it there. It should be easy to see and accessible because it’s one of your speaker’s most widely used buttons. 

There are a few different models of the Bose SoundLink, and the directions for turning them off are all the same. So no matter which SoundLink you have, you can easily turn it off by following the short instructions above. 

Your SoundLink will also automatically turn off after about 30 minutes because of the Auto-Off feature. This is a battery-saving feature that can help you get increased use. You can turn this feature off if you want, but there’s no reason to do so. 

Why Can’t I Turn Off My Bose Speaker?

The main reason why you might not be able to turn off your Bose speaker is that you are long-pressing the power button rather than short pressing it. The speaker will go into Bluetooth pairing mode when you long press it. 

You just need to press the Power button quickly one time and then release it to power down your speaker. If you hold it down for a few seconds, you won’t successfully turn it off. 

You might also be unable to turn the speaker off if you leave it plugged into a power source. This can happen on some models of the SoundLink. So even if you try to short-press the power button, it can stay on if it is plugged in. 

Just remove the power source from the speaker and try again with it disconnected to turn it off successfully. 

You also might be dealing with a broken or faulty speaker if you can’t turn it off. This doesn’t happen often, but it is possible. If you’ve followed all the instructions for turning off your SoundLink properly and it still won’t, it might be broken. 

The power button can get damaged if you drop the speaker or something falls on it. If you notice any visible signs of damage or you know it was dropped and now doesn’t work, it’s safe to assume it’s been damaged. 

If this happens, you can reach out to Bose customer support to see if your speaker is under any sort of warranty. You might be able to get a replacement for free if so. If not, you might need to buy a new speaker because you likely can’t fix it on your own.  


Here are a few quick answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to how to turn off a Bose SoundLink speaker. 

How do I turn off my Bose SoundLink 2 speaker? 

You can turn your Bose SoundLink 2 speaker off by pressing the Power button. You just want to press the power button once, not hold it down. This process is the same for all SoundLink models. 

Does Bose SoundLink turn off automatically? 

The Bose SoundLink does come with an Auto-Off feature that turns the speaker off automatically if it hasn’t been used in about 30 minutes. It is possible to turn off this feature and keep it on at all times if you want or need to. 

How do I turn off Bose Color 2 SoundLink? 

You can simply press the power button once on your Bose Color 2 SoundLink speaker to turn it off. Be sure to turn it off when not in use, so you save battery power. The speaker will also turn off automatically after about 30 minutes when not in use. 

Is it ok to leave Bose SoundLink plugged in overnight? 

It is ok to leave your Bose SoundLink speaker plugged in overnight. You won’t get any extra charge by leaving the speaker plugged in longer than needed, but you won’t cause any damage to the battery either. 

How long does a Bose SoundLink battery last? 

The Bose SoundLink has a speaker that can last up to 12 hours, but the exact battery life depends on the conditions you use your speaker. In colder environments, you might get lower battery life. It can also be lower if you connect many devices. 

Final Thoughts

Turning off your Bose SoundLink speaker is important to save battery life and turn the music off when you don’t want to listen to it. To do this, you just need to press the Power button on your speaker once, and it should shut down quickly. 

Remember that you don’t want to press the Power button on your SoundLink for an extended period to turn it off. Pressing and holding this button will put the speaker into pairing mode rather than turning it off. 

What’s your favorite feature on the Bose SoundLink? Let me know in the comments below.

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