Audio Handoff with Sonos Speakers

With Apple’s introduction of the HomePod Mini they touted a feature which lets you hand-off music and audio between iPhone to your HomePod simply by bringing your iPhone close. A handy feature to have!

(Video clip credit to Marques Brownlee)

But what if you don’t own a HomePod and instead use other Airplay 2 speakers such as Sonos’. Well with Shortcuts, NFC tags, and Home Assistant we can recreate the same feature!

Necessary Items

Step-by-Step Guide

Step One – Add Sonos to Home Assistant

Step Two – Configure Home Assistant

Step Three – Create Home Assistant Automation

Step Four – Create iOS Shortcut

Step Five – Add your NFC tag to your speaker

That’s it!

By utilizing the Airplay playback destination feature, the audio does not only have to be a music source. If you’re listening to a podcast for example, you can easily transfer the audio from your phone to your speaker. I’ve been using this setup for a little while now and its been working really reliably with a surprisingly fast audio handoff speed.

Let me know of other NFC implementations, or, if you’re looking for my DIY projects, how about building your own smart motorized shades?

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