Picture of the front of the Harman Kardon Microsoft Invoke smart speaker.

Harman Kardon Invoke Bluetooth Pairing Instructions

In this demo, we Harman Kardon Invoke Bluetooth pairing instructions that allow you to use the HK invoke as a BT speaker. We illustrate this on an iPad Air as a source Bluetooth device.  After pairing, the Invoke then plays anything that would normally play through the iPad speakers.

Yes, the HK Invoke smart speaker also functions as a Bluetooth speaker.  In fact, it sports a Pairing button, that you press any time you wish to link this speaker with a new source device.  Paring devices include phones, tablets, media players, streamers, or other media source devices.  It’s best to run through the usual Cortana speaker setup procedure prior to attempting to run it as a Bluetooth speaker, which we have done prior to this demo.

Harman Kardon Invoke Bluetooth Pairing Instructions

1. Find the Bluetooth Button

The Bluetooth pairing button is at the rear of this smart speaker, as shown in the next picture,.  There, we pointed at it with the purple arrow.

Picture of the Bluetooth button at the rear of the Harman Kardon Microsoft Invoke smart speaker, highlighted by the purple arrow.
HK Invoke smart speaker, back view, with the Bluetooth button highlighted.

2. Press the Bluetooth Pairing Button for a Couple Seconds

This places the Invoke in Bluetooth discovery / pairing mode, which means that any other Bluetooth source devices in-range of the speaker will be able to see and connect to it when pairing.  The lights on the top of the speaker form a left-right rotating pattern of white, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke Cortana speaker, displaying back and forth white light pattern indicating that it's in Bluetooth pairing mode.
Invoke Cortana speaker, displaying back and forth white light pattern, indicating that it’s in Bluetooth pairing mode.

The Harman Kardon Invoke should then play a chord and announce, in our case, “Ready to pair.

When you hear that, go to Bluetooth settings on your phone or PC, and select the speaker.  Our Invoke advertises itself as ”Tom’s Invoke 1”

Further, while the speaker is talking, the lights ramp up to a brighter white and blue pattern, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker light pattern, as displayed when the speaker is talking.
The Harman Kardon Invoke speaker light pattern, as displayed when the speaker is talking.

Skip ahead to the next step if you really want to continue with pairing.

However, if you decide at this point not to pair the speaker, you may tap the Bluetooth pairing button again.  This takes the Invoke back out of pairing mode, putting it back into normal Cortana operational mode.  The lights on the top go out when the speaker returns to listening for requests, as shown next.

Jump back up to step one and start from their if you subsequently wish to complete speaker Bluetooth pairing.

Picture of the speaker light pattern, showing either normal standby mode or that the speaker is powered off.
The light pattern of the speaker, showing either normal standby mode or that the speaker is powered off.

3. Look for the Harman Kardon Invoke on the Device you’re Pairing with It

In our case, we’re pairing our Apple iPad tablet with our HK Invoke speaker.  Notice in the next picture that we’ve entered the Bluetooth Settings screen on our iPad, and found the speaker, named “Tom’s Invoke 1,” as shown circled in purple.  Yours will likely have a different name.

Picture of the Bluetooth Settings screen on an Apple iPad, showing the speaker, ready to be paired.
Shows the speaker, ready for Bluetooth pairing, as seen on Apple iPad iOS device.

4. Tap the Entry for the Speaker, to Continue with Harman Kardon Invoke Bluetooth Pairing

You will then see the Allow Contacts and Favorites Sync dialog box displayed, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Allow Contacts and Favorites Sync prompt screen, as displayed on an Apple iPad iOS device.
Allow Contacts and Favorites Sync prompt screen, as displayed on an Apple iPad iOS device.

5. Tap either the   Allow   or the   Don’t Allow   Link

The Invoke Harman Kardon Invoke speaker doesn’t care either way, since it does nothing with contacts and favorites as a Bluetooth speaker.

Once the Contacts and Favorites dialog box goes away, the pairing should then complete within a few seconds.

Then, if all went well, you’ll see that your speaker is now connected via Bluetooth, as we saw in the next picture from our iPad.

Picture of the Bluetooth Settings screen on an Apple iPad, showing a successfully paired Invoke smart speaker.
Showing the speaker successfully paired with an Apple iOS iPad, as shown on that device’s Bluetooth settings screen.

6. Done with Harman Kardon Invoke Bluetooth Pairing !

Now, you can play audio from your source pairing device. Note that the lights on the top of Invoke go out completely once successful pairing has occurred, as shown next.

Picture of the speaker light pattern, showing either normal standby mode or that the speaker is powered off.
Showing the speaker light pattern, in either normal standby or paired Bluetooth mode, or that the speaker is powered off.

When finished using the Harman Kardan Invoke as a Bluetooth speaker, you may unpair it.

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References for Harman Kardon Invoke Bluetooth Pairing

  1. Harman Kardon Invoke Introduction

Revision History

  • 2020-07-29: Originally published.