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How do I prepare my Sonos speaker for use?

The only thing still standing between you and a working SONOS speaker is the setup process. On this page, you'll read how you can plug the speaker into a socket and connect it to your smartphone or tablet via your WiFi network. Follow these steps, and you'll be ready to wirelessly listen to music.

Set up the Sonos speaker in 12 steps

Test the Sonos speaker

Below, you'll find how to set up your Sonos speaker in 12 steps.

Step 1: connect the speaker

Step 2: open the app

Step 3: select a setup option

Step 4: tap Next

Step 5: choose the speaker you want to install

Step 6: create a temporary network

Step 7: connect your mobile device to the network

Step 8: fill in your WiFi network password

Step 9: press the right buttons on the speaker

Step 10: give the speaker a name

Step 11: complete the adding process

Step 12: register your Sonos system

Step 1: connect the speaker to a socket

Step 1: connect the speaker to a socket

Connect your Sonos speaker to a socket. Use the included power cable. You can find the input for the cable on the back of the speaker. In the case of the One, the input is on the bottom of the device. Within 30 seconds, the LED on the speaker will flash green. Not the case? Reset the speaker to factory settings. Click the link below if you're not sure how.

Step 2: open the Sonos Controller app

Step 2: open the Sonos Controller app

The icon of the app is shown in your smartphone's or tablet's main menu. Open the app by tapping or clicking it and select Set up new Sonos system.

Step 3: select a setup option

Step 3: select a setup option

In the welcome screen, tap Next. The app will now ask you if you want to perform a Standard or Boost setup. Choose Standard setup.

Step 4: tap Next

Step 4: tap Next

You'll now be led through 3 screens. The first screen is to confirm that you want to do a standard setup. The second screen prompts you to connect the speaker to AC power. The third screen asks you to check if the LED on the speaker is flashing green. Press Next on all 3 screens.

Step 5: choose the speaker you want to install

Step 5: choose the speaker you want to install

The app now shows you which speakers are ready to be configured. Tap on your speaker and then on 'Configure this player'. If the app can't find a speaker, it'll ask you what speaker type you want to install. Select your speaker type and tap Next.

Step 6: create a temporary network

Step 6: create a temporary network

If you've already found your speaker during the previous step, you can skip this one. The app will ask you to press 1 or multiple buttons. This creates a temporary network you'll use to connect the device. The app shows you which buttons to press. Once you've done that, the LED on the speaker will flash. The app will ask you if you see it. Once you confirm this, you'll be taken to a loading screen. This shows you that a temporary network is being created.

Step 7: connect your mobile device to the network

Step 7: connect your mobile device to the network

If you have an Android phone or tablet, you can skip this step. These devices automatically connect to the speaker. That's also true for devices you connect to a Play:5. Are you connecting for instance connecting an iPad to the One? In that case, you can connect the Sonos app by first pressing the Home button. Go to the WiFi menu in the settings screen. In the list with available networks, you'll see Sonos. Tap the name, close the settings screen, and go back to the Sonos Controller app.

Step 8: fill in your WiFi network password

Step 8: fill in your WiFi network password

The app will now ask for your WiFi network password. Above the entry field, the app shows you which network the speaker is connected to. Is this not your network? Connect your smartphone or tablet to the right network. You can also do this via the WiFi menu as described in the previous step.

Step 9: press the right buttons on the speaker

Step 9: press the right buttons on the speaker

The speaker will now be connected to your network. This may take a few minutes. Halfway through the process, the app will ask you to press a number of buttons. In case of the Play:3, Play: 5 (gen 1), or Playbar, press the pause and volume plus buttons simultaneously. In case of the Play:5 (gen 2), Sub, or Playbase, press the Join button on the back or side of the design. This button looks like an 8 lying on its side.

Step 10: give the speaker a name

Step 10: give the speaker a name

Once the speaker has been added, tap Next. The app will ask you if you want to give the speaker a name. Choose 1 from the list or create your own. Want to put multiple speakers in different rooms? In that case, it's a good idea to name the speaker after the type of room, like 'Living room'.

Step 11: complete the adding process

Step 11: complete the adding process

The app will ask you if you want to add another player to your Sonos system. Select 'Not now'. Tap Next in the following screen to register your speaker.

Step 12: register your Sonos system

Step 12: register your Sonos system

Register your speaker to download updates and add music services. Fill in your email address and tap next. Allow the app to use your location if you're prompted. Tap Next in the next 2 screens to indicate whether the app can store your user data and complete the installation.

Last step: add a music service if you want

Last step: add a music service if you want

Now that the connection has been completed, you can start listening. Choose Set up music service to set up the right streaming service. Don't want to set up a streaming service yet? Tap 'Go to SONOS menu'.

Want to know the ways you in which you can send your music to the speaker? Click the link below.

You're done

You can now stream music from your smartphone or tablet to your Sonos speaker. Do you want to add more Sonos speakers to the system? Then click on the button below.



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