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Sonos speakers make it simple to create an at-home surround sound system. And, it’s easy for both new and existing Sonos users to connect and add Sonos speakers to their systems.
How to Set Up a Sonos Speaker System
If this is your first time setting up a Sonos speaker system, all you need is your mobile device and your Sonos product:
- If you have a wired speaker, connect it to a power source.
- Download the Sonos app from your device’s app store.
- Open the Sonos app.
- Select “Set Up A New System.”
- Create or sign into your Sonos account.
- Select “Add” from the pop-up window or “Select your product form the Services menu. (If you’re using the Sonos S1 Controller, tap “Continue,” then “Set Up Products.”)
- Follow the prompts to finish setting up your Sonos speaker.
Once you’ve successfully set up your Sonos system, adding more speakers is just as easy.
How to Add Additional Sonos Speakers
Here’s how you can add an additional Sonos speaker to your network:
- Connect your speaker to a power source.
- Wait for the LED light to start flashing green, indicating the speaker is ready to be set up.
- Open the Sonos app for iOS or Android, depending on what device you have.
- Open the Settings tab.
- Tap “System.”
- Select “Add Product.”
- Follow the prompts to finish connecting your speaker.
Troubleshooting: Sonos Speaker System Issues
Your Sonos product may fail to pair to one of your Bluetooth-compatible devices. Luckily, we have solutions.
Sonos Speaker Failing to Pair With Devices
If your speaker isn’t pairing even though you’ve ensured Bluetooth connectivity, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take to get it to pair successfully:
- Make sure your device is connected to the correct Wi-Fi network.
- Ensure your Sonos speaker is powered on.
- Turn off your VPN before pairing a Sonos product to your mobile device.
- If you have a wired Sonos speaker, unplug it and plug it back in.
If you’ve gone through these tips and still aren’t having any luck, you should ensure your Sonos speaker isn’t in Sleep Mode.
“Sleep Mode” helps preserve battery life. However, Sonos products can’t pair to devices when they’re in Sleep Mode.
To remove your Sonos product from Sleep Mode, place it on the charge base or press and release the power button.
Sonos Speaker Doesn’t Show Up on Device
If your Sonos speaker doesn’t appear in your device’s Bluetooth list and the general troubleshooting tips don’t work, try rebooting your speaker.
If you’re using a wired Sonos speaker, unplug the power cord for about 10 seconds before plugging it back in. Wait for it to reboot, then try to pair it again.
If you’re trying to pair a wireless Sonos speaker, follow the steps below to reboot it:
- Remove your speaker from the charge base, or remove your charging cable.
- Press and hold the power button until the light turns off. If you have a Sonos Roam or Roam SL, wait until you hear the power down sound as well.
- Wait ten seconds, then press the power button again or place it back onto the charge base.
FAQ: Sonos Speaker Systems
How Many Speakers Can Be on a Sonos System?
You can add up to 32 Sonos speakers to your home, allowing you to create an impressive Dolby Atmos home theater experience.
Is Sonos Compatible with Smart Home Hubs?
There are quite a few smart home hubs that you can use your Sonos surround sound system with.
|Smart Hub||Compatible with Sonos?||Features|
|Alexa||Yes||Voice control through Alexa commands|
|Google Home||Yes||Voice control through Google Assistant|
|Apple HomeKit||Yes||Control and automate your speakers with your Apple devices|
|SmartThings||Yes||Improve sound quality of streamed content, direct control of music, artist and track information|
Can You Use Sonos Without Wi-Fi?
The only Sonos speakers that can be used without Wi-Fi include: