(Pocket-lint) - All Sonos devices are compatible with Google Assistant voice control, as long as you are running the latest software update and your country is compatible. The feature is available in the US and UK.

The Sonos One, the Sonos Beam and Sonos Move all have Google Assistant capabilities built into them, making them Google Home alternatives, but it's also possible to control other Sonos devices if you have a Google Assistant-enabled device, such as a Google Home, or via a Sonos One, Sonos Beam or Sonos Move. 

This feature guides you through how to add Google Assistant support to your Sonos devices.

How to enable Google Assistant on Sonos

You'll need to make sure you're running the latest software on your Sonos app and speakers. To do this, open the Sonos app > Tap on the Settings tab in the bottom right corner > System > System Updates > Check for Updates.

After you've installed the latest software, follow the instructions below to enable Google Assistant on Sonos:

  • Open the Sonos app
  • Tap on the Settings tab at the bottom in the bottom right corner of the app
  • Tap on Services
  • Tap on 'Add a Service' under the Voice section
  • Click on 'Google Assistant'
  • Click on 'Add to Sonos'
  • Select the rooms you want to add Google Assistant to 
  • Tap 'Add Google Assistant' at the bottom 
  • If you have Alexa enabled, you'll need to choose to switch
  • To switch to Google Assistant, tap 'Add Google Assistant' again
  • Tap 'Go to Google Assistant app'

You'll then be redirected to the Google Assistant app, where you will complete setup of Google Assistant on Sonos. When complete, you'll find Sonos in your linked devices within the Google Home app.

  • Click 'Next'
  • Get your Sonos account details ready
  • Tap 'Continue'
  • Sign into your Sonos account
  • Tap 'Okay' to allow Google to control your Sonos system
  • Tap 'Next' once your devices have been found
  • Tap 'Allow' to give your speaker permission to access your Google Account
  • Enter your address (this is for deliveries, traffic and weather information)
  • Add music services (Apple Music is not currently available)
  • Choose a default music service
  • Tap 'Allow' for personalised results or 'Skip'
  • Hit 'Done'

To check your Sonos devices are linked up to your Google account, you can head to the Google Assistant app or the Google Home app. 

In Google Assistant: Open the Google Assistant app > Tap on your profile in the top right corner > Click on the Devices tab > Tap on the '+' at the top > Link a smart home device > Sonos should be in the linked section at the top > If you don't see it, search for Sonos at the top and follow the instructions.

In Google Home: Open the Google Home app > Tap on the '+' > Set up device > Tap on 'Have something already set up?' > Sonos should be in the linked section > If you don't see it, search for Sonos at the top and follow the instructions.


How Google Assistant works on Sonos

Google Assistant support on the Sonos One, Sonos Beam and Sonos Move is similar to the experience on Google Home or Google Home Mini.

You will be able to use your Sonos One, Sonos Beam or Sonos Move to control any smart home devices that are compatible with Google Assistant, as well as ask Google to perform various tasks, including delivering a weather update or answering a question you would normally Google, for example. You'll need to use the Google wake words - 'Ok Google' or 'Hey Google' each time you make a request. 

You'll also be able to use your Sonos One, Sonos Beam or Sonos Move to send music and other audio tracks to your other Sonos speakers that don't have Google Assistant built in.

For example, say "Hey Google, play Ed Sheeran on office" and music by Ed Sheeran will start to play on the Sonos speaker you have previously designated "office".

Read our Sonos tips and tricks to change a room name. Music will play from your default music service, which you can change in the Google Assistant app. It's also possible to play or shuffle Sonos playlists you've manually created.

For Sonos speakers without Google Assistant built-in, so the Sonos One SLthe Play:1, Play:3, Play:5, Playbase and Playbar, you won't get them talking back to you as you would with Google Home or the Sonos Beam, Sonos One or Sonos Move. Instead, Google Assistant effectively becomes the Sonos controller, the Sonos speaker itself does not become a voice assistant.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.