If your Sonos suddenly dies on you in the middle of your favorite song or just when the party is starting to get wild, do not lose your cool. It is characteristic of machines to act up from time to time—despite their exorbitant prices and renowned labels. And believe it or not, most of them can be fixed faster than you can says Jack Robinson!

How to Reset Different Models of Sonos Speakers

Sonos speakers are especially easy to reset regardless of their models. If you do not believe me, keep reading to find out how you can set them right in a matter of minutes. But before we get down to business, let us briefly discuss some of the possible causes of a shutdown and various other problems.

Reasons Why Your Sonos is Not Working

A quick survey or need analysis will tell you if your device needs a reboot, a hard reset, or just a break. Yes, there is a huge difference between a simple reboot and a hard factory reset. For instance, if a device needs to complete installing an update, then a reboot is required. However, if you want to sell your device and need to erase your data—resetting is the way to go.

Once you have a plan of action concerning your device, here is how you can reboot or reset it in a handful of steps.

How to Reboot the Sonos Device

  • Begin by unplugging it.
  • Give your device 20 minutes to expend any remaining energy and wholly power off.
  • Plug it in again.
  • Give it some time to power up and play music to see if the reboot was successful.
  • Voila! These simple steps are all it takes. A factory reset might come off as a tougher nut to crack on account of the word “factory” in its name, but it is as easy as A-B-C as well. Here is how it is done.

How to Reset a Sonos Device (Play Device, Playbar, and Connect Series)

If you own a Sonos Play 1, 2, or 5 (Gen 1), this is how the factory reset will go down:

  • Unplug your speaker.
  • Press and hold down the play button for a bit and simultaneously plug the device into the power outlet.
  • Continue pressing the play button till the device starts emitting amber light.
  • Once the reset is complete, the blinking light will turn green.

If you own the more recent Sonos Move model or a Sonos One or Beam, do not be disheartened. The oncoming methods show how you can reset these particular models.

How to Reset Sonos One, Sub, Beam

  • Disconnect the power source.
  • Press and hold the connect button as you plug it back in.
  • Keep pressing the connect button until the indicator line starts emanating an amber light.
  • The orange-white light will turn green once the reset is complete.

Onto the Sonos Move.

How to Reset a Sonos Move

  • Remove it from its charging base.
  • Press the power buttons for about 5 to 7 seconds.
  • Press the connect button and restore the device to its charging base.
  • Keep pressing the connect button till it begins emanating an amber light.
  • The LED will flash a green light once the device has finished resetting.

Now that the factory reset is successful, proceed to fixing or reconfiguring the controller application as well. This step is elementary if you want your resetting endeavors to pay off. It is a straightforward step and just needs a mobile device and a stable internet connection.

Resetting the Sonos Controller Application

  • Locate the settings menu in the app.
  • Once it expands, go to advanced settings or app preferences.
  • Click the “Reset Controller” or “Reset App” option.
  • Click reset on the pop-up.

Drum roll. I hope this step made some of your initial anxiety dissipate—just a few more things before you can go back to your relaxation or fantastic party. Continue reading!

Why you Should Not Reset Your Sonos Speakers Frequently

There! Your reset is now indeed done and dusted. I would like you to remember that resetting only makes sense if you have nothing else to recourse to and in extreme situations. Please do not go around resetting your device every time it acts up because that is only a waste of time and might make your speakers conk out once and for all. A simple reboot will do away with any minor or recurring problems and should be enough.

If you want a quick look at how to set up your device post-reset, here is how you can navigate that process. We have briefly gone through this above, but this time let us look at it in detail to minimize any ambiguities.

Setting Up a Sonos Speaker Post-Reset

  • Start by downloading the controller application.
  • If you already have it, then that is all well and good! Select the “Set Up a New System” option.
  • If you want a fresh start, then create a new email account. Otherwise, your old account will do.
  • This should lead you to a screen saying, “set up speakers.”
  • A wizard will walk you through the installation process.
  • Finally, configure your video and music services.

Lo and behold, success! Let your relaxing or dancing to your favorite music commence. Nonetheless, if your speaker still refuses to work after both a reboot and a restart, then perhaps it is time to chuck it out.

However, if you would still like to be a hundred percent sure, you can hit up customer support or take it in for necessary repairs. Unfortunately, these methods will require some dough instead of the ones suggested above—hence we leave the decision entirely to you!


Why is my Sonos device emitting a red light?If your speaker is blinking red, then it is having trouble connecting to your router. On the other hand, red light also indicates an unsuccessful setup and that you should restart it to let it finish its installation process.

How can I set up a Sonos speaker with my router?Begin by downloading the Sonos application and click on the setup option. The app will walk you through the whole process. Just be mindful enough to place your speaker within the vicinity of the router, and you are good to go!

How do I know if I have muted my Sonos speakers?A green light suggests that you have muted your speaker. Try turning up the volume to overcome this seemingly stupid, but very likely to occur, problem.

What should I do if I have to reboot my Sonos speakers frequently?Try contacting customer support for a replacement if it is new; contrastingly, invest in a new one if it has been a long time since you first got it. A first-hand Sonos is built to last up to 4 or 5 years and is bound to act up with age.

How can I fix an overheated Sonos speaker?There is nothing much you can do besides powering it off and letting it rest. Like all other machines, the speaker has a limited capacity and cannot function exhaust.

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