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How to Control Your TV with Alexa

If you’re tired of losing the remote control for your TV, you can go ahead and throw it in the trash. Now all you need is an Amazon Echo device, and you can control your TV with Alexa voice commands. Here’s how to connect your TV to Alexa, and voice commands you can use to ask Alexa to change the channel, search for videos, turn off your TV, and more.

Note: These steps will only work for select TVs, streaming devices, and other services. Also, you might not be able to use voice commands to control all aspects of your TV. In some cases, you might be able to ask Alexa to change the volume or open an app, but you might not be able to search for content by an actor or turn off your TV without a remote.

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How to Connect Alexa to Your TV

To connect Alexa to your TV, open the Alexa app and go to More > Settings > TV & Video. Then choose your content or service provider from the list and tap Link or Enable. Next, follow the on-screen instructions to link your TV to your Alexa devices.

  1. Open the Alexa App. If you don’t already have the Alexa app, you can download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

    Note: In order to control your TV with Alexa, your smartphone will need to be connected to the same WiFi network as the TV, streaming device, or other services you want to control.

  2. Then tap More. You will see this in the bottom-right corner of the app.
  3. Next, tap Settings.
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  4. Then tap TV & Video. You will find this under Alexa Preferences by scrolling down the page.
  5. Next, select your content or service provider. For example, if you have a Roku TV, select that option. If you don’t see your content or service provider, check out our list of the best streaming devices to find one that works with Alexa.
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  6. Then tap Link or Enable. This will be different depending on which content or service provider you choose.  

    Note: Depending on what kind of TV or service provider you have, you might have to log in or follow the on-screen instructions to connect to your TV. For example, when connecting to a Roku TV or streaming device, you will have to sign in to your Roku account. If you are connecting to a Dish TV, you will have to go into your TV’s settings and enter the code that appears on your screen in the Alexa app.

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  7. Next, select the TV that you want to connect Alexa to and tap Continue.
  8. Then choose which Alexa devices you want to control your TV and tap Link Devices.
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  9. Finally, select Return to… This will take you to a screen with a few Alexa commands that you can use to control your TV.
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Common Alexa Commands to Control Your TV

Once you have connected your TV to your Alexa devices, you can use voice commands to turn the TV on and off, change the volume, play or pause a movie, and more. All you have to do is say “Alexa,” followed by the command, and, finally, say the name of your TV or service provider.  

  • “Alexa, turn on [TV name].” or “Alexa, turn off [TV name].” These commands either turn on or off your TV. 
  • “Alexa, go home on [TV name].” This will instantly take you to the home screen on your TV.
  • “Alexa, lower the volume on [TV name].” This command lowers the volume of your television.
  • “Alexa, mute/unmute [TV name].” Mutes/unmutes your television.
  • “Alexa, play/pause/resume/stop [TV name].” Control the playback of your device.
  • “Alexa, open Hulu TV/Netflix/etc.” This will open streaming devices that you’re subscribed to.
  • “Alexa, fast forward/rewind [TV name].” Fast forward or rewind the video that you’re watching.
  • “Alexa, search for comedies/drama/horror movies on [TV name].” This will allow you to search for movies by genre.
  • “Alexa, play ‘Tropic Thunder’/’Man in the High Castle’ on [TV name].” This will immediately start playing a movie or TV show. However, you might have to use a remote to sign in to your streaming service before you can start playing certain videos.  
  • “Alexa, change the input to HDMI1/Xbox.” Changes the input of your television to either HDMI1 or an Xbox, if you have it connected.

Those are just a few of the commands that your Alexa can do. If you’re don’t want Alexa interrupting your movie, check out our step-by-step guide on how to make Alexa whisper.

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Updated on April 16, 2021

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