Bose SoundLink Micro Not Charging? (Best Ways to Fix!)

bose soundlink micro not charging

If your Bose SoundLink Micro not charging, don’t search further and keep reading this guide!

We understand the hurdle of replugging your Bose SoundLink Micro speaker several times, only to realize that the device won’t start changing.

So, that’s why in this read we’ll help you decipher the charging issue by tackling each possibility until we reveal what’s causing the charging fault.

If your Bose SoundLink Micro is not charging, first try a different power outlet and plug the adapter directly into the socket.

If this doesn’t help, clean the charging port, replace the USB cable, and update the firmware of your speaker.

Let’s get in-depth!

Why is My Bose Micro SoundLink Not Charging?

why is bose micro soundlink not charging

Here’s everything that can prevent your Bose Micro SoundLink from charging:

  • A defective power outlet or indirect connection.
  • Clogged, blocked, or obstructed charging port.
  • A defective charging cable or bent connectors.
  • Outdated firmware causing indicator problems.
  • Software-related bugs causing indicator issues.
  • A defective power adapter or incompatible brick.
  • A hardware defect with the SoundLink speaker.

Before we start, let’s understand the battery indicator lights on your Bose SoundLink Micro!

Bose SoundLink Micro Battery Indicator
⚫⚫⚫⚫⚫|⚫First LED blinking0–20% battery
⚪⚫⚫⚫⚫|⚫Second LED blinking20–40% battery
⚪⚪⚫⚫⚫|⚫Third LED blinking40–60% battery
⚪⚪⚪⚫⚫|⚫Fourth LED blinking60–80% battery
⚪⚪⚪⚪⚫|⚫Fifth LED blinking80–100% battery
⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪|⚫All five LEDs blinking100% battery
⚪⚫⚪⚫⚪|⚫1–3–5 LEDs blinkingCHARGING ERROR

How to Fix When Bose SoundLink Micro Not Charging?

Tip: Try all steps chronologically!

1. Move to a Different Power Outlet

move to a different power outlet

If your Bose SoundLink Micro is not charging, and the indicator light is not blinking, the first step is to relocate your device near a different and proven electrical outlet.  

We recommend testing whether the selected power outlet is working by plugging in your phone charger to check the functionality.

If the power socket is proven to work, try charging your Bose.

Important: Avoid Charging via USB Port!

If you’ve been attempting to charge your Bose Micro SoundLink without a power outlet, directly from a USB port of your PC/laptop, that’s not the optimal approach.

So, we strongly recommend getting a compatible 1000 mA or higher power adapter (brick) and connecting it to a wall outlet.

2. Charge Bose SoundLink Directly

charge bose soundlink directly

Another very important factor when charging Bose SoundLink through a power outlet is to only use a direct connection.

This means plugging the power brick directly into the socket, without any third-party plugs such as smart plugs, electrical dividers, and power surge protectors.

So, if you’re using an extender, disconnect the plug from the socket and connect the power brick of your Bose SoundLink micro directly.

Then observe the LED indication on the device and check whether the speaker is now charging!

3. Clean SoundLink’s Charging Port

If your Bose SoundLink Micro is not charging at all, the next step is to closely inspect, and clean the charging port from obstructions.

Considering the small size of the speaker, we often carry it around in thigh spaces such as backpacks, and pockets, causing the port to accumulate dust.

Hence, cleaning the Bose charging port thoroughly might be the only effective solution for you!

clean soundlink’s charging port

Here’s how to safely clean the charging port of your Bose SoundLink Micro:

  1. Take a toothpick, an ear stick, and possibly an old toothbrush.
  2. Turn off your Bose SoundLink Micro and unplug from the A/C.
  3. Use the toothpick to gently scrub all the dust from both sides.
  4. Then, use the ear stick and toothbrush to collect all the debris.
  5. Repeat several times until the charging port is completely clean.

When you’re ready to clean the charging port, go ahead and connect your Bose SoundLink to the charger.

Then, observe the charging indicators to check whether your battery is charging.

If not, continue reading…

4. Inspect the USB Cable for Faults

If your Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth speaker not charging, the culprit is often related to the USB charging cable.

One side of the cable is micro USB and the other side is USB-A, and if one of the connectors is bent, loose, or somehow defective, your SoundLink Micro will not charge.

inspect the usb cable for faults

So, perform a quick inspection of both connectors and if you have another device that uses a micro USB charging port, you can test the cable.

If the secondary device is not charging as well, chances are that the cable is defective, and you would need a replacement to continue using your Bose. 

One More Thing – Power Adapter!

If your USB cable doesn’t seem to be working, there is another thing to test before rushing to conclusions.

The power brick (adapter) plays a vital role in charging your Bose SoundLink, and if defective, the speaker won’t charge. 

If you have a replacement power adapter with a USB-A output port, go ahead and implement the piece into your setup.

power adapter inspect

If your Bose SoundLink Micro starts charging with the new adapter, then your USB cable is intact, and you will need to find a replacement adapter for your setup.

Reminder: You need a standard 5 V output power adapter!

5. Update Bose SoundLink Firmware

If nothing seems to help with the charging problem of your Bose SoundLink Micro, the next step is to update the firmware of the speaker.

The thing is, the Bose speaker could be charging well, but in silence, without the indicator showing progress, typically caused by system-related errors.

So, updating the firmware might solve your charging problem instantly!

update bose soundlink firmware

Here’s how to update the firmware of your Bose SoundLink speaker:

  1. Sit on a computer or laptop with internet access.
  2. Then, navigate to the Bose Firmware Updater.
  3. Accept and Continue after reviewing the ToS.
  4. Click on the “Download” button to get the file.
  5. Click to open the (.exe) and install the updater.
  6. Connect the SoundLink Micro to the computer.
  7. The USB-A side of the cable plugs into the PC.
  8. The micro USB end plugs into the Bose speaker.
  9. The updater should detect the plugged speaker.
  10. Click on “Apply Changes” to begin the upgrade.
  11. Once updated, you can disconnect your speaker.

When the upgrade is ready, go ahead and connect your Bose SoundLink Micro to a power outlet via an adapter and check whether the battery is charging.

Tip: Be patient as your Bose speaker might start charging up to 60 seconds after being plugged in, and then the LED will start blinking.

6. Factory Reset the Bose SoundLink

factory reset the bose soundlink

So, if nothing helps, and the Bose SoundLink Micro is not charging, it’s time to perform a factory reset to eliminate all system problems.

However, the factory reset will permanently erase all the in-app settings as well as custom configurations, so any important settings must be backed up.

When you’re ready, here’s how to factory reset Bose SoundLink Micro:

  1. Verify that your Bose speaker is on and working.
  2. Press and hold the Power button for 10 seconds.
  3. Wait for the LEDs to light up to show the charge.
  4. Shortly after, you should also hear a voice prompt.
  5. In 10 seconds, the Bluetooth light will blink in blue.
  6. This means that the Bose SoundLink Micro is reset.

When the factory reset is over, you can plug the speaker into a power outlet using a power brick and test whether the device is now charging.

Again, be patient and wait for at least 60 seconds.

7. Leave Speaker in Room Temperature

leave speaker in room temperature

Well, even if very rarely, the battery of your speaker could be, let’s say “clogged” which happens if you haven’t used the speaker for a long time or at freezing temperatures.

Put simply, you need to let the device acclimatize, which will resume the operation of the battery and fix the charging.

So, if you’ve just received your speaker, and it’s very cold outside, let the speaker sit a room temperature for ~20–30 minutes.

Then, try to charge the device by connecting it to a wall outlet, and wait for quite some time, so you can confirm whether the speaker is going to charge or not.

One More Thing – Charge Overnight!

If you’re about to give up and nothing helps, we recommend leaving the speaker plugged into the power outlet overnight.

charge overnight

This would be a solid 12 hours of charging, which sometimes helps and reboots the battery operation. 

Last Steps: If your Bose SoundLink speaker is not charging, contact Bose Customer Support or get in touch with the local merchant to claim your warranty.

Let’s Wrap Up

Hence, if your Bose SoundLink Micro not charging, switch to a different power outlet, test via a different USB-A to microUSB cable, and upgrade your Bose firmware.

Additionally, you should clean the charging port from obstructions or attempt a factory reset.

We hope this guide was helpful, so follow us for more Bose SoundLink Micro troubleshooting!