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Best Universal Remote Controls for Bose System with Setup Guide

Bose remote control is the one that is compatible with almost every device you use. Whether it is a TV or a music system, you can control your device using the Bose universal remote if you can connect the remote with your device. You don’t have to worry about handling and managing separate remotes for every device. With a universal Bose remote, you can control every device. Bose universal remote is included with the Soundbar and is specifically used to control the sound bar. The best feature about this control is that it only displays the buttons of use to you at the particular time. All thanks to its ingenious contextual backlighting Bose remotes are the best for you as you never have to do button hunting again.

7 Top Bose Remote Control Replacements

Following are some Bose Soundbar remote control replacements. These remotes may not be as good as the Bose universal remote, but they are worth it.

1. Harmony Hub

This is the only type of smart remote that does not have any physical buttons on it. Instead, you can use this remote for various other things like your smartphone (android or iOS), or by talking to virtual assistant Alexa or using your Google home device. This is a perfect device and can fit anywhere because of its small design and has a wide range of Bluetooth connectivity, enabling you to use this remote from anywhere you are. With all these features, it stood in the 1st place as the best universal remote for Soundbar.

The design of this Harmony Hub is very sleek, and it comes in the height of 5.04 inches, width 4.13 inches, depth of 1.00 inches, and a weight of 3.90oz. This device powers up with almost every gadget at your home, enabling you to get rid of all those bulky excess remotes you have. You can connect up to 8 remotes to this device and use them all with just one tap on your smartphone or even without lifting a finger if you’re using Alexa or Google Assistant.

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  • No physical buttons
  • Can easily fit anywhere 
  • Able to control devices behind cabinet


  • Setup is very time consuming

2. Logitech Harmony Companion

Logitech is one of the best brands for all your hardware requirements. Harmony companion from Logitech gives you access to conveniently control all the devices at your home. With its streamlined button layout, it is a lot easier to control your device. You can install the harmony app and program your favorite channels and everything using your mobile phone. The height of the remote is 7.25 inches, width is 0.21 inches, depth is 0.81 inches, and weight being 4.20 oz. With its advanced technology, you can control your device even if you are away from home just by using the Harmony smartphone application. The remote operates via RF rather than IR, so you need not worry about line of sight for your devices. The updated app by Harmony also makes the initial setup of the device easier.

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  • Feels like a traditional remote in your hand. 
  • Includes harmony hub 
  • Controls Bose, home entertainment and smart devices. 


  • No LCD screens

3. SevenHugs Remote

SevenHugs have acquired a huge market share despite being a new product because of its LCD touchscreen display, enabling you to easily control any device. This SevenHugs technology builds a map of your room, and then it automatically detects where your device is. Whenever you point your remote to any device, it will automatically change its mode as per that device’s requirement. The device supports custom scenes which enable it to perform multiple tasks at one time. The remote also comes with a lost and found button in case you lose your remote. The remote also displays the weather conditions and can be paired with any number of devices you want.

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  • Can control a variety of smart devices
  • Screen changes accordingly 


  • Doesn’t work with Alexa or google
  • Only works with some Bose speakers

4. Harmony Smart Control

Harmony smart control is another amazing product by Logitech. Using its smartphone app, you can control your device from anywhere you want. If Bose Remote not working, this device is the best alternative which is compatible with Alexa and google assistant, which means you can simply use your remote by dictating your instructions. The remote can even control connected lights, or locks, or thermostats, and various other devices at your home. The device works like other RF (radio frequency) based remotes. It comes in a size of 5.5 x 13.8 x 8.9 cm and 18 grams. You can also control the PS3 using this remote, which is one of its most amazing features. In addition, you can simply control your TV with just one single button. Physically the remote is thinner, shorter, and smaller as compared to other devices from harmony.

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  • Works with Alexa and google
  • Economical 
  • Turn your household smartphone into smart remote 


  • Button configuration may be less optimal

5. Roku Remote

There are various options available for the Roku brand for your smart TV and other devices. Roku is one of the best brands for all your OTT (over the top) services. Roku remote comes with a voice assistant, which means you can control your device using a voice assistant. Simply press the button on your remote and give instructions. For example, you can pause, play, rewind your movie just by saying it. In addition, some Roku remotes come with an audio jack to plug in your earphones to be not loud when you don’t want to be. Also, you can pair your remote with the Roku mobile app and control your devices using the Roku mobile app.

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  • One of the best brands
  • Works with voice assistant 
  • Comes with audio jack 


  • Buttons are not backlit 
  • Limited battery life

6. Harmony Elite

The design is compatible  with various devices, the harmony elite allows you easy control of every device. You can even use this through closed cabinets or walls because of its wide range of technology. It is compatible with more than 270000 different devices.  This remote can be easily accessed via your smartphone using the harmony smartphone app.  You can control up to 15 devices at a time using the harmony elite remote. A voice assistant is also present to control any of your devices.

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  • Works with Alexa and google
  • All buttons are Backlit
  • Compatible with over 275,000 devices from 5000 brands 


  • It is a bit pricey

7. Caavo Control Center

The Caavo remote control is designed to pair with your every device while enabling you to switch between streaming content on Tv and giving it voice commands. You can control multiple devices seamlessly without any problems. You have a lot of button options while using the Caavo remote using which it becomes very easy to control your remote. Also, you can access your remote with Alexa and Google Assistant.

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  • Curated lists of programs to watch 
  • Works across a variety of streaming media
  • Sums up content from many devices into one 


  • No app support
  • Can only connect up to 4 devices at once

How to Program Bose Universal Remote Control?

Bose remote programming is very easy if you follow the instructions step by step. Your Bose universal remote can be connected to any device, including your TV, cable, satellite box, DVD, Soundbar, etc. Bose remote setup steps are also mentioned in the instruction booklet, which came along with the device. If not, follow the steps given below to program your Bose universal remote:

  1. First of all, Power on your device.
  2. Next, look for the code of your device in the list of Bose universal remote codes book included with your device.
  3. On the remote, press the setup button and wait until all the six buttons light up.
  4. Now select the device you want to pair your remote with.
  5. Now on the number keypad, type Bose remote control codes for your device’s brand. If the six buttons blink three times, then this is an indicator that you have entered your code wrong.
  6. Tap + on the volume button and test your remote using various keys on it. If your remote doesn’t work, then try entering the code properly.

How to Turn on Bose Soundbar without Remote?

If your Bose speaker remote control is not working, then there can be several issues with it. Try the following listed methods to check if your Bose remote isn’t working 

  • Check if your speakers are connected to a power source. 
  • Make sure that both the ends of the power cable are connected properly. 
  • Try replacing the batteries of your remote.
  • Unplug the speaker and plug it in again. 

If your remote still doesn’t work, then maybe there is some technical issue with your remote. You can get a Bose remote replacement from the store where you bought the soundbar, or you can buy a new remote. Also, you can try turning it on with other universal remotes mentioned below. But it is not possible to turn on your soundbar without a remote.

Final Verdict

Bose universal remote is a great choice for you if you want to control varied types of devices using a single remote. Universal remote control for Bose systems is best for those who have many devices to manage and cannot handle various remotes for each device. You can pair up your Bose remote with almost every device and use it without any problem. If Bose remote doesn’t work for you, then don’t worry. You can use any of the remotes mentioned in the above list; all the remotes are universal.

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