It’s a big day for anyone with a Sonos speaker and an Amazon Echo. You can now control your speaker by asking Alexa to play music.
Here’s a quick look at how to do that and how it works.
First, download the latest app update on the App Store or Google Play. This will prompt your speakers to update their software. There’s also a refreshed Sonos app design which looks really great.
After your Sonos app and speakers have finished updating, you’ll need to open the Alexa mobile app and add the Sonos skill and signing in to your Sonos account. Hit the smart home section and refresh the list of devices and you should now see your Sonos speakers pop up.
Tip: If you have any speakers named “Play:3 or Play:5” you probably want to change them to something close generic, default names like Living Room or Bedroom. Telling Alexa to “Play Tom Petty on the Play 5” doesn’t work so well.
Now you should be all set up and ready to start listening to music by asking Alexa to play it. There are a few things you should know.
- Alexa + Sonos is still in an open beta, things are not fully as intended, but will get better automatically through software.
- This also means in the future you won’t have to call out which room you’re referring to, soon Alexa will know automatically know.
- Right now you can play music from Amazon Music, Pandora, TuneIn, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio. Spotify integration isn’t available yet, but will be coming shortly.
Tip: If you have a Playbar or Playbase for your TV sound, having an Echo means you can ask Alexa to turn up and down the volume of the shows you’re watching. Neat.
In addition to adding Alexa voice controls to existing speakers, the Sonos One was also announced which will have microphones and Alexa built in directly for $199—no need for an Echo.