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.
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.
- 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.
- Then tap More. You will see this in the bottom-right corner of the app.
- Next, tap Settings.
- Then tap TV & Video. You will find this under Alexa Preferences by scrolling down the page.
- 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.
- Then tap Link or Enable. This will be different depending on which content or service provider you choose.
- Next, select the TV that you want to connect Alexa to and tap Continue.
- Then choose which Alexa devices you want to control your TV and tap Link Devices.
- Finally, select Return to… This will take you to a screen with a few Alexa commands that you can use to control your TV.
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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