Sonos Alexa Commands

You can now control your Sonos via your Amazon Alexa. If this is news to you read our other guide (How to connect Sonos to Alexa).

One of the biggest frustrations of Alexa is you need to know exactly what to ask to make it work, for example using ‘play’ not ‘listen’.

This is because no matter how smart Alexa is it is just a program and needs clear commands to work out exactly what you want to do.


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Luckily, we have put together the ultimate Sonos Alexa Commands list!

At present Alexa and Sonos only works with:

  • Amazon Music
  • Pandora
  • iHeartRadio
  • TuneIn Radio
  • SiriusXM

*Spotify is coming soon

One other important point is Alexa needs your device names to be unique, for example if Bedroom is a Sonos and a Hue bulb it will cause issues. To resolve this just check in Alexa > Smart Home that names are unique.


Master Commands

These work with all providers. In our example, we use Kitchen but this can be any room.

Alexa, turn it up/down in the KITCHEN
Alexa, louder/quieter in the KITCHEN
Alexa, set the volume to 5 (50%) in the KITCHEN
[0-10 volume levels]
Alexa, softer in the KITCHEN
Alexa, mute the KITCHEN
Alexa, unmute the KITCHEN

Alexa, pause/stop/resume in the KITCHEN
Alexa, pause/stop/resume the music in the KITCHEN
Alexa, skip/next in the KITCHEN
Alexa, play the next/previous song/track in the KITCHEN
Alexa, pause
Alexa, resume on KITCHEN
Alexa, next song/track
Alexa, previous song/track
Alexa, stop
Alexa, skip
Alexa, skip song/track
Alexa, what’s playing in KITCHEN?

TuneIn (Radio) commands

Alexa, play (TuneIn station/radio call sign) in the KITCHEN

For example: Alexa, play Radio One in the KITCHEN

Alexa, put on (TuneIn station/radio call sign) in the KITCHEN
Alexa, start playing (TuneIn station/radio call sign) in the KITCHEN

Amazon Music specific commands

Alexa, play music in the KITCHEN (Alexa will select music)
Alexa, play (artist) in the KITCHEN

For example: Alexa, play Queen in the KITCHEN

Alexa, play (song name) by (artist) in the KITCHEN
Alexa, play the album (album name) by (artist) in the KITCHEN
Alexa, play (activity) music in the KITCHEN


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PS. You can buy Sonos speakers and Amazon Echo at Amazon.

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