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What do the Lights on a Sonos Speaker Mean?

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Introduction

All Sonos speakers and soundbars have a little LED light on the top of them to show you what's going on with your system. Matching the colors and flashing of your LED light to what they mean, will tell you if there is anything wrong with your speaker.
For example, if the speaker is on and functioning it will simply glow white.
This guide will help you understand what the different lights of the status indicator on your Sonos speaker means, to help you get a better handle on what your speaker is trying to tell you as it's being used. This can help you determine if things are working as intended, or if there is a problem you'll need to remedy to get things working properly again. We'll also show you how to disable the light if you want to.
A Sonos Play:1

1 Where is the Status Indicator Light

Each Sonos speaker has an LED, usually on the top. The newer models have an LED that looks more flush with the top while the older models such as the Play:1 look somewhat like a button.
Sonos Play:1
Location of the play:1 ledThe LED for the Play:1 speaker is on the very top of the speaker between the buttons.
Sonos One
The Sonos One LED
The Sonos One LED is located above the play and pause button.
Sonos Move
the sonos move led
The Sonos Move's LED is above the play and pause button as well.
Sonos Play:5
Play5 LED
The LED on the Play:5 speaker is on the top above the logo.
Sonos Beam
Beam LED
The Beam's LED is on the top below the microphone indicator.
Sonos Playbar
Sonos playbar LED
The Sonos Playbar's LED is on the side along with the controls.
Sonos Playbase
The playbase's led
Like the Play:5, the Sonos Playbase's LED is on the top above the logo.
Sonos Sub
The subwoofer light
The Sonos Subwoofer has a small plug on its side. Above the plug is a small circular light that acts as the LED.
Sonos Port
The port LED
The Port has its LED on the front and top.
Sonos Amp
Amp LED
The Amp's LED is on the front corner.
Sonos Boost
The boost LED
The Boost has an LED on the front.

2 What the Status Indicator Lights Mean

Each color on the LED represents a different status:


Solid White Light
solid white ledSonos is powered up and functioning properly. If a particular speaker is not showing in the Sonos App, try adding it back again.
No Light
off ledSonos is not powered on or the light has been disabled. Make sure Sonos is plugged in and receiving power. 
Flashing White Light
white blinkingSonos is booting up after being plugged into power. 
Solid Green Light

Green LightSonos is muted or at zero volume. Use either the app or the buttons on the speaker to change this.
Flashing Green Light
blinking green ledSonos is powered up and is ready to be set up, or added to an existing Sonos system.
Solid Orange Light
Orange LightSonos is in a warning mode and may be in danger of overheating. Unplug your Sonos device and let it rest, consider moving it elsewhere to avoid overheating.
Flashing Orange Light

Flashing Orange LightIndicates that playback on Sonos has failed. Open the app and check the playback list.
Alternating Orange and White Light
Orange and White LightSonos is experiencing a fault condition. It may be updating or resetting to factory settings. If the lights do not change contact Sonos Customer Support
Flashing Red Light
Flashing Red LightSonos has been powered up initually but not connected using the Sonos Controller App within the first 30 minutes. Reboot the speaker and try setting up again.
Alternating Green and White Light
Green and White LightSonos has not yet been registered to your Sonos account.
Alternating Red and White Light
Red and WhiteSonos has failed partitioning during the update process. Restart and try again.
Solid Blue Light
A solid blue light
Sonos Move is connected in Bluetooth mode.

3 Disable the Light

If you're listening to your music in the dark or just don't want that bright white LED light glowing at you while you try to sleep you can either put a post it note or a piece of tape on it or you can turn it off using the Sonos Controller App.

  1. Open the Sonos Controller app on your mobile device.
    Mobile app icon

  2. Open the Menu from the top left corner.
    Placement of menu symbol pointed out on mobile app screen

  3. Then go into Settings.
    Menu showing in mobile app
  4. Tap Room Settings.
    Room settings
  5. Toggle the White Indicator Setting to off.
    Toggling the white light settings

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All Sonos speakers and soundbars have a little LED light on the top of them to show you what's going on with your system. Matching the colors and flashing of your LED light to what they mean, will tell you if there is anything wrong with your speaker.
For example, if the speaker is on and functioning it will simply glow white.
This guide will help you understand what the different lights of the status indicator on your Sonos speaker means, to help you get a better handle on what your speaker is trying to tell you as it's being used. This can help you determine if things are working as intended, or if there is a problem you'll need to remedy to get things working properly again. We'll also show you how to disable the light if you want to.
A Sonos Play:1
Each Sonos speaker has an LED, usually on the top. The newer models have an LED that looks more flush with the top while the older models such as the Play:1 look somewhat like a button.
Sonos Play:1
Location of the play:1 ledThe LED for the Play:1 speaker is on the very top of the speaker between the buttons.
Sonos One
The Sonos One LED
The Sonos One LED is located above the play and pause button.
Sonos Move
the sonos move led
The Sonos Move's LED is above the play and pause button as well.
Sonos Play:5
Play5 LED
The LED on the Play:5 speaker is on the top above the logo.
Sonos Beam
Beam LED
The Beam's LED is on the top below the microphone indicator.
Sonos Playbar
Sonos playbar LED
The Sonos Playbar's LED is on the side along with the controls.
Sonos Playbase
The playbase's led
Like the Play:5, the Sonos Playbase's LED is on the top above the logo.
Sonos Sub
The subwoofer light
The Sonos Subwoofer has a small plug on its side. Above the plug is a small circular light that acts as the LED.
Sonos Port
The port LED
The Port has its LED on the front and top.
Sonos Amp
Amp LED
The Amp's LED is on the front corner.
Sonos Boost
The boost LED
The Boost has an LED on the front.

Each color on the LED represents a different status:


Solid White Light
solid white ledSonos is powered up and functioning properly. If a particular speaker is not showing in the Sonos App, try adding it back again.
No Light
off ledSonos is not powered on or the light has been disabled. Make sure Sonos is plugged in and receiving power. 
Flashing White Light
white blinkingSonos is booting up after being plugged into power. 
Solid Green Light

Green LightSonos is muted or at zero volume. Use either the app or the buttons on the speaker to change this.
Flashing Green Light
blinking green ledSonos is powered up and is ready to be set up, or added to an existing Sonos system.
Solid Orange Light
Orange LightSonos is in a warning mode and may be in danger of overheating. Unplug your Sonos device and let it rest, consider moving it elsewhere to avoid overheating.
Flashing Orange Light

Flashing Orange LightIndicates that playback on Sonos has failed. Open the app and check the playback list.
Alternating Orange and White Light
Orange and White LightSonos is experiencing a fault condition. It may be updating or resetting to factory settings. If the lights do not change contact Sonos Customer Support
Flashing Red Light
Flashing Red LightSonos has been powered up initually but not connected using the Sonos Controller App within the first 30 minutes. Reboot the speaker and try setting up again.
Alternating Green and White Light
Green and White LightSonos has not yet been registered to your Sonos account.
Alternating Red and White Light
Red and WhiteSonos has failed partitioning during the update process. Restart and try again.
Solid Blue Light
A solid blue light
Sonos Move is connected in Bluetooth mode.

If you're listening to your music in the dark or just don't want that bright white LED light glowing at you while you try to sleep you can either put a post it note or a piece of tape on it or you can turn it off using the Sonos Controller App.

  1. Open the Sonos Controller app on your mobile device.
    Mobile app icon

  2. Open the Menu from the top left corner.
    Placement of menu symbol pointed out on mobile app screen

  3. Then go into Settings.
    Menu showing in mobile app
  4. Tap Room Settings.
    Room settings
  5. Toggle the White Indicator Setting to off.
    Toggling the white light settings