Sonos Beam homekit automation

  • 7 October 2018
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Hi Sonos Community,

Does anyone know how to use apple home kit's automation feature for a Sonos Beam. I'd like to be to create an automation that play music at a certain time, or turn off the Apple TV at a certain time.

My Sonos Beam is listed in the home automation but I can't do anything with it. The speaker icon stays greyed out.

Any links to articles or videos regarding this topic are greatly appreciated.

Luis

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This could be solved if Apple bought Sonos. HomePod is too expensive.

Very happy with Sonos otherwise.
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Expecting iOS 13 to provide this capability for HomePods and expect/hope that will include AirPlay 2 enabled Sonos speakers such as the Beam.
+1 upvote for this. Would be great if we could get a "stop playing" (since the Sonos speakers don't have real "on/off" stage), e.g. when leaving home, locking the front door or activating a "good night" scenario etc :)
Or maybe even start playing [playlist] when coming home (certain days/hours).
Definitely missing aforementioned HomeKit functionality! Seems to be in Apple's court. I’d rather not farm out functionality to IFTTT or Amazon...
As Ken says. Very frustrating!
Nope it’s still the same. HomeKit Automation for Sonos is not supported.
Did anyone get further with this?
Exact same problem here - I’m thinking it could be Homekit as I can’t trigger a HomePod to play music using Homekit automation either. Supposedly you can do this with Apple Shortcuts - I’ll investigate further. I think we are all looking for the same capability which is reasonable to expect and makes no sense that it can’t be done without having to go to some other proprietary solution that will be here today and gone tomorrow.
As you can perhaps see in the attached further screenshot, my Sonos Beam (called 'Dining Room') ... is not showing on the final screen of the Automation Wizards beneath the 'Front Room' Accessories section. The iOS 12.1 beta has hidden the Sonos accessories. Only the Philips Hue Lights and Home Sensors are now showing. No Sonos devices anywhere and I have several, in different rooms, registered in my HomeKit App.
Did you get any results with this? It’s frustrating as I have the Sonos beam showing as an accessory in HomeKit but can’t create a scene because it doesn’t show up in the list but my LIFX bulbs do. This is especially frustrating as I have been playing with iOS Shortcuts which is amazing and could do so much with it. I don’t have a hub though (only 3rd gen Apple TV and only 4th generation and newer works) so can’t create ‘automation’ but should be able to create a ‘scene’
@ken_griffiths, I'm going contact Apple Support to have some more help. I'll post the solution or Apple reply in this thread.
As you can perhaps see in the attached further screenshot, my Sonos Beam (called 'Dining Room') ... is not showing on the final screen of the Automation Wizards beneath the 'Front Room' Accessories section. The iOS 12.1 beta has hidden the Sonos accessories. Only the Philips Hue Lights and Home Sensors are now showing. No Sonos devices anywhere and I have several, in different rooms, registered in my HomeKit App.
Let me first of all say I have installed iOS 12.1 beta 2 on my iPad Air as that may be important here.

I have added the Sonos Beam as an Accessory in HomeKit, which I did a while back, which is located in my Front Room.

If I go to the Automation Tab and select to add an automation I see screenshot 1 (attached).

If I choose and follow any of the five listed 'triggers' in the list , whether that is 'Peope Arrive' or 'An Accessory is Controlled' etc... none of the pages that follow, ever show my Sonos Speakers despite them being an accessory in one of my HomeKit Rooms.

So my thoughts are they are not supposed to currently work in the automation screens, er... at the moment, at least ...and perhaps what you maybe seeing is something that has now being fixed in the latest iOS beta software.

Those are my initial thoughts here.

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