Sonos Setup Guide

If you are reading this it is likely you are either a lucky new Sonos owner or perhaps you are considering Sonos and wondering how the setup will go. For those of you who are new owners, congratulations!

In general, the Sonos app on iPhones and Android devices is pretty intuitive and the best way to get the most out of your system is to just proactively play with the app and learn how it works. However, here are some quick tips and tricks that most people find very helpful.

Getting Started

Adding the Sonos device in the Sonos App
If you already have a Sonos system and are adding another piece, tap the Settings tab in the bottom right corner of the app, choose System, click Add Product, and follow the instructions.

Retune Trueplay to your room in the Sonos App
To make sure you get the best sound out of each speaker in your Sonos system, head to the Settings tab in the bottom right of the app click System, select your room and choose Trueplay.

For best performance, tune all the speakers in your system and retune them if you move them.  You don’t need to do this for the Sonos Move as it does it automatically.

If the bass is too high or you don’t like the sound, you can change the EQ settings yourself. Choose Settings and then System, then select your room and then choose EQ.

Set a volume limit to prevent accidental damage
At Audio Advice, we generally set a volume limit on speakers for our customers. You can do this on your Sonos to ensure no one accidentally damages your speaker. Go to settings, system, select your room, and then set the volume limit.

If you are really into music the way it was meant to be heard, you can create a stereo pair out of two of the same Sonos speakers in a room. This will work with two Sonos Ones, Sonos One SL, Play:1, Sonos Move, Play:3, Play:5, or Sonos Five. Just go to Room Settings and create the stereo pair. If you are having trouble, give us a call at Audio Advice or chat with our team.

If you want to expand your Sonos system to enable it to play to your traditional stereo system, you can use the Sonos Port to connect it. The Sonos Port has analog, optical, coaxial digital audio outputs, as well as a line-in, allowing you to connect any device you want, from a turntable to a DAC. If you want to connect to Turntable go over to AudioAdvice.com and watch our video on connecting a Turntable to Sonos.

Make sure your Sonos system is always running the latest software

Sonos delivers regular software updates, some of which are small and some of which are pretty big updates. To enable updates automatically, go to the Settings tab in the bottom right of the app, click System, System Updates, and turn on Automatic Updates. You can also choose what time of day you want the updates to take place. If you have a Sonos device in your bedroom you likely will want to turn off the LED. To do that, go to the Settings tab, choose system, select your room and turn off the Status Light. You can even turn off touch controls here as well if you so desire.

If you like using the touch controls, double-tap your play/pause button and it will skip to the next track, without opening the app.

If you have the second-generation Sonos Play:5, Playbase, Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Sonos One SL, Sonos Move, Sonos Five, or Sonos Arc, a swipe left will play the previous track, while a swipe right will skip forward to the next one.

A press and hold of the play/pause button will mute the speaker temporarily for you.

To get Sonos volume control on your Android device, tap on the three dots in the bottom right, choose settings, Advanced Settings, and Allow Volume Control on Home Screen.

To get Sonos volume control on your iOS device, tap on Settings, choose App Preferences, and Toggle on Lock Screen Controls.

We hope this quick guide will help you achieve great results quickly.  As always, the team at Audio Advice is here to support you. If you have any questions at all, you can always reach out to us via chat, phone or email.

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