AirPlay 2 is Here: 5 Things Your Sonos System Can Do Now

The arrival of AirPlay 2 on Sonos opens your home sound system up to a whole new world of listening possibilities – and way more.


If your favourite streaming service feels like a giant virtual record shop (or movie store), think of Sonos as the huge shopping centre that houses it all: your door-by-door selection of nearly any piece of sonic culture you could ever want. With over 50 content services plugged into the Sonos platform, countless songs, podcasts, TV shows, movies, radio broadcasts—you name it—are all a few taps away, ready to be piped throughout your home with clear, room-filling sound.

But we know that this reservoir of content we call the sonic internet is constantly expanding – as is your appetite for it. There’s more great stuff to stream than ever and we want to make it dead simple to enjoy it all on Sonos. That’s why we’re excited to announce the latest addition to the Sonos platform: AirPlay 2.

With AirPlay 2, you can effortlessly stream just about any sound from your iPhone or iPad to one of our AirPlay-compatible speakers. (That’s Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and the second generation Play:5)

Listen to more of your favourite apps out loud on Sonos.

Using AirPlay 2, you can instantly send sound from any AirPlay-compatible iOS app to Sonos. That means you’ll have yet another easy way to use Sonos to listen to services like Apple Music, Spotify, Audible, and dozens of others. AirPlay also lets you unlock sound from a whole selection of content apps and services. If it has an AirPlay icon, you can stream it on Sonos.

Control Sonos with Siri from your iPhone or iPad.

Setting up AirPlay 2 on Sonos unlocks another exciting new feature: You can now use Siri to control Apple Music on Sonos. Using your iPhone or iPad, you can tell Siri what to play and where to play it. Try: “Hey Siri, play Beats 1 Radio in the bedroom.” Or: “Hey Siri, turn up the volume in the living room.”

It’s easy to set up: Just open up the Home app, select the plus symbol, then hit ‘Add Accessory’. Tap ‘Don’t Have a Code’ or ‘Can’t Scan’ and then select your Sonos speaker. Once it’s added, make sure to give it the same name as it has in the Sonos app. Tap ‘Done’.

Watch on your iPhone or iPad. Listen on Sonos.

AirPlay lets you watch videos on apps like YouTube, Netflix, and many others and pipe the sound throughout your home on Sonos.

Curl up in bed with your iPad and an episode of Westworld on Now TV with sound on your Sonos One (or better yet, a stereo pair of them). Show your friend that hilarious YouTube video on your iPhone and make sure he catches the punchline when you send the sound to your new Sonos Beam.

Switch between voice assistants – or any other way to control Sonos.

By enabling Siri to control Apple Music on Sonos, you unlock yet another option for controlling your home sound system. But you don’t have to stick with one method or the other: control Sonos on your terms!

After you’ve started the music with Siri, you can let Alexa adjust the volume or skip to the next song via your Sonos One, Beam, or any Alexa-enabled Sonos device (set up through the Sonos skill on your Echo device).

Of course, you can always jump back to the Sonos app. Or jump to any other content service that works with Sonos, either through our direct control integration or via AirPlay. Start the music one way, then control it however you prefer.

Enjoy AirPlay 2 on your entire Sonos system.

Even though AirPlay 2 is only supported on Sonos One, Beam, Playbase and Play:5 (2nd generation), grouping your other speakers to any of these and you can use AirPlay across your entire home sound system. So even non-AirPlay compatible speakers like Playbar or Play:1 can reap the sonic benefits of our AirPlay 2 integration, provided they’re grouped with one of our newer, AirPlay-friendly devices in the Sonos app.


Have questions or issues getting set up with AirPlay 2 on Sonos? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Customer Care team any time on Twitter at @SonosSupport.

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