We instruct here how to pair UE Wonderboom with Google Home speakers. These Google models include the original, mini, and max versions. Since this pairing happens directly between the Wonderboom UE and the Home Google speakers, there’s no need to turn Bluetooth on in the mobile device you’re using to set up this pairing.
How to Pair UE Wonderboom with Google Home Smart Speakers
With your UE Wonderboom powered down (power button is not glowing), run through these step-by-step instructions to pair it to your Google Home speaker. Note that the pairing directions are roughly the same for all Google Home speaker models.
We’re using an iPad Air tablet to make this pairing. In this demo, we’re pairing with a Google Home Mini.
Now, to the directions.
1. Find the Google Home App on your Mobile Device
We found the Home app on our iOS iPad Air as we see in the next shot. On our iPad, this app is on the third home screen page. It’s pointed at by the pink arrow.
2. Run the Google Home App
The app displays its Home screen as shown in the next screenshot.
3. Swipe UP to Scroll Down to Find the Speaker Group you Want, as Well as the Speaker to Pair
If you don’t see the speaker group in which the Google Home speaker you wish to pair belongs, then swipe up on the Home screen until you do. Swiping up scrolls you down the Home page that lists all your Google speaker devices and groups currently set up in your Google account.
Now in this example, we’re pairing a Google Mini Home speaker. It’s a member of our Office group. So we scrolled down the page until we saw that group and speaker, as shown next, circled in green.
4. Tap the Google Speaker Device that you Wish to Pair, to Continue with How to Pair UE Wonderboom with Google Home
Here, we pair our speaker with our Google Home Mini, named Office Speaker. So we tap the picture of the Mini Home, seen inside the green circle above.
This puts up the main page for the selected Google speaker, as pictured next.
5. Tap the Device Settings Icon on the Speaker’s Main Control Screen
We call out the Device Settings option with the green arrow in the last screenshot.
Tapping the gear-shaped Device Settings button brings up the Device Settings screen for your chosen Home Google speaker, as shown in the next screenshot.
6. Scroll Down to the Default Speaker Setting
Scroll down the Device Settings screen, until you see the Default Speaker item. We’ve pointed at this with a blue arrow in the next picture.
7. Tap the Default Speaker Item to Continue with How to Pair UE Wonderboom with Google Home
This brings up the Choose a Default Speaker for Music and Audio screen, as shown next.
At this point, you’re ready to start your Google Home speaker scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices. You’ve selected the Home speaker to pair with in step 4 above. So, that Home Google speaker will be the one that scans for Bluetooth devices like the UE Wonderboom.
But HOLD ON A MINUTE! don’t press that Pair Bluetooth Speaker item button just yet. We must first power up your Wonderboom UE speaker and put it into discovery / pairing mode.
8. Switch On your UE Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Put down your mobile device for a second, and power up the Wonderboom by quickly depressing and releasing its Power button. We note the Power button with the green arrow in the next picture.
The Wonderboom UE then powers up.
But since our Google Home Mini has never paired with this UE (Ultimate Ears) before, it has no connection information for it in its paired-previously Bluetooth devices list. So, the UE Wonderboom will not yet pair with this Mini automatically.
Note that your speaker’s Bluetooth button may fast-flash white, if you’ve never paired it with a mobile device since its last hard reset. Immediately after that, and prior to any device pairings, this speaker automatically enters Bluetooth pairing mode. Thus, the Bluetooth button flashes without you having to press it first. For that scenario, skip the next step and continue on with Step 10.
Now for this demo, the Bluetooth button on our speaker does not glow, since we have paired this Wonderboom UE with BT source devices since the last time we reset it. So, for explanatory purposes, we’ll do the next step, to show you how to put this speaker into Bluetooth pairing mode.
9. Put your UE Wonderboom into Pairing / Bluetooth Discovery Mode
Now, to enable a Google Home speaker to find the UE Wonderboom, place your speaker into pairing / discovery mode. Detail: Press and release the Bluetooth button, as shown in the next picture, pointed at by the green arrow.
When you press the Discovery Bluetooth Mode button, the speaker makes a repeating twice pairing ready sound. Moreover, the Bluetooth button light changes from OFF or solid white, to rapidly flashing white. See this in the last picture above.
10. Grab your Mobile Device Again to Continue with How to Pair UE Wonderboom with Google Home
The screen with the blue Pair Bluetooth Speaker option should still display, as in the next screenshot.
11. Tap the Pair Bluetooth Speaker Item
This starts your Google Home speaker scanning for any nearby Bluetooth devices that are themselves in Bluetooth discovery mode. Now your Wonderboom UE is in Bluetooth pairing mode. So the Google Home Mini should find it. If it does not though, then move the speakers a bit closer to each other and repeat the last step again.
The next screenshot shows the Bluetooth scanning in progress.
After a short pause, your Google Home should find the UE Wonderboom, and list it as shown next, as pointed at by the green arrow. In our demo, the Mini found our UE Wonderboom, named aptly, WONDERBOOM.
12. Tap your UE Wonderboom Speaker on the Discovered Bluetooth Devices List to Pair It
See the screenshot above. If Google Home found more than one device, you’ll have to tap the one you want.
A blue check mark then appears beside the device you chose, as pictured next.
13. Tap the Done Item to Continue with How to Pair UE Wonderboom with Google Home
Tapping Done triggers our Google Home speaker to then pair with the Wonderboom wireless speaker.
After pairing completes successfully, the Google Home app takes us back to its Choose a Default Speaker for Music and Audio screen, as shown next.
Just prior to returning us to the Choose Default Speaker page, speaker pairing occurs. Then, the UE Wonderboom makes the Speaker Paired sound (a rising sort of ker-plunk sound). The now-paired Wonderboom is pointed at by the bright green arrow.
The Wonderboom BT speaker is now paired with your Google Home. It’s Bluetooth button glows solid white briefly before going OUT to save battery power. This means that successful pairing has occurred.
14. You’re Done with How to Pair UE Wonderboom with Google Home Smart Speaker !
We can now ask the Google Home assistant to play media on our Office Speaker Google Home Mini. Then, that audio now plays on this “big sounding” Wonderboom UE portable speaker.
Note however, that only the media you ask for actually plays through the Wonderboom. The Google Assistant voice though, still plays from the Home Google speaker.
Finally, be sure speak directly to your Google Home, and not to the Wonderboom, when requesting. The Google Home microphone is still the one that hears your commands, even when paired with a BT speaker.
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References for How to Pair UE Wonderboom with Google Home
- UE Wonderboom BT Speaker Product Page on UltimateEars.com
- Google Home Smart Speaker with Google Assistant Product Page, at store.google.com
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