Use a NAS drive with Sonos

A network-attached storage (NAS) drive is a standalone hard drive that is connected to your network. A NAS drive stays online without the use of a computer, making your music library songs accessible by your Sonos system without having to rely on a computer staying powered on.

We strongly recommend that you configure your NAS drive to use the SMBv2 or SMBv3 file sharing protocol to share your library with your S2 Sonos system. Consult your NAS drive’s manual for information on how to check or change the SMB setting.

Before you start

You’ll need the network path to the music folder on your NAS drive. The path can use the NAS drive’s hostname or the IP address. If you’re not sure what your NAS drive’s path is, consult your NAS drive’s user manual or support documentation.

Some common examples are:

  • By IP address: \\<IP Address>\Music
  • WD MyCloud: \\WDMYCLOUD\Public
  • Apple Time Capsule: \\<TimeCapsuleName>\Data

If you’ve set a username and password for the shared music folder, you’ll need to enter these during setup.

Add your NAS drive to Sonos

iOS or Android

  1. Open the Sonos app for iOS or Android.
  2. From the  Settings tab, tap System > Music Library > Music Library Setup and tap the + (plus).
  3. Enter the path to your NAS drive, and username and password (if required). If you have not set a username and password you can leave these fields blank.
  4. Tap Next.

macOS or Windows

  1. Open the Sonos app for macOS or Windows.
  2. From the Manage menu, click Music Library Settings.
  3. Click + (plus) on macOS, or Add if you are using Windows.
  4. Select Networked device (ex. NAS drive).
  5. Enter the path to your NAS drive and click Next.
  6. Enter the username and password for the folder on your NAS drive (if required). If you have not set a username and password you can leave these fields blank.
  7. Click Next.

NAS shares on Sonos S1

If you use a NAS with a Sonos S1 system, the NAS must support the SMBv1/CIFS file sharing protocol. There are known security risks when using SMBv1 for file sharing. If choosing to use SMBv1 for legacy reasons, please recognize that the authentication and encryption protections offered by SMBv2, and especially SMBv3 are not available to your network. Please note that using SMBv1 may leave the data on your NAS vulnerable to unauthorized access.

We recommend updating to Sonos S2 to use later versions of SMB when connecting your NAS to Sonos.

Still need help?

Our technicians can help over the phone or with a live chat. You can also ask questions and find answers with other Sonos owners in our Sonos Community.