Screenshot of the UE app on iOS displaying its -Firmware Update Success- window.

Updating Firmware on UE Roll Speaker, How To

Here, we show how updating firmware on UE Roll speaker works on the this Ultimate Ears portable Bluetooth speaker. Note that this upgrade can take up to five minutes depending on the speed of your internet. Plus, it cannot easily be undone. So you won’t be able to downgrade to the last firmware version once you complete this updating. Therefore, be sure that you indeed wish the update and have thought through all of its possible problems before going ahead with it.

Prepare for Updating Firmware on UE Roll Speaker

You must have an internet connection, a Bluetooth enabled mobile or desktop computer device, and the UE app, as well as the UE Roll speaker.

So before doing anything else, connect your mobile device to the internet and install the UE app if you haven’t already.

Also, plug your UE Roll into AC power. Why? Because we don’t want its battery running low during the updating. Unfortunately, this oversight could corrupt the firmware in the speaker’s memory, and thus, brick the speaker, leaving it useless.

Then, pair your mobile device with the Roll.

You are now ready to begin the firmware updating process.





Updating Firmware on UE Roll Speaker, How To

1. Find the UE App on your Mobile Device

We found ours on the fourth home page in our iPad, as seen next.

Picture of the iOS Home page with the UE app highlighted.
iOS Home page with the UE app highlighted.

2. Run the UE App

Secondly, the app finds your paired UE Roll Bluetooth speaker and shows you its status screen.  Shown next.

Note the red notification circle with the number 1 inside in the bottom right corner of the page, as circled in green. This means that there are important messages about this speaker pending for your to read and act upon.

Screenshot of the UE app on iOS, showing its -Home- page, with the -More- menu item circled.
UE app on iOS, showing its -Home- page, with the -More- menu item circled.

Note that if there are no current messages or firmware updates, then there will likely be no notifications. The red circle does not appear in that case.





3. Tap the   More   Hamburger Control to Continue with Updating Firmware on UE Roll Speaker

Tapping the   More   hamburger control brings up the  More   screen.  Note the fourth menu item down from the top, about the UE Roll.  This tells us that a firmware update is available.

Screenshot of the UE app on iOS, showing its -More- page, with the -UE Roll, Update Now- option highlighted.
UE app on iOS, showing its -More- page, with the -UE Roll, Update Now- option highlighted.

4. Tap the  Update Now   Option

Touching   Update Now   brings up the   Updater   screen, as shown next.

Screenshot of the UE app on iOS, displaying its -Updater- page, with the -Install- option highlighted.
UE app on iOS, displaying its -Updater- page, with the -Install- option highlighted.

5.  Tap the   Install   Option

Touching the   Install  item brings up the UE Roll firmware upgrade confirmation prompt page, as shown next.

Screenshot of the UE app on iOS, showing its -Firmware Update Confirm Prompt- window, with the -Update- button highlighted.
UE app on iOS, showing its -Firmware Update Confirm Prompt- window, with the -Update- button highlighted.

6. Touch the   Update   Button to Continue with Updating Firmware on UE Roll

Tapping   Update   begins the firmware update process on the speaker.  To show this, the app displays the   Update In Progress   page, as shown in the next few screen shots.

6a. Updating Firmware on UE Roll Speaker Starts

Screenshot of the UE app on iOS, showing its -Update In Progress- page, just starting, at 0 percent complete.
UE app on iOS, showing its -Update In Progress- page, just starting, at 0 percent complete.

Copying the file from the internet to the speaker is the slowest part of the firmware upgrade process. But as shown in these screenshots, the UE app shows a percentage number that increases in value from zero to a hundred percent as the firmware update proceeds.





8b. Firmware Updating at Fourteen Percent Complete

We’re probably about a minute into the firmware updating at this point.

Screenshot of the UE app on iOS, displaying its -Update In Progress- screen, at 14 percent complete.
UE app on iOS, displaying its -Update In Progress- screen, at 14 percent complete.

8c. Firmware Updating at Half Done as Updating Firmware on UE Roll Continues

The next screen shows that the UE Roll firmware updating process is fifty percent finished.

Screenshot of the UE app on iOS, displaying its -Update In Progress- page, showing that the firmware update is 50 percent complete.
UE app on iOS, displaying its -Update In Progress- page, showing that the firmware update is 50 percent complete.

8d. Updating Firmware on UE Roll Done, Speaker Rebooting

Screenshot of the UE app on iOS, displaying the -UE Roll Restarting- page.
UE app on iOS, displaying the -UE Roll Restarting- page.

9. Wait for the UE Roll to Finish Restarting

Watch the power light on the speaker, as shown next. After a bit, it goes dark, as shown next, pointed at by the green arrow.

Picture of the UE Roll speaker, back view, showing the -Power- button OFF, and highlighted.
UE Roll speaker, back view, showing the -Power- button OFF, and highlighted.

The speaker may or may not turn itself back on again. Ours did. But if yours did not power up again after the upgrade, then go ahead with the next step (Step 10). But if yours DID come online again, then skip Step 10 and pick up with Step 11.





10. Power On the UE Roll to Continue with Updating Firmware on UE Roll

Press the dark Power button to turn this Bluetooth speaker on again. It should again pair with your mobile device where you’re running the UE app. The Power button turns solid white, as shown next.

Picture of the UE Roll speaker back view, showing the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons ON, and circled.
UE Roll speaker back view, showing the -Power- and -Bluetooth- buttons ON, and circled.

Also, the Bluetooth button glows solid white as shown above, circled, when the speaker pairs with a source Bluetooth device.

11. UE Roll Powers Up Again

Once the UE Roll comes back on after updating the firmware finishes, the UE app shows a firmware update success message, as seen next.

Screenshot of the UE app on iOS displaying its -Firmware Update Success- window.
UE app on iOS displaying its -Firmware Update Success- window.

The app then displays the UE Roll status screen once again. But now, please note that there’s no longer the red circle symbol as shown next. This means that the firmware update succeeded. So the speaker is now running the current firmware version.

Screenshot of the UE app on iOS showing its -Home- page with no notifications pending.
UE app on iOS showing its -Home- page with no notifications pending.

12. Done with Updating Firmware on UE Roll !

Finally, you have now successfully updated the firmware to the latest version in your UE Roll portable Bluetooth speaker.

Other Posts About the UE Roll Speaker

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    2. How to Turn Off UE Roll Bluetooth Speaker
    3. UE Roll Battery Life Explained
    4. How to Put UE Roll in Pairing Mode
    5. UE Roll Pairing Instructions

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References

Revisions Log

    • 2019-04-26: First published.
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