Things that work and don't work with Airplay, Alexa, Siri and Sonos

by Volker Weber


This will be a living document until we figured it all out.


Alexa and Sonos:

Airplay 2 and Sonos:

Siri and Sonos:


Excellent idea to document this! Much appreciated!

Markus Dierker, 2018-07-11

You cannot use AirPlay 2 with Sonos One speakers when they are configured as rear speakers with a PlayBar.

Abdelkader Boui, 2018-07-12

Kann man jetzt eigentlich einen airplay2 fähigen Sonos Spieler ohne wlan, bzw. ohne Sonos-net betreiben?

Johannes Matzke , 2018-07-12

Man kann. Aber warum sollte man das tun?

Volker Weber, 2018-07-12

> You can add a pair of the speakers above as Rear Channels ...
... except Play:5 1st gen

Volker Berding, 2018-07-12

> Man kann. Aber warum sollte man das tun?
Mir würde eine Gartenparty einfallen, wo kein WLAN vorhanden ist oder wo es zumindest nicht mehr hinkommt …

Chris Rolle, 2018-07-12

Danke, Volker. Korrigiert.

Chris, das geht nicht. Irgendeine Netzverbindung braucht Sonos. Wenn nicht Wlan, dann Ethernet.

Volker Weber, 2018-07-12

Re: AirPlay 2 and Sonos:

„You can group/ungroup other Sonos player in your household with a Sonos player that is currently receiving sound via AirPlay.“

What about if I have set up a group BEFORE using AirPlay? E.g. I have paired my One with my PlayBar, but do not listen to anything. Does the One still show up as AirPlay target and if I use it, both of the players will play the music? (This would be one reason to consider buying a One - I have a large setup, but none of my players is supporting AirPlay.)



Jonas Rathert, 2018-07-12

Yes, you can. There is a setting in the Sonos controller that will either split the group before playing from Airplay to avoid blasting from a speaker that is meant to remain silent. The default is to keep the group as it is and start playing from all speakers in the group.

I have grouped my bathroom One with my bedroom Playbar++. I don't care if music is playing in both rooms or only one of them.

Volker Weber, 2018-07-12

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