How to connect Bose headphones to PC – Tutorial

Probably when you buy a pair of headphones you intend to use them on multiple devices like your smartphone, computer, and gaming consoles. Especially if you treaded yourself with some nice headphones from a well-known brand like Bose.

When your headphones are wired the process is quite simple, basically is just a plug-and-play operation. Nevertheless, when you got wireless headphones (most of the time Bluetooth-based) the process could be more challenging, especially on a Windows PC. If you have a Mac check our guide to learn how to connect Bose headphones to Mac here.

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If your Bose headphones won’t connect with Bose Connect Windows app, you have paired them hundreds of times with a Windows 10 PC/laptop and you have followed Bose advice like upgrading your firmware and updating Bluetooth drivers, ¡the following steps might work for you!

First steps – If you have ALREADY paired your headphones

  1. On the Windows PC, click the start button (Windows button) and then Settings (gear icon).
  2. Click on “Devices” then “Bluetooth & other devices”.
  3. If you see any “Bose XXXX” in the list of devices, click it and click the “Remove device” button.
  4. Remove all “Bose XXX” devices from the list until none is left.

How to connect Bose headphones to PC – Pairing your headphones for the first time

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  1. Make your headphone “ready to pair” by pushing the power switch to the Bluetooth icon and hold until you hear the command “ready to pair.”
  2. Release the button and put your Bose headphones close to your computer, 3-6 feet.
  3. Locate the Bluetooth icon on the right side of the taskbar (if yours is located at the bottom of the screen). Click on it and then click on “Add a Bluetooth device.”
  4. A window has popped up, click “Add Bluetooth or other devices” and then the first option “Bluetooth”.
  5. Wait for a few seconds for the device list to fill.
  6. You will likely see other computers, smartphones, and even smart TVs appear on the list. Since your headphone is in “pairing” mode you may see two different icons for your Bose headphones.
  7. Make sure you select the headphone icon (not a phone and screen icon) and the pairing will start. Be patient until it’s done.
  8. After that process is complete, locate the speaker icon on the right side of the taskbar. Click on it and then click on whatever name appears above the volume slider. A list of output devices will appear.
  9. Make sure to select your Bose headphone as the output device. Also, it’s a good time to adjust the volume.
  10. ¡Enjoy your Bose headphones on your Windows PC!

If prompted for a passkey during step 7, enter 0000 and press OK.

For additional support visit Bose Product support page or join the headphone Bose community forum.

There’s also a video that will walk you through the process:

3 thoughts on “How to connect Bose headphones to PC – Tutorial”

  1. Didn’t work, besides the fact that the instructions do not exactly match what is actually heard nor what is actually seen on screen, the Bose headphones appeared in the list of audio devices as paired but does not appear in the list of possible audio outputs 🙁


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