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, including the Alexa-enabled Sonos One; its predecessor, the Play:1; the mid-sized Play:3; the stand-alone Play:5; the wall-mounted Playbar and SUB subwoofer; and the furniture-mounted Playbase.

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

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.

    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.

    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.

How to add a new music service to your Sonos speakers

If you want to be able to stream music directly from your favourite music services to your Sonos system, you need to make sure the account is hooked up in the Sonos controller app. There are a ton of different services you can choose from, so find your favorites and add them all.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap on the menu button. It's the icon that looks like ☰, in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on Add Music Services.

    Launch the Sonos Controller app, tap on the menu button, and then tap on add music services

  4. Swipe up to scroll down through the list.
  5. Tap on the music service you want to add.
  6. Tap on the Add to Sonos button.

    Swipe uo to scroll through the list, tap on the music service you want to add, and then tap on the add to Sonos button.

  7. Log in to a service with a new account or an existing account by following the on-screen instructions.
  8. Enter a nickname for the account. This is used in case you add more than one account for the same music service.
  9. Tap on Done.

    Log in to the desired service by folowwing the on-screen instructions, enter a nickname for the service, and then tap on done.

Whether it's Apple Music, Spotify, or Pandora, you can now stream them all to your Sonos sound system with ease.

How to play music on your Sonos speakers

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap on the menu button. It's the icon that looks like ☰, in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on the music service you want to access.
  4. Search through each category for the music you want.
  5. Tap the song or album you'd like to play.
  6. Choose when to play it.

    Launch the Sonos Controller app, tap on the menu you button, and then tap on the music service you want to access.

You can use standard music controls, like play, pause, skip, etc.

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 in the top right corner of your 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

      Launch the Sonos controller app, tap on the search button, and then choose the category you want to browse.

  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.

      Type in the term you wish to search, tap on the item you want to select, and then tap on when you want to play that item.

Just like that you can start building your dream playlists as long as you want! Enjoy!

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

You may not have a music service, but if you have a music library on your iPhone or iPad, Sonos still has you covered!

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app.
  2. Tap on the menu button. It's the icon that looks like ☰, in the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on On this iPhone/iPad.

    Launch the Sonos controller app, tap on the menu button, and then tap on this iPhone/iPad button.

  4. Tap on the category you want to play from. Your options are:
    • Playlists
    • Artists
    • Albums
    • Genres
    • Songs
    • Compilations
    • Composers
    • Podcasts
  5. Tap on the item you want to play.
  6. Tap on when you want to play the item.

    • 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 options lets you browse more music from the artist and get album info.

      Tap on the category you want to look in, tap on the item you want to select, and then tap on when you want to play that item.

All that music you downloaded onto your iPhone or iPad won't go to waste; stream it to your Sonos!

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