Stream AirPlay audio to Sonos

Use AirPlay on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to stream your favorite music, movies, podcasts and other audio directly to your Sonos products.

Sonos supports streaming AirPlay 2 audio from any device listed in Apple’s AirPlay system requirements article. You can also use AirPlay 1 to stream system audio from macOS to Sonos, but you may experience a delay or audio interruptions.


Start an AirPlay stream using an iPhone or iPad

You can stream your iOS device’s audio to supported Sonos products using Control Center. Follow the steps below to start sending iOS audio to Sonos using AirPlay.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Control Center by swiping down from the top right of the screen. If you’re using an iPhone 8 or earlier, you can open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Find the audio card in the upper right-hand corner, then tap the AirPlay icon.
  3. Tap one or more Sonos products to stream the same audio across all of them using AirPlay.

You can also play AirPlay audio directly from some iOS apps, like Apple Music. Just open the app, tap the AirPlay icon, then choose a product.


Start an AirPlay stream using a Mac

You can stream your Mac’s audio to supported Sonos products by following the steps below.

  1. Open your Mac’s System Preferences and click Sound.
  2. In the Output tab, choose a Sonos product to begin an AirPlay stream.

If you have it enabled, you can also select a Sonos product by clicking the Volume tab in the top-right corner of your screen.

Start an AirPlay stream using an iPhone or iPad

You can stream your iOS device’s audio to supported Sonos products using Control Center. Follow the steps below to start sending iOS audio to Sonos using AirPlay.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Control Center by swiping down from the top right of the screen. If you’re using an iPhone 8 or earlier, you can open Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Find the audio card in the upper right-hand corner, then tap the AirPlay icon.
  3. Tap one or more Sonos products to stream the same audio across all of them using AirPlay.

You can also play AirPlay audio directly from some iOS apps, like Apple Music. Just open the app, tap the AirPlay icon, then choose a product.

Start an AirPlay stream using a Mac

You can stream your Mac’s audio to supported Sonos products by following the steps below.

  1. Open your Mac’s System Preferences and click Sound.
  2. In the Output tab, choose a Sonos product to begin an AirPlay stream.

If you have it enabled, you can also select a Sonos product by clicking the Volume tab in the top-right corner of your screen.

Sonos compatibility with AirPlay

The following Sonos products are compatible with AirPlay:

  • All SYMFONISK speakers
  • Amp
  • Arc
  • Arc SL
  • Beam
  • Beam (Gen 2)
  • Five
  • Move
  • One
  • One SL
  • Play:5 (Gen 2)
  • Playbase
  • Port
  • Ray
  • Roam
  • Roam SL

Additional details

  • When an AirPlay compatible Sonos product is playing AirPlay audio, you can group it with any other Sonos product in your system for multi-room playback.

  • You can also group any other Sonos speaker with an AirPlay 2 compatible Sonos speaker for multi-room playback. If you’d like your non-AirPlay compatible products to stay grouped together with other products when you start playing AirPlay audio, go to the Settings tab in the Sonos app for iOS or Android, tap System > AirPlay, then enable Group Non-AirPlay Products.

  • You may be prompted for a password to stream AirPlay audio to Sonos if you have an Apple TV or an AirPlay capable TV that requires a password for AirPlay to work on your network. Go into the AirPlay settings of your Apple TV or the AirPlay capable TV and make sure “Require Password” is disabled.

  • If one or more of your AirPlay compatible Sonos products are not listed in the AirPlay menu, make sure they are powered on and connected to your Sonos system.

  • AirPlay is not available on Sonos speakers that are set up as surround speakers.

  • Sonos speakers cannot be used to play AirPlay audio while the source device is on a phone call.

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.