I can’t control my Sonos system volume from my Galaxy 3 watch. Has anyone figured this out?
I can control the Sonos Pause and Skip functions from my watch.
I have the Sonos S2 app on my Samsung Note 9 phone. To enable Sonos control on my watch, I followed these instructions: On the phone, open Sonos App Settings > App Preferences and turn on “Show Notifications,” “Show Lock Screen Controls,” “Control From Other Devices,” and “Home Screen Volume Control.”
This worked, and the music app on my watch now has a Sonos option. It shows the title of the current song playing and the Pause and Skip functions work. The volume control is changing the Media volume on my phone, which would normally work, but on my phone there is a new slider labeled Sonos in my volume control. Its icon is a little box with the wireless lines in the corner, similar to the “Cast” icon in Chrome and YouTube for casting the display to a TV. Adjusting the Media volume slider on my phone (or from the watch) doesn’t change the Sonos volume anymore, only the new Sonos volume slider works.
I don’t remember having a separate Sonos volume slider before. Did the separate volume control for Sonos in Android come in the S2 app?
By experimenting, I found that the new Sonos volume slider is added to the phone’s volume controls when I enable “Home Screen Volume Control” in the Sonos app settings. If that isn’t turned on (i.e. the Sonos slider isn’t displayed), I can’t adjust the Sonos volume from my phone’s volume settings, I can only use the volume slider in the Sonos S2 app.
I’m wondering, is this an issue with the Sonos app not respecting the phone’s media volume control, or is it an issue with the Samsung phone or watch not connecting the S2 app’s volume control to the watch’s music app when Sonos is selected?
I’m thinking that Samsung figured “there’s no way a media app would be stupid enough to bypass the MEDIA volume control of the phone. We can just use that and make our application simpler.”
I know that I’d prefer being able to adjust the Sonos volume with my phone’s Media volume control.
So, does anyone know how to tie the Sonos volume to the phone’s Media volume control?
Or, does anyone know how to access the phone’s Sonos S2 app volume control from a smartwatch?
Side note: Once I got access to the Sonos controls from my watch, I tried turning off the “Control From Other Devices” setting in the S2 app and I can still use the controls on my watch. This didn’t change anything with the volume issue described above.