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How do I reset my Sonos speaker?

You want to reinstall your Sonos speaker. That is why you reset the speaker to factory settings. This clears all settings of the speaker, so you can reset it again. In this article I explain step by step how to reset a Sonos Play: 1, Play: 3, Play: 5, Sub, Playbar or Playbase.

Before you start

Before you start

You reset your Sonos speaker using the pause button or the Join button (this button looks like an 8 lying on its side). Below you can read for each model which button you use and where you find it:

  • Play: One: the pause button on the top of the speaker.
  • Play: 1: the pause button on the top of the speaker.
  • Play: 3: the pause button on the top of the speaker.
  • Play: 5 (gen 1): the pause button on the top of the speaker.
  • Play: 5 (gen 2): the Join button on the back of the speaker.
  • Sub: the Join button on the right side of the speaker.
  • Playbar: the pause button on the right side of the soundbar.
  • Playbase: the Join button on the left side of the speaker.
  • Beam: the join button on the back of the speaker.

Step 1: unplug the speaker

Unplug your speaker from the socket. Wait 10 seconds before continuing.

Step 2: start the reset

Step 2: start the reset

Hold down the pause or Join button while plugging the speaker back into the socket. Continue holding down the button. After 10 seconds, the LED will start to flash white. After about 30 seconds, the LED starts to flash orange. Now let go of the button.

Step 3: wait for the reset to complete

Step 3: wait for the reset to complete

Within 30 seconds, the LED will flash green. Wait for that before continuing.

You're done

The speaker is has been restored to factory settings. Set up your speaker again to use it. Read how by clicking on the button below.


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