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How to set up the Sonos Controller app on iPhone

You just got a new Sonos system, but don't want to be tied to your computer to control the music party? You also happen to have an iPhone or an iPod Touch? Fear not, Sonos has an app for that. This guide will show you how to set up the iPhone Sonos Controller app.

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Sonos puts together one heck of a multiroom music system, allowing you to stream music all over your house with relative ease. But what if you don't want to sit in front of your computer to make changes to your music queue, or you leave one zone and want to turn the music on for the zone you just entered? Wouldn't it be great if you could control your entire Sonos system directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch?

Well, you can. The Sonos Controller for the iPhone or iPod Touch allows you to take control of your Sonos system, and this guide will show you how easy it is to set up.

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The first thing you will need to do is download and install the Sonos Controller (iTunes link) app on either your iPhone or iPod Touch.

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The first time you run the app, it will recognize that you have not set up the Sonos Controller on your iPhone or iPod Touch yet. Tap on the button titled, "Set up your Sonos system now."

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You will see a screen that recommends that you have set up your Sonos system on your computer already. The app, as well as this post, assumes you have already set up your Sonos system and Sonos Desktop Controller on your computer.

Press Next.

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Once you press Next, the clock starts ticking. You only have 2 minutes to complete the next step, otherwise the app times out and you have to start over. If you have a ZoneBridge, you can press the single button located on top of the unit (the same button is pictured on the right in the app) to connect your iDevice to the system. If you have a ZonePlayer, you can connect your iDevice to the system by pressing the mute and volume-up (pictured left in app) keys at the same time.

In each instance, you should see alternating white and green lights start blinking once you have pressed the correct button(s).

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Almost instantly after pressing the button on the ZonePlayer or ZoneBridge, the application should move on to the next screen, revealing the Zone Menu.

Now that your iPhone or iPod Touch is set up as a Sonos controller, you can control basic playback, as well as more in-depth Sonos functions such as group your zones, set sleep timer and/or an alarm, and much more.

There is no limit to the amount of Sonos Controllers you can have set up at any given time. Simply repeat these steps if you have another iPhone or iPod Touch you would like to set up as a Sonos Controller.