I’m a big fan of the Sonos Roam in general, but in the months since the portable speaker was released, I’ve definitely encountered one downside: subpar power management. If the device sits idle, the battery discharges much faster than I would like – and faster than most Bluetooth speakers. Sometimes that means a dead roam the moment you want to use it the most. This has resulted in me completely turning the speaker off when not in use, which is not ideal for something that will fit into a multiroom sound system.
Fortunately, today Sonos made some improvements to address battery drain.
After installing the latest software update (using the Sonos app on Android or iOS), the Roam should take longer to charge if it is not doing anything. “We’ve improved Roam’s power management to extend Roam’s battery life when it’s not actively used,” said Sonos in its update notes on the Sonos S2 13.3 update.
The Roam’s play buttons can now wake him up. Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge
The update also makes it possible to wake the Roam from sleep by pressing one of the top buttons; So far this was only possible with the power button on the back. And the Sonos app will now notify you if the Roam is plugged into a charger that isn’t providing enough juice to actually charge the battery. Finally, Sonos says that two roams that were paired with stereo will now automatically reconnect if one of them momentarily loses connection to the network.
To install the update, make sure you have the latest version of the Sonos app installed on Android, iOS, PC, or Mac. On mobile devices, you should be automatically prompted to update your devices when you open the app. If not, you can still check for the update manually by tapping the Gear tab, selecting System, and then selecting System Updates.