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How to Set Up and Update Sonos Roam (Everything Explained)

If you're new to the Sonos ecosystem, you'll find that the Roam's initial setup process can be confusing. However, the two main things you'll need are your trusted source device and a stable WiFi connection. You'll also need the Sonos Controller application, which serves as the center of operation for your Roam speakers.
How to Set Up and Update Sonos Roam

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Once you’re done setting up your wireless speakers, you can use them without delay. The only thing to note is to keep checking for software updates, which will help you maximize the device’s features. You can opt for automatic or manual updates, which you can control via the Sonos app.

How Do I Connect My Sonos Roam?

There are many ways to connect your portable Roam speakers, depending on the availability and usage you’re aiming for. First, you should remember that the Roam is part of Sonos’ multi-speakers family, which functions best when connected to a WiFi network. If you’ve successfully linked the portable speakers to a Sonos system, then you can stream from anywhere around the house.

On the off chance that your connection is unstable, you can also opt for a physical connection via the router’s ethernet cable. However, you’ll need to reset the WiFi settings to avoid any system confusion if you do so.

If you’re out of the house, you can also establish a connection via Bluetooth. However, this won’t give you any access to the Sonos application. This won’t pose as a problem, though, if your only goal is to stream media using a third-party program.

How to Turn Sonos Roam Online

Upon purchase, you’ll need to turn the Sonos Roam online. To do this, you’ll need a source device, the Sonos controller app, and the home network of your choice. Failure to do so means that you’ll be unable to use the speakers, including its built-in Bluetooth functions.

Think of the Sonos controller app as the bridge that connects your speakers and the internet. Once you’ve success

fully turned the Roam online and recorded it in the Sonos app, you get to access a lot of cool features. These include in-app speaker controls and access to a big collection of media programs, including Spotify and Apple Music.

How to Connect Sonos Roam to WiFi

If you’re still a novice in the Sonos community, know that WiFi is the backbone of all their devices. The Roam is no different, even though it is advertised as a handy, portable technology. In fact, WiFi and a source widget are non-negotiable when it comes to setting up your wireless speakers.

Here is the step-by-step process when first connecting the Roam to your home WiFi network:

  • Press the power button located on the back of the Roam speakers. If the device emits a blinking green light, it is ready for setup.
  • Navigate to the App Store or Google Playstore to download the Sonos controller application. Once done, launch the program, and you’ll be given a few prompts for setup.
  • Notification windows asking for permission will pop up one after another. A prompt will show, “This app will discover and connect to devices on the networks you use’. Another says, ‘Sonos would like to find and connect to the devices on the local network’.
  • Press Allow for both prompts to enable Bluetooth and WiFi connections. After this, the terms and warranty will show on the screen of your source device. Once you’ve read it thoroughly, click on Agree.
  • Another pop-up will ask if you want to set up a new Sonos system or connect to an existing one. If you choose to create a new Sonos system, the app will ask if you make a new account or sign in to your personal one.
  • Once you’re done setting up your account, the ‘Allow Auto-Discovery’ screen will appear. In this, you’ll be prompted to provide access to your device’s location. Additionally, Bluetooth configuration will also appear, which you need to allow.
  • The Settings tab of the Sonos controller application will appear. Navigate to the upper portion of the screen, and you’ll see that the Roam device is being read. Click on ‘Add Sonos Roam’ to add the widget to your app.
  • Wait for the connection to be established and the Sonos application to record the Roam. A notification will prompt you to tap the source device against your wireless speakers. Check the highlighted location on the bottom part of the sound device.
  • Select ‘Continue’, and another screen will emerge. This will instruct you to use the back of your source device to tap the speakers. You should also avoid obstructions between the device and your portable sound machine.
  • Click on ‘Continue’ once more and wait for the device code to be recorded. After a few seconds, you need to connect to your WiFi network. Just enter your WiFi password and then tap ‘Connect’.
  • Once the connection is successful, you’ll find another notification saying that the Roam is linked to the home network. A prompt leading you to another screen will appear, saying that you should update your portable speakers.
  • Agree to the pop-up window and watch out for the update progress on the bottom part of your device. Then, check your source device if there is a message notifying you about a successful connection. Click on ‘Done’ to finish.
  • An extra information page will show you additional data about the Roam. Once done reading, you can now stream media from your Sonos application using the Roam device.

This may sound like a hassle, but WiFi connecting your Roam is a must. Not only does it offer you a lot of perks through the controller app, but it also opens a lot of exclusive Sonos features. You’ll only have to do this once unless you plan to use the speakers on various WiFi networks.

How to Connect Sonos Roam via Ethernet Cable

The WiFi network can experience unstable connections, especially if the system has problems. In these cases, it can be quite annoying if you’re streaming audio and it stops on your favorite part. Worry not, though, because you can use an ethernet cable for a more fool-proof link.

Here’s how you do it in a few simple steps:

  • Plug the ethernet cable on the port located on the back of your Roam device. Then connect the other end to your router’s ethernet port.
  • Wait for a few seconds to sync the Sonos controller. This will also prompt the app to create a private network for your connected devices.
  • Don’t panic if you can’t see all your Sonos devices on your application list. This is only temporary and will improve as the linkage becomes stable.
  • Check your source device for any notification regarding the home network connection. If it is successful, you’ll be able to stream via the Sonos controller app.
  • Note that there’ll be a discrepancy in the system for the first few ethernet-to-Roam connections. However, you’ll only need to reconfigure the WiFi settings to fix this.
  • To do so, just open the Sonos application and then navigate to ‘More’. This will lead you to the options page.
  • Select Settings and then ‘Advanced Settings’.
  • Click on Wireless Setup, tap Reset, and then ‘Done’.

These additional steps of WiFi setup will help you prevent the unnecessary prompt of wireless reconnection.

How Do I Change the WiFi on My Sonos Roam?

It’s not uncommon for people to change their WiFi network to improve buffering and overall connectivity. Sonos is quite aware of this, so they added the feature of accommodating WiFi change through their controller application. If you’re using the Roam, it is basically the same.

The Sonos S2 application is needed to kickstart this WiFi registration process, and here’s how you do it:

  • Launch the Sonos S2 application on your source device, be it an iOS or Android tech. Note that this is not possible for Mac or PC users.
  • At this point, the Sonos System still has not recognized the new WiFi network, so it will display ‘Unable to connect to Sonos’. An option will emerge saying ‘Let’s fix it’, which you can select to get started.
  • Alternatively, you can also navigate to the Settings page and tap ‘Unable to find your Sonos system’. You can also click on the ‘Update your network settings’.
  • The in-app instructions will help you smoothly navigate your new WiFi transition. After this, you can play and stream media once more to your Roam or any connected Sonos device.

How Do I Connect My Sonos Roam to Another WiFi?

If you’re eager to connect the Roam to another WiFi, you should be ready to do a factory reset on your wireless speakers. This is because it is designed to be part of your home network system, and not jump from one WiFi to another. You’ll need to reconfigure it first if you want to link it to another WiFi network.

To factory reset the Roam, hold the power button for five seconds or until you hear a chime. Once you see the status LED turn off, simultaneously hold the Play/Pause button. Release the power button but don’t let go of the Play/Pause key.

Continue pressing the Play/Pause button until you see the light indicator flash orange and white. Then wait for the light to turn green to indicate a successful hard reset. In this state, your Roam is ready for set up and will link to another WiFi after configuration.

How Do I Connect My Sonos Roam to Hotel WiFi?

Before deciding to connect your Roam to the hotel’s WiFi, you should first know about captive portals. Captive portals are web pages used to grant access to clients’ connection requests. If you’re in a hotel, you’ll need to enter select information to access their WiFi network.

Once you’ve gotten past the captive portal, the next step you’ll need to do is to reconfigure the Roam’s WiFi network. Open the Sonos controller application and wait for the message that says, ‘Unable to Connect to Sonos’. Click on Learn more and then tap Change Router or WiFi Settings.

Note that this won’t work if you have multiple Sonos products recorded in your system. You’ll need to have an ethernet cable for this, which will only provide further hassle. If these do not work, then you’ll need to rely on a factory reset.

This will prompt the Roam to do the reconfiguration process once again, which will make the hotel WiFi the home network instead. Sonos designed the Roam to work via Bluetooth if away from your default home network, so connecting it to hotel WiFi is inconvenient.

Can I Connect My Sonos Roam to Multiple WiFi Systems?

Maybe you’re trying to bring your Roam to another home with an entirely new WiFi network. You may think it’s capable of connecting to two or more WiFi systems considering Sonos’ advanced technology. Well, that’s where you’re wrong.

Sonos may have been the pioneer in the multi-room audio soundstage, but it still hasn’t explored this realm. In fact, there’s still no possibility of Roam connecting to more than one home network system. This may be disappointing for a widely promoted mobile design, but it’s still a non-existent feature.

Simply think of the Roam as a portable device loyal to your home system. Jumping in and out of multiple WiFi connections is impossible unless you reset them each time. This can be a hassle, but if you’re all for it, then do a factory reset every time.

Why Is My Sonos Roam Offline?

Your Roam device may appear offline and unreachable at times. However, this is no cause of concern as long as you’re sure it’s not because of hardware malfunctions.

First, you may have unconsciously depleted the battery and left it alone for a few days. This makes the Roam go under the radar, as it is entirely powered off. Similarly, this is also the case if you’ve turned off your wireless speakers manually and forgotten about them.

Second, you may have put your Roam on sleep mode. True, it still functions on low power, but it’s still undetectable because it is power-saving.

Lastly, the Roam may be out of WiFi range. In this case, you’ll only need to station your portable speakers within the network’s vicinity to solve the problem.

If your Roam still appears offline even when you’ve already addressed the mentioned issues, then have it checked. This may be because of an internal problem, or you need to replace it entirely.

How Do I Get My Sonos Roam Back Online?

To get the Sonos Roam back online, you’ll first need to troubleshoot the matter of it being offline in the first place. One of the most common reasons why it has gone offline is because of its built-in auto-sleep mode.

Sonos has added this automatic feature as part of its sustainability program, which aims to reduce energy consumption. You can easily cancel this mode by pressing the power button or by plugging the Roam into power.

If it is not in sleep mode but still appears invisible, then you can check for signal interference. This may be the cause of physical barriers that obstruct connections, or even fellow devices that function on the same frequency. Move the Roam away and put it in a convenient place near the router but far away from barriers.

In the instance that these alternatives are not working, you’ll need to reboot the Roam or even opt for a factory reset. If the wireless speakers still fail to go back online, then contact tech support as it may be stemming from other problems.

Why Does My Sonos Roam Keep Going Offline?

The Roam has an auto-sleep feature that reduces battery usage and disables hardware controls when not in use. This mode triggers after thirty minutes of idle time, disconnecting the speakers from WiFi. This may be the reason why the Roam keeps appearing offline and undetected by the controller app.

Another reason why the Roam appears offline is when you’ve changed the password of the wireless router. Since it has not received permission to access the WiFi, the Roam will be unable to access the Sonos app and the internet.

How to Prevent Sonos Roam From Going Offline

If you’ve always put the Roam into charging mode and it still hasn’t stopped from going under the radar, then you can find other means to solve this. First, check whether the Roam is within the range of your wireless router. If it is far away from the WiFi, then it may be struggling to form a connection.

You’ll need to move the portable device nearer to the network to prevent it from going offline. If you’re currently using a wired setup, then just station the Roam to another fellow Sonos device.

Another alternative step you can take is to eliminate any possible wireless interference. This can help you avoid sound dropouts and keep devices from going offline. Here are different ways to approach this:

  • Adjust the Wireless Channels. You can opt to change your router’s 2.4GHz wireless channel if the Sonos system is linked directly to the network. Alternatively, if it is in wired mode, then change the Sonos system’s channel instead. Try the wireless channels 1, 6, and 11 and see if it helps with the offline issues.
  • Position the Roam Away From Other Electronics. If you have gadgets that work the same frequency as the Sonos system, then consider moving it away from your wireless speakers. This may be the cause of the constant offline problem, as signal interference blocks the connection. Try to place the Roam at least 18 inches (~1/2 meter) away from non-Sonos devices.
  • Check Physical Barriers that Obstruct the Wireless Signal. Signal loss is common when there are a lot of physical barriers around the Roam. This is especially the case if you’ve decided to position the Roam near metal or concrete.

How to Connect Sonos Roam Without WiFi

You can do this by activating a particular feature that has been present since the early days of technology. That’s right – the Roam is functional on Bluetooth connections even though you’ll meet a few limitations.

However, you’ll need to set up the wireless speakers via WiFi to avail of this particular leeway. It’s crucial to use WiFi to register the Roam to the Sonos application. This will enable you to activate the Bluetooth pairing mode for future use.

If you’re deep in the Sonos community, you’ll know that the best features the company provides are utilized on WiFi connections. Indeed, Sonos prioritizes its high fidelity sound and grouping perks via home networks. However, don’t be bummed because the Roam functions without any WiFi in the vicinity at some point.

How to Connect Sonos Roam Bluetooth

Connecting the Roam to any Bluetooth-enabled device is easy as pie, especially if you’re used to wireless technology. It’s just like any old step-by-step connection if only a bit more convenient. Here’s how you can pair the Sonos Roam to any compatible device:

  • Navigate to the Bluetooth page of your source device, be it a mobile phone or a tablet.
  • Wake the Sonos Roam by tapping on the power button. This is located on the back of the speakers, above the USB-C cable.
  •  If the LED indicator is flashing white, the Roam is booting up. The Roam is awake and ready to pair if it becomes solid and unblinking.
  • Press the power button once more and hold until you hear a chime. Once the LED status light flashes blue, the Roam has entered Bluetooth pairing mode.
  • Check your source device and see if the Sonos Roam is reflected on the list of available devices. If you can see it, then simply select the speakers to sync. On the off chance that it is not reflected, turn off the device’s Bluetooth, then activate it after a few seconds.
  • Wait for a few seconds for the linking to finish. Once done, you’ll automatically connect to the Sonos Roam every time it is in the vicinity and open for Bluetooth pairing.

The Roam has an excellent memory and can remember a maximum of eight Bluetooth devices. However, if you exceed this, you’ll need to forget the device you least use.

How Do I Get My Sonos Roam in Bluetooth Mode?

To get your Sonos Roam in Bluetooth mode, you’ll first need to start the setup process. You’ll be unable to access this feature if you failed to configure it before usage. To do this, finish the controller app prompt upon purchasing the wireless speakers.

Start the setup process and follow the in-app directions in the Sonos controller. Once you’re done creating your account, you’ll be asked to allow Auto-discovery. Permit your device’s position and enable the Bluetooth feature.

Once you’ve finished giving permission, go through with the rest of the setup wizard. After the initial setup, you’re free to activate Bluetooth mode on the Roam by pressing the power button. You’ll know that it is in pairing mode by the chime and the LED indicator flashing blue.

How Do I Connect Bluetooth to Sonos Roam Without WiFi?

All you need to do is enable Bluetooth pairing mode by pressing the power button for a few seconds until you hear a chime. Similarly, activate Bluetooth on your source device and link them together to enjoy audio you can bring anywhere.

Roam is part of Sonos’ mesh network of speakers that has WiFi connections as its backbone. However, what makes it unique among fellow Sonos products is its Bluetooth pairing capabilities. As long as you have a compatible source device, you’ll be able to stream audio without the assistance of WiFi and the controller app.

There’s a catch though, as with most modern smart devices. You’ll first need to configure the speakers within the Sonos controller app to activate its Bluetooth features. This means you’ll inevitably require a WiFi connection before enjoying its other wireless mode.

Can I Use the Roam on Bluetooth Connections Only?

First and foremost, Sonos has advertised the Roam as a fully portable device. This means that you can bring it anywhere in the house, and it can play anything as long as it’s connected to the home network. Similarly, you can also carry it outside but note that it’ll only work if connected to a source device via Bluetooth.

Roam is a wireless device through and through. So it’ll function without any network as long as you have a compatible Bluetooth device. The only catch is that the Sonos controller app is inaccessible in this mode.

However, this is no big deal if you have a third-party application capable of streaming music or any media of choice. You can treat the Roam as an independent sound device in this state, not as a part of Sonos’ multi-room family.

Why Can’t I Pair My Bluetooth Device With Sonos Roam?

It can be annoying when your Roam refuses to connect with your only available Bluetooth device. However, there is no problem troubleshooting cannot solve, so you’ll only need to uncover the root of this connection failure.

Here are some possible explanations why it shows ‘Connection Unsuccessful’:

  • The Roam Is Not in Bluetooth Discovery Mode. Portable Sonos devices need to be set up to avail of its Bluetooth features. Check the LED status indicator to check if your wireless speakers are pairing.
  • The Source Device Is Out of Range. If you’re trying to connect the Roam to a machine, make sure they are nearby. The speakers have Bluetooth 5.0, an impressive connection range of about 240 meters (262 yards). You should still watch out because the farther the devices are, the harder it is to form connections.
  • There Is Connection Interference. If any external factors interfere with Bluetooth syncing your Roam to a source device, move to a different location. This may be because another device automatically connects, or the signal is just hazy.
  • Your Roam Is in Sleep Mode. If your Roam is in sleep mode or straight-up turned off, then you cannot pair it to any Bluetooth device. Check the status light to know what state your speakers are in.

How Do You Connect Two Sonos Roams Together?

If you’re an avid fan of the Roam product line, then Sonos has something in store for you. This is in the form of a feature called Stereo Pair, which enables you to connect two Sonos-made devices of the same model. This concept allows you to link two Roam devices to retain one audio output.

One speaker functions as the right audio channel, while the other works as the left one. This 2×2 Sonos Roam pairing enables you to have a more stable sound experience. However, it’s not available via Bluetooth, so you’ll need to find your WiFi network.

Here’s how you can stereo pair your two Sonos Roams together:

  • Ensure that both your Roam speakers are charged and not on the brink of a low battery state. This will help you have consistent playback without any interruptions.
  • Launch the Sonos controller application using your iOS or Android device. Navigate to the Settings tab and then go to System.
  • Check out the Products tab and select one of the Roam speakers.
  • Look for the ‘Set Up Stereo Pair’ option and closely follow the prompts provided.

If you’re done listening via dual Roam speakers, you can manually separate the two by:

  • Open the Sonos exclusive program and go to Settings.
  • Click on System and find the Products page. Quickly select the room where you stationed the stereo pair.
  • Select the ‘Separate Stereo Pair’ option and follow the in-app instructions.

Can I Stereo Pair Multiple Sonos Roam Together?

If you have more than two Roams stashed in your collection, you may wonder if it’s possible to weave them all together. Unfortunately, stereo pairing only works on two similar devices, so adding another Roam in the mix is impossible.

Since the stereo pair function only divides the left and right audio output to two devices, linking a third one is just not possible. What you can do, though, is group your Roams by pair if you possess even numbers.

Can I Connect Two Sonos Roam via Bluetooth?

Maybe you’ve been an avid fan of the stereo pair feature that you can’t help but look for it outside the house. Or you’ve never had the feature work for you, and you’re looking for other ways. Unfortunately for you, Sonos has not enabled this perk outside the WiFi realm.

That’s right, any hopes of you using stereo pair on your two Sonos Roam via Bluetooth is non-existent. Note that all of Sonos’ devices are made revolving around an application that requires a strong local connection. Only a few of their widgets are made with built-in simple Bluetooth functions.

Their Bluetooth capabilities only extend to connecting the Roam to other supported devices. So connecting two Roam speakers is not possible. Well, unless Sonos makes an entirely new sophisticated system to support the connection.

How Do I Use AirPlay on Sonos Roam?

AirPlay is an Apple-made feature that enables their devices to stream media to other third-party technology.  Not only does AirPlay make it possible for you to play sounds on any compatible Sonos speakers. It also conveniently helps you enjoy multi-room playback.

Apple has a user-friendly interface, and Roam possesses in-depth sound experience. Merging the two yields an encounter you’ll surely appreciate. Here are various ways to use AirPlay stream to your Roam using different Apple devices:

AirPlay Stream Using iPad

  • Go to Control Center on your iPad. Depending on the device model, this can be done by swiping up or down.
  • Find the audio card and tap on the AirPlay logo. If you’re not knowledgeable about Apple’s icon, the AirPlay is symbolized by three circles joining a triangle.
  • On the list of devices, select Sonos Roam. You can also choose multiple speakers for multi-audio playback, also available in the AirPlay feature.
  • Another way to use the AirPlay feature is by directly opening it via any iOS supported application. Open the program, click on the AirPlay icon, and stream using Sonos Roam.

AirPlay Stream Using Mac

  • Go to System Preferences and look for the ‘Sound’ option.
  • Check out the Output page and then choose Sonos Roam as your device.
  • Wait for a few minutes to establish a connection. Once you’ve succeeded in syncing your Roam with the Mac, you can begin an AirPlay stream.
  • If you have the AirPlay feature enabled, you can simply select the Roam by clicking on the Volume tab. This is located in the upper right corner of your screen.

How Do I Connect My iPhone to Sonos Roam?

Apple is a company that has long dropped its gatekeeping habits from other brands. If you have an iPhone and want to connect with the Roam speakers, you’ll only need the default AirPlay feature. This unique perk enables you to stream media using other gadgets outside the Apple realm.

Here’s how you can establish the Sonos-to-AirPlay connection:

  • Go to the Control Center of your iPhone by swiping up or down once. This depends on the model of your Apple device.
  • Go on the audio card in the top right corner and tap the AirPlay icon. You can easily spot it as it has a unique design of three circles connected to a single triangle.
  • Select the Sonos Roam in available devices to prompt connection via AirPlay.
  • Once established, you can stream audio or any media of your choice playing on your mobile device.

This is quite convenient, right? However, the catch is that this connection is only available for iPhones with AirPlay 2. So, if you’re using iPhone 5s and above, you can enjoy this feature without any reservation.

I Can’t Connect Sonos Roam to My iPhone

If you can’t connect your Roam speakers to your iPhone via the AirPlay route, you still have two options to consider. First, you can pair the two devices up by using the Sonos controller application as the medium.

Simply open the Sonos program and then link the Roam for media streaming. Using this method means you get to play music using the affiliated applications in the controller app. Be it Spotify, MixCloud, Apple Music, or even listening to Sonos Radio, these are all accessible using the S2 program.

If you don’t have the luxury of a WiFi connection and are unable to navigate the Sonos controller app, then you can resort to Bluetooth pairing. This is much like the AirPlay function, but you’ll link to the iPhone via Bluetooth instead.

To do this, just activate the Bluetooth pairing mode of your Roam device. Then, navigate to the Settings page of your iPhone and turn on Bluetooth. You’ll see the Roam on the list of other devices, which you can click to link conveniently.

How Do I Connect My Android to Sonos Roam?

Android may not have Apple’s AirPlay feature, but it can connect to your Sonos Roam similarly. As long as the Android device has a functional Bluetooth feature, you can stream to your wireless speakers without any problems.

However, since it is only linked via Bluetooth, you will be unable to access the Sonos controller application. This won’t become a problem if you have pre-downloaded media, though. The Roam is quite flexible, so you won’t need to stress treating it as another portable Bluetooth speaker.

How Do You Pair Sonos Roam With Samsung?

Sonos devices are made with inclusivity in mind, so it doesn’t matter if you have an Android device or an Apple model. As long as you have downloaded the Sonos controller application, you can pair the Roam with anything, even your Samsung tech.

Here’s the process of pairing the Roam with Samsung via the Controller App:

  • Navigate to the Play Store and look for the Sonos application in the search bar. Once installed, log in with your Sonos account or set up a new one.
  • Once you’ve successfully configured the Sonos app, turn on your Roam by pushing the power button on the back panel. Check out the Sonos program and watch out for the pop-up saying, ‘New Sonos Product Found’.
  • Click Learn more to start the pairing process. If there is no message, you can initiate this manually by tapping ‘Add Product’.
  • Your phone will then find the Roam speaker and prompt you to ‘Set Up This Product’.
  • On the WiFi page of your Samsung device, you’ll see an option to set up Sonos. Click on Continue and then choose the network you want to connect to.
  • Enter the WiFi password and then tap Continue. You can now use the Roam and control it via the Samsung model.

If you don’t have any available WiFi in the vicinity or you just don’t feel like using the Sonos app, you can opt to pair the Roam via Bluetooth. All you need to do is to activate your speakers and your Samsung device’s Bluetooth pairing mode. Once the Roam is reflected in the list of Samsung’s visible devices, click on it and wait for the link to be established.

How to Group Sonos Roam

The Roam is part of Sonos’ more extensive audio system, so you’ll quickly enjoy its grouping features. Your device is part of the multi-room family and functions best with other sound widgets. This is made possible by the Sonos application, which serves as the center for control for other connected speakers.

However, before grouping the Roam with other techs available in the network, you’ll need first to pair it to a Sonos system. To do this, launch the application and then navigate to the Settings page. Select ‘System’ and then ‘Add Product’, which will guide you to connect the Roam to the system.

After syncing the wireless speakers to the Sonos System, accessing the Multiple Room feature will be a breeze. This will make it possible to group and ungroup Sonos devices according to your preference. Here’s how to do it in a few easy steps:

If You’re Using iOS or Android Devices

  • Launch the Sonos controller application and then navigate to the Systems page. Tap on the ‘Group’ option located right next to the room in which you intend to put the Roam.
  • Select the rooms you want to include in the group, then click ‘Done’.
  • You can also select all the rooms by tapping ‘Everywhere’. This feature allows you to play the same audio to all your devices scattered all over the house, including your Roam device.

Grouping Rooms Using macOS or Windows

  • Launch the Sonos app on your device and navigate to the Rooms section. You can find this on the left part of the program.
  • Tap on ‘Group’ and select the rooms you want to merge. Once finished, click on ‘Done’. You can also choose the ‘Select All-Party Mode’ to unite all existing rooms in one single group.

Once you’ve grouped your rooms, then you can enjoy the songs in full blast using the Roam speakers and all other linked devices in the house. However, there are instances you’ll like to ungroup a particular one. Here’s a simple guide on how to do it:

Ungrouping Rooms Using iOS or Android Devices

  • Navigate to the Systems tab, then click on Group.
  • Select a particular room you want to remove from the group. Then press ‘Done’.
  • You can also select more than a few rooms to exclude them from playback or play entirely different audio than the group.

Ungrouping Rooms via macOS or Windows

  • Go to the Sonos application on your device and navigate the Rooms panel. This is located on the left part of the screen.
  • Click ‘Group’ next to the group you want to alter.
  • Choose the room or rooms you want to remove and then tap ‘Done’.

How to Put Sonos Roam in Pairing Mode

Putting the Roam in pairing mode is easy if you know how to navigate the Sonos app. First off, you’ll need to launch the controller application on your iOS or Android. Set up a new system and then log in to your account. The program will prompt you to add the Roam after it has been detected, then follow the additional steps in-app.

After you’ve successfully paired the Roam to your controller device, you’ll be able to enjoy a plethora of media offers. You can even use the app to stream using any third-party program, like Spotify and Apple Music. In addition, you can also access another pairing mode using the Sonos controller called the stereo pair.

If you’re not capable of using the Sonos controller app for some reason, then you can have another backup plan. Just use the Bluetooth of your wireless speakers and connect it to any compatible device of your choice. This will enable you to immerse in sound using the Roam without any WiFi connection in sight.

How Do You Pair Sonos Roam With Other Sonos Devices?

Pairing the Roam with other Sonos-made devices is easy peasy. This is especially true because it is part of the deep web of multi-room technology that the company is long known for. However, there is one crucial thing to consider.

The Sonos Roam functions under the Sonos S2 software, so it’s common sense to connect to similar ones only. If you’re trying to link it to techs with S1 software, then you’ll find that it is to no avail. In fact, you won’t even see the Roam reflected in your S1 network list.

If you want to link the Roam with your other devices, install the S2 software first and foremost. However, this may require you a few steps since you’ll need to set up a new Sonos System to accommodate the Roam. Manual addition of the music library and even the music services itself should be added from scratch.

Some of the Sonos devices compatible with the Roam include the Arc, Beam (Gen 2), Sub (Gen 3), Five, One SL1, and Sub (Gen 3). In addition to these, it can also link with SYMFONISK Picture Frame and the SYMFONISK Speaker Lamp Base.

Can the Sonos Roam Pair With Non-Sonos Devices?

One other thing you need to know about the Roam is that it is for general use. It indeed shines best when connected to a WiFi system among its fellow Sonos devices. However, it can also be used as a general wireless speaker if the source device supports Bluetooth connections.

Whether you’re using a tablet, PC, or mobile phone, streaming media with Bluetooth is possible. It can also cater to Apple connections, which is a flex considering the company’s elite features.

How to Pair Sonos Roam With Sonos One

If you’re thinking of stereo pairing the Roam to Sonos One, then you should know that it is impossible. Stereo pairing is a feature only available when you have two of the same device model. What you can do, however, is to group the Roam with your Sonos One.

Say, you stationed the Roam in the living room and the One in the guest room, you can still pair them together via the Sonos controller application. To do so, open the System tab and then tap Group next to the target room.

Click on the rooms you want to add to a group, in this case, the ones where the Roam and One reside in. Then click on Done to finish the grouping process. In this state, whatever you play on the Roam will stream on your Sonos One.

How to Pair Sonos Roam With Sonos Move

The Move is the first-ever portable wireless speaker that Sonos has manufactured, and is the predecessor of the Roam. To link the two together, you can take advantage of Sonos’ prided mesh network system.

Make use of the Sonos controller application and place the Roam and Move into one group. In addition, if you plan to use both portable devices together constantly, you can save this group permanently.

To do this, go to the Settings page of the Sonos app. Then click on the rooms where you stationed the Roam and the Move. Name the group and then tap Save.

How Do I Connect Sonos Roam to Beam?

The Roam is Sonos’ portable speaker, while the Beam is one of the high-end soundbars the company has created. Although they are two different devices, you can still connect them thanks to the existence of the Sonos system.

As long as both the Roam and Beam are recorded under the same Sonos system, you can connect them. Through the controller app, simply opt to combine the rooms where the devices are into one group.

In addition to that, if your Roam is in Bluetooth mode and streaming media, you can link it to the Sonos system as well. This enables you to play Bluetooth audio all over the connected devices, including the Beam soundbar.

You can do this by going to the System page, then pressing Group next to the Roam streaming Bluetooth media. Select the room where the Beam is located, then tap Done.

How Many Devices Can the Sonos Roam Connect to?

The Roam is a powerhouse of connections, especially if you factor in Sonos’ Multi-Room system feature. As long as you have the controller application, you can link to an infinite number of devices connected to the WiFi network. That’s right, an endless web of fellow devices is accessible for your Roam to connect to!

This is a giant leap compared to the 32-device limit the Roam has before the system upgrade. The wireless mesh network from before can only record a finite number of connected tech, which limits its multi-room perk quite highly.

How to Connect Sonos Roam to a TV

As if you’ll need another reason to love Roam even more. Sonos not only made the device portable, convenient, and durable but also able to connect to a TV. That’s right; your wireless speakers may as well be an all-around device at this point because they can cater to iOS, Windows, and even link to smart TVs.

Here’s how you can do it in two possible ways:

Use the Sonos Controller Application

  • If you have the Sonos app downloaded on your phone, connect the Roam to the same WiFi connection.
  • Link the connection to the centralized soundbar. Then connect the soundbar to the TV to link the Roam and other local devices for easier playback.

Use Bluetooth Connection

  • You’ll need to set up your Roam and the TV in Bluetooth pairing mode for this to work.
  • To link the two, go to the Settings page of your TV and look for the wireless speakers in the list of available devices.
  • Select the Roam device and wait a few moments for the connection to be established.
  • Once done, a pop-up will appear notifying you that linking is successful. At this point, you can now play a media, and it’ll be streamed on the Roam.

How Do I Connect My Sonos Roam to My Samsung TV?

Some Sonos devices can connect to Samsung TV using an HDMI cable because they have the appropriate port for it. However, this does not apply to wireless speakers like Roam. What you can do is maximize its Bluetooth capabilities instead.

First, you’ll need to check if your Samsung TV model caters to Bluetooth pairing. if it does, go to the Settings page of your streaming server. Then, activate Bluetooth pairing mode on your Roam device.

Search for compatible devices using your streaming server and then click on Roam. Wait for a few moments to establish a link between your Samsung TV and Sonos speakers. Once successful, you’ll hear your TV audio streaming through your portable sound device.

If you don’t have any streaming servers available, you can also use the Samsung One remote. This remote has a Bluetooth frequency function, so it is compatible with the Roam. Here’s how you can connect the wireless speakers to your Samsung TV via remote:

  • Go to the Samsung TV’s Home Menu then tap Universal Remote.
  • Click ‘Start to Begin’. Choose the Select New Device option, then Home Theatre System.
  • Search for Sonos and then toggle the input to Optical. Do a ‘Power Test’ to check if the power source is all set up, then wait for the confirmation.
  • Navigate to the universal remote setup then select Roam. Tap ‘Use With Home Theatre’ to advance the process.
  • Next, open the Sonos controller application and then go the Settings.
  • Look for the Samsung TV then click on Remote Control Setup. The app will then automatically prompt you to complete further instructions.

How Do I Connect My Sonos Roam to My Apple TV?

Roam is Sonos’ second take in the wireless speakers industry, and it’s also one of the company’s few devices that has Bluetooth functions. With this feature, you can link your device to Apple TV.

All you need to do is ensure that your Apple TV box is linked to your smart TV using an HDMI cable. If it is, go to the Settings page of your TV and then navigate to ‘Audio and Video’. Select Audio Output then tap Sonos Roam.

You can also go the AirPlay route because the Roam is compatible with this Apple-exclusive link. Simply use the Apple TV remote and pair it with the Apple TV. Once done, hold the TV button on the remote and tap on AirPlay.

Note that the AirPlay connection won’t work if the Roam is not registered in the Sonos app. Also, don’t forget to set its visibility as an AirPlay-enabled device.

If you’re not keen on a wireless connection and are skeptical about audio latency, then the Roam also offers wired linking instead. Locate the USB port at the back of the Roam and plug in one end of the USB-C cable. Connect the other end to your Apple TV’s port.

Then plug in the Apple TV box on the TV using an HDMI cable. After you’ve set up the three-way connection, go to Settings then Audio and Video on your television. Scroll through until you find Audio Output then select Sonos Roam.

This wired connection may be unstable as the Roam is meant to function as a wireless speaker when linked to the TV. However, it’s not bad to try especially if your TV has no built-in Bluetooth feature.

How to Update Sonos Roam

To cater to users’ demands and continuously improve services, Sonos has an automatic update feature. In fact, if you constantly update your controller app and the devices it is connected to, you’ll have all-around security patches and bug fixes. Not only that, but you’ll be up-to-date with the latest features the company has to offer.

Here’s how you can update your Sonos Roam via the controller app:

  • Launch the Sonos application on your iOS or Windows device. Once done, go to Settings, which is the gear icon on the lower right of the screen.
  • Click on System and then tap ‘System Updates’. Select the Check for Updates option and wait for a few moments for Sonos to examine if there are recent upgrades available.
  • Upon checking, the Sonos app will prompt you for instant installation. Wait for it and watch the Roam obtain the updated perks.

By default, automatic updates are selected in the Sonos app. This enables the system to update the program without any prompts. However, if you’re not comfortable with it, you can just turn the feature off.

How Do I Reconnect My Sonos Roam?

There are times when you’ll see that the Roam is offline in the Sonos application. No matter how much you try to search the device, it’ll only lead in vain. When this happens, you need to resort to the following quick fixes:

Missing Products in the Sonos App

  • Launch the Sonos controller application in your iOS or Android source device.
  • Go to the Settings tab and then navigate to Support.
  • Look for the ‘Find Missing Products’ section and follow the in-app instructions.

Check Roam’s Battery Level

  • The Roam tends to disconnect within the Sonos application if it has a drained battery. This means you’ll need to check the device manually.
  • Press the Play/Pause button and check if the status light responds. If it does not, then your speakers may have lost power. Plug it in and wait for the solid orange light to indicate that it is charging.

Reboot Your WiFi Network

  • If you’re sure that the Sonos app and the Roam are working just fine, then the culprit for the disconnection is the home network. You can remedy this by turning off the WiFi for ten seconds and then turning it on once more.
  • Once the network connection is back, check if the Sonos app is loading and if the Roam device is back online.

How Do I Reconnect Sonos Roam With Bluetooth?

If you want to reconnect the Roam to a particular device it has linked with before via Bluetooth, there are two simple ways to do so:

Using the Roam

  • Press and hold the power button located on the back of the Sonos Roam. Wait until you hear a chime and for the LED indicator to flash blue.
  • If your device is within the vicinity, then it’ll automatically connect to the wireless speakers. However, this won’t work if you’ve already deleted the device from the Roam’s memory.

Using the Source Device

  • Go to Settings and then the Bluetooth tab of your iOS or Android device.
  • Turn on the Bluetooth on both the Roam and the widget of choice. Then have a look at the previously connected devices.
  • Once you see Roam on the list, tap it and then wait for a few seconds. The LED light will turn solid blue if the connection is successful. In this case, you can now play any media and stream once again using the wireless speakers.

How to Reset Sonos Roam

Before starting the resetting process, you’ll need to check whether the Sonos Roam is disconnected from power. If not, unplug it from any charging cables or station it away from any wireless charging pad.

Once you’re sure that it’s away from any power source, then you should press and hold the power button for about five seconds. There will be a power-off tone to indicate that the Roam is completely turned off. After ten seconds, you can now turn the Roam back on to reboot it completely.

If the wireless speakers still fail to deliver their functions, you’ll need to do the next step, the factory reset.

How to Factory Reset Sonos Roam

Factory Resetting the Sonos Roam is your last bet at troubleshooting. However, note that you’ll need to do the setup process once again if you reset your device. If this doesn’t work, then report it to customer service support.

Here’s how to completely reset your portable wireless speakers:

  • Turn on your Sonos Roam but ensure that it is not linked or plugged into a power source.
  • For five seconds or more, press and hold the power button. Once you’ve seen the LED lights turn off and the chime ring, it signifies that the Roam is entirely off.
  • Hold the Play/Pause button while pressing the power button of your wireless device.
  • When the light status has turned orange and white, you can let go of the Play/Pause button.

What to Do if None of Your Devices Can Connect to Sonos Roam

If you keep seeing the ‘Unable to connect to Sonos’ message after trying to sync for the nth time, then you can try on a few fixes. If these remedies don’t work, then it’s time to go to tech support to have your speakers checked.

First off, if you’re using an Apple device, make sure that you’ve renewed Sonos app permission in the settings. This specifically applies to those using iOS 14 and above.

To do this, go to Settings, then Privacy. Navigate and scroll down until you see the Local Network option. Look for the ‘Enable access for Sonos’ in the list of choices to start automatic app connect.

Below are other common fixes to see if the Roam device and the Sonos system is functioning properly:

  • Check the Battery. If your speakers are not showing a solid white light, then you’d need to plug them in a power outlet. You can also opt to replenish the battery through a wireless charging pad.
  • Restart Your Router. Turn off your WiFi network for about two minutes, then plug it back in. Make sure that your source device has connected to the network before opening the Sonos App once more.
  • Double-Check Your Network. Sometimes, your source device is not linking to the right WiFi system. This makes it unable to read the Roam or any other devices connected to the right home network.

Why Is My Sonos Roam Not Working?

In instances where your Roam device is not working, you should immediately check its power level. This is because compared to other competitors in the market, it is not the best option if you value battery life. However, you can’t deny its features, so you’ll need to plug it into power to enjoy its functions constantly.

If you’re sure that the battery is not the cause of concern, then maybe the Roam just needs a bit of maintenance. The system may need rebooting or a complete reset to kickstart device improvement.

Why Is My Sonos Roam Not Turning On

At times your Roam is not turning on; identifying the root of the problem is the best bet you can take. This will help you decipher whether it’s time to buy another Sonos product or you’re just doing some routines incorrectly.

Here are some of the common reasons why your wireless speakers are not turning on no matter how hard you press that power button:

  • Dead Battery. This is one of the leading causes why the Roam is not turning on. Although the Roam can be put to Sleep Mode, it still expends significant battery in this state. If you’ve neglected to charge your Roam for more than 10 hours, then this is the most plausible situation.
  • Faulty Battery. The device not turning on even when you’ve charged it may be a sign of damage. If you’ve just recently purchased it, opt for a replacement immediately because it is a manufacturing defect. However, if the Roam has been in service for quite a long time, battery life significantly degraded due to old age.
  • Condensation. When your Roam is exposed to extreme weather conditions, it is prone to condensation. Granted that it is waterproof to some degree, it doesn’t mean that it is indestructible. To avoid this from happening, cover the ports to prevent humidity or air drying properly after water exposure.

What Do the Lights on a Sonos Roam Mean?

If you’re a true Sonos aficionado, you’re indeed appreciative of the light indicators the company’s devices offer. Roam is no different; there is a LED light that shows the status of your wireless speakers. To help you decipher what each pattern means, here’s an easy-to-understand table:

Light Indicator Meaning
No Light The light indicator not flashing anything means that the device is not powered on. This may also be a setting you chose to set up via the Sonos app where you disable the status light.
Solid White A solid white light indicates that the Roam is powered up and working smoothly. However, you should note that during this state the device is reflected in the Sonos app. If not, then your wireless speakers are missing from the controller app and should be reported.
Flashing White The Roam flashing white means that it is booting up after being charged. It will also flash white when the device is connecting to a network.
Solid Green Your Roam device sporting a solid green light means that the microphone is on mute. To increase the volume, use the Sonos application or click on the hardware buttons instead.
Flashing Green When your wireless device is flashing green, it means that it is powered on and ready for set up. It has not established a connection to a Sonos system but is open for configuration.
Solid Orange The Roam emitting a solid orange light means that the product is not able to complete the setup process. That or your device is overheating. To remedy this, allow the speakers to cool down before powering it back on. If it is still solid orange, then contact customer support.
Flashing Orange When setting up your device, the light will flash orange if the Roam is trying to establish a connection. It will also blink rapidly if you press the Play/Pause button and there’s no playback queue present.
Flashing Orange and White The light indicator in your Roam will flash orange and white if it is currently updating. Similarly, it will also turn this color if your device is in the resetting process.

If none of the two mentioned situations above are happening, then this can be a sign that your Roam is in faulty conditions. In this case, you can attempt to troubleshoot the problem or report it to support.

Flashing Red Your Roam is showing red light if it is new or recently reset. The light indicator will also flash red if you failed to set up your device within 30 minutes of turning it on. To clear this up, reboot your wireless speakers.
Flashing Red and White Your Roam device has failed in updating the software. In this case, you should reboot your Roam and attempt to update once more.
Flashing Blue You have successfully enabled Roam’s Bluetooth pairing mode. Connecting with another device via Bluetooth can be done immediately.
Solid Blue The Sonos Roam is connected to a device in Bluetooth mode. It will still remain solid blue when the Roam loses connection with the source device.
Flashing Pattern of Red, White, Orange, and Green Your Roam device is in a hardware diagnostic mode. To clear this up, press the Mute or Play/Pause button.

On another note, your Roam device also has a microphone light that shows whether your device is listening or not. It’s quite simple to decipher, especially if this is not your first time with a Sonos device.

No light on the indicator means that the voice assistants and automatic Trueplay features are unavailable. A solid white light indicates that the microphone is enabled, and the Roam listens to your commands.

Is There A Battery Light Indicator in My Sonos Roam?

Sonos has included a battery light indicator for their portable devices, and the Roam is no exception. Here are the different light patterns it shows, as well as the meaning it conveys:

  • Solid Orange. When the battery indicator in your Roam flashes a solid orange, then the device is charging. It will remain in this state for 10 seconds after plugging in.
  • Flashing Orange. The Roam’s battery LED indicator flashing orange means you need to plug up your device. It shows that the wireless speakers function at 15% or less battery life.
  • Flashing Red. If your Roam’s battery indicator is flashing red, then this means that it is malfunctioning. This faulty state should be reported to Sonos Support.

Aside from the battery life, there’s also a unique feature in the Sonos Roam’s wireless charger. If you bought it from the official store or legit retailers, the wireless charger flashing orange means that it is faulty and should be replaced.

What Does Flashing Blue Light Mean on Sonos Roam?

Flashing blue light on your Roam speakers means that it is in Bluetooth pairing mode. Blinking blue lights signal that the device is ready to link with a source device of your choice.

This blue light LED indicator is only available on portable Sonos devices, namely the Roam and the Move series. In this state, you’ll be able to stream music and any other media without the assistance of the controller application.

How Do I Make My Sonos Roam Flash Blue?

Your Sonos Roam can only flash blue if you have successfully activated its Bluetooth syncing state. To do this, you need to press and hold the power button for two seconds or until you hear the pairing tone.

By activating this mode, you get to enjoy the Roam as a standalone tech that functions without WiFi. Just connect your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth to enjoy the Roam as a general speaker instead.

What Does Solid Orange Light Mean on Sonos Roam?

The Roam displaying a solid orange light means that it has failed in completing the setup process. This can be solved by rebooting your product and trying to configure the system once more.

If you’re not trying to set up the Sonos Roam, then solid orange light also means that it is overheating. This may be due to the hot temperature the device is in, or you may have used it non-stop. It’s best to turn the speakers off at this point and wait for them to cool down before using them once more.

What Does Blinking Orange Light Mean on Sonos Roam?

Blinking orange light on your wireless speakers means that it is in the process of establishing a connection. This happens when you’re setting up the Roam and connecting it to a source device or syncing it to the Sonos controller app.

Similarly, if you’re pressing play and there’s no music in the queue, then the LED indicator will also rapidly flash orange. Since there is no recent playlist in the speakers’ memory, you only need to use the app to play a new set instead.

What Does Flashing Green Light Mean on Sonos Roam?

When you press the power button on Roam and it shows a flashing green light, it means that it has successfully turned on. In this state, you can connect the device to your Sonos controller app and stream media from anywhere in the house.

However, when you witness these blinking green lights out of nowhere, there is only one explanation. The Sonos Roam has been put on reset and you’ll need to register the device in the controller application once again. If this keeps on happening, you’ll need to troubleshoot the device to determine if it is a software problem.

What Does Solid Green Light Mean on Sonos Roam?

The LED indicator in your Sonos Roam showing a solid green light means that it is muted. In this state, the portable smart speakers can’t listen to your voice and are incapable of doing any of your voice prompts.

Unlike other smart speakers in the market that are always listening, Sonos added this feature to give you peace of mind. This muted mode gives you the option to turn away from your smart assistant and only interact with them if needed.

On the other hand, if you want to unmute the Roam, you only have to increase the volume button on the speakers themselves. You can also control this feature via the Sonos app when the device is away from where you are.

Why Is My Sonos Roam Not Flashing Green on Power-Up?

There are instances when the Roam speakers will fail to flash green upon powering up. This may be because the LED indicator was damaged, or there is a minor system malfunction.

In this case, the first step you should do is reset your wireless speakers. This will reboot the software and renew the connection between the controller app and the portable device itself. If the light discrepancy still isn’t solved, rely on factory reset or contact Sonos for support.