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Bose® SoundLink® Micro Bluetooth® speaker

Waterproof portable Bluetooth speaker (Orange with purple strap)

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Our take on the Bose® SoundLink® Micro Bluetooth® speaker

Bose® knows sound. So it's not surprising that the compact Bose® SoundLink® Micro Bluetooth speaker can produce a big sound that's clear and clean. This portable speaker not only has an "outdoor voice," it's got the build to match. The SoundLink® Micro's soft, silicone enclosure makes it waterproof, shock-resistant, and sand- and dust-proof. And its thick silicone strap is also tear-resistant.

Tiny and terrific

Bose SoundLink Micro Blueooth speaker

Bose® knows sound. So it's not surprising that the compact Bose® SoundLink® Micro Bluetooth speaker can produce a big sound that's clear and clean. This portable speaker not only has an "outdoor voice," it's got the build to match. The SoundLink® Micro's soft, silicone enclosure makes it waterproof, shock-resistant, and sand- and dust-proof. And its thick silicone strap is also tear-resistant.

Voice prompts, and hands-free operation

Use the SoundLink® Micro's built-in microphone for hands-free conversations with your paired smartphone. The speaker also lets you access your Siri® or Google Assistant™ voice controllers to use your smartphone hands-free. Voice prompts guide you through the pairing process, making it super easy. 

Bose® Connect app

With the free Bose® Connect app you can do even more. You can pair two SoundLink® Micros together for spacious stereo sound. Or select Party Mode to have both plays simultaneously, doubling the volume. The app can also control other Bose® SoundLink® products, so you can operate them all from your phone.

Product Highlights:

  • stream music wirelessly from smartphones, tablets, and other devices with built-in Bluetooth
  • custom-mounted transducer with passive radiators for clear, strong sound
  • IPX7-rated waterproof, dirt-proof, and shock-resistant
  • top-mounted controls for play and skip
  • Bose® Connect app:
    • available from iTunes App Store® and Google Play
    • lets you link two SoundLink® Micro speakers for Stereo or Party Mode
    • lets you adjust EQ settings
    • unlocks additional features and updates
  • built-in microphone
    • hands-free conversations with paired smartphone
    • access your paired phone's Siri or Google Assistant™
  • built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 6 hours
  • USB charging cable
  • soft silicone enclosure with tear-resistant silicone strap
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • 20" microUSB-to-USB cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

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Good sounding Bose speaker. Not quite on par with my Mini Soundlink but the price point is much lower too. I'm happy with it for my office.

Tony, Cumberland, VA


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Features and Specs

Weather-resistant Yes
Waterproof Yes
Speakerphone Mic Yes
NFC Touch Pairing No

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Rugged & Waterproof: Bose used a high-quality silicone material to eliminate as many seams and gaps as possible in order to create a seal around the speaker to protect it against dust and water, plus guard against dents and scratches. The Bose SoundLink Micro is waterproof and splash resistant with a IPX7 and IPX4 rating. You can immerse the speaker in water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 3.2' (1 meter). It can also be used while showering and in the rain or snow. The integrated tear-resistant, silicone strap provides easy transport of the speaker. Simply secure it your backpack, purse, bicycle handlebar, or other object.

Note: Do not submerge this speaker in any pool of water deeper than 3.2' (1 meter). This speaker does not float.

Custom Designed Drivers: The Bose SoundLink Micro portable Bluetooth speaker features a custom-designed transducer and silicone passive radiator that reproduce impressive sound when compared to the overall size of the speaker.

Voice Guided Multi-Device Pairing: Voice prompts talk you through Bluetooth pairing, making it simple to wirelessly connect your Bluetooth-enabled source device to the Bose SoundLink Micro. The SoundLink Micro keeps track of the last eight devices to have paired with it, dropping the least recently used when a new one is paired. It even allows you to keep two Bluetooth source devices connected at once for easier switching between devices (however, it will only receive audio from one device at a time). The Bose SoundLink Micro will automatically re-connect with an already paired Bluetooth source device when it is in wireless range (up to 30').

Wireless Music Streaming: Thanks to the support for Bluetooth A2DP & AVRCP, you can stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth source device to the Bose SoundLink Micro speaker system. You also get basic playback controls like  Volume Up/Down, Play/Pause, and Previous/Next Track from the SoundLink Micro's top-panel buttons. The Bose SoundLink Micro has a range of approximately 30', so you can enjoy your music without wires. If you are using a smartphone and a phone call comes in, your music will be interrupted until the phone call ends. Once the phone call ends, your music will automatically resume.

Hands-Free Speakerphone: The Bose SoundLink Micro also features a built-in mic, so you can use the SoundLink Micro as a speakerphone for your smartphone. The built-in mic will be used to carry on your side of the conversation, while the other party is heard through the Micro's speaker. You can use the SoundLink Micro's top-panel controls to answer, end, and reject calls. The SoundLink Micro can even access the voice dialing functions of your smartphone and audibly indentify incoming callers (when applicable).

Digital Voice Assistance: The SoundLink Micro's built-in mic can even act as an extension of the microphone on your Apple iPhone 4S and newer or compatible Android smartphone, so you can access Siri & Android's digital voice assistant (like Google Now).

Bose Connect App: The Bose Connect app (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) gives you quick access to the key features like the auto-off timer, volume control, and battery readings. Plus, it's the easiest way to manage multiple Bluetooth connected devices. From the app you'll also receive software updates, product tips, and be able to personalize settings.

Stereo & Party Modes: For those times when one Bose SoundLink Micro isn't enough, you can use the Bose Connect app to pair two SoundLink Micro speakers together. You can select Party mode to pair two Micro speakers together for double the sound. You can select Stereo Mode to naturally separate and spread the sound across an immersive stereo soundstage.

Top- and Side-Panel Controls: Top- and side-panel controls include Power On/Off, Volume Up/Down, Bluetooth Pairing, and a Multi-Function button. The Multi-function button provides Bluetooth music playback functions (such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track), as well as Bluetooth hands-free phone functions (such as Voice Control/Digital Assistant Activation, Answer/End/Reject/Mute Call, and Device/Speaker/Call Switch).

Rechargeable Battery: The rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives you up to 6 hours of playback time. Using the SoundLink Micro's microUSB input, the included microUSB-to-USB cable, and a USB power source (not supplied) you can charge the built-in battery. It takes approximately 4 hours to fully charge the built-in battery. Each time you power on the speaker, a voice prompt announces the battery level. When the speaker is in use, a voice prompt announces if the battery needs to be charged.

  • Protection Mode: When your speaker is unplugged and unused for more than three days with a remaining charge of less than 10%, it enters battery protection mode to preserve battery power.
  • Auto-Off: The speaker powers off after 20 minutes of inactivity (no sound coming from the speaker) while operating on battery power.
Note: Battery performance varies with the content played and volume level.

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Why did you buy this?

Bose quality; waterproof; rugged strap [ Charles S.  Aug 16, 2018 ]
Take it with you ability [ Rita  Aug 02, 2018 ]
Reputation [ PATRICE  Jul 14, 2018 ]
I love the quality of Bose equipment sound and I want to be able to set up music outside on our porches and not worry about them being damages by the weather, [ J. STUART  Jun 28, 2018 ]
Bose is known to have the highest quality products. [ Fabrin  Jun 11, 2018 ]
Bose is a great product [ Lance  May 21, 2018 ]
The Bose Name represents the Finest Quality in Music [ Andrew  May 06, 2018 ]
I have other Bose products and all have been great. That's why I chose this. [ Michael  Apr 29, 2018 ]
I have always been impressed with the big sound that comes from Bose speakers. Now, I am an aqua instructor and want to have big (waterproof) sound emanating over the pool area in which I teach. I am hopeful that Bose can do the job. [ victoria  Apr 28, 2018 ]
The first speakers I ever bought were Bose 301s. I still have them. The Sound... bass to treble... comes from everywhere. Less Is More. [ Scott S.  Apr 11, 2018 ]
I've always had good luck with Bose products [ Steve  Apr 09, 2018 ]
Simple BOSE quality [ Keith  Feb 08, 2018 ]
Quality of Bose products [ David  Dec 30, 2017 ]
I chose this because it produces excellent sound notwithstanding a very small size. [ Peter  Dec 29, 2017 ]
got echo dot for Christmas wanted better speaker [ james  Dec 28, 2017 ]
Bose trademark and quality [ Rafael  Dec 28, 2017 ]
I love Crutchfield and I love bose products [ JOSE A  Dec 21, 2017 ]
Bose is always good! [ Kelly  Dec 18, 2017 ]
Sound and it's my favorite brand [ Nicanor  Dec 17, 2017 ]
Christmas gift. [ stacy  Dec 15, 2017 ]
I need it in my life [ Von  Dec 14, 2017 ]
Because it's what my wife wanted for my daughter [ Philip L.  Dec 08, 2017 ]
Bose quality. [ CASEY K  Nov 09, 2017 ]
I always know what to expect from Bose products. pair that with crutchfields exceptional selection and second to none customer service, how can you go wrong. [ brad  Nov 04, 2017 ]
Have one already and want to pair them when out in the 4x4. [ B  Jul 22, 2018 ]
Bose reputation and sale price. [ Galen  Jul 12, 2018 ]
It was dirtproof and I needed a small speaker system in my shed for woodworking [ JACK  Feb 28, 2018 ]
awesome equipment integrity [ G  Feb 19, 2018 ]
Small, good reviews [ Francis  Feb 05, 2018 ]
I just do Happy with my Bose products [ M  Dec 23, 2017 ]
Trusted name [ Vickie  Nov 15, 2017 ]
Size, waterproof, read good reviews. [ Luke  Nov 15, 2017 ]
Bought this speaker for two reason. First and foremost is for my son who loves to listen to his music while working on projects in his personal space. This speaker will provide him with far better sound than his tablet, and if he drops it or spills on it, it should be just fine. Secondly is for when we travel as a family, we will now have a good source of sound for our music no matter where we are, even if it is floating in a pool, or kayaking in the ocean. [ DOUGLAS  Nov 04, 2017 ]
Gift to my friends... [ Richard Nuval  Aug 31, 2018 ]
I have multiple Bose products and always impressed. I missed the mini that they no longer make, wanted to snatch this up before it was obsolete. I will also use it for my kayak and camp trailer. [ J  Jul 28, 2018 ]
Already purchased one for the yard now I'm getting one for my daughters room. [ Luis  Jun 23, 2018 ]
love bose products. My nyne aqua stopped holding a charge [ BILL  Jun 04, 2018 ]
I wanted a small speaker that I could use when I travel. [ Joseph  Mar 09, 2018 ]
have used Bose home bookshelf speakers in past and was impressed with performance and quality. [ Tracy  Feb 02, 2018 ]
I own one already and wanted a set to play back in stereo. [ Gene  Dec 19, 2017 ]
Christmas present for my wife. for her new office position. So proud of her [ RAMONE  Dec 19, 2017 ]
I already have a customer ID number with Crutchfield I did not see anywhere in the process that allowed me to enter this information. 9C241-18901411 [ Michael H.  Dec 15, 2017 ]
Brand reputation and small size. [ Barry  Oct 31, 2017 ]

5 questions already asked

The SoundLink Micro can pair with other compatible Bose Bluetooth speakers but compatibility varies by model. I'm not showing that the SoundLink Color 2 supports "party" or "stereo" connection modes. [ Ryan  May 02, 2018 ]  Staff
I was able to pair my Bose Sound link with a totally different Bluetooth speaker, so I would think you could pair it with another Bose sound link for stereo. Hope this helps.... [ Nino  Apr 30, 2018 ]
Bose's new SoundLink Micro speaker does not include a wired auxiliary/3.5mm input; it's designed solely to work wirelessly with Bluetooth audio-streaming devices. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! [ Larry  Sep 28, 2017 ]  Staff
The Bose Soundlink is a great choice for blu=tooth listening, iPod touch, smartphone etc. Great sound, compact unit. [ DENNIS  Jan 30, 2018 ]
If your iPod does not offer built-in Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, we do have many powered speakers that feature an auxiliary audio input for a physical connection from the iPod's headphone output. For the same price as this Bose model, check out the JBL Flip4: It's been a very popular model and gets great reviews from customers on our website. I hope that helps My bio: [ Ryan  Jan 26, 2018 ]  Staff
Yes they will fit standard mountain bike bars and certain road bike handlebars. [ Mike  May 18, 2018 ]
This speaker has a strong strap on the back should fit around handle bars ok [ Jesse  May 13, 2018 ]
Yes, A silicon strap can reliable secure it to the handle bar. Use two soundLink micros for stereo. Mountain biking and it never lost it's grip. [ Barbara  May 13, 2018 ]
I have no idea if there are mounts which would secure it. My daughter uses it in shower. [ IAN  May 13, 2018 ]
It should fit on the handlebar. Not sure how secure it would be on rough ride though. [ Linda  May 13, 2018 ]
The built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 6 hours. For more details or to discuss further, please feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! My bio: [ Larry  Oct 15, 2017 ]  Staff