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3 Easy Steps To Turn Off Bose 700 Headphones (2023 How-To)

How To Turn Off Bose 700 Headphones

For many, Bose 700 is the best headphones today.

However, turning it off can be a challenge sometimes.

All the bells and whistles are built into the headset itself.

And it can be difficult to figure out.

Especially the off-button and why pressing it hard doesn’t work.

Read on to find out:

  • 3 easy steps to turn off Bose 700 headphones.
  • 5 important questions about Bose 700 answered.
  • How to use the Bose Music app to activate your headphones’ auto-off timers.
  • And so much more…

How to turn off Bose 700 headphones – 3 steps

Before we jump into the steps, let me set the scene for a bit.

The Bose 700 headphone has 3 control types:

  • Touch.
  • Buttons. 
  • Bose Music App.

For some new users, this is where the challenge comes from.

After all, a downside to having a lot of options is confusion.

Sometimes, even those who are experienced have some trouble.

Here’s more info on the functions of each control type

Through touch

First, the Touch controls are on the front surface of the right earcup.

Using these will manage your basic media and volume commands.

Do you want to adjust the volume? Swipe up or down.

Answer or decline a call? Double-tap.

Ghost somebody? Oh, your conscience will take charge of that one.

Let’s move along to the next control type… 

With the Buttons

They control the:

  • Power.
  • Bluetooth.
  • Noise control.
  • Voice assistant.


Via the Bose Music app

Turn Off Bose 700 Headphones Via Bose Music App

It allows for deep-dive controls.

Moreover, the app can make software changes to your headphones.

With these control options in mind, here are the actual steps to turn off Bose 700:

#1: Push the power button

One of the two buttons at the back of the right earcup is for Power/Bluetooth.

It’s the button at the top. The one at the bottom activates Voice Assistant.

To turn off your headphones, press the Power button.

#2: Let it go after the click

Don’t hold the Power button for 2 seconds or longer.

If you do this, the headphones will go to Pairing Mode.

This is a common mistake with users.

Because many people are used to devices that need touch-and-hold.

I’m looking at you, smartphone companies.

#3: Check the LED light

There should be an LED light next to the Voice Assistant button.

If it’s off, then so is the device.

And if you want to see an overview of Bose 700 and its parts, check out this video:

“What about voice? Can Bose 700 follow an On/Off command?”

Bose 700 can’t follow a voice command to turn itself off.

But with its Voice Assistant feature, nobody can blame you for thinking it can.

Not to mention, you can use a voice command to turn the headphones on.

Which is strange. There could be some changes in future updates.

But for now, what a… turnoff.

“I don’t use the Bose Music app. How useful is it?”

Like you, many Bose 700 users don’t use the Bose Music app.

But since the app costs nothing and is only 171.5 MB, it’s like saying no to free cake.

I’m sure you’ll find at least one helpful feature. And even more.

To save you the trouble, I’ve compiled a list of things you can take advantage of.

So here’s why you should set up a Bose Music account:

  • Firmware updates.
  • Link to multiple devices.
  • One tap to play music or podcasts.
  • Language selection for the voice prompts.
  • Access to Auto-off and the Motion Detection timer.
  • Connection to any internet or streaming service radio.
  • Automatic connection to devices you’ve already paired.

See the benefits?

That said, the Bose Music app is only available for iOS and Android devices.

For now, you can’t download it on Mac or PC.

Read next: Do Wireless Headphones Last Longer Than Wired? 5 Scenarios

Does Bose 700 turn off automatically?

Bose 700 headphones do turn off automatically. 

You may wonder why it happens even if you’re not touching them.

It’s possible that you turned on a timer in the device without knowing it.

In fact, there are 2 timers that’ll shut down the Bose 700 when it’s inactive.

The first timer is in…

The Auto-off setting

What’s cool about it is it lets you choose the amount of time before it powers off on its own.

Its default is Never, but here’s how you can change the timeframe:

  1. Open the Bose Music app.
  2. Connect your headphones.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Choose Auto-off under Power.
  5. Pick a timeframe.

Next, is the…

Motion Detection timer

This will turn off your headphones after 60 minutes of no movement. 

Which makes it useful if you want to save battery.

But in this mode, the time is set and can’t be adjusted.

So if you want to turn off the Motion Detection timer, here’s how:

  1. Go to Bose Music app’s Settings.
  2. Choose Auto-off under Advanced.

“My headphones don’t turn off automatically on auto-off.”

Let’s say you’ve checked the settings on your Bose Music app.

But the issue keeps coming back. There could be problems with your device.

It could either be a broken power button or a motion sensor that’s out of order.

You’d do better in the hands of a service professional

Recommended Reading: Are Bluetooth Headphones Encrypted? 7 Security Facts

How do you know if the Bose 700 is turned off?

As mentioned, each Bose 700 headphones come with a LED light.

Which is usually found snug between the Power and Voice Assistant buttons.

It flashes 3 colors that have a variety of meanings.

If you didn’t hit the Power button, but the LED light is off, the device is saving power.

But if you’ve pressed the Power button, it means the headphones are turned off as well.

See what each light signal means below:

ColorSolidBlinkingQuick blinkingSlowly pulsing
WhiteMedium to full charge.Charging.Updating.
RedLow charge.Needs charging.
BlueConnected.Connecting.Ready for connection.

Note: Blinking white and red indicates an error. Off indicates Saving Power or Turned Off.