How to Use ecobee Switch+ to Play Music with Sonos

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:
  • Use Alexa through your Ecobee Switch+ to play music on your Sonos Speaker system.
Before We Begin:
  • Have your Ecobee Switch+ setup and working properly.
  • Have your Sonos Speaker system setup and working properly.
  • Have your Sonos Speaker system connected to your Amazon account.
Ecobee Sonos

1 Setup Check

In order to continue, your Ecobee Switch+ must be installed and functioning properly with the Ecobee app.

Ecobee

? Is your Ecobee Switch+ installed and working properly?

  1. Yes
  2. No

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In This Guide
You'll Learn How To:
  • Use Alexa through your Ecobee Switch+ to play music on your Sonos Speaker system.
Before We Begin:
  • Have your Ecobee Switch+ setup and working properly.
  • Have your Sonos Speaker system setup and working properly.
  • Have your Sonos Speaker system connected to your Amazon account.
Ecobee Sonos

In order to continue, your Ecobee Switch+ must be installed and functioning properly with the Ecobee app.

Ecobee

In order to continue, your Sonos speaker must be installed and functioning properly with the Sonos app.

Sonos

In order to continue, the Amazon Alexa app must be installed and functioning properly on your smartphone or tablet.

Amazon Alexa

In order to control your Sonos speaker using your other Amazon-connected devices, you will need to connect your Sonos speaker to Amazon Alexa.

Amazon Alexa Heavy Plus Sign Sonos

In order to use your various music services, both Amazon Alexa and Sonos need to know about the music services. You need to link your music service to both Alexa, and to Sonos.

Amazon Alexa Heavy Plus Sign Sonos Heavy Plus Sign Musical Notes

Your Amazon Alexa device responds to your voice, and can perform a variety of actions to play music for you.

Example Music Commands

Simply say these commands near your Alexa device.

  • "Alexa, play some music."
    • Your Alexa device will use your previous play history, as well as various charts, to choose some music for you and play it.
  • "Alexa, play [song] on my [other device]."
    • If you have multiple Alexa-enabled devices, Alexa will accept the command from wherever it hears you, and then play music using the other speaker system.
    If you want Alexa to play on a certain device, rather than the Alexa device itself, specify it like this each time.
  • "Alexa, play music by [artist]."
    • Your Alexa device will try to find music by the artist you say.
  • While playing "Alexa, next."
    • Skip the song currently playing, and move on to the next.
  • "Alexa, Restart."
    • Your Alexa device will restart the song you're currently listening to.
  • "Alexa, play [station] on [service]."
    • Alexa will use the service you mention, and try to play the station you mention.

Alexa understands a huge number of different commands. If you're not sure, simply try saying what you want, and it will try to help.

Adding music services on the Sonos system is similar across all devices. This guide will show you how to do it on smartphones and cover briefly the differences on how to do it on computers as well.
  1. Open Sonos.
    Sonos
  2. Open up the menu from the top left corner of the screen.
    Placement of menu symbol in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
  3. Select Add Music Services.
    Menu in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
    If you're using the Sonos Controller for computers, you can find the same option in the source browser on the right side of the screen.
    Music source selection  in Sonos Controller for computers
  4. Search for the music service you want to add and tap on it.
    List of music services that can be added to the Sonos Controller
  5. Tap on Add Account.
    Adding music service in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
  6. Create a new account for the music service or login with an existing one.
    Adding account for music service
  7. Login with your music service credentials.
    Logging into music service account
  8. Once your account is verified you'll get to the setup completion screen. Then set a nickname for this account.
    Setting account name
  9. Once set up you can add another account for the same music service or tap on Done.
    Finishing up or adding another account for music service
  10. The music service will now show up in your Sonos Controller across all devices.
    Music service showing up in source selection list in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
  11. If you added another account you can select which one to use by tapping on the nickname you set earlier. Another way to add another account is by following the same steps from the beginning to add the same music service but with the other account.
    Placement of account switching option for music service
  12. Select the account you want to use from the Change Account menu at the bottom.
    Account switching screen for music service
  1. Open Alexa.
    Amazon Alexa
  2. Select the Menu in the top-left corner.
    Menu
  3. Select Skills & Games.
    Alexa Menu with Skills and Games highlighted.
  4. Select Categories at the top.
    Alexa Skills with Categories highlighted.
  5. Select Music & Audio.
    Music and Audio
  6. Here you can browse the most popular and featured music and audio skills available for Amazon Alexa.
    Music and Audio skills
    You may also search for a specific skill using the magnifying glass in the top-right corner.
Adding music services on the Sonos system is similar across all devices. This guide will show you how to do it on smartphones and cover briefly the differences on how to do it on computers as well.
  1. Open Sonos.
    Sonos
  2. Open up the menu from the top left corner of the screen.
    Placement of menu symbol in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
  3. Select Add Music Services.
    Menu in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
    If you're using the Sonos Controller for computers, you can find the same option in the source browser on the right side of the screen.
    Music source selection  in Sonos Controller for computers
  4. Search for the music service you want to add and tap on it.
    List of music services that can be added to the Sonos Controller
  5. Tap on Add Account.
    Adding music service in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
  6. Create a new account for the music service or login with an existing one.
    Adding account for music service
  7. Login with your music service credentials.
    Logging into music service account
  8. Once your account is verified you'll get to the setup completion screen. Then set a nickname for this account.
    Setting account name
  9. Once set up you can add another account for the same music service or tap on Done.
    Finishing up or adding another account for music service
  10. The music service will now show up in your Sonos Controller across all devices.
    Music service showing up in source selection list in Sonos Controller for mobile devices
  11. If you added another account you can select which one to use by tapping on the nickname you set earlier. Another way to add another account is by following the same steps from the beginning to add the same music service but with the other account.
    Placement of account switching option for music service
  12. Select the account you want to use from the Change Account menu at the bottom.
    Account switching screen for music service

There are multiple ways to add a new Smart Home device to the Alexa service.

You may need to switch to another method if one does not work. Some devices need more information to be recognized.

Using Voice Commands

  1. Activate Alexa (usually, you can say "Hey Alexa").
  2. Say "Discover My Devices".
  3. The Alexa system will attempt to find any available smart home devices and prompt you through setting them up.
  4. Listen carefully to what Alexa says and respond with the information for your device.

Using The Smartphone App

  1. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device.
    Alexa
  2. Select Smart Home Devices.
    Smart Home Devices
  3. Select Add.
    Add Device
  4. Select Add Device.
  5. Select Speaker.
    Speaker
  6. Select Sonos.
  7. You will be reminded the Sonos speakers need to be setup in the Sonos app first. Select Continue.
    Speaker setup reminder with Continue highlighted.
  8. Select Enable to Use for the Sonos skill.
    Sonos Alexa Skill with Enable to Use highlighted.
  9. You'll be asked to make sure your Sonos system is up-to-date, and to have your Sonos account information at hand. Select Continue.
    Account information reminder with Continue highlighted.
  10. Enter your Sonos Username and Password, then select Sign in.
    Sonos account log in with Username Password and Sign in button highlighted.
  11. You'll be asked to allow Alexa to control your Sonos system, select Okay.
    Control request with Okay highlighted.
  12. You may be asked to re-sign in to your Amazon account. Enter your Amazon account Email address and Password, and select Sign in.
    Amazon account sign-in with Email Password and Sign In button highlighted.
  13. Alexa now has access to your Sonos system. Close this window by selecting Done.
    Account linked with Done highlighted.
  14. Alexa will ask to discover your Sonos devices. Select Discover Devices.
    Discover devices with Discover Devices button highlighted.
  15. Your Sonos speakers are now connected to your Alexa account, and can be controlled by speaking to your Alexa device.

Using Your Computer

This option only works if you already have an Alexa speaker setup with your Amazon account.
  1. Open your preferred web browser.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. In the address bar, type alexa.amazon.com, and press enter or return.
    Browser with address typed in and highlighted.
  3. Enter your Amazon account Email and Password, then select Sign In.
    Alexa sign in with Email Password and Sign In button highlighted.
  4. Follow the instructions on screen to connect your Sonos speaker to Alexa services.
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