Sonos‌ ‌Play‌ ‌5‌ ‌Setup‌ ‌—‌ ‌Learn‌ ‌the‌ ‌Connections‌ ‌and‌ ‌Configurations‌

sonos play 5 setup

Are you aching to play music with your newly acquired Play 5 (Gen 1) speaker? If it’s your first time to set up a new Sonos speaker, you may need some help along the way. 

Thankfully, you won’t have to do it alone, thanks to this guide our team prepared.

Sonos Play 5 Setup

Set Up Sonos Play 5 in Your Preferred Location

Once you have finished opening the product and guide,  it’s time to search for a location where you want to set up your Sonos speaker.

Be sure to consider the following factors when deciding where you want to set up your Play 5 (Gen 1):

  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Room setup
  • TV specs
Sonos Play 5

If you want to connect using your current Wi-fi settings, we advise you to put both the Play 5 (Gen 1) and your other Sonos speakers near the router.

This avoids potential lags or delays when jumping from the current song to the next.

If you prefer a wired connection, you have the option of connecting your Sonos speaker to the Wi-fi modem, as long as you have an ethernet cable connecting the two devices.

Install Sonos S1 App on Your Mobile Device

One of the most important steps involves installing the Sonos app on your iOS or Android device. The app will serve as your guide throughout the Sonos Play 5 (Gen 1) setup process and even with other devices like Sonos Roam and Move.

You can download the Sonos app on both the Apple App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

Therefore, there is no need to do away with your mobile device because both iOS and Android operating systems have the said app.

Sonos Play 5 Front View

All you have to do is type “Sonos” on any of the two stores, and the Sonos app should appear in the search results.

Add or Install a New System for Sonos Play 5

The next part of our guide will teach you how to set up a new Sonos system for your Play 5 (Gen 1) speaker.  In case you are wondering, this process is required for most Sonos speakers.

After you download the Sonos app, press on the “Set up a new Sonos system” button on either your mobile phone or tablet.

You may want to charge your mobile device at full power to avoid logging out of the app due to the low battery.

Sonos Play 5 placed on top of book shelf

Connect Sonos 5 to the System

Now, it’s time to connect the Play 5 (Gen 1) to your home network. The Play 5:(Gen 1) speaker does not require you to press multiple buttons all at once, thanks to its “Join button.”

If you don’t know where to search for it, you can find it at the bottom right of the AC power input.

Sonos Play 5 with Amazon Alexa

After doing this step, the orange light will signify that you have successfully set up your Sonos system. The app is now ready to configure the speaker.

While most speakers will require you to choose a temporary Wi-Fi network, the Play:5 (Gen 1) automatically detects your home Wi-fi network so you don’t need to re-open the app.

Input for Other Devices

Your eyes are not deceiving you when we say that you can connect other devices to the Play:5 (Gen 1) speaker. Other speakers don’t provide you with this special feature.

For example, if you want to connect audio input devices such as CD music players, DJ turntables, Mac, and PC, connect the 3.5 mm input from your chosen device to the back of the Play 5:(Gen 1) speaker.

Input for Headphone Jack

Like the audio output devices, you can also connect your headphones to the Play:5 (Gen 1).

Sonos Play 5 top view with volume control

All you have to do is connect the headphones [1] to the 3.5 mm jack found on the leftmost side of the Play:5 (Gen 1).

Plugging in your headphones will disable the Play 5’s built-in speakers.


The high-end features, user-friendly buttons, and superior audio quality the Play: 5 (Gen 1) provides you with everything you need. If you follow the instructions above, you are sure to connect Play: 5 without any issue.


Willie Greer
Willie Greer
Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.