Sonos has one of the strongest multi-room offerings out there. Its speaker line-up is not only plentiful, with several combinations possible, but the platform that controls everything is one of the best out there, if not the best.
If you've opted for Sonos over its competitors, of which there are several, then you've come to the right place. This feature is all about making sure you get the most out of your Sonos system.
Some of these tips and tricks you might already know, but there are bound to be a few that you don't and anything that allows you to listen to your favourite music more easily is a bonus in our book.
Sonos installation tips and tricks
Add another speaker or SUB to your Sonos system
Bought a new speaker or the Sonos SUB and want to add it to your existing system? This is easy. Tap the three lines in the top left corner of the app > Settings > Add a Player or SUB and follow the instructions.
Add a BOOST to your Sonos System
If your Wi-Fi network isn't the strongest and has a couple of weak spots, you may have bought yourself a BOOST to help get a signal in a particular room. To add a BOOST, head to the three lines in the top left corner > Settings > Add a BOOST.
Get the best out of your Sonos speakers
Sonos offers a feature called Trueplay that will tune your speakers according to their surroundings, even if that's in a cupboard. To make sure you get the best sound out of each speaker in your Sonos system, head to the three lines in the top left > Room Settings > Select Room > Trueplay. Make sure you tune all the speakers in your system.
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Adjust the EQ to your personal preference
All about that bass, that bass, no treble? No problem, you can adjust the EQ settings for each Sonos speaker you have set up. To do this, head to the three lines in the top left > Settings > Room Settings.
From here, you'll need to select the room that has the speaker or speakers in that you want to adjust, then tap on EQ and slide the bars to suit your preferences.
Change a room name
Changed your office to a bedroom, or moved your Play:1 into the bathroom? That's fine as changing room names in Sonos is simple. Click on the three lines in the top left > Room Settings > Select Room > Room Name.
Create a stereo pair
You can combine two of the same Sonos speaker together in the same room, in order to create left and right speakers of a stereo pair. Whether that's two Play:1s, Play:3s or Play:5s, the stereo pair setting is accessed through Room Settings.
Click on the three lines in the top left > Room Settings > Select Room > Create Stereo Pair > Follow the instructions.
Make use of your existing Hi-Fi system
Investing in Sonos doesn't mean your existing Hi-Fi system has to become redundant. The Sonos Connect has analogue, optical and coaxial digital audio outputs, as well as a line-in, allowing you to connect any device you want, from a turntable to a DAC.
There is also the Connect:Amp available in the Sonos range that features an RCA line-in and a subwoofer line-out, providing a streaming upgrade for your favourite stand-alone speakers.
Sonos setup tips and tricks
Make sure your Sonos system is always running the latest software
Sonos delivers regular software updates, some of which are small, others of which are more significant, like Spotify Connect compatibility. Running the latest software means you'll get the best experience from your Sonos speakers so it's a good idea to set your system up to automatically check for updates.
Click on the three lines in the top left > Settings > Advanced Settings > Toggle on Auto Check for Updates.
Override audio compression settings
Sonos presets the best audio compression for player Line-In and Sonos DOCK but it can be overridden to be uncompressed or compressed. To do this, head to the three lines in the top left > Settings > Advanced Settings > Audio Compression > Select desired setting.
If you want to disassociate a smartphone or tablet from one Sonos setup and reconnect it to a separate Sonos system, you can use the reset controller option. Tap on the three lines in the top left of the app > Settings > Advanced Settings > Reset Controller > Reset.
Turn off your usage data
Sonos collects information on how you use your Sonos system. It doesn't give it to third parties but if you'd still rather keep your usage data private, you can turn it off. Click on the three lines in the top left of the app > Settings > Advanced Settings > Usage Data > Toggle off.
Turn the LED light off
If you have a Sonos speaker on your bedside table or in your bedroom and you've chosen to play music to send you to sleep, you might not want the LED light on.
To turn it off, click on the three lines in the top left of the app > Settings > Room Settings > Select the room you want your speaker light off > Toggle off White Indicator Light.
Double tap to skip
The play/pause button on your Sonos speaker doesn't just play and pause songs. Double tap it and you'll be able to skip to the next track, without opening the app.
If you have the new Sonos Play:5, a swipe left will play the previous track, while a swipe right will skip forward to the next one.
Mute a single speaker
A long press of the play/pause button will mute the speaker you are pressing it on so you can take a phone call in your office, but still have the music playing in your living room, for example.
Disable the swipe functionality on the Play:5
For those of you with the new Play:5 and kids or cats who like to touch it or climb on the controls, you can disable the swipe functionality.
To do this, hold down the pair button for 10 seconds when the speaker is fully booted to disable the swipe interface. You'll then press it once to leave it in that state.
Skip tracks on your smartwatch or lock screen
An update to the Sonos software earlier in 2016 means you can now skip tracks, as well as pause and play directly from your lock screen, and wrist if you have a smartwatch connected to your smartphone.
Use 3D Touch to play last song or radio station
A long hard press on the Sonos app icon will allow you to pause or play the most recent track you were listening to without opening the app first. You'll also be able to launch Favourites or Search.
Sonos features tips and tricks
Add a playlist to Sonos Favourites
Sonos Favourites is great for those playlists you love listening to all the time. Adding your favourites to Sonos Favourites makes them much more accessible so there is no need to search for them or open your chosen music streaming service to find them. It works for playlists, songs, radio stations, bands and artists.
To add a playlist to Sonos Favourites, tap on the respective list > Click the top three dots in the top right > Add to Sonos Favourites.
Add a song to Sonos Favourites
Just like adding a playlist, adding a song to Sonos Favourites makes it easier to find. Find the song you're looking for > Click on the three dots on the right > Click More > Add Song to Sonos Favourites.
Add a playlist to Sonos Playlists
Sonos Playlist works in a similar way to Sonos Favourites but it is all about playlists, making them nice and accessible. To add a playlist to Sonos Playlists, find the playlist you want to add > Tap on the three dots in the top right corner > Add to Sonos Playlist.
Create a new Sonos Playlist
The Sonos Playlist section will not only allow you to add curated playlists, but also make your own. Click on the three lines in the top left-hand corner of the Sonos app > Sonos Playlists > Click on the three dots in the top right-hand corner > New Playlist > Name Playlist.
It will then appear in the Sonos Playlist section ready for you to add songs to it.
Add a song to Sonos Playlists
Adding a song to a Sonos Playlist you've created or a playlist that has been created by somebody else but added to the Sonos Playlist section is easy. Find the song > Tap the three dots > More > Add to Sonos Playlist > Select the playlist you want to add it to.
Edit Sonos Playlists
You might have really liked a playlist a few months ago, but now every song within it drives you nuts. No problem. Tap on the three lines in the top left-hand corner of the app > Select Sonos Playlists > Tap on the three dots in the top right-hand corner > Edit Playlists > Tap on the playlist you want to delete > Press Delete.
Add songs to Queue
The Queue is for those days you want a selection of random songs rather than selecting a specific album or playlist you or someone else has already built.
Tap on the Search icon in the top right corner > Select Songs > Type in any song title > Tap the three dots to the right of the song title once you've found it > Add to End of Queue.
Edit the Queue
If you want to edit the Queue, or see what songs you've added to the Queue, tap on the three-line menu icon in the lower right-hand corner to view your Queue. Following this, you can Clear, Edit or Save the Queue by tapping on the respective option at the bottom of the screen.
Edit will allow you drag and drop the songs into the order you want, while Save will enable you to save the Queue as a Playlist and give it a name. It will appear under Sonos Playlists so you can find it easily next time you fancy that random mix.
Create a group or ungroup speakers
The idea of a multi-room system is to allow you to play music in multiple rooms. To group speakers together or ungroup them, tap on the room at the top of the app > Click on Group > Select or deselect various speakers. Those ticked will play the same music.
Play different music in different rooms
To play different music on different Sonos speakers, you just need to select what you want each speaker to play and group the speakers you want to play the same music together. Once grouped, you can select what you want each group of speakers, or singular speaker to play.
As mentioned above, speakers are accessed by tapping the room at the top of the app. From here you can group them, or ungroup them.
Add a music service
Sonos supports a huge range of music services, from the usual suspects like Spotify to the lesser known services. It's worth adding all the services you are subscribed to if you want the best possible experience.
To add a music service, head to the three lines in the top left of the app > Click on Add Music Service > Tap on the respective music service from the list > Add to Sonos > Sign in.
Search for a song/album/artist/station/podcast
Searching for a song, album, artist, radio station, podcast, composer or even genre on Sonos is really easy. Using the search function within the Sonos app will search all the music services you are signed into, enabling you to play whatever you've found with just a couple more clicks.
To search, head to the top right corner of the app where the magnifying tool is and start typing into the search bar.
Turn Crossfade on
Want to make sure your home or office is never silent? You can turn the Crossfade feature on when listening to an album, enabling one Beyonce song to blend directly into the next. To do this, tap on the three dots of a song within a particular artist's album > Toggle Crossfade on.
Set an alarm
Want to wake up to your favourite song, get your Playbar to fire up when a match starts so you don't miss kick off, or play some songs half way through the day to stimulate your pet? Tap on the three lines in the top left of the app > Alarms > New Alarm > Set the time, room, music, frequency and volume > Save.
You can choose how long you want the alarm to play for and send it to other Sonos speakers in other rooms in Advanced Settings within the Alarm section. It's also possible to set different alarms for each Sonos speaker in your home.
Set a sleep timer
If you like falling asleep to music, you can get your Sonos speaker to play you a lullaby, or your version of a lullaby. Choose the album, song or station you want to fall asleep to and open the Now Playing screen, which is the one with the album art and volume control.
Following this, tap on the three dots > Select Sleep Timer > Choose the Duration.
Make the most of TuneIn Radio
TuneIn Radio is free on Sonos, but it isn't just useful for listening to your favourite radio station. You could use it to replace the TV commentators with your favourite radio commentary team instead, for example.
Tap the three dots in the top left > Radio by TuneIn > Select category or search for the station you want. Don't be afraid to try new stations, it's free after all.
Catch every comment
If you've got a Playbar, there is a feature called Speech Enhancement that will boost the sound of voices, ensuring you'll hear commentators, or actors and actresses in films.
Tap on the three dots in the top left > TV > Tap on the square speech icon and turn it orange to turn Speech Enhancement on.
Use Night Sound for more considerate late-night viewing
This is another one for those of you with a PlayBar. Turning Night Sound on will enhance quiet sounds and suppress louder sounds to make sure you don't have neighbours knocking on your door asking you to turn the volume down.
Tap on the three dots in the top left > TV > Tap on the moon icon and turn it orange to turn Night Sound on.
Hear your favourite TV programme all over your house
Want to hear the football commentary from the bathroom, or have MTV playing throughout your house? If you have a Playbar, group it with the other Sonos speakers in your home where you want to hear what's playing on your TV.
Bring your own music
Love your friends but hate their taste in music? No problem, just play your own good music through their Sonos speakers. You'll need to get onto their Wi-Fi, but once you're on, open the Sonos app and add the songs you love to their Queue.
Use Sonos for a bedtime story
We say bedtime story, but it could be any recorded message from family, friends or loved ones that you want to fill your home with. Ask the recorder to send you the MP3 file, sync it with your music library and you'll be able to play it using the On this iPhone/Device feature.
Find out what you listen to most on your Sonos system
If you want to know how often you listen to Taylor Swift or Fleetwood Mac, signing up to Last.fm online is the way to find out. Sign in to Last.fm within the Sonos app and it will show you your listening habits.
Join the Sonos Beta Program
If you want to test out the latest features before they are launched properly, you can sign up to the Beta Program to try out pre-release software. To join, head to the three lines in the top left > Settings > Advanced Settings > Beta Program > Join Beta Program.