Now Playing All Over Your Home: Music Stored on your Android

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by Sonos Staff in Cool Music News, Music On Sonos, News, Products, Sonos Stories, Worldwide

As the growing ranks of amazing music services are accompanied by countless digital radio stations from all over the world, there’s never been more ways to discover and listen to music than today.

At the same time, many of us still have and continue to build our own personal music libraries – on laptops, tablets and phones. We are downloading tracks, creating playlists on the go and we want to enjoy them wherever we are.

We are stoked to announce the latest update to the Sonos Wireless HiFi System.  Now you can play music stored on your Android phone or tablet anywhere there is a Sonos wireless speaker or component.

If you have Android 2.1 and higher (podcasts are compatible with Android 2.2 and higher) you can play your music in three quick steps:

(1)    Update your Sonos Controller for Android to software version 4.1.1. This release is for Android Controllers only — the rest of your Sonos components do not require an update.

(2)    Ensure your Android device is on your home wireless network, and then launch the Sonos Controller App.

(3) Go to the Music menu and select ‘This Mobile Device’ – this option will appear if you have music stored on your phone or tablet. You will now see all of your device’s music, playlists and podcasts available and can play them on Sonos.

Only Sonos lets you play all the music on earth—from any source to any room. This includes your music library no matter where it is stored – all delivered in Sonos HiFi sound.

Tracks downloaded directly from the Google Play Store are not immediately available for playback. To play these tracks through Sonos, you must download them from Google Play to a computer, and then transfer them to your Android device’s Music folder.

For more details, visit For Google Music support, visit Sonos Support.

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by Sonos Staff in Cool Music News, Music On Sonos, News, Products, Sonos Stories, Worldwide

76 Responses to “Now Playing All Over Your Home: Music Stored on your Android”

grumpypaulJuly 23rd, 2013 at 1:05 am

still disappointed that you have to download from google first before you can play – this iupdate doesn’t help at all

TecheadJuly 23rd, 2013 at 1:35 am

Thanks guys, this is yet another benefit to owning Sonos.
I can play anything from anywhere to anywhere in my home, brilliant.
It does exactly what it says on the tin, what else do you want, so it doesn’t make lunch.
Who cares?!!
Keep it up.

AnonJuly 23rd, 2013 at 2:01 am

It doesn’t say you need to download the music from the Google Play store. I copied mine onto the SD card via the laptop & iTunes and it works brilliantly.

Really pleased with the new update. So glad I have Sonos, just constantly gets better!

MattyCJuly 23rd, 2013 at 2:20 am

So can I play music on the sonos via Google’s ‘Play Music’ app? I don’t sync my phone with any PC as such. I have a vast music library that is uploaded to Play Music, some of it I choose to store on my device (Nexus 4) and some I stream (as I don’t have enough space to store it all on my device. None of the music flagged as ‘On Device’ shows up in the Music Folder of my phone when I plug in USB. I haven’t bought a sonos yet because when I connected my Nexus to my brothers system (he has iPhone), I couldn’t play any of my own music! This press release doesn’t really state what we can now do with android / Google Play Music

Nigel StewardJuly 23rd, 2013 at 4:19 am

Successfully installed on my Samsung Galaxy Note ‘phone & Motorola Xoom tablet.

However despite uninstalling & reinstalling will not provide the additional functionality on my Google Nexus 7 tablet running Android 4.2.2

Help please.


ryanJuly 23rd, 2013 at 5:49 am

When will we be able to stream Google Play Music directly through the Sonos units? Please, please, please add this functionality! Please!

PeteGJuly 23rd, 2013 at 6:21 am

Great. Have been waiting for this. Amazon recently gave me free mp3 copies of all the CDs I bought which are now on my phone, so I’ll be able to play these on sonos too.

grahamtriggsJuly 23rd, 2013 at 9:19 am

“Only Sonos lets you play all the music on earth—from any source to any room. This includes your music library no matter where it is stored – all delivered in Sonos HiFi sound”

As you can’t play music stored in Google Music – or indeed Amazon Cloud Player in the UK – this is blatantly false advertising (certainly for the UK market).

Sorry, I do in essence love the Sonos app and devices, but you can’t go around making sweeping claims about your product that aren’t true, and end up irritating your customers.

danJuly 23rd, 2013 at 9:25 am

same here, galaxy S2 phone, “this mobile device” not available. and yes, there IS music on the phone.

Brad GriffithJuly 23rd, 2013 at 9:27 am

I’m having the same issue. I use PocketCasts to download podcasts on my phone, but no episodes show up in the Sonos menus. Not sure how to fix that.

gschroderJuly 23rd, 2013 at 10:07 am

I just want to be able to stream any audio from my device — for example, I have the MLB app on my device. I want to be able to listen to the baseball game audio through my Sonos speaker system.

Allan HansenJuly 23rd, 2013 at 10:42 am

Same here – tried changing the settings in Pocket Cast to save to the Podcasts folder, but still no luck.
Otherwise a great new feature!

Sonos Support TeamJuly 23rd, 2013 at 1:28 pm


If the music on your phone or tablet was downloaded directly from Google Play to the device, it’s stored in a location that the Sonos app can’t access for streaming. If this is the case, download it to your PC first and then sync over to the devices.

There may be other restrictions depending on how the music was put on each device.

Sonos Support TeamJuly 23rd, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Hi MattyC,

If the music was downloaded directly from Google Play onto the phone, it won’t be available for our app to stream to Sonos players on your home network. The download folder used by Google Play is restricted and cannot be accessed by the Sonos app.

Music that’s downloaded first to a PC and then synced to the phone can be accessed and is streamable.

I hope this information helps.

Sonos Support TeamJuly 23rd, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Yes, we understand the disappointment. It’s a strange restriction for Google Play but hopefully syncing is a viable workaround for you. If not, as noted by Anon, there are other simple ways to get music onto an Android phone, such as transferring to an SD card.

Sonos Support TeamJuly 23rd, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Hi Dan,

See the response to Nigel above. If the music was downloaded to the phone directly from Google Play, it’s stored in a location that Sonos cannot access. You can however download to a PC and sync to your phone to play it directly from the phone to Sonos.

Dave YJuly 23rd, 2013 at 6:39 pm

For your next very cool app, how about turning any computer in my home into a Sonos speaker? Right now I sit in my office, where I can control music throughout my home with the Sonos Controller for PC – the only problem is that I have no speakers in my office! I can’t hear the music I am controlling! What if I could stream Sonos content directly over my computer speakers…
Now THAT would be awesome!

GemmaJuly 24th, 2013 at 3:21 am

Do you have any plans to be able to stream music from google play? would be nice to know if this is on your forecast?

Examiner19July 24th, 2013 at 6:21 am

PocketCasts saves its downloaded files in a folder with a hidden .nomedia text file. That file tells android to ignore any media (music, graphics, etc.) in that folder. This way, PocketCasts downloads don’t show up in your Music player on Android. Sonos can’t ignore the .nomedia file by default without getting buried in random sound files from games and other programs. Sonos would have to hardcode the path to the PocketCasts folder and ignore that one only. As an alternative, I would suggest an Advanced Settings option in Sonos for power users allowing us to point to a folder to use. Just a thought.

PeteGJuly 24th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I tried that but no sign of any Amazon option . And even worse, spotify has disappeared off the list of available services!!!

Shaun MccranJuly 24th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Awesome update. Was going to update to the Beta program for this, now I don’t need to.

Mark FletcherJuly 25th, 2013 at 1:17 am

I had a reply from the makers of Pocket Casts (@shiftyjelly) they seemed keen to work with Sonos for a resolution, if the Sonos team contacted them.

Phil S.July 25th, 2013 at 10:28 am

I like that I can finally play music stored on my phone and/or tablet, so thank you for doing that. What I’ve been having a challenging time with is that I do not have the ability to shuffle the music from my phone and/or tablet when playing it through the Sonos system. Am I missing something or will you be able to add this functionality in the near future?

Thanks for the continued enhancements.

fjaebliJuly 26th, 2013 at 11:36 am

This would be an awesome added feature as I have moved from Rhapsody. The way Google did this is really quite good.

Sonos Support TeamJuly 26th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

You’re exactly right – our app uses the built-in Android media indexing to populate the options and since the .nomedia tag is present in the Pocket Casts folder, the downloaded files aren’t indexed.

We’re looking at our options and we’re in communication with Shifty Jelly (the makers of Pocket Cast) to find the best solution for everyone.

Sonos Support TeamJuly 26th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Hi Pete,

The issue with Spotify was a temporary problem which was resolved after about 45 minutes of no availability. We’re looking at a possible integration of Amazon Cloud for customers outside the US.

Sonos Support TeamJuly 26th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hi Phil,

On Sonos, shuffle is an operator on items that are already added to your queue. What you can do is to add the songs you want to shuffle to your Sonos queue from your Android phone, then turn on shuffle. You have the option to add all tracks to your queue, or tracks from a specific album, artist, or genre.

Once you’ve added your tracks, just turn on shuffle and you’ll get a random play order.

Hope this helps!

DoominatorJuly 26th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I can play all my music of my pc library directly from my phone on wifi !! GREAT !!! Don’t have to carry my iPod anymore !

DoominatorJuly 26th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

PS: Don’t need to add it into my cell, it plays it directly from the PC via network.

SonosMusikJuly 27th, 2013 at 6:00 am

When you click on This Mobile Device, there is no Folders option … like there is when you click on Music Library. Would it be possible to add the Folders option to the This Mobile Device menu as well? Otherwise, this is a great update!

Examiner19August 1st, 2013 at 8:12 am

Great that you are working with Pocket Casts. While I was thinking about this, it would be even better if Pocket Casts showed up as a Music Service under Sonos instead. Pocket Casts allows one to log-in with them to sync podcasts on multiple devices and how far along they have been played. I would think they could let one log-in through Sonos and provide that information allowing Sonos to stream podcast from where they were last played and sync that progress back to Pocket Casts. Just a wishlist item. Thanks.

Sonos Support TeamAugust 6th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

We’re happy to work with any interested parties and have an open development program called Sonos Labs. Many of the music services available on Sonos now were developed through Sonos Labs.

StuMcBillAugust 12th, 2013 at 6:23 am

So….shouldn’t deleting the .nomedia files allow Sonos controller to see and access them?

I have tried this and it still doesn’t seem to be able to find them?

jickAugust 13th, 2013 at 4:52 am

Just tried the Android App with the sonos system of a friend. I want to buy a sonos system as well. But I mostly hear spotify radio. Without spotify radio sonos is useless to me. Please add it.

RamAugust 14th, 2013 at 2:23 am

its great update, just need a feature to add a folder located on the device.
I cant find podcasts either I use the Samsung G3 Kiescast.

Sonos Support TeamAugust 14th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Hello Laura,

You bet. The functionality released in this update for Android is also implemented in our iOS controllers, so you can stream your iPhone’s tracks to your Sonos system in the same way.

Sally DaffarnSeptember 18th, 2013 at 1:08 am

I noticed that the android app clearly shows “This mobile device” button on the app to download but I have tried installing and uninstalling several times on my Nexus 4 and this button does not show on the installed app. Why is this please?

TomOctober 8th, 2013 at 12:15 am

Google Play Music was just released in my country and I uploaded all my music in the cloud and switched my streaming from Spotify to Google too. Unfortunately Sonos does not (yet?) support Googles service. If it would be just another streaming start-up I could understand this. But it is Google and it is going to be big. Now that I have all my rare grooves in Googles Cloud I would like to stream them directly from the Sonos Android app and don’t want to start up my laptop or synch it via usb with my device. Now that Samsung just entered your market with almost similar speakers you should really provied maximus service to keep up with the new competition.

MODONOctober 15th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I see beyondpod as the recommended way of downloading podcasts that are visible to Sonos on the device (Samsung S3). However, I have the same problem that I see others reported, ie the podcasts are not detected. I dont see a solution reported. Any advice?

MODONOctober 15th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I should have added that I am trying to play directly from device to sonos, and its also not in the podcast section of the music folder either

Sonos Support TeamOctober 17th, 2013 at 5:19 pm


BeyondPod downloads its podcasts to a separate BeyondPod folder, but Sonos should still display these files under the Podcasts section of “This Device” in the main music menu. I’d recommend double checking to make sure your podcasts show up in the BeyondPod directory, just to make sure they’ve downloaded properly.

ChrisOctober 18th, 2013 at 11:43 pm

When using “this mobile device” as a music source, there is no option to use the search facility to find music ie by typing in an artist etc. Please can you help.

James206November 16th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

If you have something with a line in (connect, connect amp, play 5):

I find the best solution for this is airplay with the android app:… This means you need an airport express and root on your phone to use the AirStream app but it works great!

You could also do it with bluetooth from your phone:

CamBam415November 17th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Hi Sonos – I have all my music on google play and want to stream it to Sonos using my ipad or iphone. I don’t see any mention of how to do that, and under services to add on the i-devices are a bunch of music services I have never heard of, but no google music :( Any help would be much appreciated! I’d use my Sonos daily if I didn’t have to turn on our home computer, which would mean I’d have to add more speakers to our system :)

Sonos Support TeamNovember 21st, 2013 at 9:10 am

Hello CamBam,

You can stream the music that’s stored on your iOS device already using the iOS streaming feature which shows up as This Mobile Device. Google Play All Access isn’t currently on our music partner line-up, but we have an open request to get them added in on our community page. You should head over there and add a +1 and follow it so you get updated news as soon as anything becomes official:


RogerJanuary 4th, 2014 at 8:17 am

So, I use doubletwist to download podcasts and am having trouble playing the ones on my phone through sonos. It seems to be stored on the podcast folder on my SD card (music is stored on sd card as well) so not sure what the issue is. Any thoughts?

userMay 3rd, 2014 at 5:31 am

The article is a bit misleading. What you can actually do now in Sonos is see a list of audio files on stored on your android device, and making Sonos say “File not found” and crashing the Sonos App.
Great Work!

Sonos Support TeamMay 12th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Hi there,

If you’re experiencing any crashes with the Android application, we’d be more than happy to help out. When you’re next available, please give us a call on our support phone line and we can help fix the problem. You can also send us an email, if you prefer. Our contact information can be found on this page:


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