9 Sonos tips, tricks and little-known features

We’re always happy to talk about how much we love Sonos speakers. From their excellent audio quality and multi-room playback, to their support for multiple voice assistants, Sonos is one of the best speaker brands you can buy for your home theater – or anywhere else.

One of our favorite things about Sonos speakers is how many features they pack. That means new users don’t always know what they’re capable of. We’re lending a hand by sharing some of our favorite tricks for Sonos speakers. Take a look and see what you can do!

Connect your Sonos speakers together

Whether you bring several Sonos speakers into your home or add an extra Sonos device, you should know that they are very easy to link together. The Sonos app supports pairing of Sonos branded speakers by default, and most are compatible with each other. Go to the Sonos app and add your new speaker to enable pairing capabilities. This is useful for multi-room sound, stereo sound with two speakers, and other setups where your speakers can play at the same time.

Trueplay tuning

Trueplay tuning is Sonos’ proprietary system that allows you to use your smartphone and the Sonos app to tune your Sonos speaker setup by listening to the sound in the room and adjusting the audio for the best effect in the room . It’s available on newer Sonos speakers, such as the latest Sonos Plays. Sonos may suggest doing this during setup, but you can fine-tune it at any time using the Sonos app. Go to Settings > Select Roem > Really playand Trueplay tuning to start the process. This can be useful if you move your Sonos speaker to a different location or to a new room.

Sonos sub mini.
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Create volume limits

Do you want to prevent your speaker from exceeding a certain volume to avoid annoying the neighbors or to prevent the little ones from accidentally turning up? With Sonos speakers, you set a volume limit for each room you’ve set up. Just go to Settingsselect SystemTo elect Select Roomand go to Volume limit. This lets you set an upper threshold for the volume so it doesn’t get too crazy for that particular room.

Install rear speakers in a surround sound system

If you have two of the same Sonos speakers, for example two Sonos One speakers, you can set them up as wireless rear speakers in a Sonos-based surround sound setup. For example, if you have a Sonos soundbar, such as an Arc, Beam, or Ray, plus a Sonos Sub or Sub Mini, you can add a pair of Sonos Ones or even Fives as rear surround speakers that sound great.

Plug in your favorite streaming services

Sonos offers some of the best compatibility with other services we’ve seen, so an essential part of setting it up is connecting your favorite music services. However, we recommend connecting all your music services if possible. Sonos works with Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and many more. Once you have all your services on the Sonos app, you can create playlists by pulling songs from one of them into one list managed by Sonos, mixing music from different sources as you see fit. If you have a subscription that supports high-resolution music on a service like Tidal or Amazon Music, your Sonos speaker may also be compatible with high-resolution audio.

Angled view of the Sonos Ray soundbar in white.
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Turn off the status indicator light

Many Sonos speakers come with an LED indicator light to let you know they’re on and working. If this light gets annoying at night (or attracts too much attention from pets or toddlers), you can easily turn it off. Go to the Settings on your Sonos app and look for the section that says Status indicator. There should be an option here to turn it off.

Link apps to your Sonos system

If you open the Sonos app and go to Services & Voice, you’ll see some ideas on how you can do more with your Sonos device. Here’s a good example: Go to Music & content in Settingsand choose Add a service. Here you can add a bunch of popular apps, like Pocket Casts, radio stations from around the world, and the meditation app Calm, so you can start a meditation routine on your Sonos speaker whenever you want.

Sonos Move Smart portable WiFi and Bluetooth speaker.

Set the sleep function for going to sleep and the alarm function for waking up

If your Sonos speaker runs multiple shifts as a digital assistant, music speaker, and alarm clock, help it out a bit by setting a sleep mode. Settings in the Sonos app also have the option to add a Sleep timer that turns off after a certain amount of play.

If you like to doze off to a few tunes before bed, activate this and set your time. At the same time visit the Alarm section and set an alarm to help you wake up in the morning. Now your sleep schedule is managed all in one place!

Use your smartphone to control Sonos speakers

Yes, you can always use the Sonos app to control your speaker and manage settings. But the latest versions of the Sonos app make this even easier. They have improved compatibility with the operating system on your phone, with widget controls appearing on the home or lock screen once you’ve finished setting up. This works for both iOS and Android and is an easy way to save some time.

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