How to update Sonos speakers for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

Sonos supports AirPlay2

Sonos does a good job of guiding you in making the HDMI connection between your TV and the Beam and enabling the ARC function, even going as far as giving fairly tailored advice by TV brand. If you have an iOS device, like an iPhone or an iPad, you can integrate Siri on that with your Sonos speakers for voice control, building on top of the AirPlay 2 support.

Because Sonos speakers also support other voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, they can be used in more diverse ways that Apple's HomePod. Even the Playbar or Play:1 can make use of AirPlay as long as it's grouped with an AirPlay 2 supported Sonos speaker.

Sonos is opening its speakers to a new world of listening experiences today with the addition of AirPlay 2.

AirPlay 2 on Sonos is now supported on the Sonos One, Play 5, Playbase and Beam speakers. You can also ask Alexa what song is playing.

The upgrade has been expected. Still, the timing of the news works well for Sonos, which filed to go public last week.

Which Sonos speakers are compatible with AirPlay 2?

The thing to know is that if you're enjoying sound and see an AirPlay icon, you can stream it on a Sonos speaker.

Nevertheless, the update is a major one for Sonos users. Sonos users will need one of those speakers to directly activate AirPlay 2 control, but if they have one of those devices within a larger whole-home speaker setup, they'll be able to control any other Sonos device they might have.

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It's worth remembering that, unlike asking Alexa on a Sonos One to play Spotify, with Siri the music is streaming via whatever iOS device you made the initial request on.

So how do I get started?

"Using AirPlay 2, you can instantly send sound from any AirPlay-compatible iOS app to Sonos", the company explains in today's announcement.

We'll first take a look at updating the Sonos app and then your Sonos speakers. Over the coming months, Airplay 2 will be enabled on speakers from Bang & Olufsen, Libratone, Denon, and others. Instead, you have to use the Sonos app.

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If you want Siri support, meanwhile, there's a final step there.

Following Sonos version 9.0, if you have an AirPlay capable device in your household with AirPlay enabled, it will no longer be possible to control your Sonos system from the lock screen of your iPhone or iPad when using the Sonos App to initiate playback.
That also means that they can be assigned to rooms within the home and given suitable names as well.

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