I know that you can press the mute button on top to prevent the mic listening in for privacy reasons but for using Play:One in kids' rooms where I simply don't want my kids to use the Alexa feature to ask for an endless string of knock knock jokes is there a way to disable it that's more permanent?
Out of the box is Alexa enabled? Or is it only active (listening, responding, etc) if one logs into an Amazon account and links the Play:One to it, enables Alexa skills, etc. Those are things a kid can't do and so it would effectively disable the Alexa feature for my purposes. But if out of the box Alexa has some functionality then I suspect it's likely more of a distraction than we want in the rooms where they're theoretically doing homework. 🙂
Best answer by Ryan S
Mike is correct, it'll have the option for voice control, but you won't need to set it up. After all, the Sonos One is being sold worldwide, including places that don't have Alexa voice yet. Also, there is an option within the settings to turn off the buttons on top of your players. In this cease, it'd disable the top cap capacitive touch. I've tested it out and this will also disable the ability to turn the microphone on or off using the touch. So you could turn off the microphone, then disable the touch surface and it'll stay off until you re-enable the surface and tap the player to turn it on. The other surface buttons wouldn't work either, like volume control, and play/pause. But it might be worth it.
Also, we'll continue to be selling the PLAY:1 alongside the Sonos One. So you could get them one without the microphones if you so choose.