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How to Add Voice Control to Your Sonos One

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The Sonos One is a great all-around speaker for music, and it's even more useful when you enable its convenient voice control features. With Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, you can control smart home devices, ask for the weather, or request music with just your voice.

Here's how to set up and start using voice control on your Sonos One.

Voice Control Options on Sonos One

The Sonos One comes with two options for built-in voice control: Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

If you already use one of these services, you can easily integrate your Sonos One into the system. If not, you can choose whichever you'd like to try and switch later if necessary.

However, although the Sonos One offers both voice control options, you can only enable one at a time.

A Voice Control Button

On top of the Sonos One is a capacitive button with a microphone symbol. Tap this to quickly enable and disable the voice control microphone.

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Voice Control With Sonos Speaker Groups and Rooms

Google Assistant is only active on one device in a stereo pair.

However, you can have both devices listen for Alexa voice control prompts. When you use voice control and both speakers' microphones are active, the response will come from the device that's closer to you.

How to Add Voice Control to Your Sonos One

Once you've set up your Sonos One as part of your Sonos system, you can enable your voice assistant of choice.

Enabling Amazon Alexa on Sonos One

To enable Alexa on your Sonos One, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Amazon Alexa app for iOS or Android if you haven’t already installed it.
  2. In the Alexa app, sign in to your Amazon account.
  3. Open the Sonos app on your mobile device.
  4. Open the Settings tab in the app and choose Voice.
  5. Then, tap Services & Voice and choose Add a Voice Assistant.
  6. Next, select Amazon Alexa.
  7. If necessary, sign in to your Sonos account.
  8. Then, tap Add to Sonos and choose from the list of rooms that are compatible with Alexa.
  9. After choosing a room, tap Sign in to Amazon and enter your Amazon account’s login details. Or, choose Allow if prompted to use Sign-In to Alexa.
  10. When prompted, tap Go to Alexa app to continue setup.

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Your mobile device will switch to the Alexa app, where you can finish setting up your Sonos One. The Alexa app is where you'll configure the device's address, add it to a specific room in your smart home setup, and adjust other settings.

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Enabling Google Assistant on Sonos One

To enable Google Assistant on your Sonos One, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Google Assistant app for iOS or Android if you haven’t already installed it.
  2. Sign in to your Google account.
  3. Open the Sonos app on your mobile device.
  4. Open the Settings tab in the app and choose Voice.
  5. Then, tap Services & Voice and choose Add a Voice Assistant.
  6. Next, select Google Assistant.
  7. If necessary, sign in to your Sonos account.
  8. Then, tap Add to Sonos and choose from the list of rooms that are compatible with Google Assistant.
  9. Next, tap Go to Google Assistant app.

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Continue setup by following the steps in the Google Assistant app, adding your address for location-based features and other details you'd like to share.

Then, add your favorite music services to the Google Assistant app and make sure you've also added them to your Sonos account. Once you've finished this part of the setup process in the Google Assistant app, you're ready to use voice control with your Sonos One.

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What Can You Say to Your Sonos One?

Alexa and Google Assistant can control various music streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and others. The Sonos One also supports thousands of Alexa skills and Google Assistant actions.

When you enable voice control on your Sonos One, you can ask Alexa to play Apple Music, answer questions, make conversions, set timers, and more. The Sonos One supports many helpful and convenient Alexa voice commands.

Or use Google Assistant on your Sonos One to control smart home devices and more.

Go Hands-Free With Sonos One

Go beyond music by using your Sonos One's built-in voice control features to make everyday tasks more convenient. Whether you're cooking, relaxing, or watching TV, you can talk to Alexa or Google Assistant on your Sonos One to control the music and your home without getting up.

And if you're looking for other ways to use voice control, explore smart home starter kits that can make many parts of your home work with Alexa and Google Assistant.

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