Does Sonos work with my phone?

Got an iPhone, Android, Windows or other phone and curious if Sonos will work with it? Here's the answer!

Have Sonos speakers in the bedroom, but want to keep listening to your music when you stroll to the kitchen to make yourself a little snack? By connecting your phone to your Sonosnet (the wireless network your Sonos devices create and use to communicate), you can enjoy music in every room in the house. If you're hosting a party, guests can stream music from their phones through your Sonos devices, and with the Sonos Controller app, you can skip any tunes added by a pal with poor taste in music.

Can I use Sonos with my iPhone?

Yup! The easiest way to mange music between your iPhone and your Sonos devices is through the Sonos Controller for iPhone. Once you've installed this app on your iPhone you can enjoy your music and manage your Sonos network in a few different ways:

  • Play music from your phone or through popular streaming services like Apple Music, Google Music, and more through your Sonos devices.
  • Create and manage playlists right on your phone.
  • Group and control different Sonos devices throughout your house to choose which music plays in which room.

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If you really don't want to use the Sonos App or you want to stream something outside the list of compatible services you can use AirPlay on your iPhone. Since Sonos devices do not have built-in airplay support, this means you'll have to connect and AirPort Express, which is a little more work to set up, but is a good work-around if you need to bypass the Sonos Controller app. Keep in mind though, you won't be able to control your Sonos devices without the app, so it's probably not worth the hassle.

Can I use Sonos with my Android phone?

Also yup! The slickest way to manage your music streaming between your Android phone and Sonos devices is by using the Sonos Controller for Android. With the app installed on your Android phone, you can manage essential functions between your device and Sonos:

  • Play music from your phone or through popular streaming services like Google Music, Apple Music, and more through your Sonos devices.
  • Create and manage playlists right on your phone.
  • Group and control different Sonos devices throughout your house to choose which music plays in which room.

Can I use Sonos with other phones and music players?

Several! Have a Windows 10 phone or an older music player (discman, walkman, even an old turntable) and still want to listen to your music on a Sonos system? Unfortunately your options are limited, but it can still be done.

On the back of the Sonos Play:5, you'll find a a 3.5mm audio input (not to be confused with the headphone output). By purchasing an inexpensive audio patch cable, you will be able to connect your music player directly to the speaker.

The audio will stream to any other grouped Sonos devices. If you connect your old iPod via line-in, you'll be able to control volume settings and play/stop music from the Sonos controller app on your smartphone or computer, but you'll have to use the hardwired device to skip tracks or choose a specific song/playlist.

Play on!

The Sonos wireless sound system will allow you to play music from your phone to any Sonos devices in your home. Tapping into your specific device's music streaming capability will allow you to enjoy music in any room of your house, and if you have an iPhone or Android phone, you can control and manage all of your Sonos Devices.

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