Starting from automating your bulbs to your TV, the Amazon Echo has amazed us with its excellent skills. However, to control smart tv with Alexa, you will need a smart TV with built-in Alexa, Fire TV, Echo device, Logitech harmony hub, or Amazon Fire TV Cube.
Here in this article, we will show you how you can control your TV with Amazon Alexa. So let’s go ahead and check out the process to turn ON/OFF Fire TV, Samsung, Sony and LG TV with Alexa.
How to Control Smart TV Using Alexa
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How to Control Your TV Using Alexa Voice Remote
If you have Fire TV Stick, Smart TV compatible Fire Edition, or Fire TV, you can use the Alexa remote to control your television. To do so, you need to follow some below mentioned simple steps:
Step #1: Turn ON your TV & Fire the TV device.
Step #2: Your Fire TV will automatically be paired with a Remote. Just make sure that the Alexa remote has batteries inside the remote.
Step #3: Press and hold the voice button on your remove and give a voice command such as, “Alexa, stop/resume”
Step #4: Go to settings -> Alexa -> tap on Turn on TV with Alexa to turn ON/OFF tv using Alexa Remote.
How to Turn ON/OFF TV with Alexa Enabled Devices
If you don’t want to use the Alexa remote to control your TV, you can also use Amazon Echo devices or Fire TV Cube to control your Fire TV. To do so, you need to give, need to give a voice command.
Step #1: Launch the Alexa app and tap on the hamburger icon.
Step #2: Now, go to setting -> TV & Video -> tap on + sign to choose Fire TV.
Step #3: Next, tap on a link to your Amazon Alexa device.
Step #4: Up Next, Follow the on-screen steps to pair your Fire TV device.
Once pairing is done, you can start giving a voice command to control the Fire TV features. Moreover, you also will be able to power ON/OFF the TV.
How to Control Alexa Compatible Smart TV
If you have an Alexa-enabled smart tv, you can control it with your voice even if you don’t have an Amazon Echo device, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Cube. Here in this article, we will show you how you control Samsung, Sony, and LG Alexa compatible Smart TV.
How to Control Samsung Smart TV with Alexa
Just make sure that you Alexa a built-in smart tv model. If you have the 2018 or 2019 model, you will need the Echo device to control.
TV model with in-built Alexa:
- All 2021 smart TV models
- 2020 8K and 4K QLED TVs
- 2020 The Frame, The Serif, The Sero, and The Terrace TVs
- 2020 TU8000 and above Crystal UHD TVs
TV Models will allow you to talk to Alexa hands-free:
Process for New Samsung TV Models:
Step #1: Open Alexa App to get started.
Step #2: Login into your Amazon account by scanning the QR code shown on the TV screen. If you cannot scan, go to Amazon.com and enter the code displayed on your TV screen.
Step #3: Read the policy once you are logged in and tap on allow.
Step #4: Press & hold the microphone button to use Alexa commands. Your Samsung tv remote will now listen to all your commands, including wake words.
Process for Old Samsung TV Models:
Step #1: First of all, download and install Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings apps on your phone.
Step #2: On the Samsung SmartThings app, tap on the Add device option to find your TV.
Step #3: On Alexa App, go to settings -> Skill. Find SmartThings Skill and enable it.
Step #4: Head over to the Alexa home screen and tap on Devices from the bottom.
Step #5: Tap on “+” and then tap on Add device.
Step #6: Choose TV and now find your Samsung TV from the list and tap on it.
Step #7: Follow onscreen Alexa steps to pair your Samsung Smart TV.
How to Control LG Smart TV with Alexa
LG Smart TV has built-in Alexa to all 2019 and later LG OLED TVs and NanoCell TVs with WebOS 4.0.
Step #1: Press the home button on your LG TV remote control.
Step #2: Now, Open Setup TV for Amazon Alexa App.
Step #3: Next, log in to your LG account and choose your TV.
Step #4: On Alexa App, tap on the hamburger icon and tap on Skills & Games.
Step #5: Search for LG ThinQ Skill and choose LG ThinQ-Basic.
Step #6: Tap on Enable to Use and log in to your LG account.
Step #7: At last, Tap on Devices ->Add device and add your LG TV in your Alexa app.
How to Control Sony Smart TV with Amazon Alexa
2019 Sony Android TV and all later models are compatible Alexa devices. So you have to Link your TV with Alexa and use a nearby Echo device to give voice commands.
Step #1: Choose a TV control setup with Amazon Alexa App on your Smart TV home screen.
Step #2: Choose your Google account and give any name to your TV.
Step #3: On your Alexa app, tap on the hamburger icon -> Skills & Games.
Step #4: Now, Find the Sony Android TV skill and tap on it to enable it.
Step #5: Next, Follow the onscreen steps to link your Google Account with the Echo device.
Use Logitech Harmony to Control Your Smart TV.
The entire process is quite simple and easy to undergo. You can set up your Harmony Hub wherever you want in your house – be it in your entertainment center or some other place. But one thing that you should bear in mind is that the place where you set up your Harmony must let you mount the IR sensor pointed right at your television.
After the Harmony Hub is set up and connected to your network, you can pair up Harmony with your Alexa.
Here are the steps to be followed.
Step #1: Firstly, open your Alexa App.
Step #2: Then, go to Home → Skills.
Step #3: Look for Harmony.
Step #4: Select the blue icon that appears on your screen.
Step #5: Now, enable the Harmony Skill.
Step #6: Lastly, log in to Harmony from your Alexa App.
After the connection is established between Harmony and Alexa, you can turn on and turn off the TV automatically. Harmony is already aware of the channels that are available with your provider. So you can enjoy them. But you can’t ask for the channels that are not subscribed by your provider until and unless your television is directly connected to the cable. In case, you are using an HD channel box that connects through an HDMI, you need to create actions in Harmony which is provided under the smart TV settings.
One more important thing to be taken into consideration is that you can’t control volume through Alexa as it is not set as an Action function in Harmony. Moreover, Alexa won’t even switch inputs through Harmony without any actions. But if you have an IFTTT trigger set up, these actions can be performed.
Use Amazon Fire TV Cube to Control Your Smart TV.
If you have an Amazon Fire TV cube then also you control your smart televisions, A/V receiver, and sound bar using Amazon Alexa. To know how you can check the below-mentioned steps:
To Setup equipment control for your TV, A/V Receiver and soundbar.
Step #1: Go to Settings.
Step #2: Choose Equipment Control options from the menu.
Step #3: At-last Select Set Up Equipment option.
If you want to change or reconfigure devices, then go and select Set Up Equipment Again.
To Set Up Fire TV Cube to Control Your Cable or Satellite
Step #1: First of all you need to go to Settings.
Step #2: Choose Equipment Control options from the menu.
Step #3: Then, select Manage Equipment -> Add Equipment and choose Cable or Satellite.
For more detailed information, you can also refer to this page.
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