How To Group Sonos Speakers?


How to Group Sonos speakers

Want to amplify the use of your multiple Sonos speakers? Want to produce the loudest possible sound through your Sonos speakers? Or simply do you want your Sonos speakers to play in sync such that the same sound resonates throughout your house?

If yes, then that’s when Grouping Sonos speakers come into action. Grouping Sonos speakers mean you connect Sonos speakers to each other to make your Sonos speakers in your house play the same music. This also means louder sound capable enough for you to create a party-like atmosphere.

Sonos speakers can be used to create a stereo sound, a 3.1 sound system, or even a 5.1 sound system. A stereo sound system means using only two Sonos speakers to produce like for instance, pairing either Sonos One speaker and Sonos One SL speaker or two Sonos One speaker together to produce the same sound.

Also, Sonos Play:1, Sonos One, and Sonos One SL can be paired together with Sonos Playbar or Sonos ARC, beam, or Playbase to create a 3.1 sound system as well. One can also create 5.1 sound system by adding Sonos SUB too in the above sound system. Thus, grouping Sonos speakers together can actually turn them into a great makeshift home theatre experience with no use of a good surround sound system.

Here is how you can group two or more Sonos speakers together.

Further reading: What is Sonos? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Wireless Sound System

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How To Group Two Or More Sonos Speakers Together

The two basic requirements for grouping Sonos speaker before going further on this should be:

  • You should have a Sonos controller app downloaded on your iOS or Android device.
  • The Sonos speakers should be installed on the same network.

Create A Room

Open the Sonos app and choose to create a room if you have multiple Sonos speakers at your home. You can create rooms like the living room, foyer, kitchen, and so on and add in the respective Sonos speaker you have in these spaces. This will help you Group your speakers easily and pair them well.

Create a Group

Once you have created rooms for each of your Sonos speakers, it’s time to create a Group.

Creating A Group On iOS And Android Device

Make sure the app you have downloaded is running with the help of the same wi-fi network as the Sonos speakers are connected to. Now, open the Sonos app:

  • Go to the System tab and click on Create Groups.
  • Now add all the rooms in your group to create a Group

Or

  • Add each speaker manually from the list of all your Sonos speakers.
  • Name the Group and save it.

Alternatively,

  • Open the Sonos app.
  • Tap on the Sonos speaker through which you are currently listening to music shown at the top of the screen.
  • It will list down all your Sonos speaker with a ‘Group’ icon at the right top of each speaker.
  • As you tap on it, it will show you the list of all the speakers you can add to your Group. Select each one of them.
  • Once you have selected your choice of the speaker together, finally tap on done.
  • A Group will be created with your speakers in it.

Play a song through your Sonos app to check if it works well. You can add or delete speakers of your choice by tapping on your Group anytime.

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Create a Group on macOS or Windows

It’s an exception, but you can also make use of the desktop version of the Sonos app to create a Group or control your Sonos speaker.

  • Open the Sonos app on your desktop
  • You will find the Rooms pane on the left side of the app. Click on it to find a Group icon next to the selected room.
  • Select the rooms you want to add to the Group (if the rooms are already created) and then click on Done.

Also, you can Group all the available speakers together by clicking on Select All to create a party mode.

Grouping Sonos Speakers Through The Sonos Speaker

One can also directly group Sonos speakers physically if the rooms are already created. For this, just press and hold on the Pause/Play button marked as > || on the control panel of any of your Sonos speaker to Group together rooms that are currently playing.

Changing The Volume Of Grouped Sonos Speakers

What if you want to lower the sound of your Sonos speaker kept in a kitchen without affecting the voice of other speakers in the Group? That can also be made possible too with the help of the Sonos app. The app will show the volume controller of each of the speakers in the Group whereby you can adjust accordingly.

You can also change the volume of the individual Sonos speaker in a Group with the help of the physical button of the speakers as well.

How To Edit A Group Of Sonos Speakers?

You can edit i.e., change rooms within Groups or speakers as well with the help of the Sonos app. For this, follow the given steps below:

  • Tap on the saved Group you want to perform the transformation in.
  • To remove a particular room from the Group, tap on rooms under the Included section to untick them. This will remove them from the Group.
  • Similarly, to add a room to your already saved Group, tap on the Available section to tick the rooms you want to add to the Group.
  • Once done, you can change the Group’s name and finally tap Save to save the edited changes.

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See More: Sonos One Review: The Best Smart Speaker For You

Grouping Sonos Speakers With Alexa

One can also choose to Group Sonos speaker with the help of the Alexa app provided if one of the speakers is Alexa enabled like Sonos One or you have a Sonos speaker and any other Alexa enabled speaker like Echo Dot.

Here is how you can create an Alexa Group with Sonos speakers:

  • Open the Alexa app on your iOS and Android device
  • Tap on the Devices icon located at the bottom of the screen.
  • Next, tap on ‘+’ and then click on Add Group.
  • First, create a Group and name it if there is no group created already. Tap Next.
  • Now, add the Alexa enabled device and Sonos speakers to want to add in the Group. Further, tap on Save when it’s done.
  • Just open the Group you just created again. Choose a speaker from the list you want to set as a Preferred Speaker by tapping on Setup.

Preferred Speaker setting in Alexa helps to play all the Sonos speakers into a Group with a single voice command. Having at least one Alexa enabled speaker like Sonos One in a Group provides a better experience of voice commands.

Moreover, it also works better in controlling the volume on the Sonos speakers when you are talking to Alexa enabled device while the music is playing.

So, this was all about Grouping Sonos speakers together. Following this can enable you to make the most of your Sonos speakers and enjoy a multi-room music experience bang on. It’s upon you to create a stereo sound or much more than that to play the same music around any space and not just around your house.

Levi Alston

I write dozens of helpful informational articles based on topics that I have identified again and again throughout my research and work experience. I am here to help you find the right smart speaker.

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