Picture of the Microsoft Invoke voice activated speaker, new in box, with the top outer shell removed.

Reboot Harman Kardon Speaker Instructions

You may wish to reboot your Harman Kardon Cortana Invoke smart speaker if it acts strange.  If it stops answering voice requests, then reboot first.  If it emits strange sounds, breaks up, chirps or squeaks, or shows any unusual symptom, then again, reboot it. Always try a speaker reboot first (described below).  Rebooting often corrects problems.  It further avoids of hard resetting your Harman Kardon.

Neither the speaker itself, nor the Cortana app that controls it, currently has a specific button or link for restarting this device. Therefore, reboot this speaker by unplugging it from power.  Then wait a short time.  And finally, reconnect it, as follows.





How to Reboot the Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana Smart Speaker

1. First, Simply Disconnect it from AC Power

Do this by unplugging the wall adapter from the AC outlet.

2. Then Wait Ten Seconds to Continue with Reboot Harman Kardon Speaker Instructions

Wait with the speaker completely shut down.

Picture of the Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana smart speaker, top front view, showing the speaker powered off.
Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana smart speaker, top front view, showing the speaker powered off.

 

3. Finally, Plug it Back Into AC Power

The speaker then cold-boots, clearing out any errant program entries and behaviors in its memory.  A single blip of light circles around the touch pad area during restart, as shown in the next picture.  This can turn off and then reappear a couple times during reboot.

Picture of the Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana smart speaker, reboot in progress.
Harman Kardon Invoke Cortana smart speaker, reboot in progress.

The speaker has finished rebooting when all light on the touch pad goes out.

Restarting the speaker in this way usually returns the unit to correct operation. We hope that as new firmware updates come out, any need to reboot it will fade.





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References for Reboot Harman Kardon Speaker Instructions

  1. Harman Kardon Invoke Official Web Site
  2. Chime in: What’s your experience so far with Harman Kardon’s Invoke speaker? from Windows Central

Revision History

  • 2019-03-11: Added key phrase targeting and more tags.
  • 2017-12-05: Originally published.
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