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

How to Reboot the Microsoft Invoke Smart Speaker




You may wish to reboot your Microsoft Invoke smart speaker if it exhibits unstable performance, becomes non responsive to Cortana requests, emits strange noises, breaks up, chirps or squeaks unexpectedly, or suffers other unexplained oddities. Always try a device restart first (described here), as this often clears up many problems, and avoids the unnecessary action of hard resetting your speaker.

Neither the speaker itself, nor the Cortana app that controls it, has a specific button or link for restarting this device.  Therefore, the easiest way to reboot this smart speaker is to unplug it from power, wait a short time, and then reconnect it.  Do this as follows.

1. First,  simply disconnect it from AC power  by unplugging its wall adapter as shown next.

Picture of the Microsoft Invoke Cortana smart speaker, with its AC adapter unplugged from wall and powered off, prior to rebooting.
Microsoft Invoke Cortana smart speaker, with its AC adapter unplugged from wall and powered off, prior to rebooting.

 

2. Then wait ten seconds.

3. Finally, plug it back into AC power.  The speaker then cold-boots, clearing out any errant program entries and behaviors in its memory.

 

Restarting the speaker in this way usually returns the unit to correct operation, and we suspect that as subsequent firmware updates to the speaker are applied, any periodic need to reboot it will fade and eventually disappear altogether.

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  • 2017-11-22: Originally published.