How to set up and use Sonos for Mac

Make your Mac home base for whole-home music streaming!

Everything's seemingly going wireless, so why wouldn't you jump on the wireless music bandwagon? With Sonos, you can stream all of your music to every room in your house, provided you have enough Sonos speakers to fill it.

Sonos is a wireless smart speaker system that connects to your home Wi-Fi network and then creates a network of its own, so that it's not eating up your bandwidth.

There's a Sonos app for iPhone and iPad, but you can also have total control from your Mac, so if you have a massive music library, you can put it all to good use!

How to set up your Sonos speakers using the Sonos Controller app for Mac

Download the free Sonos Controller from the iTunes store and away you go!

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your dock or from the Finder.
  2. Click Next on the welcome screen.
  3. Click Set up New System.

    Click Next, Click Set up New System

  4. Check Standard Setup. You can check BOOST Setup, which is a hardwired setup, but if you've just bought your Sonos speaker, you likely don't have a BOOST or Bridge, since they've been discontinued.
  5. Click Next.

    Check Standard Setup, click Next

  6. Click the lock.
  7. Enter the administrator's name and password and click OK. This will allow your Sonos player to connect to your Mac.

    Click the lock, enter the administrator's name and password, click OK

  8. Click Next on the Connect to Power screen, once you've plugged in your player.
  9. Click Next once you've seen the green flashing light. It's usually the mute/play/pause button that flashes and it can be quite faint, so put your hand over it and check if you're in a bright room.

    Click Next, click Next

  10. Click the dropdown menu on the Player Setup screen.
  11. Click your Sonos model in the list.
  12. Click Set Up This Player.

    Click the dropdown, click your model, click Set Up this Player

  13. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  14. Click Next.
  15. Click Next on the Wireless Setup screen, once your speaker is connected.

    Follow the on-screen instructions, click Next, click next

  16. Enter your Wi-Fi network name and password.
  17. Click Next.
  18. Click Next on the screen that says your player has been added.

    Enter your Wi-Fi network name and password, click Next, click Next

  19. Click the dropdown menu on the Choose Room screen.
  20. Click the room in which you'll have your Sonos speaker.
  21. Click Next.

    Click the dropdown menu, click a room, click Next

  22. Click Add Another Player and follow the same steps, if you wish. Otherwise, click Not Now.
  23. Click Next on the Sonos Registration screen.

    Choose to add another player or click Not Now, click Next

  24. Enter your email address.
  25. Uncheck the boxes if you do not wish to receive company product information or software update information.
  26. Click Next.

    Enter your email address, uncheck the boxes, click Next

  27. Click the dropdown menu.
  28. Select your country from the list.
  29. Click Next.

    Click the dropdown menu, select your country, click Next

  30. Enter your zip/postal code.
  31. Click Next.

    Enter your zip/postal code, click Next

  32. Check or uncheck the box, depending on whether or not you would like to share usage data with Sonos.
  33. Click Next.

    Choose whether or not to share usage data with Sonos, click Next

  34. Click Next on the "Registration Complete" screen.
  35. Choose whether or not you'd like to set up your music library.

    • Click Set up my music now and Sonos will take you through the process of adding your personal music library to the controller app.
    • Click I'll set up my music later if you just want to get right into things and use music services instead of your music library.

      Click Next, choose whether or not to set up your music library now

  36. Click Next.
  37. Click Done.

    Click Next, click Done

There it is. It took a little while, but your Sonos system is now up and running and waiting to blast your sweet tunes.

How to connect to an existing Sonos system

If you've got a Sonos system set up already, but maybe brought home a brand new Mac, connecting to the existing system is a snap!

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your dock or from the Finder.
  2. Click Next on the welcome screen.
  3. Click Connect to Existing System.

    Click Next, click Connect to Existing System

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Click Next on the "Connected" screen.
  6. Choose whether or not you'd like to set up your music library.

    • Click Set up my music now and Sonos will take you through the process of adding your personal music library to the controller app.
    • Click I'll set up my music later if you just want to get right into things and use music services instead of your music library.

      Click Next, choose whether or not to set up your music library now

  7. Click Next
  8. Click Done.

    Click Next, click Done

Now your Sonos Controller app is connected to your existing Sonos system and you're good to go!

How to set up music streaming services using the Sonos Controller app for Mac

Sonos supports a TON of music services, including Apple Music (though, you have to set up Apple Music through the iPhone or iPad app). If you've got a subscription, then you have access through Sonos!

Here's how to set 'em up!

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your dock or from the Finder.
  2. Click Add Music Services in the menu on the right.
  3. Click the music service you'd like to set up.
  4. Sign in to your account or sign up for a new one. Some services require a paid subscription.

    Click Add Music Services, click the service you'd like to add, sign in or create a new account and connect your account to Sonos

That's really all there is to it. Each music service will have a different way of signing you in. You'll usually have to click a link, which will take you to that service's website, where you will have to sign in or create a new account and agree to connect to Sonos.

Once you're connected, you can return to your Sonos Controller app and the service will be available in your music sources.

How to control your music services using the Sonos Controller app for Mac

Now that you have your music service(s) set up, you'll want to start jamming!

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your dock or from the Finder.
  2. Click a music source in the menu on the righthand side.
  3. Choose how you like to explore that service. Each music service will have different categories to choose from. You can also search that particular service for anything specific you may want to hear.
  4. Click the dropdown arrow to choose when to play your selection.

    • Click Play Now to play the track or album immediately.
    • Click Play Next to play it after the current selection.
    • Click Add to Queue to add the selection to the end of your queue.
    • Click Replace Queue to completely replace your current queue. This will stop the song that's playing right now.

      Click a music service, find a selection, click the dropdown arrow, choose when to play your selection

Once you've made your selection, you can use the standard music controls, like play, pause, skip, etc.

How to control your music library using the Sonos Controller app for Mac

During the setup process, you can choose to add your music library to the Sonos Controller app.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app from your dock or from the Finder.
  2. Click Music Library in the menu on the righthand side.

    Launch the Sonos Controller app, click Music Library

  3. Look through each category to find what you'd like to play. You can also search, using the search bar.
    • Artists
    • Albums
    • Composers
    • Genres
    • Songs
    • Imported Playlists
    • Folders
  4. Click the dropdown arrow to choose when to play your selection.

    • Click Play Now to play the track or album immediately.
    • Click Play Next to play it after the current selection.
    • Click Add to Queue to add the selection to the end of your queue.
    • Click Replace Queue to completely replace your current queue. This will stop the song that's playing right now.

      Browse categories or search for a song or album, click the dropdown and choose when to play your selection

Once your selection is playing, you can use the standard music controls, like play, pause, and skip.

How to factory reset your Sonos speaker

  1. Turn it off.
  2. Unplug it.
  3. Plug your speaker back in, while simultaneously holding the play/pause button (on older models, it's the mute button).
  4. Hold the button until the light starts flashing orange.