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How To Reset A Sonos Speaker: A Pro Walk-Through

Without any doubt, Sonos has earned a spot in users’ hearts by making it into the best speaker brands list lately. How? By bringing to the market some of the best multi-room speakers you can buy right now. Like any electronic device, Sonos speakers are not immune to sudden issues. That doesn’t mean you need a new speaker, most of the time a reboot or reset will do wonders. So how do you reset a Sonos speaker? 

Sonos Speaker Resets: A Bit More Than You Might Think

Resetting a Sonos speaker can be difficult, so you will want to reinstall your Sonos speaker. That is why you reset the speaker to factory settings. This clears all settings of the speaker, so you can reset it again. 

In this guide, we will show you how to reset a Sonos product to its factory default settings. You may want to do this if you wish to sell it, give it away, or as part of a troubleshooting process when you’ve exhausted all other options. The process is simple to start and only takes a few minutes.

Resetting A Sonos Speaker

Here are the following steps you should follow closely:

Remove Plug from Speaker

The first thing you have to do is to unplug the power cord from the power source, and then unplug it from the wall. After all that, you will have to disconnect the AC adapter from the wall. Remove the power cable from the AC adapter. Afterwards, you will have to locate a screw on the back of your Sonos.

While reconnecting the power cable, press and hold the Join icon. You can reconnect the control by pressing and holding the Play / Pause or Mute button if your product does not have the Join button. After that, keep the button down until it turns orange and white.

Identify Correct Buttons for Your Sonos Speaker

To know how to reset a Sonos speaker, you must first identify the correct buttons including their function and their locations. They are usually located on the back, top, or side of your products. Follow these steps: 

  • For the Sub, the Join or Connect button is on the speaker’s right side.
  • For the Playbar, you should locate the right side of the soundbar. There, you can find the Pause button.
  • For the Playbase, the Join button is found on the left side of the speaker.
  • For the Beam, the back of the speaker is where you can find the Join button.

Hold the Button of Your Sonos Speaker

When you first get your Sonos smart home player, you’ll find a reset button on the left side. There is a very small light that glows red and then goes off once the button is pressed. You just need to press and hold it for a few seconds. After which the LED screen will come up and show that the device has been successfully reset.

Open the Sonos app on your iPhone or Android device. Then, create or sign in to your Sonos account after tapping Set up a new system. The instructions should all be very straightforward. 

On the popup that shows your Sonos product, tap Add. Click Continue then Set up items if you’re using the Sonos S1 software. Set up your Sonos Move or other Sonos products and add your music and voice services by following the process the app details. You can test if everything works with the voice control as well. 

To reboot or reset your Sonos Speaker, you must remove the power cord from the outlet and wait for ten seconds. Then, allow one minute for the product to boot up after reconnecting the cord.

Note: For Play 1, Play 3, and Play 5 (Gen-1), connect the Amp and Playbar, and move away from the charging platform.  Play 5 Gen 2 will follow other rules. Then, switch off the status light, press and hold the power button for at least 5 seconds, and wait for ten seconds to process. The device has finished resetting when the light turns green.

Factory Reset

There are several reasons why you might want to factory reset your Sonos speaker. Maybe you moved and need to connect it to a new Wi-Fi network. Maybe you’re giving your Sonos speaker to a friend. Maybe you’re trading it in or looking to resell it. Or maybe the Sonos speaker just isn’t working properly — it happens.

The good news is that it’s fairly easy to return your Sonos speaker to its factory settings. It just requires a combination of you unplugging and replugging the speaker, as well as you holding down a button (or two) on the speaker. And it requires a little bit of patience, too.

Each Sonos speaker is a little bit different, as they don’t all have the same buttons, so the process of factory resetting is going to vary from speaker to speaker. Depending on which Sonos speaker you have, here’s your guide to factory resetting it.

The process for factory resetting the Sonos One is the same for the One SL, Five, Beam, Arc, Sub, Port and Amp. It applies to a few of Sonos’s older speakers, too, including the Playbase and Play: 5 (gen-2). Here’s how to factory reset them all: Unplug the speaker.

  • Press and hold the Connect button located on the back of the speaker. Plug the speaker back into the wall out.
  • Continue holding down the Connect button until the speaker’s light starts flashing white and amber.
  • When the light starts flashing green, the speaker has been reset.

The process for factory resetting the Sonos Play:1 is the same process for the Play:3, Play:5 (gen-1), Connect, and the Connect: Amp and Playbar. Here’s how to factory reset them all:

  • Unplug the speaker.
  • Press and hold the Play/Pause button located on the top of the speaker. Plug the speaker back into the wall out.
  • Continue holding down the Play/Pause button until the speaker’s light starts flashing white and amber.
  • When the light starts flashing green, the speaker has been reset

The process for factory resetting Sonos’s two portable speakers, the Move and the Roam, is also a little different. And because the Move and the Roam have slightly different buttons, each’s factory resetting process is unique. Here’s how to reset the Move:

  • Make sure the speaker is on and not connected to power.
  • Press and hold the power button for five (or more) seconds. This will turn it off.
  • Press and hold the pairing button (the infinite icon) and plug the speaker back in.
  • Continue holding the pairing button until the speaker’s light starts flashing white and amber.
  • When the light starts flashing green, the speaker has been reset

The process for factory resetting the Sonos Roam is a little bit different from the Move. Here’s how to reset the Roam:

  • Make sure the speaker is on and not connected to power.
  • Press and hold the power button for five (or more) seconds. This will turn it off.
  • Press and hold the Play/Pause button and, while doing so, press and release the power button on the back of the Roam.
  • Continue holding the Play/Pause button until the speaker’s light starts flashing white and amber.
  • When the light starts flashing green, the speaker has been reset.

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