What Do the Lights Mean on Sonos Move?


Most peripheral devices on the market either have a screen display or LED light indicator to display the status of the device. 

Sonos speakers and soundbars all have an LED light status indicator. 

The light color and rhythm are used together to tell the owner what the device is doing. But what the heck do all these flashing lights mean?

What Do the Lights on the Sonos Move Mean?

The LED light indicator on your Sonos Move is designed to keep you informed of your device’s status. Sonos Move LEDs may be solid, flashing, or alternating between White, Green, Orange, Red, and Blue. Each combination means something different.  For example, if the LED light is solid white, the device is powered on and functioning correctly

Here is each color and rhythm pattern and what they stand for:

  • Solid White Light – Speaker is powered on and working properly.
  • No Light – Speaker is not powered on.
  • Flashing White Light – Speaker is booting up after receiving wall power.
  • Solid Green Light – Speaker is muted or set to zero volume.
  • Flashing Green Light – Speaker is powered up and ready to be set up.
  • Solid Orange Light – Speaker is in warning mode and may be overheating. Unplug the device from the wall outlet.
  • Flashing Orange Light – Speaker has failed to initiate playback.
  • Alternating Orange and White Light – Speaker is in faulty condition. The device may need to be updated or reset to factory settings.
  • Flashing Red Light – Speaker has powered up but was unable to connect to the Sonos Controller App within the first thirty minutes.
  • Alternating Green and White Light – Speaker has not been registered to a Sonos account.
  •  Alternating Red and White Light – Speaker has failed to partition correctly during update. Restart and try again.
  • Solid Blue Light – Speaker is connected to a Bluetooth device.

That’s all the lights there are on the Sonos Move. 

For the most part, each light also contains a message on how to react. 

However, the yellow indication may reappear after completing an update or restoring the speaker to factory settings. In some cases, you may need to contact a Sonos Customer support agent for assistance in either fixing the software or receiving a replacement speaker. 

These issues are not likely to occur, but be sure to check the LED now and then to keep a watchful eye on your Sonos speakers. 

Sonos uses the same color and rhythm scheme for all of their devices. 

This means that knowing what the LED light stands for on the Sonos Move will also teach you how to read the light status on the Play:1, One, Play:5, Beam, Playbar, Play base, Sub, Port, Amp, and Boost.

The LED light is always positioned very close to the play and pause button.

Luckily, It’s pretty easy to spot as the only light. 

The LED on the Sonos Move is directly above the play/pause button.

Why The Blinking Light Code?

The average person is not going to have the knowledge to understand the code under the hood. 

So, instead, the industry standard is to use an LED light with either changing colors or rhythms to indicate different messages.

Sonos uses the same light color and rhythm coding for each of their speakers.

The LED can switch between up to five colors. It also either flashes consistently or remains solid.

Much of modern technology uses an array of circuit boards and small transmitters. 

While they are sturdy and often perform without any issue, there’s a lot that can go wrong.

Most of the time, these problems can not be determined by looking physically at the internal components. 

Without a warning system, you would need to find a way to hook the speaker up to a computer to read the device’s internal processes. 

If your Move is working properly, the light will either be solid white or solid blue. 

Any other color may indicate an issue that needs your attention.

If you’re seeing green, yellow, or red, your Sonos is trying to warn you about a malfunction or possible danger. 

Any issue signaled by the yellow light should be looked into immediately.

How to Turn the Light Off

In some cases, you may not want to see the light indicator at all. 

If you’re laying down at night listening to music, the bright white LED can be a bit distracting and bad for your eyes. 

Did you know that Sonos baked in a way to turn it off?

If you want to put your Sonos Move into “no light” stealth mode, you’ll need to install the Sonos Controller app on your mobile device. 

As this app is required for setting up and using Sonos speakers, you should already have the app ready to go.

First, open the app. You’ll be greeted with the room’s screen. 

On the top left, there is a sandwich icon that opens the navigation bar.

Tap on it. 

A menu will open on the left side of the screen. 

Near the bottom is a gear wheel icon labeled “Settings”. Tap on the Settings icon. 

Now tap on the “Room Settings” option.

If you own multiple Sonos speakers, you’ll want to make sure that you have selected the “room” in the app that manages the speaker you want to control. 

For instance, if you create a room labeled “Mobile” for your Move, then it should say “Mobile” next to the Room Name listing. 

If the correct room is selected, toggle the “White Indicator Light” option. 

The LED indicator should now power off. 

You can enjoy the beautiful sound of your Sonos Move in complete darkness.

This option will not toggle back on automatically. 

If you want the LED to power back on, you will need to navigate back to the room settings the Sonos Controller app and toggle the “White Indicator Light” option “on”. 

Keep in mind that these settings affect every speaker that is organized in that “room” on the controller app.

If you bring your Move with you room to room and own other Sonos speakers, you may want to create a specific room to manage the Move on its own.

What Do Blinking Lights Mean On A Sonos Move?

There are quite a few different light combinations for the Sonos series, but It’s pretty straightforward once you understand them. 

If you’ve lost the paperwork that came with your Sonos Move, I would either download a manual from the website or make a quick charge of the light meanings for future reference. 

You are likely not going to have any issues while the information is fresh in your mind. 

After all, It’s just like trouble to show up when you least expect it.

For the most part, you will likely only see the white or blue colors from your speaker with a few rare instances of red and green.

Just remember that blue means the same thing it does on most devices, the “blue”tooth is connected. 

White means on and working. 

If you see any other color, you may want to do a quick check-up on your Sonos Move.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the blue light on the Sonos Move mean?

If your LED light on the Sonos Move is solid blue, it means the speaker is connected to a Bluetooth device. 

If you are not connected to the speaker, you may need to initiate Bluetooth pairing mode on your Sonos Move to kick off unwanted pairings.

My Sonos Move is blinking between green and white. Is my speaker broken?

Your Sonos speaker is fine. The green and white alternating light means that you have not yet registered your speaker to a Sonos account. 

There are quite a few benefits to having a Sonos account. You should go ahead and fix that from the Sonos Controller app.

My Sonos Move is connected to my phone and playing music, but the light won’t come on. What’s wrong?

If the LED light is not lighting up and the speaker is connected and working, you may have to toggle the indicator light off at some point in the Sonos Controller app. Follow the directions in the section above labeled “How to Turn the Light Off” to find the light indicator toggle option. 

Once you get there, just tap it and the light should come back on. If restoring this option does not turn the LED indicator back on, the LED bulb might have suffered damage. 

If you have a warranty, it doesn’t hurt to use it.

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