How to Connect a Bose Soundbar to Wi-Fi  

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Struggling with getting your new Bose soundbar to connect to your home Wi-Fi network? Don’t sweat it

With the right guidance, you can have that speaker streaming wireless audio in no time.

Getting a Bose soundbar hooked up to Wi-Fi is a straightforward process using the Bose 

Connect mobile app as long as your speaker has built-in Wi-Fi capability.

We’ll outline the complete procedure step-by-step.

Let’s dive right in to the specifics of networking your soundbar…

How to Connect a Bose Soundbar to Wi-Fi

The key to getting your Bose soundbar connected to your Wi-Fi network is using the Bose Connect mobile app.

This app allows you to configure the wireless settings on compatible Bose speakers and complete the networking process in just a few steps.

To start, you’ll want to download Bose Connect on your smartphone or tablet, create a Bose account if you don’t have one, and make sure your soundbar is powered on.

Connect your mobile device directly to the speaker via Bluetooth or an aux cable.

Open the Bose Connect app, select your soundbar model, and choose the option to join a wireless network.

Follow the onscreen prompts to select your Wi-Fi name and enter the correct password. The app then sends these settings to your soundbar to connect it.

The networking process may take a few minutes but the Bose Connect app guides you through each part of getting your speaker online.

As long as your soundbar supports Wi-Fi connectivity, connecting it wirelessly is quick and seamless using the mobile app.

We dive deeper into each specific step below.

But in a nutshell, the Bose Connect app handles getting your compatible soundbar hooked up to your home Wi-Fi.

Check Soundbar Compatibility

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Before attempting to connect your Bose soundbar to Wi-Fi, you’ll want to verify that your specific soundbar model has built-in Wi-Fi capability.  

This allows the soundbar to connect directly to your wireless network in order to stream music and access online services.  

Most newer Bose soundbar models have Wi-Fi connectivity, but some older units may lack this feature.  

You can check the specifications for your soundbar either on the Bose website or in your soundbar manual to confirm wireless compatibility.  

If your sound bar does not list Wi-Fi as one of its connection options, it likely cannot connect directly to your home network.   

In that case, you would need to connect a separate streaming device like a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick to your soundbar via HDMI.  

Then that streaming device would connect to Wi-Fi and allow you to access music streaming services, but the soundbar itself would not join the wireless network.  

So verifying Wi-Fi capability is an important first step before trying to get your Bose soundbar online.  

As long as your user manual or the product details online indicate Wi-Fi is supported, you can move forward connecting it wirelessly.

Download Bose Connect App

Bose provides a mobile app called Bose Connect that allows you to set up and manage Wi-Fi connections on compatible sound bar models.  

This app is available for download on both iOS and Android devices and serves as your primary tool for getting your soundbar onto your wireless network.  

When you launch the Bose Connect app for the first time, you’ll need to create a free Bose account if you don’t already have one.  

This allows the app to keep track of your registered Bose products and tailor the experience specifically to the devices you own.    

Once you log into the app with your Bose account, you’ll be prompted to start adding products. 

Make sure to download Bose Connect on the smartphone or tablet you plan to use for setting up the Wi-Fi connection initially.  

While you can use multiple mobile devices with your Bose account, getting the network configured is easiest when done directly from your soundbar to start.  

The mobile device essentially facilitates the connection between the soundbar itself and your Wi-Fi router.  

So just one smartphone or tablet will be necessary during the setup process.

Connect Soundbar to Power Source

Before using the Bose Connect app to join a wireless network, you first need to connect your soundbar to a power source and turn on the device.  

This ensures that all of the soundbar’s connection and streaming capabilities are operational during the Wi-Fi setup.  

Plug your Bose soundbar directly into a wall outlet or power strip using the included power cable.  

Make sure that the outlet is working and that your soundbar powers on properly once connected.    

You should see indicator lights illuminate on the front of the soundbar to denote that it is getting electrical power.  

Other connected Bose components like a wireless subwoofer or surround speakers may also automatically power on when you turn on the main soundbar itself.  

Just confirm that all linked audio components are active so that the Bose Connect app can find every part of your Bose system during installation.  

The soundbar needs to remain powered on throughout the networking process in the app as well.   

Connect Mobile Device to Soundbar  

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In order for your mobile device to facilitate connecting the Bose soundbar to Wi-Fi, it will need to establish its own temporary link directly to the speaker itself.  

You can do this wirelessly via Bluetooth or with a physical auxiliary audio cable.  

Bluetooth is generally more convenient as long as your smartphone or tablet has Bluetooth connectivity.  

Just select the option to add a new Bose product within the app and it will provide onscreen instructions to put your soundbar into Bluetooth pairing mode.    

The steps to activate this setting may vary slightly by specific soundbar model, but typically involve pressing and holding a connection or Bluetooth button on the speaker or remote control.  

This will allow your mobile device to find the soundbar and connect them directly during the Wi-Fi setup.  

Alternatively, if your mobile device lacks Bluetooth support, use the included auxiliary cable and connect it between the headphone jack on your smartphone/tablet and the auxiliary input on the Bose soundbar.  

Either connection method provides the temporary audio link necessary for the Bose Connect app to find and install Wi-Fi on the compatible speaker system.   

Open Bose Connect App and Select Soundbar

With your mobile device now wirelessly tethered or wired directly to your Bose sound platform via Bluetooth or auxiliary cable, you can proceed with the Wi-Fi setup within the Bose Connect application.  

Open the app on your smartphone or tablet and select the option to add or set up a new product. The app will automatically being searching for compatible Bose devices that are powered on and connected to your mobile device.    

The name of your specific Bose soundbar model should appear in a list of available devices to choose from.  

Simply select your soundbar’s name to initiate the Wi-Fi connection process.  

Keep in mind you may see other Bose products like headphones or Bluetooth speakers show up here as well.  

Make sure to identify your soundbar model name and choose that one specifically.  

The app only allows you to connect one device at a time to Wi-Fi.   

After confirming the correct soundbar is selected within the Bose Connect app, it will prompt you to press the Wi-Fi connection button on the soundbar itself or ask if you want to connect it to a wireless network.  

Both of these actions initiate the steps needed to get your speaker online.   

Follow Onscreen Instructions   

Once your specific Bose soundbar model is selected and you confirm connecting it to Wi-Fi, the Bose Connect app will provide clear onscreen instructions for getting your speaker onto your 

home wireless network.  

The app will have you confirm which Wi-Fi network you want your soundbar to join from a list it finds in your area.  

Simply choose the correct network name for your router connection at home.    

Also enter the Wi-Fi password associated with your wireless network when prompted by the app.  

Precision is important here, so double check that the password is typed correctly in Bose 

Connect before proceeding. 

Once the network name and password are verified, the app may indicate it is sending Wi-Fi settings to your Bose soundbar and that the process could take a few minutes. 

Follow any other cues provided on your mobile device as the speaker attempts to join the network.   

The app generally guides you each step of the way until the soundbar finally connects. 

Don’t close Bose Connect or deactivate the Bluetooth/auxiliary connection before the Wi-Fi configuration completes.  

You may need to retry certain steps along the way or reboot your speaker and router if issues arise. 

But ideally the onscreen instructions lead to a successful network connection on the first try without any hiccups. 

Just realize the process could take a few attempts depending on your Wi-Fi signal strength and overall network configuration at home.   

Connect Soundbar to Wi-Fi Network    

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If all goes smoothly following the step-by-step directions within the Bose Connect app, your compatible soundbar should now join the designated home Wi-Fi network.  

The app will give confirmation once the speaker successfully connects and will indicate that setup is complete.  

You may also notice indicator lights on the front of the soundbar itself to denote an active Wi-Fi connection after finishing setup. 

This means the device can now directly access streaming music services, internet radio stations, software updates, and everything else your wireless network provides.    

Feel free to reconnect Bluetooth headphones or mobile devices directly to your Bose sound platform again now that Wi-Fi configuration is done.  

The important aspect is that whenever the speaker itself powers on, it will automatically join your pre-programmed Wi-Fi network without any manual intervention necessary.  

Revisit the Bose Connect app at any time to manage your connected Bose systems, adjust settings, and stream content wirelessly from mobile devices even when not home. 

But that initial networking process only needs to be completed once typically.   

Enjoy Streaming Music Wirelessly

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Now situated securely on your home Wi-Fi connection, internet-enabled Bose soundbars grant wireless access to practically limitless music, entertainment, and customization features. 

Stream songs or playlists directly from your smartphone, tablet, or computer over the network to your speaker without ever leaving the couch. 

Or tap into streaming music services like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Deezer, and Amazon Music, all which typically come pre-installed on connected Bose speakers.    

Once online, you can also enable voice assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to play music via voice commands as well as check weather, control smart home devices, and more using the same sound system. 

Your Wi-Fi-equipped Bose soundbar essentially serves as the central hub for an entire home audio experience. 

Get whole-home audio by pairing compatible wireless rear speakers and even upgrade to real surround sound with additions like Bass Modules and rear surrounds.   

You can manage audio for a TV, turntable, computer, or anything else over Wi-Fi while also using the Bose Connect app to adjust settings from mobile devices no matter your location. 

So enjoy full wireless streaming freedom courtesy of your high-tech, Wi-Fi-compatible Bose soundbar now joined to your home network.

Conclusion

Connecting your Bose soundbar to Wi-Fi opens up a whole new world of wireless music and entertainment options.

Following the step-by-step process within the Bose Connect app allows nearly any compatible soundbar to join your home network securely.

So tap into unlimited music streaming and customization features for an immersive listening experience throughout your living space.

Dominic

Dominic is the chief editor of the Burton Acoustix blog which writes about acoustics and soundproofing to help readers with their queries and questions they might have with regard to improving any sound or noise issues that they faced in their life.