The Harman Kardon Microsoft Invoke smart speaker can function also as a traditional Bluetooth speaker. It sports a Bluetooth button, that you press anytime you wish to pair this speaker with a new device, such as a phone, tablet, media player, streamer, or other media source device. In this demonstration, we’ll be pairing the Invoke speaker with our iPad. After establishing that pairing, the speaker will then play anything that would normally play through the iPad speakers, including keyboard clicks, app sounds, and YouTube audio. The instructions for turning your Harman Kardon Invoke speaker into a Bluetooth speaker follow.
It’s best to run through the usual Cortana speaker setup procedure prior to attempting to use it as a Bluetooth speaker, which we have done prior to this demo.
1. Locate the Bluetooth button, at the rear of the speaker, as shown in the next picture, pointed at by the purple arrow.
2. Press the Bluetooth button for a second or two. This places the speaker 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.
The speaker should then play a chord and announce, in our case, “Ready to pair. Go to Bluetooth settings on your phone or PC, and select ”Tom’s Invoke 1” ” While the speaker is talking, the lights ramp up to a brighter white and blue pattern, as shown in the next picture.
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 extinguish when the speaker returns to listening for requests of Cortana, as shown next. Jump back up to step one and start from their if you subsequently wish to complete speaker Bluetooth pairing.
3. Look for the Invoke speaker in the device you’re pairing with it. In our case, we’re pairing our Apple iPad tablet with our Cortana 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.
4. Tap the entry for the Invoke speaker. on the Bluetooth devices screen as shown in the previous picture. You will then see the Allow Contacts and Favorites Sync dialog box displayed, as shown in the next picture.
5. Tap either the Allow of the Don’t Allow links. The 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 disappears, the pairing should then complete almost instantaneously. 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.
6. Your speaker has now been successfully paired, and you’ll now be able to play audio from your source pairing device. Note that the lights on the top of Cortana go out completely once successful pairing has occurred, as shown next.
When finished with the Invoke as a Bluetooth speaker, you may unpair it. We’ll demonstrate that in a subsequent post, coming shortly.
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- 2017-11-21: Originally published.