How to play YouTube on Sonos

Learn how to stream through the Sonos app and AirPlay

Play YouTube Music on Sonos
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Your Sonos speaker is a powerhouse when it comes to integrating with music services – and now you can play YouTube on your Sonos speaker.

After an update last year, users are now able to play music from YouTube from directly within the Sonos app. That means if you have a Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Sonos Move or other speaker in the range, you can get a wealth of music on demand.

So if you're paying for YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium, you're now able to stream the likes of playlists, albums, remixes, covers and more to your smart speaker. And, depending on the speaker you have, you may also be able to stream over AirPlay – not just the Sonos app.

Below, we'll be going through all the steps required to play YouTube on your Sonos arsenal – and, of course, how you can play music if you're not a subscriber to the service.

For more ideas of cool things you can do with your speaker setup, check our Sonos tips and tricks guide.

YouTube Music on Sonos

How to play YouTube Music on Sonos

Below, we'll be going through how to simply stream YouTube videos from your connected device to your Sonos, but here are the steps to adding YouTube Music – the company's paid-for music service – to your speaker.

Add YouTube Music to Sonos

Before you can play YouTube Music on Sonos, you're going to need to install and login through the Sonos app itself. Here are seven steps to get started:

1. Launch the Sonos app, before tapping More > Add Music Services > YouTube Music > Add to Sonos.

2. From here, you'll need to specify whether you already have an account (and you've already subscribed to YouTube Music) or if you're new to the service, in which case you'll have to sign up.

3. Once you've authorised YouTube Music as a service, you'll be forwarded onto your device's web browser.

4. You'll then be prompted to enter the code provided, before tapping Next.

5. Tap on the Google account you want to use for YouTube Music, and then Allow.

6. You'll then be notified that the account you selected has been authorised.

7. Choose a name for YouTube Music once back in the Sonos app.

Play YouTube Music on Sonos

Once you're all signed up and ready to get going, it's fairly easy to actually use YouTube from within the Sonos app. Once there, you'll need to go to the YouTube Music section and then pick the category you want to play from – either Library,Recommended, New releases, Top charts or Mixtape. From there, you're able to select playlists, songs or albums at your leisure.

How to play standard YouTube on Sonos

How to play standard free YouTube on Sonos

If you're already entrenched within the likes of Spotify or Apple Music, it's unlikely you have a YouTube Music subscription tacked on, too.

So, is there a way to simply stream YouTube videos (but, really, the audio) to your Sonos? If you're connecting an iPhone and a Sonos with AirPlay 2, then yes. If you're on an Android device, no.

Play YouTube on Sonos using AirPlay 2

If you have an Apple device, you're able to use AirPlay to wirelessly ping music over – kind of like Bluetooth or Wi-Fi streaming, but just for iPhone and iPad.

Many Sonos speakers, including the Sonos One, Arc, Beam, Five, Playbase, Move and the second-generation Play:5 all support AirPlay 2. And be aware that you'll only see the AirPlay 2 logo pop up in the Safari version of YouTube, not the app.

To play YouTube on Sonos through AirPlay, follow these steps:

1. Make sure your Sonos speaker and your connected device are in range and running on the same network.

2. Load YouTube video you want to play.

3. Open the iPhone's Control Panel (swipe up or down depending on which iPhone model you have).

4. Force Touch the music control box and then tap the AirPlay icon. Select your desired Sonos speaker from the list – the two should then connect and the audio should play through your speaker.

How to play YouTube on Sonos - bluetoooth move and roam

Play YouTube on Sonos using Bluetooth

If you've got one of Sonos' Bluetooth enabled speakers - either the Sonos Roam or the Sonos Move - then you can also ping YouTube audio over to your speaker using the Bluetooth skills.

The Roam is actually the 'better' option here as, once you're syncing up audio over Bluetooth, you can actually group Sonos' smallest speaker to any other speakers in your Sonos system... that's currently not an option with the Move.

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