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Sonos Roam Bluetooth Pairing (In-depth Explanation)

Sonos Roam Bluetooth Pairing (In-depth Explanation)

Sonos is known for making high-quality wireless Hi-Fi speakers that you can put all around your space to create a wide soundstage. However, wirelessly connecting Sonos to a Bluetooth device can be challenging.

The Sonos Roam is the first completely portable wireless speaker. This means that it can connect to every other Sonos gadget through a wireless network. 

As you enter and exit your home, the speaker switches between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth automatically, but if you’re unsure how to activate Bluetooth pairing mode and connect it to your phone or another device, we are here to help you.

What to do?Explanation
Perform a factory reset on Sonos Roam.Wipe out the previous data to get your speaker back to default settings.
Pair the Bluetooth device.Reset the Bluetooth connection to pair it with your phone.
Charge the speaker.Check if your battery is drained, as that can cause this issue.
Check if the device is not in range. It’s recommended to keep the distance between the speaker and the device close.
An overview of Sonos Roam Pairing

Step-by-step explanation on how to Pair Sonos Roam with a Bluetooth device

Grey Sonos older generation wireless speakers.
Grey Sonos older generation wireless speakers.
  1. Firstly, your Sonos Roam speaker needs to be configured in the Sonos app before you can connect it to a Bluetooth device. Once you are done with that, follow the next steps.
  2. Next, press the “Power” button on the Sonos Roam until you hear a chime and the LED light above the Sonos name on the front begins to blink blue.
  3. View the available Bluetooth devices you can connect to after ensuring Bluetooth is enabled on the device you want to connect to the Sonos Roam Bluetooth speaker.
  4. For instance, to see the Bluetooth screen on an iPhone, go to “Settings” and then “Bluetooth,” and then make sure Bluetooth is enabled by sliding the toggle to the right of Bluetooth to the right side of your screen.
  5. To turn on Bluetooth on the most recent version of Android, open the Settings app on your device, press “Connections,” tap “Bluetooth,” and then confirm that the toggle is turned on.
  6. Now you should be able to see the list of available devices. Look for something like “Sonos Roam” and select it. On your device’s screen, the connection should appear right away. In addition, the Sonos Roam will play a brief chime to confirm a successful Bluetooth pairing, and the LED light above the logo will cease blinking and turn solid blue.

How to fix Sonos Roam not connecting to a Bluetooth device

A bunch of speakers and other stereo components jammed with each other.
Stereo Component

If you can’t work around pairing your Sonos speakers or are constantly failing to do so, you might need to troubleshoot your speaker.

This issue can be annoying, especially if you wish to use the speaker to listen to your favorite music. The steps for troubleshooting this issue are listed below.

Method 1: Factory Reset your Sonos Roam

A factory or hard reset should be the first step in your troubleshooting process. This resets the speaker to its factory default settings when the data on it is erased.

It’s a helpful step to do while troubleshooting the device anytime you are having issues, especially when having trouble connecting to Bluetooth.

  • Press and hold the power button. Do this for up to 5 seconds until the LED goes off.
  • While holding the Play button, press and release the power button. This starts resetting your Sonos Roam.
  • Hold the Play button down until orange and white flashes on the front light. This shows that the reset procedure worked, and your speakers are now back to their default settings.

You should set up the Bluetooth speaker and then see whether you can couple it with your phone after the LED light starts flashing green.

Method 2: Pair the Bluetooth Device

In this method, you’ll need to reset your speaker’s Bluetooth connection if it’s currently paired with another device and you wish to pair it with your phone.

  • When you hear the pairing signal, press and hold the power button.
  • The speaker is now in pairing mode when the LED light starts to flash blue.

Scan Bluetooth on your phone to bring up the speaker name, then try to connect to it.

Method 3: Charge the Speaker

A video explaining how to charge Sonos Roam

If the speaker’s battery dies, that could contribute to the issue. Simply charging the speaker will solve the problem.

  • Put the USB-C cord into the speaker’s charging port.
  • Make sure a 5V/2A (10W) USB power adapter is firmly connected to the USB cord’s opposite end.
  • Connect the wall adapter to an electrical socket.

After letting it charge for at least two hours, see whether you can connect your smartphone to the speaker.

Method 4: Sonos Roam and Bluetooth Device are Not in Range

The speaker’s recommended working distance from the device it’s connected to shouldn’t be more than 30 feet. The range will be restricted if the two devices have several obstacles or signal interferences, such as walls. Check to see if the issue persists by positioning the speaker and the device close to one another.

How do you pair a different device through the Sonos Roam?

Sonos black wireless speaker
Sonos Wireless Speaker

Keep repeating the Bluetooth pairing procedure you used for the first device you paired with your Sonos Roam if you want to pair a different device with it. 

  • For about 2 to 5 seconds, press and hold down the Roam’s power button before letting go. Both the bell and the blue flashing light should appear.
  • Go to your device’s settings and select Bluetooth. Search for Roam on the list of compatible devices.
  • Choose Roam, then follow all of the on-screen instructions. The light should flash white and blue after a successful pairing, indicating that the two devices are linked.

Is connecting two Sonos products via Bluetooth possible?

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to use Bluetooth to connect two Sonos devices. Only a tiny percentage of Sonos products even support Bluetooth. However, as they lack the necessary software, the few devices that do support Bluetooth cannot be connected.

In other words, some Sonos devices lack a Bluetooth protocol for inter-device communication. However, although some smartphones can pair with two Bluetooth Sonos speakers simultaneously, the music may not be synced, and stereo audio isn’t supported.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use the Sonos Roam as a shower speaker?

Answer: The short answer is yes. Long answer, because of its IP67 rating, the Sonos Roam can be kept on a shelf outside your shower. You won’t need to struggle with buttons to play and pause music, thanks to the voice control choices. However, The Roam isn’t rated for extended exposure to water. Therefore, it might not be a good idea to keep it in the tub with you.

What Sets Roam SL Apart From Roam?

Answer: Like Roam, Roam SL provides outstanding sound, up to 10 hours of battery life, and a simple setup process in a premium, robust, and portable design. Since Roam SL lacks a microphone, some features, such as built-in voice control, Automatic Trueplay, and Sound Swap, aren’t supported.

Is roam compatible with voice assistants?

Answer: When Roam is linked to your Wi-Fi network, you can ask Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for hands-free assistance. Moreover, you can use Siri on your iOS device to control Apple Music.

Can the Sonos Roam work without Wi-Fi?

Answer: Sadly, no. Although you could use the Sonos Roam only as a Bluetooth speaker, doing so would prevent you from using any of its smart functions. But according to Sonos, for the Roam to work as a Bluetooth device, it must first be configured over Wi-Fi.

Conclusion

  • The Sonos Roam is a fantastic speaker that easily pairs with gadgets over Bluetooth.
  • Holding down the power button on the back of the device will allow you to connect the Sonos Roam to your phone, tablet, or computer.
  • Once the initial pairing is complete, it’s simple to link and disconnect, making it feasible for others who want to use the speaker.
  • Try the steps listed above if your speaker isn’t connecting over Bluetooth.

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