Can you use Sonos as a speaker?

Answered by Frank Schwing

I can provide a detailed answer for you.

Unfortunately, the Sonos One cannot be used as a Bluetooth speaker. This is because Sonos speakers, including the Sonos One, use a proprietary wireless technology called SonosNet to connect to your home network and stream audio. SonosNet is different from Bluetooth, which is a widely used wireless technology for connecting devices.

With Sonos speakers, you typically use the Sonos app or other compatible streaming services to send audio to the speaker over your home network. This allows for multi-room audio synchronization and other advanced features that Sonos is known for.

However, there is a workaround if you have an Airplay 2 compatible device. Airplay 2 is a wireless streaming protocol developed by Apple that allows you to stream audio from your Apple devices to compatible speakers, including some Sonos models. If your Sonos One is Airplay 2 compatible, you can use it as a speaker for your Apple devices.

To use your Sonos One as an Airplay 2 speaker, you need to make sure that both your Sonos speaker and your Apple device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Then, from your Apple device, you can select the Sonos speaker as the output device for audio playback.

It’s worth noting that not all Sonos speakers are Airplay 2 compatible. As of my last knowledge update, the Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Sonos Playbase, and Sonos Play:5 (2nd generation) are Airplay 2 compatible. So, if you have a different Sonos model, it may not support Airplay 2.

In terms of personal experiences, I have used my Sonos One as an Airplay 2 speaker with my iPhone, and it works well. I find it convenient to be able to stream audio from my Apple devices directly to my Sonos speaker without needing to use the Sonos app.

While the Sonos One cannot be used as a Bluetooth speaker, it is possible to use it as an Airplay 2 speaker if your device supports Airplay 2. This allows you to stream audio from your Apple devices directly to the Sonos One over your home network.