How to Connect or Add a Sonos Speaker

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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:

  1. If you have a wired speaker, connect it to a power source.
  2. Download the Sonos app from your device’s app store.
    Sonos app in the app store
  3. Open the Sonos app.
  4. Select “Set Up A New System.”
    Sonos - set up a new system
  5. Create or sign into your Sonos account.
    Sonos - create an account
  6. 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.”)
    Sonos - select your product
  7. 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:

  1. Connect your speaker to a power source.
  2. Wait for the LED light to start flashing green, indicating the speaker is ready to be set up.
    Sonos flashing green
  3. Open the Sonos app for iOS or Android, depending on what device you have.
    Sonos app
  4. Open the Settings tab.
    Sonos settings
  5. Tap System.”
    Sonos system
  6. Select Add Product.”
    Sonos add product
  7. Follow the prompts to finish connecting your speaker. 
    Sonos searching for products

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.

Sonos move unplugged

If you’re trying to pair a wireless Sonos speaker, follow the steps below to reboot it: 

  1. Remove your speaker from the charge base, or remove your charging cable.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
AlexaYesVoice control through Alexa commands
Google HomeYesVoice control through Google Assistant
Apple HomeKitYesControl and automate your speakers with your Apple devices
SmartThingsYesImprove 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:

However, you’ll need Wi-Fi to do the initial setup.

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