How to Connect Bose Soundbar to TV

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Connecting a Bose soundbar to a Bose TV or any other TV and soundbar combination is a straightforward operation. The connection utilizes an HDMI cable to connect the HDMI ARC ports of your TV and soundbar for the amazing sound experience Bose products deliver.

There’s nothing quite like having high-definition sound quality delivered to your ears when you connect Bose soundbar to TV.

By the end of the simple steps in this tutorial, you should have the ideal setup for listening to every detail in your shows and movies.

I want to share this experience with as many people as possible because I’m just that passionate about making good audio accessible with simple terms and steps everyone can understand.

What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial

Before starting the step-by-step guide, make sure that you have everything you need for a successful installation. Those materials will include:

If you already have a TV or soundbar that you want to use, you should be able to follow the same process, especially if they are on the newer side. Even if you have an older speaker system and TV or smart TV, a different audio cable will still allow you to experience a quality audio output.

I would only recommend connection options like an optical cable or Bluetooth connection if you are restricted in terms of hardware from taking advantage of an HDMI ARC connection for the best audio source possible.

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Step-by-step Instructions

Step 1: Unpack your TV

If your TV is already set up somewhere you like it, you can go ahead and skip this step. If your TV came with an HDMI cable, try to locate it if you’re not currently using it.

Step 2: Unpack your soundbar

Your Bose soundbar should be intact and come with a couple of peripherals or accessories that help you connect Bose soundbars to a device like your TV.

Step 3: Verify you have the correct HDMI port

The back of both the soundbar and TV should have a panel of all the ports for both visual and audio input.

Make sure that both devices have an HDMI ARC port and that it is free for use (you may need to rearrange other devices that are connected as a result).

The port should be labeled with something along the lines of “HDMI ARC”, and it will often be listed as HDMI 1 as well.

Step 4: Turn your TV and soundbar off

While you could plug in a new cable without turning anything off, you have a small risk of electrical problems occurring whenever you do so.

Simply turning off your devices beforehand minimizes or eliminates this risk and is a quick solution.

You can go further and unplug the power cord for your devices but you shouldn’t need to.

Step 5: Connect an HDMI cable to the HDMI input of both the TV and soundbar

Once you have identified the correct HDMI ports, connect the Bose soundbar with an appropriate HDMI cable. Don’t force the end of the HDMI cable into the port because this can cause damage to both the cable and port that can affect your TV audio output.

Step 6: Switch on your devices

Now that your new connection has been formed, you can safely plug in your devices and turn them back on without fear of any damage. This simple step can be achieved with a remote control or with the TV’s power button.

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Step 7: Adjust your TV audio settings

Smart TVs might automatically recognize the new audio device and set it up to be used for all future applications. In case that doesn’t happen, you can still set it up manually with a couple of pages of clicks.

Using the included TV remote, navigate to your audio settings. Every TV menu has an interface that looks different from TVs of other brands but they should have similar options. Find the option to use a connected HDMI device as the TV speaker.

You should now be able to experience high-definition sound from movies and TV shows through your Bose soundbar.

You can go a step further and enable CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) which allows you to use a single remote like the TV remote instead of trying to fight with a bunch of remotes each with a single, specific purpose.

Alternative connections

Some TVs don’t have a slot for connecting Bose soundbars or maybe you don’t have an HDMI cable. There are still solutions that use a different cable and port or can even allow a soundbar to enter Bluetooth pairing mode for a wireless network of connections.

Optical cable

This is one of the most popular options after HDMI that still involves a cable. When connected to a TV’s optical port, you can enjoy high-quality audio at a low latency but not at the same level as something like HDMI that supports Dolby Atmos levels of audio quality.

The process is the same for connecting an optical cable as with HDMI cables, the only difference you need to be aware of is what the optical cable and ports look like.

It is especially important to be gentle with optical audio cable because the tips that are inserted into the ports are fragile and crucial to the proper performance of the cable.

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Hopefully, you were able to complete this tutorial and can enjoy hearing sound you might not usually on a standard set of TV speakers.

If you’re not satisfied with your result, let me know in the comments because I want you to get the most out of your audio systems for an amazing viewing experience.

Share the article if I was able to help you set up your devices correctly so that I can help even more people that might have the same problem!

How to Turn on Bose Soundbars Without Remote

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There is nothing worse than having 10 different remotes or simply not being able to find the remote. This particular problem gets really annoying when you use a soundbar or surround sound system that doesn’t actually have a physical power button.

What do you do now? The remote is nowhere to be found and you want the sound.

Bose is one of those. Bose does not have a power button so if you need to turn it on or off, you need a remote control to do so. Whether you lost the remote or it’s simply not working, you need an option.

In this situation, you can either try to make the broken remote work. Of course, if the remote is lost, you might just need to go out and get a universal remote or add the Bose speaker to your current universal remote.

Below, you will find a quick guide to both of these processes.

Use a Universal Remote

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Every universal remote is different. This means we can’t exactly walk you through a specific process for adding the Bose speaker to a universal remote. If you have the instructions that came with the remote, this should be your source.

If you use a universal remote for the rest of your TV and devices, you should be able to add the Bose speaker to this remote. Then you have everything in one place. If you can’t pair to the remote you already use, then you will likely need to purchase a new universal remote.

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Again, we don’t have a step-by-step guide to connecting to a universal remote. You will need to refer specifically to your universal remote and the instructions for that model. They all work differently. Most of them have a series of buttons that you use for programming.

If you have an old remote and don’t have your guide, you can look up the brand of remote and find the instructions online. You can most likely also find a YouTube channel to help guide you through the process as well.

There are tons of universal remotes out there so just check to be sure they are compatible with Bose or truly universally compatible.

Try to Fix a Non-Working Bose Remote

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If your Bose remote is simply not working, there are a couple of things that you can try. It might just be that your speaker needs to be re-connected or even that your batteries are dead. Remotes do wear out over time so you may not be able to fix the issue.

However, give all these things a try before you give up on the remote.

  1. Check the batteries first. It may just be that you need fresh batteries in your remote.
  2. Double check your connections to make sure nothing has come loose.
  3. Try unplugging both devices and leaving them for several minutes. We recommend 5-10 minutes just to give the systems some time to “reset”. Then plug everything back in and see if this worked.
  4. Test the remote and soundbar on a different device to try to determine where the issue lies.

These are some great things you can do to troubleshoot and determine if you have a simple fix. The other thing that you can try here is to completely disconnect the soundbar from the TV and then attempt to reconnect and see if the remote picks up.

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Do I Have to Have a Remote?

Do I Have to Have a Remote
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The Bose soundbar is unique. While many speakers and soundbars have buttons that allow you to manually operate them, the Bose soundbar does not. If you have no remote or the remote isn’t working, your soundbar isn’t turning on or off.

You have to find a solution to get a working remote in order to control the soundbar or to turn it on. Some people are able to set their soundbar to their primary audio, so it just turns on automatically with the TV. This could potentially be a solution but it’s not always an option.

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This is done in your settings by changing over the audio settings to this particular connection.

When your remote stops working or you can’t find it, you essentially have three options.

  • Troubleshoot to see if you can get the remote working
  • Purchase a universal remote to replace the Bose remote
  • Purchase a replacement Bose remote

Bose does supply remote replacements. You will have to pay for the new remote. You can look on the Bose website to see if your remote is available or reach out to Bose support for additional help in getting a replacement remote. They will be able to help you or direct you further.

Bose Control Space Remote App

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Finally, there is one more solution that you might be able to try. Bose does have an app that is Control Space remote. This app is available in several different app stores. If you can download this app and connect it to your device, you don’t even have to worry about lost remotes or universal remotes.

This might be the easiest solution. The challenge is that some people have trouble using the app or simply don’t like to rely on a phone app for their device connections.


We hope that you find this guide helpful in understanding what to do to power on your Bose soundbar without a remote. Whether you simply can’t find the remote or your remote appears not to be working, you have options.

Be sure to give these solutions a try so you can continue to use your Bose soundbar without a hitch!

How to Reset a Bose Soundbar (700,500,300)

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Technical problems are the worst. You purchase an item like a soundbar, and you expect it to work as it should. You connect the soundbar and it works well for a while but then suddenly it fails you. What do you do?

If you’ve tried basic things like powering off and on or unplugging and plugging in the connections with no luck, there are some other options out there. With Bose systems, you can reset the soundbar following some specific steps.

In this guide, we will cover how to reset the Bose soundbar in a step-by-step process. You can use this method for the 700, 500, or 300 series. They all work primarily the same when it comes to resetting them.

Keep reading to learn the steps.

What Does a Reset Entail?

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When you do a reset like this, you need to be aware that it is a total reset. Going through the reset process will erase any settings that you have customized with your devices. Your devices will no longer be connected. This means after the reset; you will need to go through the steps as you did when you initially received and established your soundbar.

A reset is not always necessary. In fact, it’s usually the last option to try once you have tried all of the other troubleshooting options out there. The reset will generally fix setting issues and other things that you might be experiencing.

We’re going to walk through each model just to be sure you understand the process completely.

Bose 300 soundbar

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The reset process is really quite simple. It’s a matter of hitting a few buttons in succession. Follow these steps to factory reset a Bose 300 soundbar.

  1. Make sure the soundbar is turned on. You will need your remote for the reset process.
  2. Using your remote, hold down the play/pause button as well as the down volume button.
  3. Hold these down together for about 5 seconds. You will know when you can release as the system will begin a reboot.
  4. Allow the soundbar to reboot and reset. It can sometimes take a few moments.
  5. When the soundbar shows an amber indicator light, this is your sign that it has reset.

Now, you can go through the process of connecting your system as if it were brand new again.

Bose 500 soundbar

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The next system is the Bose 500 soundbar. It uses a different process, but you will still need your remote. You cannot do anything on the Bose soundbars without having a remote available for them.

Follow these steps to reset your Bose 500 soundbar.

  1. Make sure the soundbar is powered on and you have a working remote available.
  2. Press down the power button and the skip forward button at the same time.
  3. Hold these buttons down for about 5 seconds. You will know that you can release the buttons when the light on the soundbar goes off completely. It will first pulse white before it fades out.
  4. Be patient while the system resets and reboots. This could take a few moments to complete.
  5. When the system is back up, your indicator light will be orange and will have a solid glow. No flashing or anything.

Once that solid orange is up, you can proceed with setting up the Bose system again. You are starting fresh so you will have to completely reconnect the system and then adjust your settings appropriately.

Bose 700 soundbar

Finally, let’s go over the Bose 700 soundbar. Again, it’s very similar but it does use different buttons than the other two models we’ve covered. Again, you will need to make sure you have the remote to the system in order to accomplish the reset.

Follow these steps to reset your Bose 500 soundbar.

  1. Grab the remote to your soundbar and be sure that it is powered on.
  2. On the remote, press two buttons at the same time. This will be the skip back button and the power button.
  3. Hold the buttons down for about 5 seconds. The indicator light will first flash at you and then eventually turn black. This is when you can release the buttons.
  4. Wait a few moments while the system resets and then reboots. When it comes back on, it will be restored to factory settings.

You will notice that the Bose 700 doesn’t have an indicator light for when it’s completely finished. However, you will know because the system does a full reboot so it will power back on.

Once it comes back on, you can then set back up the connection and adjust your settings to pair the soundbar with your device.

Bose Soundbar in Music App

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If you have your Bose soundbar set up in the Bose Music App, you will also need to remove it from here for the reset. We did not include it in the steps because many people never even establish this.

However, if you do have it, it’s very easy to remove the soundbar. You will then add it back in after the reset is complete.

To remove the soundbar, you simply need to log into the app, go to your account settings, manage speakers, and delete the soundbar you are resetting.

We do want to warn you that this step of the process can sometimes take a bit. It takes much longer if Alexa is enabled on the device. However, if you just unplug the soundbar and then plug it back in, Alexa disconnects so it can speed up the process.

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Resetting the Bose 300, 500, or 700 soundbars is straightforward and simple. You simply need to know what buttons you must press on the remote to accomplish the reset. Once you know that, it doesn’t take that much time to accomplish.

Just be prepared to wait a few moments for the reset and then also take the time to reconnect and set up the device when you are ready to get it connected again.