Bose Soundbar Not Working With LG TV [Complete Guide]

If you’re like most people, you probably rely on your TV for a lot more than just entertainment. It’s likely also your primary source of news and information, and you may use it to keep in touch with friends and family via social media. So when your TV stops working, it can be a real pain.

This blog post will look at one common issue – the Bose soundbar not working with LG TVs. We’ll give you some tips on how to fix the problem, as well as some alternative soundbars that may work better with LG TVs. Let’s get started!

Bose Soundbar Not Working With LG TV – Where is the Problem?

The first thing you need to do is identify the source of the problem. Is it your TV or your Bose soundbar? There are a couple of quick and easy ways to find out.

If you’ve already determined that it’s not the TV (for example, if all picture and sound comes through on another device), then there are three main possibilities:

Reason 1: The Bose Soundbar Is Not Connected

One of the most likely possibilities is that your cable isn’t connected properly. The connection between your soundbar and your TV should be a standard audio cable with red and white plugs on each end.

If you don’t have this kind of cable or are broken, you can quickly get one at any electronics store. Then plug your Bose sound bar directly into the headphone jack on the back of your LG TV using this new cable. If it still doesn’t work, then see if switching to another input (for example, HDMI) will do the trick instead.

Reason 2: The Cable Is Connected, But Your Bose Soundbar Still Isn’t Working

Sometimes, your TV and soundbar do not connect well. If you’ve tried connecting your Bose soundbar to the TV with a standard optical cable or an HDMI cable, but it still isn’t working properly, then you probably have a problem with your device.

The most likely culprit here is the power supply – if it has failed, there’s no way that your soundbar will turn on. This would mean that you’ll need to get in touch with customer service for either a new power supply or a whole new soundbar altogether.

Reason 3: The Cable Is Connected and Your Soundbar Is Working Fine

If your device looks like it’s connected properly, but the sound still isn’t working right, this usually means that there is an issue with the input itself. There are two main possibilities here: You are using the wrong input (see above). You are using the correct, but incorrect device type for this input.

Another important thing to consider is that there may be an issue with your TV’s built-in speakers. Some models (especially older ones) will automatically switch on their own speakers whenever you change the input, even if you’re using a soundbar. If this is happening, check your TV’s settings menu. Seeing as it’s interfering with your Bose soundbar, you’ll likely need to turn off the internal speaker(s).

How do I Connect My Bose Soundbar To My LG TV? (Step-By-Step)

Now that you have a better idea of where the problem lies, let’s try to fix it. Here is our step-by-step guide for getting your Bose soundbar to work with LG TVs:

Step 1

The first thing you need to do is identify which input your TV is using. If it says “HDMI”, then this means that the most likely culprit for any problems will be HDMI-related. You can also see what inputs are being used by checking out your TV’s user manual or doing an online search for “[your TV model] inputs”.

Step 2

Once you know which input your soundbar is using, it’s time to check that everything is actually hooked up properly. Make sure that the red and white cables from your Bose soundbar are both plugged into the matching colored inputs on the back of your TV.

Step 3

If they’re both plugged incorrectly, try switching them so that the “AUDIO OUT” or “L” jack goes into the AUDIO IN port on your TV. If this doesn’t work either, there is likely a problem with your input itself, which usually happens when using an HDMI ARC interface. If switching between inputs doesn’t work, try changing your soundbar’s power supply from the wall outlet to see if there is an issue with this.

Step 4

Another potential solution is to simply turn off the internal speakers on your TV, which might be interfering with the Bose soundbar. To do this, check out your TV’s user manual for instructions specific to your model. If you’re unsure where to start, a quick Google search can help point you in the right direction.

Step 5

If none of these tips work and you still aren’t able to get any sound from your Bose soundbar through your LG TV, it’s possible that there is an issue with either one or both devices. In this case, there are a few possibilities:

  • Your TV is not compatible with the Bose soundbar.
  • The cable connecting them isn’t working properly.
  • There may be a problem with one or both devices’ power supplies.

To fix this problem, you’ll need to start by identifying which device is causing the issue. If there’s an issue with your TV, then it should be covered by the warranty of either LG or your manufacturer (depending on who produced it). However, if there is an issue with your Bose soundbar, you will likely need to contact directly for support.

Reset Bose Soundbar & LG TV

If you’re not able to solve the problem with either of these tips, then there’s likely an issue with one or both devices – probably requiring repair. Depending on how much time has passed since your purchase, you may be covered by your warranty period. The first step in this process will be resetting both devices to their factory settings and repairing them after, which can help if they’ve lost connectivity due to software issues. This can help troubleshoot any problem with your HDMI connections.

You should only attempt to do this if you feel comfortable doing so, as some settings will need reconfiguring after the reset is complete. Then, after successful rebooting, check with your Bose music app if everything goes smoothly.

How Do I Reset My Bose Soundbar?

If you’ve never reset your Bose soundbar before, there are a few simple steps that you’ll need to follow in order to get it back up and running. Here’s how:

Step 1  

Start by finding the “Reset” button located on the back of your soundbar. If you can’t figure out where it is or what it looks like exactly, check out a guide online for a more detailed explanation on this step – going through your user manual should also help identify it.

Step 2

Once you’ve found the “Reset” button on the back of your Bose soundbar, press and hold it down for 5-10 seconds, you’ll know that you’ve successfully reset your Bose when the “2” in the display is flashing three times. Keep in mind that this will also reset the device’s Bluetooth

Step 3

Next, you’ll need to turn on your TV and select whatever input was being used by the soundbar before it stopped working, but ideally, you would want to choose an HDMI connection for HDMI devices. Once this has been selected, press and hold down BOSE’s “Power” button for a few seconds

Step 4

At this point, there should be an audible chime from your soundbar letting you know that it has been successfully reset. However, if this doesn’t happen after following all of these steps, then something may have gone wrong during this process – see your consumer electronics control manual for more details about what to do if so.

Also, check with your LG sound sync wireless connection if your resetting process went well. Double-check if all the HDMI cables are connected accordingly.


Hopefully, one of these tips will help you fix the issue with your soundbar and TV. If not, there may be an issue with either one or both devices, requiring a more involved process to solve. In this case, contacting customer service maybe your best option for getting this problem resolved.

Doing a bit of research before calling them can help ensure that this process goes as smoothly as possible. For example, reading about what to expect when dealing with different companies’ customer service lines can give you a good idea of how your call might go before you dial.

If you have any other questions about how to get sound from your Bose soundbar through an LG TV, feel free to leave us a comment below! We’ll try to respond to every one of them in a timely fashion.

Anita Jones