How to Connect Bose Headphones to a PC

Quickly pair your Bose headphones with your Windows computer with these steps

What to Know

  • Open the Windows Action Center > turn on Bluetooth if needed.
  • Right-click Bluetooth > Go to Settings > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth.
  • On Bose headphones: Push power switch to the right. On PC: Select headphones from the list.

This article covers how to connect and pair Bose headphones to a PC or laptop running Windows 11 or Windows 10. It also provides additional information on using Bose headphones for gaming and what to do when they don’t connect to your laptop.

How to Pair Bose Headphones in Windows

Here’s the easiest and fastest method for connecting your Windows PC to a pair of Bose headphones wirelessly.

  1. Select the square icon in the lower-right corner of your desktop to open the Windows Action Center.

    Windows 10 desktop.
  2. Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on. The Bluetooth icon should be highlighted if it is.

    Windows 10 desktop with Action Center open.

    Don’t worry if the words Not Connected appear on the icon. It means that Bluetooth is on but that your Windows computer hasn't connected to a Bluetooth device.

  3. Right-click Bluetooth and select Go to Settings.

    Windows 10 Bluetooth settings in Action Center.

    If your Windows device supports touch controls, you can also open this menu by performing a long press on Bluetooth.

  4. Select Add Bluetooth or other device.

    Windows 10 Bluetooth settings.
  5. Select Bluetooth.

    Adding a device to Windows 10.
  6. Turn your Bose headphones on and firmly move the power switch to the far-right position to make it discoverable.

    You should hear a beep sound and see a flashing blue light on your Bose headphones if done successfully.

  7. When your Bose headphones appear on the list of Bluetooth devices, select it.

    Bose headphones in Windows 10 Bluetooth settings.

    Your Windows computer may detect other nearby Bose devices, so make sure to select yours by checking the model number and the icon to the left of the name, which should look like a pair of headphones.

  8. The Windows pairing process will immediately begin, and within a few seconds, you should see a completion notification.

    Bose headphones shown successfully paired to a Windows 10 computer.
  9. Your Bose headphones will now automatically connect to your Windows computer any time it has Bluetooth enabled and the headphones are on.

    List of connected Bluetooth devices in Windows 10.

Can I Update My Bose Headphones on Windows?

There's an app available on Bose's website for updating Bose headphones, speakers, and other devices via a Windows computer. Unfortunately, this method is notoriously buggy and often doesn’t work for users.

Official Bose update website and app for Windows 10 users.

If you can’t get the Windows app to work, a far faster way to update your Bose headphones is to use the Bose Connect app, which is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. This official app can download and send updates to your Bose headphones wirelessly and doesn’t require any cables.

You can connect your Bose headphones to your iPhone or other smart device and still use them with your Windows computer. You're not limited to one device.

Why Won't My Bose Headphones Connect to My Laptop?

Many issues could be preventing your Bose headphones from connecting to your laptop or computer, such as Bluetooth conflicts, uncharged batteries, and Windows pairing errors. Fortunately, there are many ways to fix headphones when they stop working, and finding the problem usually only takes a few minutes of testing.

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 Use Bose Headphones for PC Gaming?

You can use Bose headphones to listen to whatever sound is being made on a PC, whether it’s from a TV show, a YouTube video, a song on Spotify, or even a video game. It is worth keeping in mind, though, that Bose headphones do tend to have a slight delay when connected wirelessly, so gamers will want to use the aux cable wired connection so that the audio properly syncs.

Something else worth mentioning is that only some models, like the Bose Quiet Comfort QC35 II Gaming Headset or Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, features a microphone. If you want to do voice chat while playing a video game on your Windows PC with a pair of Bose headphones, you’ll either need to invest in this particular model or use a separate microphone.

  • How do I connect Bose headphones to a Mac?

    To connect Bose headphones to a Mac, open System Preferences, select Sound > Bluetooth, and make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Long-press the power button on your Bose headphones to enter pairing mode, find your headphones in the Devices box, and select Connect. You'll see your headphones at the top of the Devices box with a Connected label.

  • How do I connect Bose headphones to an iPhone?

    To connect Bose headphones to an iPhone, first, download the Bose Connect app, and then flick the switch on your right earpiece from red to green. When you open the Bose Connect app, you'll see a headphone image with a message saying Drag to Connect. Swipe down to start the connection process; when the connection is confirmed, tap Ready To Play.

  • How do I connect Bose headphones to an Android?

    Download the Bose Connect app from the Google Play Store, flick the switch on your right earpiece from red to green, and then open the app. Press and hold the Bluetooth icon and toggle on Search for Devices. Choose your headphones from the list of available devices, and enter a passkey if prompted.

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