If you’ve got an Alexa device like an Amazon Echo, or Echo Dot, you’ll be able to use it to control your TV with your voice - and the best thing is, you don’t even need a smart TV.
Most older smart TVs don’t support voice assistants like Alexa, so even if you’ve got a smart TV, it might not have ‘Alexa Skills’. Here are two simple ways to get Alexa working with your TV - whatever kind of TV you have.
The easiest option is to link your Echo device to a Fire TV, and once it’s done, you can control it just by talking to Alexa. Here’s how to set it up.
If you only have one Fire TV device on your home network, all you need to do is give Alexa a command that includes ‘Fire TV’ and the two will pair.
If that doesn’t work, or if you have more than one Fire TV device, follow these short steps to link your Fire TV with Alexa manually. You’ll need to download the Alexa app for Android or iOS to your smartphone or tablet, if you haven’t already got it.
Open the Alexa app and tap the menu button (three bars) at the top of the screen.
Go to Music, Video & Books.
Tap Fire TV.
Tap Link your Alexa Device.
Choose the Fire TV device that you want to link to your Alexa device and tap Continue.
Tap Link Devices to finish pairing your Fire TV with Alexa.
Now you've linked Alexa to your Fire TV, here are a few commands you can try:
If you've got time, why not take a look at all of the Alexa commands you can use for your Fire TV.
If controlling your Fire TV isn’t enough, and you want total control of your TV through Alexa, a smart remote might be the answer.
The Logitech smart remote brings all of your kit together and lets you control everything through a single app - or using Alexa. With the Harmony Hub, you can use your voice to control everything from electronic blinds to games consoles.
If you’ve already got a Logitech Harmony Hub, here’s how to link it to Alexa:
You’ll see two ‘Harmony’ apps, tap Harmony - Optimized for Smart Home, then tap Enable.
You’ll need to authorise Alexa to use your Logitech account by logging in. Log in with Facebook, Google, or Email.
Tap the Logitech Hub you want to connect to.
When Alexa is linked to your Harmony Hub, you’ll see everything that it already controls. All you need to do now is put Alexa to work.
The thing to remember is that Harmony is the piece of kit that’s actually doing the work, and is receiving instructions from Alexa, so you need to say “Alexa, ask Harmony to…”. Here are a few things to try:
The great thing about Harmony is that it works with all sorts of kit, and you can set it to do a few tasks based on a single phrase. Something like “Alexa, tell Harmony to start game mode” can turn on your Xbox and TV, lower your electric blinds, and dim your smart lights without you having to lift a finger.
Hopefully, that’s helped you get to grips with controlling your TV using Alexa. If you’d like help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.
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