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<pre><pre>Set up the Google Assistant on your Sonos speaker

Google Assistant is now available on the Sonos One and Sonos Beam, which means that you now have a second choice in addition to Alexa for processing your voice commands. If Assistant already manages your smart home gadgets – or if you only think it's better to respond to questions than Alexa – it's probably worth switching.

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Even if you don't have a Sonos speaker with a built-in microphone such as the One or Beam, you can still operate the company's other speakers if you have a Google Home speaker somewhere in your house. The setting process is very similar in both cases.

We start with the assumption that your Sonos speakers are already active.

Set up Google Assistant on the Sonos One or Sonos Beam

Each of Sonos' smart speakers can have its own voice assistant, so if you want, you can configure one to use Alexa and another to use the Google Assistant. In this scenario, your Sonos system will stay synchronized and both voice helpers will be kept informed of what is being played, regardless of where you got it.

To choose Google Assistant, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Sonos app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap the & # 39; More & # 39; tab at the bottom right and choose & # 39; Voice Services & # 39 ;.
  3. Select Google Assistant. After this, you will see a list of compatible speakers, in which you can choose which Google Assistant instead of Alexa to run.
  4. After choosing the speaker (s), go to the Google Assistant app (if you are using iOS, this must first be installed to successfully complete this process).
  5. Log in with your Sonos account information to link Assistant to your existing Sonos installation.
  6. Google then goes through various steps, including detecting your Sonos speaker, requesting permission to access and manage it, asking you which room it is placed in, and then adding the music services you use.

If you are already a Google Assistant user, you have probably already set this up for use with Spotify, Pandora or Google Play Music / YouTube Music. Just make sure that those same services are added to your Sonos account via the Sonos app.

You go through the Google section of this setting for each Sonos One or Beam speaker on which you use the assistant. When they are all done, you can simply say "OK Google" or "Hey Google" to start trying out voice commands or music requests.


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Control older Sonos speakers with a Google Home speaker

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The process is largely similar if you have a Play: 1 or Play: 5 version that you want to manage with a Google Home speaker in the same room or somewhere else in your house.

To configure Google Assistant to control your Sonos speakers, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Sonos app on your mobile device.
  2. Tap the & # 39; More & # 39; tab at the bottom right and choose & # 39; Voice Services & # 39 ;.
  3. Select Google Assistant.
  4. This time there is no menu to choose speakers. Just log in with your Sonos account login details in the Google Assistant app.
  5. Link all your music services to the Google Assistant if you have not already done so and choose the one that you want to use as the standard source for song requests.

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


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Which music apps can I play with voice commands with Google Assistant and Sonos?

  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Music
  • Youtube music
  • Deezer
  • iHeartRadio (can play music to Sonos, but cannot be added to the Assistant app)
  • Tidal (can play music to Sonos, but cannot be added to the Assistant app)
  • TuneIn Radio (can play music to Sonos, but cannot be added to the Assistant app)

For other services, such as Apple Music, you can start playing music with the Sonos app on your iPhone or (since new Sonos speakers support AirPlay 2) you can also ask Siri to play content from an iOS device. Once you've played something from Apple Music or another source that doesn't fully support Google Assistant, you can still say things like & # 39; Hey Google, skip this track & # 39; or pause your music with your voice.

The Sonos One and Beam do not yet offer all functions for Google Assistant

You can do a lot with Assistant on Sonos. For example, you can manage 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). Third-party assistant skills can also be used with Sonos. Company has a good list of things to try here. However, there are a number of functions that do not yet work.

  • Sonos does not yet support speech recognition for multiple people. Unlike with a Google Home, you will not receive different answers (calendar appointments, etc.) for different people, depending on who is speaking. This can be a major inconvenience for some, so hopefully Sonos and Google will soon be able to make voice matching possible.
  • You cannot make phone calls or send text messages with the Assistant on Sonos.

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

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