How to Install the Sonos Controller App

Introduction

This guide will walk you through installing the Sonos Controller app on your phone, tablet, or computer to control all of your Sonos sound devices. Stream from any media account by using the Controller app to literally control them all.
Sonos logo

What's Your Operating System?

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your device has.

There are 4 main Operating Systems for smartphones and computers currently available, Android and iOS, Windows and macOS.

iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones.iOS Home Screen
Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC.Android Home Screen
Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave

? What device are you installing the Sonos Controller app on?

  1. Android
  2. iOS
  3. Windows
  4. macOS

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This guide will walk you through installing the Sonos Controller app on your phone, tablet, or computer to control all of your Sonos sound devices. Stream from any media account by using the Controller app to literally control them all.
Sonos logo

What's Your Operating System?

To continue, we need to know what Operating System your device has.

There are 4 main Operating Systems for smartphones and computers currently available, Android and iOS, Windows and macOS.

iOS Smartphone
Apple is the only company that makes iOS smartphones.iOS Home Screen
Android Smartphone
Android smartphones are produced by multiple companies, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, Sony, Nokia, Lenovo, and HTC.Android Home Screen
Windows
Windows runs on computers produced by multiple companies, such as Lenovo, Asus, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett Packard, Acer, and Sony.Windows 10
macOS
Apple is the only company that makes macOS computers.macOS Mojave
  1. Open Play Store.
    Google Play store icon
  2. Search for "Sonos Controller for Android" and tap on the app.
    Searching for the Sonos app. Illustration.
  3. Tap Install to start downloading the app.
    Sonos app page with the install button highlighted.
  4. Once installed, tap Open.
    Sonos app page with the Open button highlighted.

Setting up the Sonos system is similar on all mobile devices.

  1. Launch the Sonos Controller app once it's installed onto your mobile device and select Set up a new Sonos system.
    Sonos setup initiation screen.
  2. Choose Standard Setup.
    Setup method selection screen.
  3. You will be asked to power up the speaker (also called a player), select the type of speaker you have and press a button or combination of buttons on the speaker to initiate the setup.
    Screen showing which buttons need to be pressed on the speaker.
  4. Wait for the speaker to be configured.
    Waiting screen.
  5. Your mobile device will have to temporarily disconnect from your current Wi-Fi and connect to the speakers Wi-Fi to continue.
    Wireless setup introductory screen.
  6. Android devices and some Sonos speakers complete this step automatically but you have to do it manually on iOS devices
    Wireless setup instructions screen.
  7. On your iOS device, go back to the main screen then open Settings and go to Wi-Fi.
    Settings screen on iOS device.
  8. Connect your mobile device to the speakers Wi-Fi named SONOS.
    Wi-Fi network list screen on iOS.
  9. Your Wi-Fi networks name will be selected automatically and you'll need to type in its password then tap on Continue. If you will to choose another network tap on Use Another Network.
    Wireless setup password entry screen.
  10. Choose the rooms name where the speaker will be placed in.
    Speaker location selection screen.
  11. If you want to Add Another Player to the system you can do so now. You would have to follow the same steps as above. Otherwise tap on Not Now.
    Finishing setup or adding another speaker.
  12. Make sure you register so you can receive software updates and add streaming services.
    System registration completion screen.
  13. On iOS devices you will get an extra step to tune your speaker using TruePlay. If you wish to do so, follow the instructions otherwise skip it for now.
  14. Your Sonos system is now set up.
  1. Open the App Store.
    Apple App Store Icon
  2. Type in "Sonos Controller" in the search bar.
  3. Find Sonos Controller in the search results and tap on GET.
    screenshot of the sonos app in the app store with get highlighted
  4. Tap on Install to start download.
    install button

  1. Open your preferred browser, type https://www.sonos.com/en-ca/support in the address bar, and press Enter.
    A chrome browser showing sonos
  2. Scroll down and click Download Windows Controller.
    Windows controller download
  3. Once downloaded, click on it to open the file.
    The downloaded file
  4. Select your language and click OK.
    Language selection
  5. Click Next.
    Installer beginning
  6. You can choose where to install the program. Click Next to go with the default folder.
    Choosing the install location
  7. Click Install.
    Installing
  8. The program will install.
    Installing the program
  9. Click Finish to close the installer and open Sonos.
    Sonos installed.
Setting up the Sonos system is similar on Window and Mac computers.
  1. Launch the the Sonos Controller installer once it's downloaded onto your computer. At certain points during the setup, on Windows you may be prompted to allow it to make changes to your system. Just click Yes to proceed.
    User Account Control pop-up on Windows
  2. You might also be prompted to Allow access to the controller through the computer firewall. Go ahead and do so.
    Windows Security Alert pop-up on Windows
  3. On a Mac computer you will be asked to type in your password. Do that and click OK.
    User password entry request pop-up on Mac
  4. When ready, select Set up a New System.
    Sonos Setup initiation screen
  5. Choose the Standard Setup.
    Sonos Setup method selection screen
  6. If you're computer doesn't have a Wi-Fi connection, then you will have to connect the Sonos speaker to your router with the provided Ethernet cord.
    Ethernet connection request screen
  7. Otherwise the Wireless Setup will begin automatically.
    Wireless setup introductory screen
  8. Next, you'll be asked to power up the speaker (also called a player) and to select the type of speaker you are setting up.
    Speaker type selection screen
  9. Based on your previous selection, you will be asked to press a button or combination of buttons on the speaker.
    Screen showing which buttons need to be pressed on the speaker
  10. If you're setting up the speaker through a Wi-Fi connection, then your computer will temporarily disconnect from the current Wi-Fi and connect to the speakers Wi-Fi instead.
    Waiting for connection to be established
  11. You'll have to select or type in the Wi-Fi network name and password that the speaker will use.
    Wi-Fi credentials entry screen
  12. Select or type in the rooms name where the speaker will be placed in.
    Speaker location selection screen
  13. Make sure you register so you can receive software updates and add streaming services. If you choose to do it later, you can always register by clicking Manage in the Sonos Controller menu then selecting Check for Software Updates.
    Checking for software updates option in Sonos Controller menu
  14. In the end, you'll be asked if you want to set up your Music Library. You can select I'll set up my music later at this point.
    Music Library Setup query screen
  15. Your Sonos system is now set up.
  1. Open your preferred browser, type in https://www.sonos.com/en-ca/support, and press Return.
    A safari browser showing the sonos support page
  2. Scroll down and click Download the Mac Controller.
    Download the mac controller link
  3. You may need to Allow the download.
    Clicking allow for the download
  4. Open the Sonos installer.
    Sonos installer
  5. The installer will ask you to drag the Sonos icon into Applications.
    Dragging the sonos icon
  6. Give the installer permission to Open.
    Giving permission
  7. Sonos will start installing.
    Installing Sonos
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