How to Reset Bluetooth Speakers

A quick way to start over with your speakers

What to Know

  • Unpair speakers first: Bluetooth menu > (find speaker name or model number) > look for “forget device” or “unpair.”
  • Then reset: Hold button combination such as power button, Bluetooth button, and or a volume button. Check the manual for details.
  • Alternative: If the button combination doesn't work, look for a pinhole button labeled “reset.” Some manufacturers use this method of resetting their speakers.

This article explains how to reset your Bluetooth speakers if they are not performing correctly or you want to use them with another system.

How to Put Your Bluetooth Speaker Into Pairing Mode

You don’t need to reset a Bluetooth speaker fully in some cases, but instead, you want to force it into a pairing mode. Before you go to full-on factory reset mode, we recommend trying these steps first.

Photo illustration of a Bluetooth logo.

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  1. Press the Bluetooth logo button (pictured above) to enter pairing mode.

  2. Navigate to your device's Bluetooth menu. On iOS, Mac, and Windows, you can find this in the system settings. On Android, you can long-press the Bluetooth button in your notification shade.

  3. Find and select the Bluetooth speaker’s name or model number on the list.

  4. If you’re still having problems, a factory reset might be in order.

How to Factory Reset a Bluetooth Speaker

Almost all Bluetooth speakers feature a means to fully factory reset them, erasing all relationships with Bluetooth devices and letting you “start from scratch” just as if you just pulled the speaker out of the box. It’s best to first “forget” or “unpair” the speaker from all devices. You can do this by navigating to the Bluetooth menu as specified above, finding your speaker’s name or model number, and choosing the unpair option.

Now you’re ready to factory reset the speaker. Sometimes the factory reset is a small, pinhole button clearly labeled “reset” where you use a pencil or sharp object to force reset it. If that pinhole doesn’t exist, there is usually a combination of buttons you have to hold simultaneously to achieve. Popular brands’ instructions are listed below but consult the manual that came with your device when in doubt.

How to Reset an Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker

  1. Press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds.

  2. Now press the Bluetooth button to enter pairing mode.

  3. Pair new devices just as you would a new speaker.

How to Reset a JBL Bluetooth Speaker

  1. Turn on the JBL speaker.

  2. Press and hold the “play” and the “volume up” buttons for 5–10 seconds until the speaker automatically powers off.

How to Reset an Ultimate Ears Bluetooth Speaker

  1. In the control area of the device (often underneath a rubber flap), there is a small, pinhole button labeled “reset.” Use a pencil or other sharp object to press this button.

  2. Press and hold both the power and the “volume down” buttons for around 6 seconds until you hear the device power off.

  3. Turn on the speaker and use it as you would a new speaker.

How to Reset a Sony Wireless Speaker

  1. In the control area of the device (often underneath a rubber flap), there is a small, pinhole button labeled “reset.” Use a pencil or other sharp object to press this button.

  2. Your speaker is now reset and can be used as if it were a new speaker. Please note: resetting the Sony speaker doesn’t automatically clear the Bluetooth pairing list, so it’s best to follow step one above.

How to Reset a Bose Bluetooth Speaker

  1. Turn on your Bose speaker.

  2. Depending on your Bose device, either press and hold the power button or the mute button for about 10 seconds until the voice prompt shuts off the speaker or asks you to select a new language.

  3. Turn on the speaker or select a new language and use it as you would a new speaker.

How to Reset a Sonos Speaker (wired or Bluetooth)

  1. If your Sonos speaker plugs in, unplug the device. Then, depending on your device, while holding the connect or the play/pause button, plug the speaker in and wait until the indicator light flashes orange and white.

  2. If your Sonos speaker charges via a base (like the Sonos Roam), follow the steps above, except put the speaker on its base instead of plugging and unplugging it.

  3. When the reset is complete, the light should turn green, allowing you to use the speaker as if it were new.

How to Reset a Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth Speaker

  1. Turn on your B&O speaker.

  2. Press and hold the power and Bluetooth buttons simultaneously for several seconds until the indicator light turns red to white.

  3. Turn on the speaker and use it as you would a new speaker.

How to Reset a Tribit Bluetooth Speaker

  1. Turn on the Tribit speaker.

  2. Press and hold the “volume up” and “volume down” buttons simultaneously for about 5 seconds.

  3. Turn on the speaker and use it as you would a new speaker.

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