Amazon Alexa can do quite a few things that make your life a lot easier. But did you know that it can also be used to control your TV? Even if you don’t have a Fire TV? Many other TV makers and streaming products have Amazon Alexa built-in, so you can use your voice to switch apps, or find something to watch, or even turn the TV on or off.
Today, we’re going to show you how you can do that, as well as the different commands you can use with Alexa on your TV to control it.
How to set up TV control with Alexa
Open the Alexa app on your smartphone.
Now tap on the More tab and then tap on Settings.
Then tap on TV & Video.
From there, you’re going to see a list of video service providers. If you see your TV maker or streaming device available, then you can select it.
Next, you’ll be asked to link or enable the provider. Depending on the provider, the steps will vary a bit. For most, you’ll just need to sign in and link your two accounts.
Next, you’ll need to choose a TV to link. And then you can add one or more Alexa speakers. This allows you to use voice commands without having to specify where things would be played. Obviously, you can also change this later on.
And that’s it. Now you can use your voice to control your TV using Amazon Alexa.
What TV and Streaming devices can Alexa control?
These are all of the brands that do support Alexa control. It’s important to note that some Android TV devices do support Alexa, but not all. For example, the Chromecast with Google TV does not, but NVIDIA SHIELD TV does.
- Amazon Fire TV
- Vizio SmartCast
- Altice One
- Verizon Fios
- Nvidia Shield TV
- Logitech Harmony
- LG Smart TVs
- Samsung Smart TVs
- Hisense Smart TVs
- Select Android TV devices
What voice commands can I use?
Now that you have set up Alexa to control your TV, what kind of voice commands can you use? Well, there are quite a few different commands that you can use. Here some of those:
- “Alexa, turn on/off the TV.”
- “Alexa, play/pause/stop the TV.”
- “Alexa, open HBO Max.”
- “Alexa, fast forward/rewind [TV name].”
- “Alexa, change the input to HDMI 3.”
- “Alexa, play The Big Bang Theory on [TV name].”
- “Alexa, search for Comedy movies on [TV name].”
- “Alexa, change the channel to 42.”
- “Alexa, launch Netflix on Roku”
- “Alexa, show me comedies on Fire TV”
- “Alexa, pause on SHIELD TV”
There are also other commands that you can use for Alexa and your TV too. As Amazon is constantly adding more functionality to Alexa.
And that’s it. That’s how you can set up your TV to be controlled with Alexa, and all of the things you can do with it.