Bose Soundbar 700 Remote Not Working [How To Fix?]

The Bose Soundbar 700 is one of the most popular models in the Bose sound system line for all the good reasons. It is the first soundbar that has Alexa built into it.

The Bose Soundbar 700 delivers impressive sound quality, convenience, and brilliance in one sleek device.

But there are numerous times when you might find your new Bose Soundbar 700 Remote not working properly.

If you’re having trouble getting your Bose Soundbar 700 remote to work, don’t worry – you’re not alone!

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through a few troubleshooting tips that should help get things up and running again. Keep reading for more information.

Why Is My Bose Soundbar 700 Remote Not Working? – What to Do? 

Any type of electronic device is sometimes tricky to figure out. If your Bose Soundbar remote isn’t working, there can be a few reasons why.

Reason 1: The Bose Soundbar 700 remote is out of range

The most common cause for this is that the remote simply isn’t within range of the soundbar.

The Bose Soundbar 700 remote has a 28-foot direct line-of-sight pairing memory, so if it’s not in range, it won’t work.

If you have more than one Bose Soundbar in your home entertainment setup, make sure to check if multiple devices are closer to where you’re trying to operate the system.

Try not to use it near devices with an active IR signal ongoing at the moment. Be close to the remote and the soundbar to stay connected. This is to ensure that the circuit board establishes a clean connection.

If the actual soundbar itself is out of range, then you’ll need to move it physically closer to where your devices are located – e.g., couch, TV stand, etc. That way, the remote will communicate with the device in the same network.

Reason 2: The batteries in your Bose Soundbar 700 remote are dead

Alkaline batteries for this remote are cheap and easily replaced, so if that’s the problem, then you shouldn’t have to wait too long before your remote is fully operational again.

They also have the same power circuit, which is essential in the compatibility of installing these bad boys in your remote.

Just make sure you buy the correct type of batteries for your Bose remote- check your user manual. Generally speaking, AAA batteries are used for most Bose Soundbar remotes, and they have a power cord if it’s the rechargeable batteries version.

To test this, simply replace the batteries in your remote with new ones. Don’t worry – changing the batteries is easy, and it’s usually as simple as opening the battery door on the back of the remote and inserting a fresh set.

Reason 3: The Bose Soundbar 700 remote isn’t paired correctly

If this is the case, make sure you’ve followed the pairing instructions in the manual (or by using the quick start guide) correctly.

If you can’t remember which instructions were for configuring volume or bass settings, then follow each step until you find out which one pairs the devices together.

It’s a good practice to pair your Bose system and new remote together as soon as possible before moving them to their final location.

This ensures that the pairing information is stored in the Bose Soundbar 700 remote, not transferred via Bluetooth or another connection method.

The manual gives you all the important information you need to know, but if you’re looking for more detail about how to pair your remote, you might like to check out the official Bose app in support of your device.

Reason 4: Your remote is faulty

If everything above checks out but the remote still isn’t working, then your remote may be faulty due to lower voltage or whatever reason.

We’d suggest contacting Bose directly for a replacement remote if this is the case.

Remember that you can still use your Bose Soundbar 700 remote to control essential functions such as volume, bass module, and power.

You just won’t have access to all the advanced features that a working remote would offer you.

Reason 5: The Bose Soundbar 700 remote is in learning mode

Are you sure it’s not the soundbar itself that’s out of range? If it is, try turning off the power to your soundbar for 10 seconds and then powering it back on again.

Once booted up, put the remote back into pairing mode – this will reset everything.

Also, make sure you’re pointing one remote directly at the soundbar (with nothing in between the two) – if there’s an obstruction, it could cause interference.

Once everything checks out, try using your Bose Soundbar 700 remote again. This should do the trick in connecting most Bluetooth devices.

If it still doesn’t work, make sure to replace the batteries for a new set and try pairing them again. Otherwise, contact Bose support for help troubleshooting your device.

Can You Turn On Bose Soundbar 700 Without a Remote?

Yes, you can. If it’s worked before but isn’t responding now, then we suggest putting new batteries into your remote and trying that first.

To do this, open the battery compartment on the back of your Bose Soundbar 700 remote where it says “Open” and place 2 x AAA batteries inside, ensuring both sit correctly in the plastic holders.

Once you’ve done this, ensure that they are facing the correct direction before snapping close the case – positive side up for +ve and negative side down for -ve.

How to Turn On Without the Remote?

To turn on your soundbar without a remote, simply press and hold any button near the top of the front panel (without fully depressing into the keypad). When you hear four beeps, release this button. Your system will stay on until you either unplug it or turn it off with your remote control. Then to turn off again, simply repeat one above.

Other Remote Issues With Bose Soundbar 700 Universal Remote

If you’ve already tried changing the batteries and still aren’t having any luck, this could point to a problem with your remote. This is likely if pressing the buttons results in no response at all – i.e., they’re not even making contact when pressed down into the keypad (or don’t depress fully).

If this is the case, we suggest contacting Bose directly for a replacement remote. If you have any questions about replacing your remote or want to get into the issue, we recommend going through your manual.

Bose System Remote Tips & Tricks

Now that you know how to pair your Bose Soundbar 700 remote, here are some tips and tricks on using it:

The Bose Soundbar 700 remote has 2 AAA batteries included inside (one set). You can change these by pressing into the keypad at the top front of the unit until they pop up slightly, at which point you can remove them.

Once removed, connect the new ones to ensure they’re facing in the correct direction (i.e., positive side up for +ve and negative side down for -ve). You should not change channels while doing this process.

You can pair your Bose Soundbar 700 with other remotes to control the soundbar like a universal remote, such as the TV one you may already have in your house. To do this, press and hold any key until four beeps are heard.

Once done, release the button, and it will turn off again automatically after 5 seconds or so without pressing anything else on either remote. You won’t need to do this again unless you unplug the soundbar from power at some point.

For quick volume changes when using voice commands to activate Alexa, we suggest working out your normal listening level and then adjusting up or down from there.

Otherwise, you might end up turning it up too loud or not loud enough by accident!

Why Bose Soundbar 700 Remote Blinking?

If your Bose Soundbar 700 remote blinks, this could point to a range issue. This will be fairly pronounced if it happens only when you use the soundbar system further away from where the remote was originally used (or vice versa if the system is closer).

It’s also possible that some other reason behind this blinking is the pairing.

To resolve these problems, try moving the soundbar and/or your remote closer together before trying again – i.e., ensuring they are within line of sight of each other without anything else between them.

If everything is still not working as expected at this stage, or you have any questions about replacing your remote control, don’t hesitate to contact the official Bose support center.


We hope you found this blog helpful and have a better idea of how to pair your Bose Soundbar 700 remote! If you have any questions about anything mentioned above or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out via the official Bose support center.

Also, feel free to check out our blog for more articles on home theater topics, how to fix problems with your TV remote control, and more!

Anita Jones