How to Pair Bose Headphones from Bose to any Gadget

How to Pair Bose Headphones

With a new set of Pair Bose headphones, you can tune into your favorite podcast, audiobook, or music while shutting out the outside world.

In my experience, Bose facilitates easy listening; however, the process of pairing and connecting is a bit more difficult.

We outlined the simplest methods for pairing your Bose headphones with any device so you can eliminate pairing headaches and get right to the music.

How to activate pairing mode on Bose headphones

1. Verify that the Bluetooth feature on your device is activated.

Make sure the Bluetooth capability is turned on on your device by going to the settings, which are often denoted by a gear symbol, and allowing your device to detect your Bose headphones.

2. Find the pairing button and hit it.

You need to press a tiny button or switch that matches the color of the hardware to turn on your Bose’s pairing mode.

The ear cuff of over-ear versions, such as the QuietComfort 45s, will contain a switch. Turn the switch to the “on” position and wait for the blue light to begin pulsing.

The button for earphones, such as the QuietComfort II earbuds, is situated on the rear side of the case. Give the button a couple of seconds of pressure. When the blue light begins to blink slowly, release the button.

The blue light on the in-ear and on-ear models indicates that you have turned on Bluetooth on the Bose device and that your Headphones are prepared for pairing.

Additionally, if the buds are already in your ears, a voice will announce, “Ready to pair.”

How to Pair Bose Headphones

The light on my QuietComfort II buds charging case will begin to steadily pulse blue after I push the button on the rear for a few seconds, indicating that the AirPods are ready to connect to my device.

3. From the list of Bluetooth devices, pick the headphones.

Once the light begins to flicker, let go of the button and check out the Bose Music app or the Bluetooth device option in the settings on your computer, tablet, or phone. In the Bluetooth device menu, your Bose headphones will show up as a connectivity option.

After selecting the Bose choice, put the headphones in your ears or on your head.

Next, avoid being as shocked as one ZDNET editor was when she paired her Bose headphones for the first time. The earphones will make a whooshing sound to indicate connectivity, and then they will speak to you robotically to let you know when the connection was made and to check the battery level.

Fortunately, the robot voice only indicates that your headphones are plugged in and ready to listen, not that it’s about to take over in the vein of Terminator 2.

How to connect an iPhone to Bose headphones

1. Switch on the Bluetooth feature on your phone.

Go to Settings (gear icon), choose Bluetooth, and confirm that the top Bluetooth switch is toggled on (green). This will ensure that your iPhone is Bluetooth-enabled.

For fast access, you may also swipe down from the top-right corner of the home screen and hit the Bluetooth toggle.

How to Pair Bose Headphones

You can quickly check if your Bluetooth is on by swiping down from the top right corner of the home screen on your iOS device and choosing the Bluetooth quick toggle.

2. Select the pairing mode for the headphones.

You can either slide the button on the cuff of over-ear headphones or push and hold the button on the case of your Bose earbuds. Release the button after you’ve waited for the blue light to start blinking.

3. Choose from the menu of the Bluetooth device.

The Bluetooth menu will show the Bose headphones as a device connection option. Choose the Bose device and insert the earbuds into your ears or place the over-ear cans on. After pairing is finished, you might have to wait while the phone buffers, but after that, a robotic voice will inform you that “Connection was successful” and provide you with an update on the battery life.

Connecting to an iPad or any other iOS device follows the same steps.

How to Pair Bose Headphones

Your Bose headphones will appear in the iPhone Bluetooth menu under the “Other devices” option. To complete the connection process, tap on the name.

How to connect a Mac to Bose headphones

1. Open System Preferences and turn on Bluetooth.

It’s not too difficult to pair Bose headphones with a Mac. Choose the System Preferences icon (gear) from the dock of your Mac. For your headphones to detect your computer as a connection point, choose the Bluetooth option from this menu and confirm that the Bluetooth settings are enabled.

How to Pair Bose Headphones

2. From the Bluetooth menu, choose your Bose headphones.

When you pair Bose headphones, keep the Bluetooth settings open by turning the Bluetooth toggle on your over-ear cans or pressing and holding the connection button on your earbuds until you see the blue light.

When your Mac detects that you are using headphones, the Bose device name will appear as a device option. After placing the headphones in your ears or on them, press the Connect button.

A robotic voice will inform you that the connection was successful and that you can now begin listening after it has been established.

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Make sure Bluetooth is enabled before pressing the Connect button next to your device’s name to connect Bose headphones to a Mac.

How to connect an Android device to Bose headphones

1. Check the Bluetooth connection by opening the settings.

Swipe down from the home screen of your Android device and tap the gear symbol in the upper right corner. Make sure the Bluetooth switch (third option down) is toggled on after choosing the Connections option.

It is also possible to tap the Bluetooth quick toggle by swiping down on the home screen twice.

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Click the gear icon in the top right corner to view the full Bluetooth menu. Check out the widget in the fast settings interface if all you want to do is confirm that Bluetooth is turned on.

2. Connect the Bose headphones.

From the Connectivity menu, choose Bluetooth. Once the blue light begins to blink, press or slide the Bose connectivity button. The name of your Bose headphones should finally appear under the “Available devices” option; however, this may take a few seconds.

When your Android phone prompts you to pair it, choose your headphones and push the button.

To hear a connectivity chime and the remaining battery life of your headphones, place them in or over your ears.

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When your Android phone prompts you to click the Pair button, do so to complete the connection process.

How to connect a PC and Bose headphones

1. Turn on and off Bluetooth.

Locate your PC’s settings menu, which is typically found on the dock. To make it easier for your headphones to link, make sure the Bluetooth setting is activated.

2. Select the pairing option for the Bose headphones.

In the same way that you connect the headphones to the other devices, press or toggle the connectivity button until the blue blinking light appears.

3. Link and pair the device

To connect a new device, choose “Add device” or the corresponding invitation from your PC under the Bluetooth menu. As you follow the connection prompt or prompts, you should hear the message “Connected.”

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How to use the Bose Music App to link headphones

1. Install the app

The Bose Music app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play store or the Apple App Store, serves as a central control panel for your Bose gadgets. Using the app, you can easily link your headphones, tweak the EQ, and give them a quirky nickname like “Earphoria.”

Generate an account and download the app on iOS or Android device.

Choose the option for headphones and frames.

Once your account has been created, choose “Set Up New Product.” Select “Headphones and Frames” from the setup menu after that.

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An easy method to connect and manage your headphones is through the Bose Music app. Make sure you use the Headphones and Frames option in the app when configuring your headphones.

3. Establish Contact

To ensure that the app recognizes your product and invites you to connect, make sure your Bose headphones are charged, within range, and in pairing mode (the blue light should be blinking).

After choosing the Connect option, watch for the pairing procedure to finish in a few seconds.

The “connecting” screen of the app will give way to a widget that shows the brand and model of your headphones, their current battery level, and the device to which they are attached. As you listen, tap the widget to change between modes or to further modify the EQ.

All that’s left to do is put the headphones in or onto your ears and close them to lock in the music.

How to Pair Bose Headphones

To add your headphones to the Bose Music app library, press Connect.


1. How do I activate pairing mode on my Bose headphones?

Ensure Bluetooth is enabled on your device.
Locate and press the pairing button on your Bose headphones: For over-ear versions, like QuietComfort 45s, find a switch on the ear cuff.
For earphones, like QuietComfort II, press the button on the case.
Wait for the blue light to blink, indicating pairing mode.
On your device, go to Bluetooth settings, select Bose headphones, and connect.

2. How do I connect Bose headphones to an iPhone?

Activate Bluetooth on your iPhone from Settings or the quick toggle.
Put your Bose headphones in pairing mode.
In Bluetooth settings, select Bose headphones from the device list.
Wait for the robotic voice confirmation of successful connection and battery update.

3. What’s the process for connecting Bose headphones to a Mac?

Open System Preferences, and turn on Bluetooth.
Activate the pairing mode on your Bose headphones.
In Bluetooth settings, choose Bose headphones from the list.
Press Connect after placing headphones on or in your ears.
Wait for the robotic voice confirmation of a successful connection.

4. How do I connect Bose headphones to an Android device?

Open Android settings, and activate Bluetooth.
Put your Bose headphones in pairing mode.
Select Bose headphones from the Bluetooth menu.
Press the button on your headphones when prompted to pair.
Wait for the connectivity chime and battery update.

5. Can I connect Bose headphones to a PC?

Access PC settings, and enable Bluetooth.
Press or toggle the pairing button on your Bose headphones.
Under Bluetooth settings, choose “Add device” or the equivalent.
Follow the prompts to complete the connection and hear the “Connected” message.

6. How do I use the Bose Music App to connect headphones?

Download the Bose Music app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.
Create an account and select “Set Up New Product.”
Choose “Headphones and Frames” from the setup menu.
Ensure your headphones are charged, in pairing mode, and within range.
Use the app to connect, modify EQ settings, and monitor battery levels.

7. Can I connect multiple devices to my Bose headphones?

Yes, your Bose headphones can be paired with and connected to multiple devices.
Switch between devices by disconnecting from one and connecting to another in Bluetooth settings

8. What should I do if I experience issues with pairing or connectivity?

Ensure Bluetooth is on, and your devices are within range.
Reset your Bose headphones and follow the pairing steps again.
Check for software updates on both your headphones and connected devices.
Contact Bose customer support for further assistance if issues persist.

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