TLDR: Can I tell Alexa to play music on all Sonos speakers if the speakers are already in individual Alexa groups?
I have a couple of Sonos speakers with Alexa built in, all works well, and I love that the integration keeps improving over time. I'm trying to get to grips with Alexa groups and it's not working how I expected.
I have a Beam in the lounge, and a One in the kitchen. They are in Alexa groups with other devices in each room, eg Alexa group "Lounge" has some smart lights and the Beam as the preferred speaker. I have it set up this way so that I can say things like "turn the lights on" without specifying the room.
I can request music in the same way "play blah" and it works, and I can say "play blah in the kitchen" from the lounge and that works too. So far so good.
What I want to be able to do is say "play blah everywhere", and have it play in the lounge AND in the kitchen. I can't get this to work, I have to go into the Sonos App and add the other speaker manually.
I tried following the steps in https://en.community.sonos.com/announcements-228985/sonos-now-playing-with-alexa-groups-6817588/ but when I create a group "Everywhere" I can't add any speakers, they are greyed out, and I suspect that's because they're already in use in my other groups (the bottom of Ryan's post in that thread says "Please note, microphone enabled Sonos speakers can only be in one Alexa Group at one time for now").
I guess I could change my setup so the speakers are not part of the current Alexa groups, then create a new group for the speakers, but that would mean I can't control the lights in each room without stating which room I'm in... that wouldn't be a popular change in this house!
So... is there any way to accomplish what I want?
Best answer by bockersjv