Resolving (the majority of) Issues with Alexa on Sonos



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Thanks again, just a thought I was thinking my other option would be to wait for Google home to be supported apparently some time this year..?

I would expect the same issue. The cloud doesn't know you have two homes unless you have two accounts. I helped someone early on where someone's boyfriend was playing music through his girlfriends speaker and one was east coast of the US and the other west coast. It really is simple if you follow my instructions in my previous post.
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Ok thanks, I will give it a go and let you know.
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I just want to say that it is insane to have to factory reset all Sonos devices, especially when one has several rooms set up, to resolve this issue.

No idea why better solutions have not been offered. No idea why this thread is still stickied.

Hello, guys! I perchased the Sonos One speaker resently. In Alexa app I found a function to adjust the speaker to my voice in order to make it respond only to my voice. When I press button to start setting this function, the app says that my device doesn’t support this function, though in help page of this function I found that Sonos One does support it. Why I can’t start this function?
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It's the same for me but I can't find an exact answer....
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roman2810 & marianvlaza: Thanks for posting, I'm happy to clear this up. That particular feature is only available to Amazon Echo devices and is not supported on Sonos One. Should this change and I am able to provide an update I will be sure to reach out with an announcement on the Community. Thanks!

I just want to say that it is insane to have to factory reset all Sonos devices, especially when one has several rooms set up, to resolve this issue.

No idea why better solutions have not been offered. No idea why this thread is still stickied.

 

There is never, ever a need to factory reset, unless an update fails in the middle of updating, and certainly not for any issues with Alexa.  In fact, Sonos advises against it unless specifically told to do so by support.  

Thanks Ken, that worked!! I must have done that 20 times before doing the full reset without it working, but never thought to do it again afterwards!

The only downside is that my 7 year old will be in charge of the music again now 😉 At least she has good taste (other than her obsession with Little Mix)!
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I just want to say that it is insane to have to factory reset all Sonos devices, especially when one has several rooms set up, to resolve this issue.

No idea why better solutions have not been offered. No idea why this thread is still stickied.

 

There is never, ever a need to factory reset, unless an update fails in the middle of updating, and certainly not for any issues with Alexa.  In fact, Sonos advises against it unless specifically told to do so by support.  

 

Step 3 of Edward R’s first post specifically mentions factory reset. This is why I am suggesting this thread either be unstickied, or edited with more current instructions.

 



3. Factory Reset the Sonos One by following the steps here.

 

 

This did not resolve the issue of Alexa skills not actually playing even though Alexa acknowledged the command and said "now playing..." I am having this same issue, followed all the instructions three times over, clearing out Amazon accounts, etc, and nothing. She still says, "playing *whatever*" and then nothing. This is very irritating. Anything I can do? If not I might have to return.
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This did not resolve the issue of Alexa skills not actually playing even though Alexa acknowledged the command and said "now playing..." I am having this same issue, followed all the instructions three times over, clearing out Amazon accounts, etc, and nothing. She still says, "playing *whatever*" and then nothing. This is very irritating. Anything I can do? If not I might have to return.

This was a known issue for a while with no amount of resetting addressing it, but it seems to have been fixed in one of the last two Sonos updates. Mine now works OK (previously no joy even with UK Media's steps).

So do check your application version on your phone/device and make sure Sonos is updated to the latest version.

As a test, enable "Babbling Brook" skill on the Alexa page and then say "Alexa, start babbling brook".

Good luck.
There is no Forget All in the Alexa app. There is also no Settings on the Sonos link USA site. Terrible instructions.
I have a new Sonos Beam. All working well, except I can't setup Alexa. I've been onto the Alexa app/website and added the Sonos skill; I've then been through the steps of providing Amazon and Sonos credentials. But then when it asks to discover, it tells me that an error has occurred so the Beam never appears. I've tried restarting the Beam but to no avail. It is my first Alexa product fyi. Please can someone assist? Been going at this for hours.
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There is no Forget All in the Alexa app. There is also no Settings on the Sonos link USA site. Terrible instructions.


I can't see the US site, as I have a UK account but they were there and still are on the UK site Also, are you trying to tell me that Amazon have removed the Settings page from the Alexa App in the US? How do you configure Alexa then?
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I have a new Sonos Beam. All working well, except I can't setup Alexa. I've been onto the Alexa app/website and added the Sonos skill; I've then been through the steps of providing Amazon and Sonos credentials. But then when it asks to discover, it tells me that an error has occurred so the Beam never appears. I've tried restarting the Beam but to no avail. It is my first Alexa product fyi. Please can someone assist? Been going at this for hours.

Is your Beam visible to your Sonos App?
Yes...

Strangely, when I click on Voice Services in the Sonos App it tells me voice services are not currently available in my country. I’m in the UK.
Mendy45 go to your Sonos Account here https://www.sonos.com/myaccount/ and look at flag on left hand side and make sure you are set to UK... you can click the flag to change country if necessary.

If it isn’t your Sonos account make sure your Amazon Alexa account is also set to UK. I’m not sure where the setting is for that, but hopefully you will find it, or can speak to Amazon Support to resolve that.
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Yes...

Strangely, when I click on Voice Services in the Sonos App it tells me voice services are not currently available in my country. I’m in the UK.


Can you check your addess in your profile in www.sonos.com and also the device location in the Alexa app>settings>{your beam}
Mendy45 go to your Sonos Account here https://www.sonos.com/myaccount/ and look at flag on left hand side and make sure you are set to UK... you can click the flag to change country if necessary.

If it isn’t your Sonos account make sure your Amazon Alexa account is also set to UK. I’m not sure where the setting is for that, but hopefully you will find it, or can speak to Amazon Support to resolve that.


Thanks - both look like they are set to UK...
Yes...

Strangely, when I click on Voice Services in the Sonos App it tells me voice services are not currently available in my country. I’m in the UK.


Can you check your addess in your profile in www.sonos.com and also the device location in the Alexa app>settings>{your beam}


Sonos looks like it is set to UK, but I can’t check the device location on Alexa as the app isn’t picking it up. Tells me discovery has failed every time I try to search for it...
Just to update, I have managed to locate my Beam in the Alexa app by configuring the voice function on my iPhone and then asking Alexa to find me devices. So that worked, but I still don’t seem to be able to talk directly to the Beam...
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You should see two devices for your Beam in the Alexa App smart-home device list ... see my screenshot. My Beam is located in the 'Dining Room' in my case. Make sure those entries aren’t duplicated in the device list and if so, remove them all and ask Alexa to rescan for devices.
Mendy45,

In the Alexa App Main Settings you will also see the Beam is listed twice, one will be the room name, like ‘Dining Room' for example, that’s the speaker side of the hardware ...and the other will be called something like 'mendy's Sonos Beam' or something similar to that, this is the Alexa device part of the hardware.

You will find the Alexa App will only allow you to set your location in the settings of the Alexa part of the hardware, it won’t let you set it in the speaker part.

However please note this is NOT your Amazon Alexa Account Country Settings, you need to do those somewhere online at Amazon. If necessary I would speak to Amazon Support and get them to check your account country settings for Alexa and explain the error messages you have been seeing. They maybe able to resolve the matter for you.
My problem is (like many) the Echo dot says 'playing on Kitchen' (Sonos:1) and no sound comes from there. The Play5 in another room always works when told to do so. Have tried *everything * suggested, and I'm tired of two 'proper' companies (this isn't a cheap gizmo from China with some half baked App to control it) saying this works when clearly there's a serious issue with compatability. I may just by an Echo with a speaker and ditch my Sonos Play:1 I'm so p**sed by this :-(
I would not be able to recommend Sonos in future. Very sad customer.
I did all the steps above. Still does not work. I have Spotify enabled as my Default Music Service. Like everybody else: I say, "Play Legs by ZZ Top". Alexa replies, "OK, playing Legs by ZZ Top on Spotify". Then it doesn't play anything. I submitted Diagnostic Code: 644701571

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