How Do I Play TV Through Sonos?

Sonos is one of the best smart speaker brands with the best quality sounding on the market. Sonos speakers are clean, well-designed, and offer great sounding.

Sonos’ ability to support Google Assistant is another reason that makes the speaker one of the most versatile smart speakers on the market.

Currently, Sonos is dramatically making an impact in the world of home audio streaming with its innovative use by connecting via Wi-Fi and the main controller.

However, you might be curious how you can also play your TV audio through Sonos. Read on to find out how to play TV audio through Sonos.

How to Play TV Audio Through Sonos?

It is possible to play your TV audio through Sonos smart speakers. The reason you would want to play TV through Sonos is to enhance the sound quality of music and movies from your TV.

Though connecting the main Sonos speaker to your TV is often done with a wired setup – HDMI-ARC and single optical cable, you can still connect your Sonos to your TV wirelessly via Bluetooth, Sonos app, and APTX BT transmitter.

Your choice of method would depend on the model of Sonos speaker you have as well as the setup and wireless capabilities of your TV.

In case you want to set up surround Sonos speakers, you don’t have to plug each speaker into another using multiple cables, you can simply connect them over Wi-Fi.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these options to play TV through Sonos wirelessly – we assume that you already have an idea of how to connect your TV to an external speaker via a wire connection.

Playing TV Through Sonos Speaker Via Bluetooth

If you want to connect your TV to a Sonos speaker via Bluetooth, then you’ll need to ensure that your TV is Bluetooth-enabled. Otherwise, you might be thoroughly disappointed when you find out that you have to seek out another solution.

To connect your TV to a Sonos speaker via Bluetooth, you’ll need to use your TV’s streaming service.

Turn on the Bluetooth connection on the Sonos speaker with the touch of a button on your speakers, go to the Settings section on your TV, and pair to the Sonos speaker as a Bluetooth device.

Then, the TV and the Sonos speakers will connect wirelessly viaBluetooth, enabling TV audio to play through the Sonos speaker.Be mindful that not all Sonos speakers are Bluetooth compatible.

However, if you purchase the Sonos Bluetooth-enabled speaker, then this option is really quite simple.

You will easily be able to turn on the Bluetooth with the touch of a button on your speakers, and then you can pair the device with your TV.

Playing TV Through Sonos Speaker Via the Sonos App

Another impressive feature of the Sonos speaker is that it comes with an app, which enables the speakers to be remotely controlled from your smart device or any Wi-Fi-enabled phone or computer (as the controller).

With the Sonos app, you can easily manage the speaker from the comfort of your sofa cushion. Instead of having to manually adjust your speaker, you can tune it from your phone.

To do this, your TV must have a Wi-Fi feature. Using the Sonos App, connect your Sonos speaker(s) and the Wi-Fi-enabled TV to the Wi-Fi system created on the controller (Wi-Fi-enabled phone or computer). Follow these steps to configure your Sonos app:

  • Open the Sonos app on your device.
  • From the Settings tab, tap System.
  • Select the room where your Sonos home theater product is located.
  • Tap TV and then Remote Control Setup.
  • Follow the in-app instructions to configure your new remote to control the home theater speaker.

Once the connection has been established, you can play your TV through Sonos.

Playing TV Through Sonos Speaker Via an APTX BT Transmitter

Another option for playing your TV through Sonos wirelessly is to use a connecting device that permits your speakers to work with your TV via Bluetooth. This is very useful if your TV is not originally Bluetooth-enabled.

However, your Sonos speaker must be Bluetooth-enabled.

The APTX BT Transmitter acts as a Bluetooth audio receiver to connect to the audio input/output receivers on your TV. Basically, the APTX BT Transmitter acts as a device that turns your TV into a Bluetooth-enabled device whether or not your TV features a streaming service.

To do this, turn on the Bluetooth connection on both the Sonos speaker and the APTX BT transmitter. Then, plug in the APTX BT transmitter into the audio input/output jacks of the TV as appropriate.

Now that the APTX BT transmitter is plugged into your TV and your Sonos speakers are enabled via Bluetooth, you’ll wait for the two devices to pair with each other.

Whenever you want to stop playing your TV through the Sonos speaker, you only need to unplug the APTX BT transmitter and the two devices will no longer be paired.

Which Sonos Speaker Can I Connect to My TV?

There are several different Sonos speakers out there. Hence, it’s normal to wonder which of these Sonos speakers can connect to your TV. This is an important consideration if you’re planning to invest in Sonos speakers to heighten your audio streaming capabilities.

Sadly, not all Sonos speakers were designed to connect to your TV. Sonos speakers come in different shapes, appearances, and functionalities, and are not made for the same purpose. This might look frustrating for a newbie in the audio streaming world.

Therefore, it’s a good rule of thumb to always check whether the Sonos speaker you intend to buy can only stream audio in the form of music or can also connect to TVs to stream audio from movies and other media.

Most Sonos speakers that can connect to TVs to stream audio come with some kind of cable for their wired connection.

This is to prevent mishaps that are sometimes associated with wireless connections. Nobody would like to hear the punch line of a joke 20secs after it has been delivered on the screen.

Some of the Sonos speakers meant to connect to a TV include the Sonos Beam and Sonos Arc. These two models are perfect for your TV streaming – whether for movies or music.

It is also possible to use a Sonos PLAY:5, Sonos Amp, or Sonos Port to play your TV audio.All of these devices have aninbuilt line-in input that you can connect to your TV. Once this cable is connected, you will be able to select the line-in feed from your TV as an option on your Sonos controller.

The Sonos Play:5 is a traditional wireless speaker, built mainly for music listening with the option of a 3.5mm jack that can be connected to the headphone port on the TV.

Hence, if your TV has an output connection that will appear as a headphone port, then you can connect the Sonos Play:5 to this TV and use it to stream TV audio.


You can also use the Sonos One, Sonos SL, or Sonos Move but with your soundbar. These will enhance the audio quality in your surround sound speaker system as you connect them all through the Sonos App.

If you have any questions about playing TV through Sonos or would like to know more, feel free to get in contact us.