How to set up Google Assistant on your Sonos speaker

Google Assistant is now available in Sonos One and Sonos Beam, which means that you now have a second option, in addition to Alexa, to manage your voice commands. If the Wizard is already controlling the smart devices in your home, or if you simply think it is better to answer the questions than to Alexa, it is probably worth changing.

Even if you do not have a Sonos speaker with a built-in microphone like the One or Beam, you can control the other speakers in the company if you have a Google Home speaker somewhere in the house. The configuration process is very similar in both cases.

We'll start assuming that the Sonos speakers are already working.

Set up the Google Assistant on Sonos One or Sonos Beam

Each of the Sonos smart speakers can have its own voice assistant, so if you wish, you can configure one to use Alexa and another to use the Google Assistant Under this scenario, your Sonos system remains synchronized and both voice assistants remain aware of what is being played, regardless of what you have requested.

To choose the Google Assistant, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Sonos application on your mobile device.
  2. Press the "More" tab on the bottom right and select "Voice services."
  3. Select the Google Assistant. From here, you will be presented with a list of compatible speakers, where you can select which ones you want to run Google Assistant instead of Alexa.
  4. Once you have chosen the speakers, you will go to the Google Assistant application (if you are using iOS, you must first install it to successfully pass this process).
  5. Log in with your Sonos account information to link the Wizard to the existing Sonos configuration.
  6. Next, Google will execute several steps, which include detecting your Sonos speaker, requesting permission to access and control it, asking you what room it is placed in, and then adding the music services it uses.

If you are already a Google Assistant user, you have probably already set it up to work with Spotify, Pandora or Google Play Music / YouTube Music. Just make sure that those same services are added to your Sonos account also through the Sonos application.

You will review the Google part of this configuration for each Sonos One or Beam speaker in which you are using the Assistant. Once everyone has finished, you can only say "OK Google" or "Hey Google" to start testing voice commands or music requests.


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Control the older Sonos speakers with a Google Home speaker

The process is quite similar if you have a Play: 1 or a Play: 5 that you would like to control with a Google Home Speaker in the same room or anywhere else in your house.

To set up the Google Assistant to control the Sonos speakers, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Sonos application on your mobile device.
  2. Tap the "More" tab at the bottom right and select "Voice services". [19659021] Choose Google assistant.
  3. This time there is no menu to choose the speakers. Simply log in with the credentials of your Sonos account within the Google Assistant application.
  4. Link all your music services to Google Assistant if you have not already done so and choose which one you prefer to be the default source for song requests.

With Google Home or Home Mini, you can play and pause music on Sonos, skip tracks and adjust the volume.


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What music applications can I play with voice commands with Google Assistant and Sonos?

  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Music
  • YouTube Music
  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio (can play music on Sonos, but can not be added to the Assistant application)
  • Tidal (can play music in Sonos, but can not be added to the Assistant application)
  • TuneIn Radio (can play music to Sonos, but can not be added to the Assistant application)

For other services such as Apple Music, you can start playing music using the Sonos application on your iPhone or (since the newer Sonos speakers are compatible with AirPlay 2) you can ask Siri to play content also from an iOS device. Once you've started playing something from Apple Music or another source that the Google Assistant does not fully support, you can still say things like "Hey Google, skip this song" or pause the music with your voice.

Sonos One and Beam are not yet compatible with all Google Assistant functions

You can do a lot with the Wizard in Sonos. For example, you can control your smart home, set alarms, play content on the TV if you have a Chromecast or turn your TV on and off (if you have the Sonos Beam). Your third-party assistant skills can also be used with Sonos. The company has a good list of things to try here. However, there are a couple of features that do not work yet.

  • Sonos still does not support voice recognition for several people. Then, unlike Google Home, you will not get different answers (calendar appointments, etc.) for different people, depending on who is speaking. This could be a major inconvenience for some people, so I hope that Sonos and Google can enable voice matching soon.
  • You can not make phone calls or send text messages with the Wizard on Sonos.

For now, the Google Assistant only works with Sonos in the United States. Sonos has said that the integration will expand to Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom sometime in July.

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