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The Sonos App Gets Refreshed; Company Addresses Bugs, Performance Issues

This article was updated on May 21, 2024 to add details about bug fixes in the app.

If you’re a Sonos user, you’ll be happy to know that the Sonos app has been updated with a new redesign and new features.

Along with a new look and feel, the Sonos app makes it easier to access your favourite music faster and further personalize your listening experience.

Sonos app

As soon as you open the app, you can jump to recent favourites, browse services, search for content, find recommendations, and control your system of speakers.

Sonos app search

Search remains at the bottom of the Home screen so you can look up a tune by artist, genre, album, or song and get a combined set of results that includes all your linked streaming services.

Sonos app favourites

Additionally, you can save playlists, artists, and stations from any service into Sonos Favourites, and add or edit collections at any time.

Sonos app system

If you swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen, you can access all your speakers and groups to see what’s playing where and pause or resume playback. In Your System, you can set different music to play in different rooms or floors of the home, group Sonos products, adjust volume, change what’s playing, or move sound from one room to another.

Sonos app account

In the top, right corner, you’ll find Message Centre with helpful product tips, feature tutorials, and other tips and tricks to get the most from the experience.

Addressing Bug Fixes and Performance Issues

The app was released on May 7, 2024 and quickly after its release, many users were complaining about bugs and changes that they did not view favourable. On May 21, 2024, Sonos announced an update to the new app that purports to begin to fix these issues.

“Many of you have shared valuable feedback on both the improvements that have made your experience better as well as the areas where we fell short,” Sonos declares on its support page. “We are listening to all of your comments and working to address them as quickly as possible.”

The company says that it will be reintroducing features and fixing bug and performance issues over the coming weeks. The current fixes in the May 21, 2024 update include VoiceOver on iOS now properly working with individual elements of the app’s home screen with improved VoiceOver support; improved TalkBack support for the Now Playing Screen, System View, and Add Product; improved Local Music Library playback of folders; and the ability to add and edit alarms and search for content.

Coming soon will be continued improvements to navigation for visually impaired customers (mid-June); adding to queue and playing next (early June); sleep timer (mid-June); local music library search and playback (mid-June); update Wi-Fi settings (mid-June); and snooze alarms (TBD).

Sonos also says it is currently in the process of dealing with the “Sign in as the System Owner” error customers are getting while updating products during set-up. No workaround is currently available but Sonos says it is working on solving this issue.