Unlike most Sonos setups, however, adding AirPlay 2 is not quite as straightforward as introducing a new speaker. But CNET is here to help you through the extra steps.
What you'll need:
- An iOS device. If it wasn't obvious, AirPlay 2 will only work for users of iOS devices. The capability is baked in to the newest Sonos software, but you'll need an iPhone ($999 at Walmart) or iPad ($1,000 at Amazon) to unlock and use it.
- A Sonos Beam ($399 at Amazon), One, Play:5 (2015) or the Playbase ($699 at Amazon)
First: Download the latest version of the Sonos app -- Sonos will alert you if your speakers or software need updating, so you just need to click OK. It doesn't usually require visiting the App Store. Once everything is up to date, there's one more step.
Second: Add your speakers in the Apple Home app. Open the app and then press the + button in the top left corner. Press Add Accessory, and on the next screen press Don't have a Code or Can't Scan? On the next page, your compatible Sonos speakers should appear in Nearby Accessories. Press each one to add it to Home.
Once this process is done, each speaker can be seen as an AirPlay 2 device, and Siri and Alexa can operate at the same time. That is, Siri via your phone and Alexa on the Sonos One ($199 at Amazon) and Beam. That's it, that's all you need to do. So go on, get streaming!
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