Sonos Roam ultra portable smart speaker — the missing manual

3 min readApr 27, 2021

Get the most out of your Sonos Roam portable Bluetooth/Wi-Fi speaker.

Roam merges Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay 2, and Sonos whole-house audio into one easy to carry mini speaker.

Check out my guide below to the Sonos Roam hidden features or visit www.DoItForMe.Solutions for more Smart Home tips and information.

Playback controls

Press Play/Pause to play or pause

Double press Play/Pause to skip to the next track

Triple press Play/Pause to play the previous track

Volume control

Press + or — for small adjustments

Press & hold + or — to quickly change the volume

Add Amazon Alexa or Google Voice assistant

From Settings tab, select Services & Voice

Under Voice, tap Add a Voice Assistant and choose the voice assistant you would like to set up

Group audio

Press & hold Play/Pause until you hear the second tone

Swap content

Press & Hold Play/Pause to swap audio with the closest Sonos speaker


Press the power button once to sleep


Do any of the following:
Press any button to wake up
Connect to USB-C charger
Place on the wireless charger
Bring the Sonos app to the foreground on your smartphone

Power down

Press & hold the power button for 5 seconds to power down. You will hear a chimed and the status LED on the front will turn off.

Low power indicator

When the Roam has low power, the battery in the front near the bottom begins blinking. Full battery status is available in the Sonos app

Pair Sonos Roam with Bluetooth

Press and hold the power button on the back until you hear the Bluetooth pairing tone and the status LED on the front is flashing blue.

Go to your mobile, laptop, or computer’s Bluetooth settings menu.

Select Roam from the device list.

You will see a solid blue LED and hear a chime the the connection is complete.

If you have trouble, make sure the Roam is still in pairing mode with the status LED flashing blue and try again or repeat these steps.

Factory reset

Power down by pressing and holding the power button on the back for 5 seconds until your hear a chime and the status LED turn off.

While holding the Play/Pause button, press and release the power button on the back.

Continue holding the Play/Pause button until the indicator light on the front flashes orange and white.

Wait until the indicator light flashes green, then the Roam is ready for setup.

FYI — Not-so-well-known tidbits

Roam automatically goes into sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity?

Roam standby time in sleep mode is supposed to be 10 days

Roam wakes-up from sleep when the mobile app is brought to the foreground (made active)

Roam stereo pairing breaks easily whenever one of the paired Roams goes offline or powers off (like when the battery runs out!)

Originally published at on April 27, 2021.




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