Sonos will stop playing local files on Android devices later this month

Sonos stopped supporting local playback from iOS several years ago. | Illustration: The Verge

Most people are drawn to Sonos for its vast audio streaming options, but it’s also possible to play your own audio files via line-in, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and network-attached storage (NAS). Android users have long had another option: they can easily play audio files stored locally on their device across a Sonos system at full quality. But that last option is going away soon.

Sonos has updated its website with a notice that says “starting May 23rd, 2023, we’re removing the ability to play audio files directly to Sonos using the ‘On this device’ menu in the Sonos app for Android.” The company recommends that customers either upload those tracks to a streaming service — YouTube Music is great for this — or get a NAS solution up and running…

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