How to Connect Sonos Speakers – [ Setup & Pairing ]
If you are in search of a budget smart wireless speaker with extensive connectivity for a multi-room setup or to integrate into your home theatre system, Sonos speakers have to be your go-to choice. Betting that you already guessed the answer coming your way since Sonos is a widely known and appreciated brand.
That is because of the premium quality wireless self-playing speakers the company gives, which is game-changing in the realm of home audio streaming. You can listen to the online audio streaming from literally any corner of your house, whether it’s the living room, bedroom, kitchen, or out on the lawn. That too from a number of devices.
This multi-room setup is exceptional, along with the connectivity it allows, which is wireless as well as wired. Also, you can integrate the Sonos speakers into your home audio system as well, and they can give you a great surround sound system. The best part hasn’t even come yet, which is that you can control the entire audio system, the multi-room setup with multiple units, using a single controller. Thanks to the Sonos App, you can easily and comfortably manage all that.
Isn’t it a dream come true! This article will lead you along the way of how to connect Sonos speakers to a number of devices, giving you the idea of its wide connectivity. Here you will find out how to connect Sonos speakers to TV, smartphone/iPhone, and WiFi network. You will find the processes and installing the Sonos speakers relatively easy.
How to Connect Sonos Speakers
Sonos are smart wireless speakers that can be easily integrated into the audio system of your home. Although these WiFi-enabled speakers allow easy and convenient connectivity, they also offer wired backup. In case your WiFi is not working for some reason, you can still make these speakers work through wired connectivity.
You can use an optical cable to output the audio from the TV to the speakers, or you hook up the RCA cables using the audio jack and connect the speakers to other devices. Sonos speakers can make you an incredible surround sound system, elevating the audio performance of your TV.
Sonos Surround Sound Speaker System Setup
The setup is made easier with the wireless connectivity option; you can easily connect all the necessary devices involved in the system. Start with connecting the Sonos Connect Amp into the HDMI input on the TV using the HDMI cable. Connect the Sonos speaker to the amplifier and make sure it is also connected with the WiFi. Plug the speaker into the Sonos Connect and the Sonos Connect into a power source, and you are done with the instant surround sound speaker system.
Connecting Sonos Speakers to TV Wirelessly
There are multiple options to connect your Sonos speakers to TV wirelessly, meaning without all the mess and ruined aesthetic that wired setups bring. There are three easy ways to wirelessly connect the Sonos speakers to the TV. These include connecting via Bluetooth, by using the Sonos App, and by using an APTX BT Transmitter; let’s dive into the details of each one of these methods below.
1. Connect through Bluetooth
For this option to work out, both of your devices need to be Bluetooth enabled, the TV, and the speaker. So, make sure the Sonos speakers that you intend to buy are Bluetooth enabled since most of them offer wifi-enabled connectivity. If the Sonos speakers are Bluetooth enabled, turning the Bluetooth on and connecting with the TV is really simple.
You just need to press the button, which will turn on the Bluetooth on the speakers. Use the streaming service of your TV, like Netflix or Hulu, and go in the settings to connect with the Bluetooth-enabled speakers. That way, through the Bluetooth offered by the streaming service on your TV and the speaker, your speakers and TV will be paired wirelessly.
2. Connect Using the Sonos App
This is perhaps the easiest way to connect your Sonos speakers with your TV; you don’t need to manually tune the speakers with the option of doing it from your mobile or any other device with the Sonos app. With the App installed on your mobile, tablet, or computer, you can use that wifi-enabled device as a controller for the speakers.
For that, you have to connect the Sonos speakers, using the app, with the same wifi network as the device that you are to use as a controller. After the speakers are connected to the wifi, you need to connect those to the centralized soundbar. According to the model of the soundbar, it might need an output/input cable to be connected with the TV.
Although that’s all the wired connection you will be using, all the other setup will be wireless. Open the Sonos app on the device, go into the settings and select ‘connect.’ On the TV, choose ‘Sonos Connect,’ then the app will scan for all the available devices, choose your display device (the TV) from those.
After that, your TV will be connected with the Sonos speakers wirelessly. You can use the Sonos app on your mobile or tablet to control the sound of the speakers just by some simple taps while sitting back on the sofa relaxed. No need to get up and fidget with the controllers on the speakers to get the idealized audio for yourself.
3. Connect Using an APTX BT Transmitter as an Audio Receiver
You can opt for this option if you want to connect your Sonos speakers to the TV via Bluetooth, but the streaming service doesn’t allow it. Or, if you don’t use a streaming service, APTX BT Transmitter can be connected to the audio input/output receivers on the TV and perform as an audio receiver.
You can use the Transmitter to establish a wireless connection between your speakers and TV via Bluetooth. Again, for that, you need to make sure that the Sonos speakers you have are Bluetooth enabled. The transmitter will connect to the speakers via Bluetooth once you turn on the Bluetooth on both units.
To plug it in with the TV, find the input/output receivers on both the transmitter and the TV, though they vary in different transmitters but should be clear and easy to find. On TV, you can also use the headphone jack, that will also do. Also, make sure the speakers are connected to the wifi network. After that, the transmitter and the speakers will be paired, so will be your speakers to your TV.
Connecting Sonos Speakers to WiFi
There are two options to connect the Sonos speakers to WiFi, wireless and wired. You can choose either of these two.
This option is workable if you have a wireless setup and if your Sonos speakers are not connected to the router using an ethernet cable. Also, it needs the Sonos App installed on your device, smartphone, or tablet. If you have multiple Sonos devices involved in the system, you will need to connect one of the speakers to the router through an ethernet cable temporarily. After doing that, follow the steps mentioned below:
- Open the Sonos app in the controller device and make sure it is connected with the same wifi network you are to connect the Sonos speakers with.
- Once you have opened the app, go to the Settings > Advanced Settings > wireless Setup.
- In the ‘Wireless Setup,’ you will be given instructions on how to complete the process and asked to select ‘Next’ to proceed.
- Then you will be asked to connect the mobile to the SONOS network from the list of networks available and then to come back and complete the process.
- Do that, and you are done. Your Sonos speakers will be connected with the WiFi network, and you can now disconnect the ethernet cable you connected to before.
You can go for this option if you have a wired setup. Like, if you are using Sonos Boost or Sonos Player, which connects directly to the router through an ethernet cable. Simply connect the Sonos Boost with the router via an ethernet cable. Connect the speakers with the power cord, and a bright white light will appear on the speakers, and they will appear on the Sonos app. That’s it; you are good to go.
Connecting Sonos Speakers with iPhone
If you want to use your iPhone as a controller for your Sonos speakers, you need to connect the speakers to the iPhone and then set them up. For that, you need the Sonos app installed on your iPhone, you will easily find it on the App Store, and it’s free. The app is supported by iPhone 6 and higher.
After having the app installed, you need to ‘create an account if you are setting up a new system. After following all the steps to successfully create an account, the app will ask you to choose from ‘Standard Setup’ and ‘Boost Setup.’ Choose ‘Standard Setup,’ assuming that most people don’t use Sonos Boost. Press ‘Next’ to start setting up the speakers.
To use an existing speaker system, open the app and press the ‘More’ tab, then go to the settings and tap on ‘Add a Player or Sub’. The following steps to set up speakers on the Sonos app in your phone are the same for both conditions, whether you are setting up a new system or an existing one.
Set Up the Speakers
- First, you need to set up the speakers physically, plugin, and power up the speakers.
- Tap ‘Next’ on the app, and there should be a green flashing light appearing on the screen. It might take a couple of minutes, wait for it and then tap ‘Continue.’
- The Sonos app will now scan for the speakers compatible with the system and then show the list of the devices.
- Choose the speaker that you wish to set up, or if there is more than one, choose the one you want to set up first and tap on ‘Set up this speaker.’
- Find the pairing button on the Sonos speaker, which you have selected on the app, and press and release that button.
- To complete the pairing, it might ask for the WiFi network and password; after that, place the speaker in the room or area where you want to set it and press ‘Next.’
- That’s it; the first speaker is set up; if you want to add more, click on ‘Add another speaker’ and repeat the above steps again.
- Once you have set up all the speakers, they might need an update. If they do, you will be asked to press ‘Next’ to begin the update. Press ‘Continue’ when the installation is complete.
After these steps, the Sonos speakers will be connected to your iPhone. Make sure that your iPhone and the speakers are connected to the same WiFi network. To use the app, you need at least one Sonos speaker turned on and plugged in. you can select and play the music from iTunes or Internet Radio form the iPhone or from Spotify or other such online music services.
If you are new to setting up and connecting Sonos, then this article is going to be of great help to you. You might be surprised to know about the extensive wireless connectivity that Sonos offers. Gone are the days when you had to fiddle with the jumble of wires, being on edge thinking about which wire goes where. Sonos offers easy and quick connectivity with a number of devices and an easy setup installation.
This article elaborates on the ways you can connect your Sonos speakers to TV, WiFi network, and iPhone through wireless and wired setups as well, if possible. It doesn’t require a tech-savvy or audio enthusiast to get the job done; with the WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled Sonos devices, all anyone has to do is follow some simple steps, and it’s done.