Bose 700 Controls: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

Bose 700 fresh out of the box (From: ©dennizn/
Bose 700 fresh out of the box (From: ©dennizn/

A comprehensive guide to making the most of Bose 700 via their touch, button, and app controls.

The Bose 700 are some of the best Bose headphones on the market today because of their superb noise cancellation, sound quality, and controls. Using nothing but the headset, you can play, pause and skip audio, accept and decline calls, and activate your selected voice assistant, such as Amazon Alexa.

But these controls can be confusing to figure out and can be intimidating even to an experienced customer.

Even worse, there are so many different functions and features that it can feel impossible to remember what everything does. Nobody wants to refer to the instruction book whenever they want to pause a track or miss an important call while Googling how to accept it on their headphones.

It’s undoubtedly easier to put in a little time and memorize all the controls. In this article, we’ll explore the control features of these headphones in-depth and give you some handy tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your device!

3 Ways to Control Bose 700: Touch vs. Button vs. Bose Music App

Bose 700 headphones have three different control options: touch control, buttons, or via the Bose Music app on your device.

Each has individual functions that make it independent from the others. For example, the touch controls will let you play and pause audio, while the buttons can change the level of noise cancellation you want to use.

So how does each system work, and what are their limitations? Let’s find out in the sections below.

Bose 700 touch controls

Showing the location of the touch controls.
The location of the Bose 700 touch controls.

The touch controls, located on the front of the right ear cup, are used mainly for basic media and volume commands.

Using these controls, you can play and pause audio, skip forward or backward, change the volume, and answer, decline, and end calls. You can even use them to activate and control Spotify.

It is far more convenient to tap/swipe the surface of your headphones to pause a track rather than have to turn on your phone and manually pause it.

Perhaps, this is what makes this touch controls one of the main draws of the Bose 700 headphones, so they’re certainly something you’ll want to utilize.

Bose 700 buttons

Showing the location of the buttons. There are two on the back of the right earcup, and one on the left.
The location of the Bose 700 buttons. There are two on the back of the right earcup, and one on the left.

You will find the Bose 700 button controls on the back of the ear cups. There are two buttons on the right ear cup (marked with an R) and one on the left (L).

You’ll find the Power/Bluetooth button at the top on the right ear cup, while the bottom button activates the Voice Assistant. On the left ear cup, you’ll find the Noise Control button.

Using these buttons, you can turn the headphones on and off and connect them to a Bluetooth device. You can access the Voice Assistant and adjust the noise cancellation levels. The buttons also allow you to turn the Conversation Mode on/off, which will temporarily pause all audio and noise cancellation to be immediately aware of your surroundings.

You might not use these as much as the touch controls, but they’re helpful to have on your headphones rather than your device.

Bose Music app

Installing Bose Music App
Installing Bose Music App

The Bose Music app allows you to make software changes to your headphones, such as disabling voice notifications or choosing the language for your voice prompts.

The Bose Music app is only available for iOS and Android devices. As of writing this article, this isn’t available for Mac or PC.

Using the Bose Music app, you can enjoy automatic connection if you’ve already previously paired your devices. You only have to turn on your headphones and bring them close to your device, and a pop-up will jumpstart the connection process – just like how AirPods are with iPhones!

It’s also the easiest way to play the audio you want to listen to – the Bose Music app lets you link any streaming service or internet radio. Moreover, it has easy presets so that you can play your favorite playlist or podcast with just one tap!

The Bose Music app acts as a hub for all of your favorite streaming services and makes it easy to set up your account there. The app can link to multiple devices at once, meaning that if you have any other Bose products in your home, they can all be controlled from the app.

Aside from the Bose Music app, the brand also released the Bose Connect app, which supports a different range of products.

Bose 700 Audio Playback Controls

The audio playback controls on your Bose 700 headphones will probably be the ones you use the most. These are touch-sensitive controls located on the front of the right ear cup.

They’re what you’ll use to play, pause, skip and rewind your track. These controls are a significant draw of the brand and have been praised for their intuitive functionality. Here’s how to use them:

  • Play/Pause Music: Double-tap the touch-sensitive surface to play or pause your audio track.

    How to play/pause music on Bose 700
    How to play/pause music on Bose 700
  • Skip: Swipe forwards to skip to the next track.

    How to skip music on Bose 700
    How to skip music on Bose 700
  • Rewind: Swipe backward to replay the previous track.

    How to replay previous song on Bose 700
    How to replay a previous song on Bose 700
  • Volume: Swipe up to increase the Bose headphone volume and down to decrease it.

    How to adjust volume on Bose 700
    How to adjust the volume on Bose 700

Bose 700 Noise Cancellation Controls

Bose 700s are some of the best noise-canceling headphones available today. This feature blocks any background noise, getting rid of distractions in your environment to immerse yourself in the music completely.

Active noise cancellation works by detecting the low-frequency noises in your environment, such as a train engine or distant conversation, and playing ‘anti noise’ to cancel it out. Because sound travels in waves, a sound that has a directly inverse wave pattern to an outside noise, when played, will cancel out the original wave, resulting in silence.

With Bose 700 headphones, the dominance of active noise cancellation can be adjusted to a level between one and ten. Level ten will completely block out the ambient noise, whereas level one will provide full transparency of your surroundings.

They also feature a conversation mode, pausing all audio and noise cancellation so you can hold a quick conversation.

So, how do you control the noise cancellation?

  • Start Noise Cancellation: Noise cancellation is automatically turned on at the highest level when you turn on your headphones. You can customize this in the Bose Music app, as is explained later in the article.
  • Noise Cancellation Only: If you wish to activate the noise cancellation only (without any audio playing), you should hold the Power/Bluetooth button until you hear a voice prompt. When doing this, your device will disconnect and only the noise cancellation will be left in effect.

    How to activate Noise Cancellation on Bose 700
    How to activate Noise Cancellation on Bose 700
  • Change the Level: The Bose 700 headphones are designed to cycle through your favorite noise cancellation settings. These are set at a default of one, five, and ten, though this can be customized through the Bose Music app.
    To switch to the next set level of noise cancellation, you should press the Noise Control button, and it will switch to the next favored level. Continue until you reach the level you want.

    How to change ANC level on Bose 700
    How to change ANC level on Bose 700
  • Conversation Mode: To pause your audio and return to full awareness, you should press and hold the Noise Control button for 1 second. To turn off the conversation mode on your Bose 700, press any button or touch the surface. The noise cancellation will resume, and your audio will continue to play.

    How to turn on Conversation Mode on Bose 700
    How to turn on Conversation Mode on Bose 700
  • Voice Call: Noise cancellation levels will remain the same while on a call. However, to help you hear yourself better, Self Voice will be activated. Go to the Bose Music App Settings > Self Voice to adjust this feature. Then, you can choose which level you wish to hear: Off, Low, Medium, or High.

Bose 700 Controls for Calls

Using your Bose 700 headphones, you can control all incoming calls without touching your smartphone via simple touch commands on your right ear cup.

  • Answer/End a Call: Double-tap the touch-sensitive surface.

    How to answer/end calls in Bose 700
    How to answer/end calls in Bose 700
  • Decline a Call: Tap and hold the surface for about a second.

    How to decline a call in Bose 700
    How to decline a call in Bose 700
  • Control the Call Volume: Swipe up or down to control the volume of the call.

    How to adjust call volume on Bose 700
    How to adjust call volume on Bose 700
  • Mute your Mic: Press and release the Voice Assistant button (the bottom button on the right ear cup) while on a call to mute your mic. Press again to unmute.

    How to mute mic while on call on Bose 700
    How to mute the mic while on a call on Bose 700
You can customize your call notifications in the Bose Music app. This is explained later in the article.

Bose 700 Bluetooth and Power Controls

Using the buttons on the back of your ear cups along with the Bose Music app, you can turn your headphones on and off. You can also wirelessly pair your headphones with different devices.

  • Power: The Power/Bluetooth button is found on the back of the right ear cup and is the top of the two buttons there. Press this button once to turn your Bose 700 headphones off and on.
    The Bose 700 headphones have an automatic sleep function that will put your headphones into standby mode after ten minutes of inactivity. This is detected through a motion detection system. You can adjust this in the Bose Music app.

    How to turn Bose 700 on or off
    How to turn Bose 700 on or off
  • Pairing Mode: To connect your headphones to a new device, press and hold the Power/Bluetooth button until a voice prompt tells you that they’re ready to connect and the Bluetooth light pulses blue. Doing this will put your Bose 700 headphones in pairing mode. You can then select the headphones from the list of devices in the Bluetooth settings on your mobile device.

    How to turn Bose 700 to Pairing Mode
    How to turn Bose 700 into Pairing Mode
  • Reconnect a Device: When turned on, your headphones will automatically pair with the last two devices you used, providing they are within nine meters and powered on. To switch between them, pause the audio on one device and play it on the other.
  • Connect an Additional Device: You can store up to eight devices in your headphones’ history without connecting to them. To initially connect the devices, enter pairing mode and select the headphones from the menu in your device’s Bluetooth settings.
  • Switch to Another Paired Device: If the device you want to connect to isn’t one of the last two you used, enter the Bose Music app and tap ‘Source’ on the home screen. Toggle the switch next to the desired device to connect to it.

How to Check Bose 700’s Bluetooth & Battery Status

The norm is, every time you power on your Bose 700, a voice prompt announces the battery level. If the battery levels are low, you’ll hear the voice prompt going, “Battery low, please charge now.

Let’s say you’re using your headphones and are in the middle of something and wish to know how much battery life remains. To find out, you can tap and hold the touch surface until you hear the battery level.

With the Bose Music app, though, you can create a shortcut for this tap and hold function on the headphones to announce the battery level on default. This can be done via the Settings menu on the app.

The Bose 700 status light
The Bose 700 status light

It’s also easy to manually check the battery levels of your headphones while they’re charging. Simply look for the status light located on the right ear cup that will indicate the battery & Bluetooth status.

Here are what each light means:

  • Blinking white: the headphones are still charging
  • Solid white: medium to full charge
  • Solid red: low charge
  • Blinking blue: the headphones are connecting or ready to connect
  • Solid blue: the headphones are successfully connected
  • No light: connected, but the light has been switched off to save power.
You will not be able to listen to music or take advantage of the headphones’ noise-canceling features while charging. So, make sure you have wrapped up important work on your end before you can power off your Bose 700 and set them up for a full charge.

How to Set & Activate Voice Assistant in Bose 700

The voice assistant feature of the Bose 700 headphones is a hands-free way to access the assistant on your mobile device.

However, the controls do depend on which assistant you use. For instance, the Bose 700 headphones’ android controls for the voice assistant will differ from the iOS version.

Before setting up your assistant, ensure that your device is securely connected to the internet.

Set up your voice assistant

Open the Bose Music app and select your headphones. Tap settings and select the Voice Assistant option. From this screen, you can choose the assistant you wish to use from the following options:

  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Mobile Device Voice Control (Siri for iOS, Bixby for Samsung, etc.)

How to activate your voice assistant

If you’re using Google Assistant and any Mobile Device Voice Control (such as Siri/Bixby, etc), press and hold the voice assistant button on your headphones to wake up your voice assistant. If, however, you are using Alexa, you can use your voice.

To find out more about what you can do with each assistant, Bose has released an official article.

Can You Customize Bose 700 Controls?

Yes, you can customize some of the controls on your Bose 700 headphones.

For one, in the settings option of the Bose Music app, you can set the long press option of the touch controls to do one of two things: announcing the battery level of the headphones or waking Alexa.

You can also use the app to adjust to your favorite noise cancellation levels, so you can cycle through them using the Noise Control button. This also applies to the default level of noise cancellation that is activated when you turn the headphones on.

There is also a way to link Spotify to your touch controls, detailed in this article. However, for this to work, your headphones and Spotify app must be updated to the latest version.

If you want to learn more about what controls are customizable in the Bose Music app, Bose system support has released a video explaining how to set up and use the application.


With all these smart features and functionalities, Bose 700 is arguably one of the most competitive headphone models to have come out in recent times in this saturated market. If pricing isn’t as much of a barrier to you, these headphones are quite a wholesome package to own!

With the help of this guide, we hope you’ll now be able to listen to your favorite tracks on your Bose 700 headphones without having to fiddle with all of the controls.

Which of these explanations did you find the most helpful? Are you enjoying your Bose 700s? Make sure to tell us in the comments!


  1. Thank you for these clear, easy to use instructions. The headphones come with no instructions other than to connect to the app. Even their instruction page isn’t as complete as these instructions.
    Question, please help, will the headphones not turn on or pair unless they’re fully charged???? Not getting anywhere here!

  2. These headphones suck they connected for maybe an hour with no problems. Then suddenly they disconect. Now they wont reconnect oreven let me reset. Theres no bottom light hardly at all. When i use the aux cord itll play then suddenly it stops and keeps repeating anc levels. What do u make of all this??

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