How to Turn on Bose Speakers & Soundbars without Remote

Furqan Shahid
Furqan Shahid
How to Turn on Bose Speakers and Soundbars without Remote

Bose have made quite a name for themselves in the market with their excellent speakers, headphones, and soundbars. However, the one common complaint a lot of Bose users have made over the past couple of years is how they have lost their remote or their dog ate it, or their cat broke it. The point is, if you are without a remote and you still want to turn on Bose speakers and soundbars, this guide is for you as we explore every aspect of it.

Thankfully, there are a number ways through which that can be achieved, and we are going to explore every one of them.

How to Turn on Bose Speakers and Soundbars without Remote 

How to Turn on Bose Speakers and Soundbars without Remote 

In case you are wondering, there are a few different ways through which you can turn on Bose speakers and soundbar without remote and we are going to look at each one of them. 

Method #1: Using the Auto-Wake Feature 

Using the Auto-Wake Feature 

The first method that we are going to explore simply utilizes the auto-wake feature that most Bose speakers and soundbars come with. If you have ever used features such as Wake on LAN on your computer or other devices, it works in a similar fashion and is very easy to use. Simply follow the steps below.

Step 1: Assuming that your speaker/soundbar is already connected and completely setup with your TV, you are going to need the Bose Music app. Be sure that the entire setup is done through this app.

Step 2: Once you are done setting up your speaker or sound bar, you just have to go to the Bose Music app, and tap on the speakers.

Step 3: Now, click the Settings icon, and you need to look for Optical Auto-wake that can be found under the Power tab.

Step 4: Simply go ahead and turn on the Auto-wake feature and you are good to go.

Now, every time your Bose speakers or soundbar receive audio from the TV, it will turn on. Do remember, however, that you need to have the speakers connected via an HDMI cable.

Method #2 Using a Universal Control 

Using a Universal Control

The second method that we are going to discuss involves the use of a universal control, which honestly, is something that everyone needs to spend some money on. Now, the good news is that you just need a good universal remote and you are good to go.

Now, if you are wondering which remote to spend money on, I would highly advise getting the Logitech Harmony Elite or Harmony Companion, these remotes are excellent and they should allow you to have a great experience. 

To make things easier, below is a guide on how to pair your Bose soundbars or speakers with the remote. 

Step 1: Start by launching MyHarmony desktop app and then sign in to your account. If you do not have an account, create one.

Step 2: Now, select your Harmony product from the Remote Gallery screen.

Step 3: Go ahead and select Devices tab found on the left side of the screen.

Step 4: Select Scan for devices button that you can find in the in the right panel.

Step 5: You will now be asked to connect your Harmony to your computer with a provided USB cable. Harmony will then scan your Wi-Fi network for devices. Ensure that your speaker and Harmony Hub are on the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 6: Select Add device button.

Step 7: Go ahead and enter the manufacturer and the model number of your device and then click on Add.

That is it, following these steps, you have successfully managed to pair your Harmony controller to your Bose soundbar/speaker. Remember, that the method could be different based on the controller you are buying. 


Losing the remote to your speaker can be a difficult thing to do. I still remember when I lost the Magic Remote to my LG C9 and had to go on without any thing to properly replace. This entire guide covers the best two methods that you can use to turn on Bose speakers and soundbars without remote. You can also use another method that uses an IR blaster on your phone but considering how phones with an IR blaster are no longer a thing, we decided to exclude that.

Furqan Shahid

I have been gaming for almost 24 years with extensive knowledge of all platforms and the gaming industry, in general. With interests in literature, art, gaming, and PC hardware.

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