People talk about multi-room audio systems as if they’ve only been around for a year or so, but Sonos - who has been in the game for years - laughs in their faces.
All of those billions of hours spent in making the Sonos ecosystem work have resulted in more little easter eggs than you’ll find in Google. Plenty have only just been added too, as part of the recent overhaul of the Sonos app.
If you want to squeeze a bit more multi-room juice out of your Sonos setup, check out these tips and tricks, and thank us while relaxing to the sweet, sweet sound of improvisational banjo jazz.
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1) Control it without unlocking your iPhone
The latest Sonos update frees up its controls to make the system feel more like a normal media app, rather than the streamer equivalent of a moody starlet. Even with an iPhone, you can control your Sonos speakers right from your lock screen, at long last.
When a speaker is being used, these playback controls will just appear automatically. You get the same control with an Android device too, as well as widget controls if that’s what you prefer.
2) Use 3D Touch to play last the track/radio station
3D Touch for iPhones is a funny old thing. It got us excited at first, then we ended up forgetting that it exists. Sonos has embraced it, though.
A hard press on the Sonos app on one of the latest 3D Touch-enabled iPhones brings up a little pop-up menu that lets you instantly play the last track or radio station you were listening to. It’s the quickest way to get back in the groove.
This Force Touch menu also lets you skip straight to the Favourites and Search parts of the app too, making 3D Touch properly useful at last.
3) Skip tracks on your smartwatch
Sonos is a tight, picky system - you can’t just plug in whatever you like. However, it can be controlled from outside of the Sonos app.
Until recently you needed a third-party app for this along with a bit of hacking magic, but now there’s native support for control with an Android Wear watch or Apple Watch.
It’s part of the Sonos app itself, piggy-backing off your phone’s lock screen controls, letting you skip tracks directly from your wrist.