Disable Hard Button on Sonos Speakers

  • 24 March 2014
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A Sonos user would like to disable the hard buttons on his Sonos devices via the Sonos Controller. 

For exemple when he is having a party home he want to avoid his friend to modify the volume level or pause the music.

What do you think about it?

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This is a crucial feature after the installation of the playbase. It took our 1 year old about 30 sec to realize the volume could be changed and I would have had to return the playbase if this feature was not available. Thank you Sonos for listening to the community and adapting the ux to the real world. Keep doing what you do!
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Looks like an update for this was just released.
Well, it looks like someone is happy! 😃
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Version 7.2 - Speaker Touch Controls

Yes!!!!

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This feature is really needed, for all the reasons stated above. It's a major flaw in the system where children are concerned

In the current Beta.

https://en.community.sonos.com/announcements-228985/sonos-version-72-enters-public-beta-6764889

If you’ve ever needed to prevent pets or kids from pressing buttons on your Sonos devices, that’s now available under Room Settings.
This feature is really needed, for all the reasons stated above. It's a major flaw in the system where children are concerned
Glad to hear that other people know how frustrating it is!!

My 3 kids are driving me and the missus crazy. Also makes them want our phones or iPad to change music if they don't like it.

It's getting hateful now.

Getting wall mounts for the 2 play3s, either that or I may have to physically break the button.
Glad to hear that other people know how frustrating it is!!

My 3 kids are driving me and the missus crazy.

Getting wall mounts for the 2 play3s
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Also I discovered that my cats have the ability to turn up the sound (and then look at me to solve it)... it would be nice if we could disable the functions. As we can by double clicking can skip to the next song... something must be possible. :?
Anybody with children really needs this feature. All UX people make it too easy for toddlers to switch stuff on and off - its too well designed. The buttons just scream "press me" to an inquisitive child.
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+1, as our 15 month old girl started to "play" with the buttons...
With respect to cats, a loud recording of a big dog could be discouraging.
I don't see any way to do this yet, so I'll add another vote to get functionality to disable the button. The cats turned my Play5 on 4 times since 2am...
Right. Now a small sick stray cat that invited himself in thinks there should be some music in the middle of the night so it jumps on a Play 5 and hits Play. Come on Sonos, what's the problem with an extra Prefs setting to switch button functionality off. I can put the white light off, so why not functionality as well.
Sonos has already stated that they do not want to allow users to configure button functions (see the long threads about the mute button). Why would they break that rule to accommodate this request?
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My cat is turning on my system. My cat is turning on our system by stepping on the pause button, we need a way to delete the service form a room so it wont play when you hit the button on the speaker.
yeah, remembering to clear the queue(s) is a pain.  And somethings aren't in queues like a paused internet radio station - so you have to replace that with a song so there is a queue then clear that queue.  Try explaining that to the Mrs who is the one most inconvenienced when the cat is going about its innocent nocturnal activities.
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My cat is turning on my system. My cat is turning on our system by stepping on the pause button, we need a way to delete the service form a room so it wont play when you hit the button on the speaker.
mine does that too, and very innocently but I'm not sure sometimes
I just wrote to add the same suggestion but my reason is the bloody cat - it likes to sit on the Play5 and somehow press the buttons in the middle of the night and that plays whatever was queued in that room which is bad enough but worse if it was a radio station as it keeps playing forever so when you are away for a weekend could be annoying for the neighbours.

My workaround is to clear the queue but that is a pain to remember always and an internet radio station isn't in a queue so you have to arse around replacing it with a song so there is a queue then clear that queue, so the cat can sit wherever it wants without waking the house.


So all I would ask for is more control over what the buttons can be allowed to do - nothing, everything, some of it, best of all if it is assignable functionality.
would concur, if you have a young baby this would be amazing!!!
Nope. Still not resolved. I had to cover the buttons by taped down plastic covers. It really is annoying and can't be that hard to fix, right?
Has this been resolved? I don't see any response from Sonos and my wife is ready to throw the whole system away because our 2-year loves dance parties. #worsethanlivingnexttoafraternity
i cant recall for sure, as i am not near my system, but i believe if you go to group and uncheck the current room (or all rooms), it will clear the service and display "no music." if your cat were to press play/pause, nothing would start.

you would want to clear your queue also.

EDIT: i think i was wrong about this. i tried it and it didn't behave the same way i remember. the only way to clear the service may be to reboot the player.
I have the same problem with my cat.  He not only turn it on but he also truns the volume up to max.  Please do something.
Would be a very handy feature to be able to toggle this from the App
+1, my cat loves to step on the play button in the middle of the night...