How to Play YouTube on Sonos

How to Play YouTube on Sonos

One of the most popular applications that people use to listen to music is YouTube. Using the YouTube app, users can listen to playlists, music videos, podcasts, and much more. Many users of Sonos speakers wonder if they will be able to use them to listen to music off of the YouTube application.

This guide will help break down many of the common questions people have about Sonos speakers and YouTube compatibility.

This includes ways that you can successfully use your Sonos speakers to listen to music through the YouTube app, as well as some troubleshooting recommendations that might be useful when trying to resolve issues with either your Sonos speakers or YouTube application.

Can You Play YouTube On Sonos?

You can easily play YouTube on your Sonos devices. This is true for all Sonos devices that use the Sonos app to be controlled by the user. Using the Sonos app, users can pair their devices directly to the YouTube application and have access to a huge library of music, podcasts, and audiobooks.

This is good news for users of YouTube’s premium services, which offer subscription-based access to an even wider selection of music, podcasts, and audiobooks for the user to enjoy.

There are even ways that users of Sonos speakers can use AirPlay to stream music without the use of the Sonos app.

All of the methods available for users of Sonos speakers to stream music from YouTube will be broken down in detail later on in this guide.

How To Play YouTube Music on Sonos

To play YouTube Music on your Sonos speakers, you will first need to add the YouTube music application to the Sonos app so that it can access it. If you do not already have the Sonos app installed, then you will need to do so before continuing with the steps below.

1. Once you have downloaded and installed the Sonos app, open it up and tap the gear icon at the bottom of your screen. This will bring you to the menu screen where you will see the Services and Voice tab.

2. Click into the Services and Voice menu and you will see a list of all of the compatible music services that the Sonos app has detected on your device.

3. To add YouTube Music to this list, tap the Add a Service button at the bottom of this menu. This will bring you to a list of other compatible music applications that you may not have linked up with the Sonos app yet.

You can find YouTube Music in this list near the top. Once you have selected YouTube Music, you will be taken to a screen detailing the features of the YouTube Music app where you will also find the option to Add to Sonos.

4. Once you have clicked Add to Sonos, you will be given a code that you will need to enter into a web browser to complete the setup and successfully link the accounts.

Make a note of this code and follow the on-screen instructions for entering your code and linking your Sonos and YouTube accounts together.

Once you have completed this step you will be notified that your Sonos and YouTube Music accounts have been successfully linked. You will then be able to access your YouTube Music subscription content using your Sonos device.

5. To access your YouTube Music library from the Sonos app, you must first open the Sonos app and tap into the Music icon at the bottom of your screen. This icon is in the shape of a music note. There, you will see the YouTube Music menu.

6. Tap into the YouTube Music menu and you will see all of your user playlists, library, and other settings for use with your Sonos device.

You will now be able to use the YouTube Music app on any other Sonos devices in your home that you currently control with the Sonos app.

Certain models of Sonos speakers can utilize Bluetooth to connect to the device you are currently using to listen to YouTube music. These models include the Sonos Roam and the Sonos Move.

If you choose to use Bluetooth to connect to the YouTube Music app instead of using the method described above, this will result in the audio quality being diminished due to the low bandwidth that Bluetooth has access to.

7. To use the Bluetooth method, simply pair your device with your Sonos speaker and you will be able to use it to listen to YouTube Music. This is a good option for those who do not have the Sonos app readily available on their phones.

How To Play YouTube Music on Sonos Using an iPhone

Sonos users with an Apple device like an iPhone or iPad have another option for using YouTube with their speakers. AirPlay can be used with most Sonos devices and can give users the option to stream their YouTube media from either the standard YouTube app or the YouTube music app.

Keep in mind that some models of Sonos speakers are not compatible with AirPlay currently. Some examples of the Sonos speakers that can utilize the Apple AirPlay feature are the Sonos One, the Sonos Arc, and the Sonos Move.

Be sure to check the feature compatibility of your device before attempting this method of listening to YouTube on your Sonos device.

1. To use AirPlay to listen to YouTube on your Sonos speakers, you must first connect both your Apple device and your Sonos speaker to the same internet connection. This will allow both of your devices to effectively communicate with each other.

2. Once you have done this, simply pull up the YouTube video that you would like to play. With the video pulled up on your iPhone or iPad, open the control panel by swiping down on the touchscreen.

3. In the control panel, you will see the AirPlay option. Select use the AirPlay feature and you will see your Sonos in the list of usable devices.

4. Select your device and the AirPlay feature will automatically use your Wi-Fi to connect and transmit the data to your Sonos device from your iPhone or iPad.

This is currently the only way to play native YouTube media that is not on the YouTube Music service. This makes it a good option for those who wish to listen to music that is not currently available on YouTube Music.

How To Play YouTube Music on Sonos Using An Android

To play YouTube on your Sonos speaker using an Android, you will need to install the Sonos application and follow the detailed instructions given earlier in this guide.

These instructions include the steps that you need to take to successfully pair your YouTube Music account with your Sonos app so that you can effectively use them together.

You can also connect your Android device to your Sonos speaker using Bluetooth, as long as your model of Sonos speaker supports it.

This is a good option for someone who does not currently wish to have the Sonos application installed on their phone.

Using Bluetooth to listen to YouTube Music through your Sonos speakers can result in a loss of music quality, so keep that in mind.

How To Play YouTube Music Without A Subscription On A Sonos

Unfortunately, there is no way to listen to YouTube Music without a subscription on your Sonos device. That being said, you can still access the standard YouTube app and all of the media housed there by connecting your devices via Bluetooth or AirPlay.

While this will not give you direct access to any saved media libraries or playlists that might be tied to your YouTube Music account, it will allow you to access any media currently available on YouTube.

You will find the methods for connecting your Sonos speakers to your YouTube earlier in this guide. Keep in mind that some Sonos speakers are not compatible with Bluetooth connections, so this method might not be viable for your device.

How To Play Normal YouTube Videos on Sonos

The only way to play normal YouTube videos on your Sonos is to either connect via AirPlay or Bluetooth if your device is compatible. Sonos only supports media streamed directly from the YouTube Music app for integration with the Sonos app.

You can bypass this by using the method above for utilizing the AirPlay feature if you have an Apple device. Using AirPlay you can stream whatever media is currently playing on your device directly to your Sonos speakers.

Most Sonos speakers support this function but always be sure to check any compatibilities that are relevant to you before trying this method.

Android users will not have the option to use AirPlay, as it is a feature that is unique to Apple devices. Instead, Android users will have to connect via Bluetooth if they wish to listen to normal YouTube videos on their Sonos.

Step-by-step guides for how to connect using both of these methods can be found earlier in this guide. Choose the one that is appropriate for your situation.

How To Fix Problems With Sonos And YouTube Music

If you are experiencing problems with either your Sonos device or YouTube Music app or the way that they are communicating, the troubleshooting methods listed below can help solve your issue.

The most commonly used troubleshooting methods that have been proven to solve issues regarding Sonos devices and YouTube Music have been listed below:

1. Restart The Sonos Application

Your Sonos device is dependent on the application software to function correctly. Sometimes run-time errors or bugs and glitches can cause your Sonos app to stop working properly. When this happens, it could cause issues when trying to listen to YouTube music.

A quick restart of the Sonos application is the most common way to solve issues like these. Once the application has restarted, any run-time errors and hang-ups that the app might have been experiencing will have been rectified and you can resume using the application as normal.

2. Update the Sonos Application

As previously mentioned, the Sonos app is vital to the proper functioning of your speakers. If your application has fallen behind on updates then you could risk experiencing bugs and glitches more frequently.

These bugs and glitches could cause the Sonos app to not communicate correctly with your YouTube Music account.

Updates typically patch out many known bugs and glitches, as well as optimize features for the user for an overall better experience when using the app. To ensure that these optimized features and bug patches are reflected in your version of the app, you should make sure that you keep it updated.

The Sonos app will notify you of any updates that are available and prompt you to download and install them. This will have to be done manually in most cases. Once you have updated your application it should help keep the number of potential problems you encounter to a minimum.

3. Remove YouTube Music Account From Sonos App And Add It Again

Sometimes issues between your Sonos App and your YouTube Music account could be caused by some form of login or network error. To fix issues like these, simply go into the Sonos app and navigate to the Services and Voice menu.

In the Services and Voice menu, you will be able to remove YouTube Music from your linked services and add it again. This can help encourage the resolution of any communication errors between your YouTube Music account and the Sonos app.

4. Restart Your Phone

If you have persistent issues with your Sonos device and YouTube Music account, you should consider restarting your phone or tablet. Just like the applications on your phone or tablet, your devices could also run into errors that cause them to not function correctly.

These types of internal errors, usually caused by some sort of temporary bug or glitch, can cause your Sonos app to not communicate correctly with your YouTube Music account. When that happens, simply restart your phone or tablet to encourage the quick resolution of these types of errors.

5. Check Your Internet Connection

You will need a valid internet connection to use your Sonos speakers with your YouTube Music account. Both your mobile device and your Sonos speakers will need to be connected to the same stable internet connection for them to work together properly.

If you are experiencing internet problems consider resetting your router. This can help encourage any connection issues to be resolved on their own. If you are experiencing an outage that has lasted a while you should contact your internet service provider for more information regarding your outage.

6. Contact Sonos

If you are experiencing persistent issues with your Sonos device and none of the troubleshooting methods above solved your problem, then consider contacting Sonos Support for additional insight into your issue.

Sonos support will take a detailed account of your issue and investigate it. They will then walk you through any potential troubleshooting methods that you may have missed before offering a solution to your issue.

You should attempt all of the troubleshooting methods listed in this guide before contacting Sonos Support, as they will likely suggest many of the same methods to you. This will save you time when trying to get your issue solved.

It can be frustrating dealing with customer support on the phone so some patience is in order if you consider this method. Keep in mind that the team at Sonos Support is the highest authority on your device and can offer you the best advice that you can get regarding your Sonos device.

Final Thoughts

Sonos speakers are some of the most popular and most advanced in the world. With the ability to pair up multiple speakers that all play the same media at once, the Sonos devices have set themselves apart from other standard Bluetooth speakers.

The biggest draw of the Sonos devices is the Sonos app which can seamlessly pair with a multitude of different music streaming services, including YouTube music. Using the Sonos app users can easily switch between their different streaming services all in one place.

This guide has broken down all of the ways that you can pair your YouTube Music account with your Sonos device. It has also offered information on ways that you can listen to normal YouTube videos without the use of the Sonos application.

Using the troubleshooting methods and step-by-step instructions offered in this guide, you now have all the knowledge you need to successfully pair your YouTube Music account with the Sonos app.

Briley is a freelance writer and has been writing for over 10 years. The former journalist now content writer currently writes for Techzillo and focuses on consumer tech in general. His main interests include video games and consumer technology. He also writes for websites such as Lifewire, and Digital Trends. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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