How To Reset a Harman Kardon Speaker: A Simple Guide

How To Reset a Harman Kardon Speaker: A Simple Guide

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Harman Kardon Bluetooth wireless speakers are absolutely beautiful and have fantastic sound, and they are especially well known for their ease of use and reliability, but sometimes, even with a Harman Kardon speaker, you might have some problems with getting them to work.

And if nothing you’ve tried has resolved the issue, it might be time to factory reset your Harman Kardon speaker – an easy process which can fix nearly any problem.

In this article I will explain, in clear and simple language, how to reset most models of Harman Kardon Bluetooth wireless speakers After that we’ll get into some reasons why you might want or need to do a factory reset, followed by some Harman Kardon wireless speaker troubleshooting steps you can try if you are still having problems.

Certain Harman Kardon speaker models might have a slightly different reset process. You won’t hurt anything by trying my general instructions with any Harman Kardon speaker, but if it doesn’t work I will also include links for more detailed instructions on a few specific Harman Kardon speakers.

How To Reset Harman Kardon Speakers: Step by Step Instructions

By following these 4 basic steps you should be able to successfully do a full factory reset on most models of Harman Kardon Bluetooth wireless speakers.

Step 1

Turn your speaker on

Step 2

Next, press and hold the Bluetooth button and the Volume Up (+) button at the same time for a couple of seconds until you hear a tone and the speaker turns itself off, at which point the factory reset is complete

For some Harman Kardon speakers, you would instead press and hold the Power Button by itself, or the Bluetooth Button by itself, for 5-10 seconds, until again the speaker powers down. And don’t worry – you can try any of these three on any Harman kardon speaker without causing any problems!

Step 3

You will now need to reconnect your speaker to any Bluetooth devices you use – phone, PC, tablet, music player, etc

Please check out our article on How To Pair Harman Kardon Speakers

Step 4

You will also need to re-enter any of your settings or customization on your speaker and/or Harman Kardon Connect mobile phone app

Why Reset Harman Kardon Wireless Speakers?

A full factory reset of your Harman Kardon Bluetooth wireless speakers can solve a lot of problems you might be having, and so it is recommended to reset them if:

  • Your speaker will pair with your device, but you keep losing the connection
  • You are having problems charging your speakers, or even powering them on
  • There are problems with sound – stuttering, delays (like between sound and video), gaps or stoppages, any distortion or strange sounds, or no sound at all

After you factory reset your Harman Kardon speaker you will need to reconnect the speaker with your phone, PC, tablet and/or other devices, and you might also need to re-enter certain settings and preferences in the HK Connect  app, but these aren’t difficult processes, and so a reset is highly recommended if you are having recurring problems that you can’t quite figure out how to fix.

 What If It Didn’t Work?

Please note that these general instructions may not work with every Harman Kardon wireless speaker (though you can’t hurt anything by trying). 

So if the above instructions didn’t work, or if you’d just like more specific reset instructions for your particular model of HK Bluetooth wireless speaker, you can simply find your model below and click on the link, and you’ll be taken to a detailed explanation of how to reset your particular speaker.

How to Reset Harman Kardon Speakers: Specific Models

If you’re still having problems…

Basic Troubleshooting of Harman Kardon Wireless Speakers

  • Make sure your speaker and device are turned on and sufficiently charged
  • Make sure the device’s Bluetooth is turned on, and that it is not locked or in Flight mode
  • Remember that your speaker and device have to be in range of each other – this can be several hundred feet, but physical obstructions and interference can significantly reduce the range
  • Make sure you are actually playing something – music, a movie, an audiobook or any other audio