Apple’s AirPlay 2 lands on Sonos

Now’s a great time to buy a Sonos system, as the company has announced support for AirPlay 2 on those systems.

Apple Music plus Sonos

That’s great if you want to create a multi-room music streaming set-up in your home of office, as it means you can use a combination of stereo HomePods and Sonos speakers to bring the noise.

AirPlay 2 support means you can play music through any and all of your systems, or direct different tracks to different systems as you wish.  Sonos says AirPlay 2 support will be made available to the Sonos Beam, Sonos One, Playbase and the second generation Play:5. You can stream music to all of these from your iPhone or iPad.

Bring the noise

“Even though AirPlay 2 is only supported on Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and Play:5, with any one of these speakers you can listen via AirPlay on your entire home sound system. That means that 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,” Sonos explains.

Setting up AirPlay 2 on Sonos also lets you 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 it up in the living room.”

[Also read: 18 Siri commands for HomePod AirPlay 2 users]

How to set it up

If you have a Sonos device her tis how to set it up for AirPlay 2

  • Open the Home app on your Apple device
  • Select the plus symbol
  • Tap Add Accessory.
  • Tap ‘Don’t Have a Code’ or ‘Can’t Scan’
  • Select your Sonos speaker.
  • Give it the same name as it has in the Sonos app.
  • Tap ‘Done.’

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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