How To Reset Bose SoundLink Mini 1 & 2: Easy Guide

Bose speakers are renowned for their portability, powerful sound, and seamless Bluetooth connectivity. 

From time to time, however, these devices can experience hiccups or glitches. This can be extremely frustrating…

The long and the short of it is, that before you jump to conclusions about a hardware fault, a simple reset might be all it takes to get your SoundLink Mini speaker up and running. Just in time for that backyard barbeque with the in-laws.

This step-by-step guide will walk you through two simple methods to reset your speaker: a soft reset for minor glitches, and a factory reset for more complex issues. 

Before You Begin:

  • Soft reset: This temporarily clears minor software hiccups without affecting your settings. 
  • Factory reset: This erases all settings and paired Bluetooth devices, returning the Bose SoundLink speaker to its original factory settings.
  • You’ll only need the Bose speaker itself, and a charging cable (optional).

What Types of Issues Can Be Resolved by Resetting?

A reset can be a lifesaver for your Bose SoundLink Mini by addressing a surprising range of software-related issues. Here are some common problems that a reset can potentially fix:

  • Bluetooth connectivity issues: Struggling to connect your speaker to your phone or other devices when pressing the Bluetooth button? A reset can clear up pairing glitches and help re-establish a strong connection.
  • Unresponsive controls: Are the buttons on your speaker not working as expected? A reset can reboot the speaker’s software and potentially restore normal functionality.
  • Unexpected shutdowns: Does your speaker keep turning off unexpectedly, even with 100% battery power? A reset can address software bugs that might be causing a sudden shutdown.
  • Freezing or distorted sound: Experiencing choppy playback or distorted audio? A reset can clear temporary glitches affecting the speaker’s sound output.
  • Software bugs: If you suspect your speaker is behaving strangely due to software bugs, a reset can refresh the system and potentially resolve the issue.

Important to Remember: As a first troubleshooting step, resetting your speaker is a great option. But keep in mind that it won’t fix hardware problems such as damaged battery, faulty wiring, or physical defects.

How to Reset Bose Soundlink Mini 1 & 2 Speakers

It’s a fairly straightforward process to reset your Bose SoundLink Mini 1 and Mini 2. We have highlighted the difference in button layouts and reset procedures below. 

The Bose SoundLink Mini 1 features six buttons: [Power], [Mute], [Volume Down], [Volume Up], [Bluetooth], and [AUX].

How To Reset Bose SoundLink Mini

The Bose SoundLink Mini 2 offers a slightly different button layout compared to its predecessor. It features five buttons: [Power], [Volume Down], [Multi-function] (play/pause, skip tracks, answer calls), [Volume Up], [Bluetooth]. Newer models may have two dedicated buttons for pairing and voice assistant activation (depending on model year).

How To Reset Bose SoundLink Mini 2

Soft Reset Bose Soundlink Mini

Try the following steps for a soft reset.

Bose Soundlink Mini 1:

  1. Power On: Press the [Power] button to turn on your speaker.
  2. Hold Mute: Locate the [Mute] button and press and hold it for 10 seconds.
  3. Reset Confirmation: The speaker will emit a sound cue and the lights will flash briefly before turning off, indicating a successful reset.

Bose Soundlink Mini 2:

  1. Power On: Press the [Power] button to turn on your speaker.
  2. Hold Power: Now press and hold the [Power] button for 10 seconds.
  3. Reset Confirmation: The speaker will power off and you might hear an audio cue, indicating a successful reset.

Factory Reset Bose Soundlink Mini

Bose Soundlink Mini 1:

The Bose SoundLink Mini 1 doesn’t have a dedicated factory reset function. However, a soft reset will clear most temporary settings without affecting user preferences.

Important Note: Unlike the Mini 2, a soft reset on the Mini 1 won’t erase your paired mobile device.

Bose Soundlink Mini 2:

  1. Power On: Ensure your speaker is turned on.
  2. Button Combination: Press and hold both the [Volume Up] and [Power] buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds.
  3. Reset Process: The speaker will power off and then back on during the reset
  4. Pairing Mode: After the reset is complete, the speaker will enter pairing mode, signified by a flashing white light. This indicates all previous pairings have been erased.

Remember: A factory reset on the Mini 2 will erase all your paired devices and settings, requiring you to reconnect them again.

By following these simple steps, you can effectively reset your Bose SoundLink Mini speaker, whether it’s the classic Mini 1 or the feature-rich Mini 2. Remember that a reset primarily addresses software-related issues. If your speaker has physical damage, a reset might not be the solution.

Additional Tips:

  • If the speaker remains unresponsive, try connecting it to an AC power source.
  • For further assistance on persistent issues, contact Bose customer support.

Troubleshooting Common Issues:

  • Speaker won’t turn on: Check the battery level or connect to a power source.
  • No sound: Ensure the speaker is paired and the volume is adjusted.
  • Bluetooth connection problems: Forget the speaker and re-pair.
  • Distorted sound: Move the speaker away from interfering electronics.
  • Turn on voice prompts: Press [Power] to turn on your speaker. Then simultaneously press and hold [Volume Up] and [Volume Down] until you hear the confirmation. Note: Enabling this will allow you to audibly hear the status of your battery indicator or device connection prompts.

Updating the speaker’s firmware can sometimes resolve issues. Visit Bose’s official support page or video guide for instructions.


So there you go! If you followed these step-by-step instructions we hope your speaker is back up and running. If you encounter issues in the future, it’s good to remember that you can always try a reset as an initial troubleshooting option.  

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