Alexa Sonos Roam



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Hi everyone!

I’m a little late as I have been off for a couple of weeks, but the issue of Roam not playing flash briefings has been resolved.

I’ve got a Move. Not resolved for me. Latest software and updates on everything.

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Grr, same for me, connected Roam to my system and Spotify / BBC Sounds all broken on all devices via Alexa. She tells me Spotify is offline. I can use all services via Sonos app so annoying rather than catastrophic.

I also have the same problem since yesterday. Was having issues with intermittent Bluetooth on Roam, (Roam does not show up when trying to connect via Bluetooth when it is in pairing mode) contacted Sonos support yesterday and they stepped me through factory resetting Roam, then the App. Now the Roam will respond to Alexa wake word, can set alarms and the like but will not play media through Alexa…. Responds with radio name or song name and then nothing. All my other Alexa devices are ok. Tried to set up Google assistant - and have the exact same issue. So I am left with a speaker that has intermittent Bluetooth and no Alexa…. Rendering my speaker next to useless. It will play media through sonos app over Wi-Fii but not as a smart speaker and not when out and about!

update… I have managed to get it to work again, I de-registered Sonos Roam in Alexa app, then disabled skill, then on Sonos App, removed Alexa voice assistant. Then added Alexa again on the App, connected to Amazon and it is now working again - or at least until next factory reset

I too am having the same issue. My Roam was working fine until my device battery went dead. After charging my device did not function at all. I performed a factory reset and got most functionality back with the exception of this noted issue where Amazon will accept and repeat a command, but nothing will happen after that. The device also will not cast from Amazon Music App. I confirmed that my wifi settings are all correct and working. I can play amazon music through the sonos app or when connect via Bluetooth. So that might be something to look at is the connection from Roam to Amazon and how it differs from Sonos app to Amazon. 

 

Glad to see some recent activity from Sonos on this. 

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​​​@Corry P  Hey, just a heads up:Another 5 days has gone by and the Alexa flash briefing skill is still not working only Sonos Move. Same issue remains. This is a long wait for a fix.

Another 5 days have gone by, but the problem still hasn’t been fixed yet. Still no flash briefing from Alexa on the Move. 

​​​@Corry P  Hey, just a heads up:Another 5 days has gone by and the Alexa flash briefing skill is still not working only Sonos Move. Same issue remains. This is a long wait for a fix.

Another 5 days have gone by, but the problem still hasn’t been fixed yet. Still no flash briefing from Alexa on the Move. 

Unfortunately its not clear from your community profile which Country/Region you are located in, but I can say Alexa and Flash Briefing on Sonos are working okay here in the U.K. (not sure if that helps?).

However, have you tried removing both the ‘Alexa component’ and the ‘speaker component’ from your account device list at alexa.amazon.com - the online Alexa configuration utility? The devices are located in the Settings area of the site.

That’s in addition to removing thd VA from the speaker and disabling the Sonos skill from the Alexa App. Once you have done those four things, then re-install the VA on the speaker again via the Sonos App. 

There are some other options which you can try too, like deleting the Sonos/Amazon sharing agreement at this link below, but I perhaps would not bother with that at this stage until trying the things mentioned above.

Login with Amazon (Sharing Agreement)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/ap/adam?_encoding=UTF8&ref_=ya_mb_login_with_amazon

@CovertDirt,

Ah okay, no worries, I just wasn’t sure which Country you were in.👍 My thoughts were if you were in the U.K. you’d know it was likely fixed and to try the suggestions. Anyhow, hope it gets sorted for you soon.

 

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Just got off the phone with a Sonos engineer- they said it was a problem specifically with Alexa and Sonos Roam and they are working on it now. 

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Which problem specifically? - there are a few mentioned in this thread.  I’m only noticing an issue with “play NPR”.  Nothing happens with Roam, yet it works with my other Sonos speakers. 

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Issue with “play NPR”, “play the news”, “play flash briefing”

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Issue with “play NPR”, “play the news”, “play flash briefing”

Ok cool. Glad they are working on it.  Weird that it just isn’t exactly the

 same software (for Alexa) as in the One though. 

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6 days on, flash briefings still not working on my Move. How’s the investigation going? Any update?

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I haven’t seen any updates here, but having the same issue with Sonos Roam’s in Stereo (L+R) mode. No problem with Arc/Sonos Ones, but keeps telling me to enable to already enabled skill. 

 

In the USA, no other issues. Roams are detected in the Alexa (iPhone app) under iOS 15 but not as a pair. Will not respond to any alexa command other than “you need to enable skill for your sonos roam in the alexa app. Then ask me to discover devices.”

Ugh so annoying. I’ll just use Google.  

I just hit the same problem setting up Alexa on my new Sonos roam. I fixed my issue by going into the Alexa app, disabled the Sonos skill and the re-enable. It prompted me to login to Sonos and then said it needed to automatically discover devices. It took it 30 second but eventually found the Sonos roam. After that I was able to play music.

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Bump.  Has there been official response from Sonos about this?

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Hi @Razorhog 

As mentioned by the original poster, @sbg89, we are aware of an issue whereby Alexa will not play the flash briefing on a Sonos Roam. We are working with Amazon on a fix for this, but as yet we have no time frame to share. There is no workaround that we know of.

 

Any other issue with Alexa on Sonos will normally be resolved by the steps that @JimB004 took:

update… I have managed to get it to work again, I de-registered Sonos Roam in Alexa app, then disabled skill, then on Sonos App, removed Alexa voice assistant. Then added Alexa again on the App, connected to Amazon and it is now working again

Full, detailed instructions can be found on our Alexa commands not working on Sonos help page (under Advanced Fixes).

Same issue as described in the OP. I really don’t understand what’s going on. Is the problem Sonos or Alexa? I can’t offer any suggestions but just adding another voice about the problem. I hope this gets fixed somehow.

Same issue over here, Alexa responds immediately but does nothing. Music is playing, I say “alexa pause”, nothing happens. If I pause in the app, and then say “alexa resume”, she responds with “there’s nothing to resume”.

 

Very very strange behaviour. 

 

Any resolution on this?

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I also noticed differentiation between Roam/Alexa vs. other Sonos speakers (Ones) and Alexa.

If I say to Roam:  “Alexa, play NPR” - it says - “playing NPR”, but then ….. silence.    This does NOT happen with any of my Sonos Ones (only the Roam).    I disabled and re-enabled the NPR skill, and that seemed to fix it -- but the fix stuck only for a while.    Not sure why this would only impact the Roam, but not other Sonos speakers.

This is my problem as well.  Roam responds saying it understands command but refuses to execute instruction.  Everything else in my Sonos system works with Alexa as expected.  This is definitely a Roam - Alexa issue with the problem lying in the Sonos court.  Having waited for battery powered Sonos to use at the swimming pool for the last 6 to 8 years this is mighty disappointing but I’ve come to expect this lethargic (meaning non-existant) response from Sonos.  I’m expecting the response, if any, from Sonos will be measured in years rather that months!

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@paulwhkh fabulous suggestion! Something Sonos did broke this. Can they just wind back to when it wasn’t broken? Mine had previously worked before that date too.

I've got exactly the same issue with my new Sonos roam. Alexa responds when I ask to play a Radio station from the BBC then silence. When I ask to play a song it says I have to use the Alexa app to discover the skill and enable. I can play music through the Sonos app but the Alexa voice assistant doesn't work at all. 

I’m still experiencing this issue. Has a solution been posted that I am not aware of? Thanks.  

Same problem here, when I ask to play news briefing it is just silence, I thought the update yesterday might of fixed this, but still the same. 

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My workaround was removing all smart assistants from the Roam and just use my iphone and desktop PC. 

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