We instruct here how to pair UE Wonderboom with Google Home speakers. These Google models include the original, mini, and max versions. Now this pairing happens directly between the UE Wonderboom and the Google Home speakers. So 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: Intro
With your UE Wonderboom OFF, run through this step-by-step routine to pair it to your Google Home speaker. Note that this procedure works about 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.
How to Pair UE Wonderboom with Google Home: Step by Step
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..
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
Now you may not see the speaker group in which the Google Home you wish to pair belongs. If not, then swipe up on the Home screen until you do. Doing this scrolls you down the Home page through all devices and groups 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 to Pair
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 Device Settings gear button brings up the Device Settings screen for the Google Home speaker you chose.
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. Then power up the UE Wonderboom by quickly depressing and releasing its Power button.
The Wonderboom UE then powers up.
But since our Google Home Mini has never paired with this UE before, it has no connection information for it. So, the BT speaker will not yet pair automatically.
Note that your speaker’s Bluetooth button may fast-flash white automatically. This happens if you’ve never paired it with any device since last hard reset. Thus it automatically enters Bluetooth pairing mode. So 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. Why not? Because we have paired this BT speaker with source devices since last reset. So, we have to manually put this speaker into 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. Tyeh 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 we see next. Here, 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 app returns us to its Choose a Default Speaker for Music and Audio screen.
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).
At this point, the UE Wonderboom Bluetooth button glows solid white briefly before going OUT. This means that successful pairing has occurred.
14. Done !
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.