How to Connect Bose Headphones to Your Windows PC | Headphonesty (2023)

Connecting your Bose headphones to a Windows PC could be a real pain. So here’s a quick guide to help you get through that.

Bose wireless headphones are awesome to use on smartphones because of the Bose Connect app. Pairing them with both Android and iOS devices is a breeze. Plus, you also get nifty features like adjustable noise-canceling and automatic off-timer.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for when you try to connect your Bose headphones to your laptop or PC. This is especially because, unfortunately, there is no Bose Connect app for Windows devices.

It’s even more frustrating when you have a meeting in a few minutes, and your headphones won’t pair to your PC no matter what you do.

In this article, we’ll show you the step-by-step guide on connecting Bose headphones to a Windows PC.

Let’s dive right in.

In This Article

  • First, Reset Your Bose Headphones
  • How to Connect Bose Headphones to PC
  • What to Do if the Bose Headphones Won’t Connect to PC
  • Is There a Bose Connect App for Windows 10?
  • How to Switch Between Paired Devices
  • Conclusion

First, Reset Your Bose Headphones

When your headphones wouldn’t connect to your PC, it’s likely because of a software issue instead of hardware.

Fortunately, resetting your headphones could quickly solve your connectivity problems. A reset sequence can return your headphones to a blank-slate condition, free of bugs and glitches. That’s why if your perfectly functioning Bose headphones suddenly won’t connect, resetting them before trying out other steps can help solve the issue.

If you have brand new headphones, you can skip resetting them and start pairing right away.

How to reset your Bose Headphones

You can reset Bose headphones by following these steps:

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  1. Disconnect any cable from your headphones.
  2. Plugin the charger cable into the right speaker of your Bose headphones, and connect the other end to a powered-on computer or a wall charger.
  3. Press and hold the Power/Bluetooth button on your headphones for 10 seconds. The Bluetooth indicator should be blinking blue.

  4. Release the button, and you’ve successfully reset your Bose headphones.

A second reboot may be necessary if your headphones are unresponsive after the first one.

How to clear Bose Headphones’ pairing list

Unlike other wireless headphones, resetting your Bose headphones will NOT remove any of your previously paired devices, or software updates. So if you’re still having trouble connecting them even after resetting them twice, you can try manually clearing the pairing list from your headphones.

To do so, simply turn off your headphones and slide the power button to the right for 10 seconds. You should hear “Bluetooth device list cleared” from your headphones.

Alternatively, you can use the Bose Connect app to clear your pairing list using your mobile device:

  1. Download and launch the app. Wait while it looks for available Bose devices.

  2. Tap on the Bluetooth icon below your headphones.

  3. Under the ‘Connections’ tab, select ‘Edit device list.’

  4. Tap the ‘X’ button next to the device you want to unpair.

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  5. Confirm your action, and tap on ‘All Done.’

How to Connect Bose Headphones to PC

Connecting a pair of Bose headphones to a PC is relatively easy. If your headphones are brand new or you just reset them, the process should take only a few minutes.

Here’s a quick guide on how you can do so:

Keep in mind that the interface might be slightly different depending on your Windows version.

  1. Click on the square icon at the corner of your taskbar to launch Windows 10 Action Center.

  2. If you haven’t already, turn on your PC’s Bluetooth connectivity.

  3. Right-click on the Bluetooth menu and select Go to Settings.

  4. Click the Add Bluetooth or other device, and select Bluetooth.

  5. Turn on your Bose wireless headphones and move the power switch to the far-right position. This step will make your headphones discoverable on your PC.
  6. Wait for your Bose headphones to be visible on your PC, and then click on the device’s name to start pairing.

  7. Wait for the pairing process to complete, and you’re good to go!

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What to Do if the Bose Headphones Won’t Connect to PC

Here are some precautions you can do to prevent any trouble when pairing your headphones with your PC:

Connect with the right Bose headphones icon

Your wireless headphones may show up twice in the Windows 10 Bluetooth device list, one with a headset icon and another one with LE- on its name.

Use the headset/speaker icon to tell Windows that you are pairing with a sound output device.

Check if your Windows support audio via Bluetooth

Older computers running Windows may only support mice or keyboards over Bluetooth, but no audio. If this is the case, you might need to get an external Bluetooth audio adapter before using your wireless headphones.

You can read our guide on connecting Bluetooth headphones to a PC to learn more.

Check the audio output device setting

If your PC has multiple audio output devices (e.g., wired speakers and wireless headphones), ensure that the default output device is your wireless headphones. Follow this guide for step-by-step instructions on switching default audio output on Windows.

Is There a Bose Connect App for Windows 10?

The Bose Connect app is only available on Android and iOS devices. But you can still connect your headphones from a Windows device using Bluetooth connectivity.

Bose headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC) have the feature turned on out of the box. However, the unavailability of Bose Connect app means you won’t get access to app-exclusive features such as:

  • Controllable noise cancellation level
  • Auto-off timer
  • Battery readings
  • Voice commands (Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant)

Moreover, the Bose Connect app also allows you to update your headphones’ firmware, but you can do the same with Windows PC. Here’s how you can update your Bose wireless headphones’ firmware using your PC:

  1. Download the Bose software updater and install it on your PC. Once installed, run the application.

  2. Connect your headphones to your PC via USB.
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  3. If the application shows an available update, click Update Now.

  4. Wait for the update installation to complete, and disconnect your headphones.

  5. Your headphones should be running the latest firmware.

How to Switch Between Paired Devices

Bose headphones can pair with up to eight devices. However, you can only have two active connections at a time. Your headphones should connect to two of the most recently used devices when you turn them on.

However, Bose wireless headphones can connect to two devices simultaneously but only play audio from one source.

Bose headphones have automatic audio stream detection. This feature allows them to switch between two devices more easily. To switch between two active devices, you can simply pause the first device’s audio and start playing the audio on the second device.

If you’re unsure which devices connect to your headphones, move the slider button to Bluetooth (right side) and release it. Your headphones should mention which device they’re actively connected to.

Moreover, if you want to connect to other paired Bluetooth devices, you can follow these steps:

  1. Slide the Power/Bluetooth button to the right and release it. You should hear the name of the currently connected device.
  2. After two seconds, slide the Power/Bluetooth button to the right again to switch to the next active connection.
  3. If you have more than two devices paired, repeat until you hear the correct device name.

You can also use the Bose Connect app on iOS or Android to manage your headphones’ paired devices and access several exclusive features.


Whether you’re using a laptop or desktop PC, a smooth connection can help you get the best sound quality from your Bose headphones.

Since you can’t use the Bose Connect app on Windows, there may be other workarounds to access the exclusive features we didn’t cover in this guide. If you know some of those workarounds, let us know in the comments!

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Why can't I connect my Bose headphones to my PC? ›

So if you're still having trouble connecting them even after resetting them twice, you can try manually clearing the pairing list from your headphones. To do so, simply turn off your headphones and slide the power button to the right for 10 seconds. You should hear “Bluetooth device list cleared” from your headphones.

How do I connect my Bose headphones to my Windows PC? ›

Select Devicesin your Microsoft Settings. Select Add Bluetooth or other devices in the Bluetooth & other device window. Select Bluetooth in the Add a Device pop up window. Find and hold the Bluetooth button on your Bose NC 700 Headphones until you hear a tone.

How do I connect my Bose in ear headphones to my computer? ›

Select Add Bluetooth & other devices. Click on Bluetooth. Turn on your Bose earphones and make them discoverable by moving the power button to the far-right position. Once your earphones appear in the list of available devices, click on them to start pairing.

How do I connect Bose headphones to PC with USB? ›

It's as simple as plugging one end of an aux or USB cable into your PC's audio input or USB port and a pair of headphones, and you'll be ready to go.

What to do if PC is not detecting headphones? ›

Manually show and enable headphones in playback devices
  1. Right-click the sound icon at the bottom right part of the screen, then select Open sound settings. ...
  2. Go to Manage sound devices. ...
  3. Check the devices under Disabled. ...
  4. If you see your headphones there, click on your headphones' name, then click on Enable.
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Why wont my PC recognize my headphones? ›

Your computer not recognizing your headphones is a fairly common issue in Windows 10 PCs. It could be caused by a corrupt or outdated driver, faulty USB ports (if your headset uses USB), an error in the connection (in case of Bluetooth, for example), or an issue with the headphones themselves.

Why won t my Bose headphones connect? ›

Reset your headphones.

Power off your headphones, then wait 30 seconds. Connect your headphones to a wall outlet using a USB charger, then wait 5 seconds. Disconnect the USB cable from the headset, then wait 1 minute. Power on your headphones and resume normal use.

Why are my Bose headphones not connecting to Windows 10? ›

Problems with Bose headphones can be caused by Bluetooth drivers, so make sure that they are up to date before connecting Bose Bluetooth headphones. If you have the latest drivers, but the problem still persists, you might want to use a Bluetooth adapter.

How do I put my Bose headphones in pairing mode? ›

Connect manually
  1. On your headphones, slide the power button all the way up to the Bluetooth symbol. Hold it there until you hear “Ready to pair.” ...
  2. Using your phone or other Bluetooth-capable device, turn on your Bluetooth settings and scan for nearby devices. ...
  3. Once your Bose headset shows up on the list, click it to pair.
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Do Bose headphones work with PC? ›

Your Windows computer needs to support Bluetooth to connect to Bose headphones wirelessly. If your PC doesn't have Bluetooth, you can still connect your Bose headphones via the wired aux cable connection. You can also try one of several ways to add Bluetooth to your computer.

Can I connect my Bose to my computer? ›

Connecting your computer to your wireless network lets you use the Bose computer app with your Bose Wi-Fi systems. For example, you can access music stored on your computer and control your systems from the Bose app.

How do I connect headphones directly to my computer? ›

3.5mm audio port

The single 3.5mm connector connects to the 3.5mm audio jack on the PC. A double 3.5mm audio connector has a pink and a green connector. You connect the pink 3.5mm connector to the pink port and the green connector to the green port. The gaming headset is now connected to the PC.

Why won't my Bluetooth headphones connect to my PC anymore? ›

Check your Bluetooth device

Make sure your device is turned on, is charged or has fresh batteries, and is in range of the PC you want to connect to. Then, try the following: Turn off your Bluetooth device, wait a few seconds, then turn it back on. Make sure your Bluetooth device is in range.

Why are Bose headphones not connecting? ›

Reset your headphones.

Power off your headphones, then wait 30 seconds. Connect your headphones to a wall outlet using a USB charger, then wait 5 seconds. Disconnect the USB cable from the headset, then wait 1 minute. Power on your headphones and resume normal use.

Why won't my Bluetooth headphones connect to my computer anymore? ›

Try reconnecting the headphones to the computer. This means deleting the headphones from your list of paired Bluetooth devices, restarting the headphones, and performing the pairing process again. If your headphones have an app, check to make sure the most recent firmware is installed.

Why is my Bose headset not connecting? ›

You can also try closing and reopening the Connect app, and if you are on Android, enable location services or clear the app's cache to reset the app's settings and, hopefully, fix the problem.


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