How to set up Sonos speakers and control them on an iPhone or iPad


How to set up Sonos speakers and control them on an iPhone or iPad

How to set up and use Sonos Controller app on iPhone and iPad

Sonos is a wireless smart speaker system that lets you connect up to 32 components and fill your home with audio of your choice. The company offers a variety of speaker styles, five of which are also AirPlay 2 compatible so you can use it with Siri, including Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Sonos Playbase, and the second generation Play:5.

Once you’ve picked your speakers and set up your system, you can control your speakers from any part of your home — all using the handy Sonos Controller app. Here’s how to get started!

  • How to download the Sonos app for iPhone and iPad
  • How to set up your Sonos speaker
  • How to connect a music service to the Sonos Controller app on iPhone and iPad.
  • How to play a streaming service on your Sonos speakers
  • How to add content to My Sonos in the Sonos app
  • How to play music from your iTunes Library on your Sonos speakers
  • How to search for music in the Sonos app

How to download the Sonos app for iPhone and iPad

Before you can start using your new Sonos speakers, you’ll need Sonos’s official app; you can download it for iPhone and iPad from the App Store.

You can also search the App Store for “sonos” at any time to find it.

How to set up your Sonos speaker

When setting up a new Sonos speaker, you’ll follow a slightly different opening process depending on whether you’re a brand new Sonos customer or you already have an account.

When creating a new Sonos account

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Create account.
  3. Enter your email address and a strong password.
  4. Use the toggle switch to accept the terms and conditions.
  5. Press Create account.
  6. Switch to your email account to confirm your address.
  7. Tap the Verify email address button. The Safari app will automatically open and display a confirmation.
  8. Return to the Sonos app.
  9. Tap Continue.
  10. Tap Continue once more to begin setting up your speakers.
  11. You’ll be asked whether you’d like to set your Sonos network up as a Standard or BOOST network. Most users should pick Standard setup.

  12. Press Next to begin setting up your first speaker.
  13. Continue with the steps below under Add a new speaker.

When using an existing system

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on the More tab.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Tap on the Add a Player or SUB option.
  5. Continue with the steps below under Add a new speaker.

Add a new speaker

  1. Connect your Sonos speaker to a power outlet.
  2. Press Next.
  3. Look for a green flashing light on your Sonos device. Once you see it, tap continue.

    Note: If you don’t see the light, tap I’m unsure about the light for troubleshooting tips.

  4. Sonos will automatically look for any compatible speakers for its system. Tap the one you wish to set up (or, if setting up multiple speakers, the device you wish to set up first).

  5. Locate the pairing button (on older models, it may be a combination of buttons) on your Sonos device and press it, then release.

  6. After the device connects (you may need to enter your Wi-Fi network name and password), press Next.
  7. Choose the room where you’d like to set up your Sonos speaker.
  8. Press Next.

Your speaker is now set up with the Sonos system. Press Add another speaker (and return to step one of “Add a new speaker”) to set up an additional one.

Finish the setup process

After you’ve connected all your speakers, you’ll have to finish setting them up.

  1. If your Sonos products need updates, you’ll be prompted to update your speakers. Press Next to begin the update process.
  2. Press Continue after the update process is complete. Your Sonos products will then automatically register to your account.
  3. Tap Continue to use Sonos’s Trueplay tuning process.

    Note: Only certain phones support Trueplay; if your device doesn’t support it, you’ll see an error and an OK dialogue; you can set up Trueplay later at any point with a compatible device.

  4. If you have an Alexa-enabled Sonos speaker, see set up Sonos and Alexa below.
  5. Tap Done to complete the setup process.

Set up Sonos and Alexa

  1. If your Sonos speaker supports Amazon Alexa, you’ll be asked to set up Alexa by tapping Sign in to Amazon.
  2. Enter your Amazon credentials and press Sign in.
  3. Tap I agree.
  4. Press Continue.
  5. If you have non-Alexa Sonos speakers as part of this system, you can have Alexa recognize them all by saying “Alexa, discover my devices” to your Alexa-enabled Sonos speaker.
  6. Switch to the Alexa app on your iPhone.
  7. Tap the hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner.
  8. Tap Skills.
  9. Under Search all skills, type Sonos.
  10. Tap Enable Skill.

Set up Sonos and Siri

If you have an AirPlay 2 supported Sonos speaker, you can also set it up to receive requests from Siri. You can connect Siri to Sonos using the Home app.

How to set up your Sonos Speaker with the Home app for Siri support

How to add Apple Music or another music streaming service to your Sonos Speaker

You can stream music directly from Apple Music to an AirPlay 2 supported speaker. Whether you use Apple Music or another music streaming service, Sonos supports dozens of them. Here’s how to find and add them to your Sonos speaker.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap More in the bottom right corner of the app.
  3. Tap Add Music Services.

    Launch the Sonos Controller app, then tap More, then tap Add Music Service

  4. Tap the streaming service you want to add.
  5. Tap Add to Sonos.
  6. Tap the button to connect the service (it will read log in or set up or something like that).

    Select a music service, then tap Add to Sonos, then tap the button to connect to the service

  7. Authorize the streaming service with your account credentials.
  8. If you’ve left the Sonos app to log in, go back to the Sonos app and tap Continue to complete the process.

    Enter your login credentials and Tap Continue

How to play a streaming service on your Sonos speakers

If you want to stream music from Apple Music, podcasts from Overcast, or audiobooks from Audible, you can select the streaming service and browse content from there.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap the Browse tab.
  3. Select the streaming service you want to use.

    Launch the Sonos app, tap Browse, then select a music service

  4. Select content you want to stream.
  5. Tap play Now.

    Select the content you want to stream, then tap Play Now

How to add content to My Sonos in the Sonos app

You can also add songs, albums, playlists, audiobooks, radio stations, and more directly to your Sonos app. It’s like favoriting content so you can find it easier later on. When you add something to My Sonos, it will appear in the My Sonos dashboard in the Sonos Controller app.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap the Browse tab.
  3. Select the streaming service you want to use.

    Launch the Sonos app, tap Browse, then select a music service

  4. Select content you want to add to My Sonos.
  5. Tap the More button next to the content. It looks like three dots.
  6. Tap Add to My Sonos.

    Tap the More button, then tap Add to My Sonos

Note: You can’t add songs from the iTunes library on your iPhone to My Sonos.

How to play music from your iTunes Library on your Sonos speakers

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap the Browse tab.
  3. Tap On this iPhone.

    Launch the Sonos app, then tap Browse, then tap On this iPhone

  4. Tap a category from playlists, artists, albums, genres, songs, compilations, composers, and podcasts.
  5. Select the content you want to play. If it’s an individual song, podcast, or audiobook it will begin playing.
  6. If you select a playlist or album, tap play all to begin playing it immediately.
  7. Tap the more button (it looks like three dots) if you want to play next, add to end of the queue or replace the current queue with it.

    Select the content, then tap the More button, then select when you want to play it

You can also browse more music from a specific artist or get album info by tapping More.

How to search for music in the Sonos app

Once you have all your music services linked to the Sonos Controller app, you can search through them all with ease to find any of the music you like.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap the search button. It’s the magnifying glass at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap on the category you would like to search. The options are as follows:
    • Artists
    • Songs
    • Albums
    • Playlists
    • Stations
    • Genres
    • Composers
    • Hosts
    • Podcasts & Shows
  4. Type your search into the search field.
  5. Tap the item you want to play.
  6. Tap when you want to play the item. Your options are as follows:

    • Play Now: This will play the item immediately.
    • Play Next: This will play the item after what’s currently playing.
    • Add to Queue: This will place the item at the end of the current list of songs.
    • Replace Queue: This will play the item after the current song and remove all other songs after it in the list.
    • More: This option lets you browse more music from the artist and get album info.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments!

Updated August 2018: Updated steps to reflect changes in the Sonos Controller app.

Serenity Caldwell contributed to an earlier version of this guide.

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How to set up your Sonos speaker with AirPlay 2


How to set up your Sonos speaker with AirPlay 2

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Now that Sonos supports AirPlay 2, you might be wondering how to get your smart speakers to work with Siri on your iPhone or HomePod. The first step is to update everything. Then you can connect your Sonos speakers to your Home app. Here’s how.

  • Which Sonos speakers are compatible with AirPlay 2?
  • Update your Sonos app and then your Sonos speaker
  • Play audio from your iPhone using AirPlay
  • Add your Sonos speaker to the Home App
  • Ask Siri to play music through your Sonos speaker

Which Sonos speakers are compatible with AirPlay 2?

Not all Sonos speakers are created equal. Only four speakers in the Sonos line natively support AirPlay 2.

That being said, if you have one of the above-listed speakers, you can connect it to one of your non-AirPlay 2 supported speakers and it will play music alongside it with the AirPlay 2 one sending the instructions to the others.

Update your Sonos app and then your Sonos speaker

If you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to update your Sonos app to version 9.0. If you’re brand new to the Sonos family and have never downloaded the Sonos Controller app before, when you go to download the app, it will already be at version 9.0.

How to update apps on iPhone and iPad

Once you’ve updated the Sonos Controller app to version 9.0 or higher, you’ll find the notification to update your speaker when you launch the app.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the More tab. It looks like three dots.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Online Updates.

    In the Sonos app tap More, then tap Settings, then tap Online Updates

The Sonos app will communicate with your speaker and update its software to the latest version with support for AirPlay2.

Play audio from your iPhone using AirPlay

Once your Sonos speaker is connected to AirPlay, it will appear in the AirPlay playback section of Now Playing widget in Control Center.

  1. On iPhone X, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen, or on all other iPhone devices, swipe up from the bottom bezel onto the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Tap the speaker selection button on the Now Playing Widget.

    Swipe to launch Control Center, then tap the speaker selection button in the Now Playing widget

  3. Tap the AirPlay button.
  4. Tap your Sonos speaker (and any other AirPlay speaker you’d like to send audio to).

    Tap the AirPlay button, then select your speaker

Add your Sonos speaker to the Home App

If you want to get the most out of your AirPlay 2 connection, you’re going to want to use Siri to control playback of your Sonos speaker (you can use both Siri and Alexa with AirPlay 2 supported Sonos speakers). To connect your Sonos speaker with Siri, you’ll need to add it to the Home app.

  1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Add button in the upper right corner. It looks like a plus symbol.
  3. Tap Add Accessory.
  4. Use the 8-digit code that came with the startup instructions for your Sonos speaker. If you don’t have the code anymore, tap Don’t have a Code or Can’t Scan? and then tap the Sonos speaker to wake it up. The sync should happen automatically. If it still doesn’t connect, follow the steps to troubleshoot adding an accessory.

  5. Once the Sonos speaker is connected, rename the room it’s assigned to by default to the room name you gave it when you set up the speaker.
  6. Turn on Include in Favorites to make sure it shows up on the first page of the Home app whenever you open it.

    Rename the speaker, turn on Include in Favorites

Ask Siri to play music through your Sonos speaker

Now that your Sonos speaker is in the Home app, you can ask Siri to play music through it.

Siri can be a bit testy with Sonos speakers, especially when you’ve got a HomePod in the same room. The key is to identify specifically which speaker or speakers you want to play music from.

“Hey, Siri. Play Hobo Johnson from the Play One” or something similar.

Confirm the name you gave your Sonos speaker in the Home app. By default, it will just be called “Speaker,” so you may need to rename it something more specific. I tried calling my Sonos Beam “Lightsaber” but Siri didn’t understand what I was saying and wouldn’t play directly to the Sonos speaker. I ended up naming it “Beam,” and Siri seems to be able to understand that word better (though it still doesn’t understand every time).

If you want to play music through multiple AirPlay supported speakers in the same room, make sure they are all listed in the same location in the Home app.

“Hey, Siri. Play my workout playlist in the Living Room” or similar.

You can also have Alexa pause, skip ahead, and rewind music that you started playing from Siri and vice-versa.

I’ve found that both Alexa and Siri work about 70% of the time when I ask one virtual assistant to start playing music and then the other to adjust it. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty fun when it works.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about setting up your Sonos speaker with AirPlay 2? Put them in the comments and I’ll help you out.

How to tune your Sonos speakers to use Trueplay on iPhone and iPad



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How to use Sonos for iPhone and iPad 

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Have you ever noticed your Sonos speakeris sounding distorted or unclear in certain places in your house? That’s because sometimes the shape of the room, or even the objects in the room where your Sonos speaker is, could be causing the sound to become disrupted. Luckily, Sonos has an answer for this, and it’s exclusive to iOS devices. It’s called Trueplay.

How does Trueplay work?

Trueplay is Sonos’ version of tuning your speakers to the room in which you place it. It uses your iPhone or iPad’s microphone to pick up a tone emitting from your Sonos speaker to understand how sound moves throughout the room. It will listen to how the sound bounces of the walls and objects in the room to try and identify where the sound is reaching clearly and where it is not.

The endgame of using Trueplay is to deliver clearer sound to all parts of the room. Sonos suggests that any time you move your speaker, even if it’s only a couple feet, you should re-tune Trueplay for the greatest effect.

How to tune a Sonos speaker using Trueplay.

In order to tune your Sonos properly you need to make the room as quiet as possible and we really mean it. While trying to tune Trueplay ourselves, we got a few notices that there was too much noise because of some light talking in the office next to the one we were tuning in. So turn everything off and take a few minutes to be very quiet so you can avoid the frustration of the process failing.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controllerapp.
  2. Tap on the menubutton. It’s the icon that looks like this ☰, in the top left corner of the screen. 
  3. Tap on Settings.

    Launch the Sonos Controller app form your home screen, tap on the menu button, and then tap on settings.

  4. Tap on Room Settings.
  5. Tap on the label of the Sonos speakeryou want to tune.
  6. Tap on Trueplay Tuning.

    Tap on room settings, tap on the label of the Sonos speaker you want to tune, tap on Trueplay tuning.

  7. Tap Nexton the trueplay screen.
  8. Tap on Begin Tuning.
  9. Tap on Nexton the about Trueplay tuning screen.

    Tap Next, tap on the begin tuning button, and then tap on next again.

  10. Tap the OKbutton.
  11. Tap on the Nextbutton after you have place your speaker in the room.
  12. Turn your iPhone/iPadupside down.

    Tap on OK, tap on the next button, and then turn your iPhone or iPad upside down.

  13. Tap the Nextbutton.
  14. Waitfor the background noise to be tested. This only takes a couple seconds.
  15. Tap on the Continuebutton.

    Tap on the next button, wait for the background noise to be tested, and then tap on the continue button.

  16. Watch the video providedin order to learn the tuning technique.
  17. Press the Startbutton.
  18. Your Sonos speaker will start making noise. Walk around the room slowly and wave your iPhone/iPad around the roomlike the video showed you.

    Watch the video provided, press the Start button, and then begin the tuning process.

  19. Waitfor your speaker to adapt to the sound.
  20. Tap on the Finishbutton.
  21. Turn your iPhone or iPad right side upand tap the Donebutton.

    Wait for your speaker to adapt the sound, tap on the finish button, and then turn your iPhone or iPad right side up.

Your Sonos speaker should now be tuned to your room. For the best sound, make sure any time you move your speaker, even if it’s still in the same room, to do the tuning process again.

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Tips and Tricks: Six Ways to Hack Your Sound | SONOS



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SIX WAYS TO HACK YOUR SOUND ON SONOS

There is plenty you can do with your Sonos beyond simply playing music room-to-room. The only thing required is a little know-how.

Sound garden

Use your Sonos to escape into nature. By setting up two Sonos players in one room, you can experiment with dueling rain sounds and birds chirping across the room, waves crashing against some Bob Marley, or mixing thunderstorms with nighttime crickets. Might we suggest browsing TuneInfor everything from chirrups to sussurations, paired with your favorite streaming service for the accompanying tunes.

BYOM

Love your best friend, but hate his taste in music? If you both have Sonos, now you can BYO. As soon as you walk in your friend’s home, just connect to the WiFi network to add your own good music to the queue. Once you’re on the WiFi, open the Sonos appand blast your best playlists to up the competitive ante. If your friend is lacking in variety, select “Add Music Services” and help a brother out, or select “On this iPhone/Device” within your music menu to queue up any track already on your phone. The only thing you’ll need to get creative with is getting the WiFi password (and hey, we’re sure you’ll think of something).


Family time from afar

Grandparents or aunts and uncles far away? Using Garage Band or another audio recording program, ask them to record an MP3 of them reading a nighttime story or singing a song to your kids. Once they send the file along, sync it with your iTunes or media library and load it on your Sonos (you can also use the “On this iPhone/Device” feature). Nothing like watching your kids fall asleep to the sound of their grandparents’ voices reading them a story.

Local sports, wherever you are

Huge Sox fan living in California? Try this hack. Turn on the local sports radio station for your favorite team on the PLAYBAR from within the Sonos App (TuneIn Radio). Then, tune into the game on TV while enjoying commentary from your favorite hometown announcer. No matter your location, you’ll be watching the game like a local—yelling at the umps and all.

Pet sounds

Your pets need stimulation and company while you’re out, so orchestrate a day of good tunes or talk radio for them. Simply set a few alarms and sleep timers to entertain them with whatever you choose. Fido will thank you.

Swipe right <3

Did you know the new PLAY:5s have swipe functionality built in? Tap the top of the speaker and swipe right or left to skip to the next or listen again to previous tracks.

Got more tips you use? There are plenty more out there, so share your favorites via the Sonos Communityto spread the wealth.

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Sonos Hacking – Hidden Sonos Http Pages

Awhile back I posted how to get the Sonos Controller up and running in Ubuntu. (It actually installs rather nicely on wine). However I wiped my Ubuntu install on my netbook and switched to a nightly build of Chromium OS, so I lost my Sonos controller from my netbook. This has prompted me to see if I can some how roll my own Sonos Controller on Chromium OS. From the research I’ve done so far (pretty limited) it seems that Sonos uses UPnP for its interaction and music control. I was hoping for a more REST style HTTP type API, but not so much. I have found several hidden HTTP pages that seem to be served on port 1400 though that seem interesting. I’ll post more once I delve into the dragons of UPnP and Sonos.

  • http://192.168.1.XXX:1400/reboot – Reboots the Sonos
  • http://192.168.1.XXX:1400/advconfg.htm – Not quite sure what this is doing, it has an enable/disable list box and the ability to submit the selection.
  • http://192.168.1.XXX:1400/support/review – Lists a brief summary of the connected devices on your Sonos network.
  • http://192.168.1.XXX:1400/status – Has several links that provide status information regarding the Sonos. There are ~30ish links on this page. Some of the more interesting ones are “dmesg”, “mount”, and “upnp”
  • http://192.168.1.XXX:1400/unlock.htm – Not sure what this one does, but seems like it could be potentially interesting. All that the page provides is a text box and a “submit” button.

Using SONOS as a “Play To” destination from within Windows RT

Using SONOS as a “Play To” destination from within Windows RT
8 Apr 2013 2:02 PM 

Hi,

 

I recently became the proud owner of the fantastic Sonos PLAYBAR. And while the Sonos team is considering creating a Windows 8 App to control their devices, I found a neat little hack to get the DLNA portion of the Sonos to become a “Play To” device from within Windows 8 music apps.

See the blog post here:

http://digitalmediaphile.com/index.php/2013/03/30/using-uncertified-play-to-devices-on-surface-rt-w8-apps/

Here are the registry keys I created for the PLAYBAR:

Regedit