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How to disable touch controls on Sonos speakers

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(Pocket-lint) - Many of Sonos' latest speakers offer capacitive touch controls, allowing you to physically adjust the volume, skip tracks and pause or play tracks, rather than having to use the Sonos app.

The touch controls are great for convenience, but for those that have younger children, or any pets that like to walk across sideboards - we're looking at you cats - the touch controls can be more of a hindrance than a help at times.

For those finding their music is getting interrupted by the toddler who thinks the speaker controls are more fun than any toy, or the cat using them as a climbing frame, we've got you covered.

Here is how to turn off touch controls on the Sonos One, Sonos Five, Sonos Arc, Sonos Beam, Sonos Ray and Sonos Move.

Follow these steps to turn the touch controls on your Sonos One, Sonos Five, Sonos Arc, Sonos Beam, Sonos One SL, Sonos Ray, and Sonos Move speakers off.

  1. Open the Sonos app
  2. Tap on the settings cog in the bottom right corner
  3. Tap on System
  4. Tap on the room with the Sonos speaker you want to turn the touch controls off for
  5. Scroll down till you see the Hardware section
  6. Toggle off Touch Controls
  7. Repeat for each speaker

That's it. The touch controls on the speakers you follow the steps above for will then be disabled so you'll need to use the Sonos app to control them, or use Sonos Voice ControlGoogle Assistant or Alexa, if you have them set up.

Writing by Britta O'Boyle.