How to control your smart TV with Alexa

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Not all smart TVs will work with Alexa, your TV needs to have Alexa ‘Skills’ so it can pick up commands through an Echo device, like a Spot, or Dot speaker. If your TV doesn’t have Alexa Skills, there are other ways to control it with Alexa - take a look at our guide to controlling your non-smart TV with Alexa.

Does my TV have Alexa Skills?

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This is a slightly complicated question because all manufacturers are different. Sony has been adding Alexa to their high-end TVs for a couple of years. But LG, for example, has only just started to make it available on some of their 2018 models.

We’ll take a look at which TV’s have Alexa Skills, and what you need to do to get it working with your Echo devices.

Alexa Skills on Sony TVs

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Sony currently has the biggest range of Alexa enabled smart TVs going back as far as 2016. These are the ones that currently have Alexa built in:

  • 2016 models - XD70, XD75, XD80, SD80, XD83 and ZD9.
  • 2017 models - XE80, XE83, XE85, XE90, XE93, XE94 and A1.
  • 2018 models - XF75, XF80, XF83, XF85, XF87, XF90 and AF8.

Setting up Alexa on your Sony TV

Alexa comes pre-installed on all of the TVs listed above, so the setup is fairly straightforward. Here’s what you need to do.

You’ll need to make sure you’ve got the Amazon Alexa app installed on your phone or tablet. If you don’t already have it, get it here for Android or iOS and log in to your Amazon account.

1.

Press Home on your remote, and go to Apps.

2.

Choose the one that says TV Control Setup with Amazon Alexa.

3.

The first screen tells you some of the things you can do with Alexa, just choose Next.

4.

You’ll need to agree to Sony’s Privacy Policy. When you’ve read the information, choose Agree.

5.

You’ll need to log in with your Google account, this will be the account that you added when you first set the TV up. Tap Next then choose the Account from the list.

6.

Choose a name for your TV. If you’re putting a name in manually, make sure it’s something that’s easy for Alexa to understand.

7.

On your phone or tablet, open the Alexa app and tap the Menu icon at the top left (three lines).

8.

Go to Skills and search for ‘Sony’s Android TV’ skill. Tap it, then choose Enable.

9.

Tap Yes, link account I chose and tap the Google account that you used on the TV.

10.

Tap Discover Devices and when Alexa has found your TV, tap Done to finish the setup.

Now that it’s set up, you can use Alexa to turn the TV on and off, control the volume, change the channel and even use third-party apps like Netflix.

Alexa Skills on LG TVs

All of LGs 2018 ‘OLED’ and ‘Super UHD’ TVs with ‘SmartThinQ’ now have Alexa Skills, so if you’ve got an older LG Android TV, it won’t work directly with Alexa. For older TV’s we have another Alexa guide that will help.

 

Here’s how to get Alexa working on your LG SmartThinQ TV.

 

Before you start, you’ll need to set up an LG SmartThinQ account (if you don’t already have one). You can set one up by downloading the SmartThinQ app for Android or iOS, then opening the app and choosing the ‘create account’ option.

You’ll also need the Alexa app on your phone or tablet, if you haven’t got it already, you can download it for Android from the Play Store, or iOS from iTunes.

1.

On your TV, go to the apps list and choose Set Up TV for Amazon Alexa.

2.

Sign in to your Amazon account, then choose a name for your TV.

3.

Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet.

4.

Tap the menu icon at the top, then choose Skills.

5.

In the search bar, type ‘LG SmartThinQ - Basic’, then tap the magnifying glass to search for it.

6.

When you see LG SmartThinQ - Basic in the search results, tap it.

7.

Tap Enable then sign in with your LG account details.

8.

Tap Select all to agree to LG’s ‘Terms and privacy’ information, then tap OK.

9.

Tap the X in the top left to close the window, then tap Discover Devices.

10.

When Alexa finds it, tap the name of your TV.

Now that you’ve linked your LG TV with Alexa, you’ll be able to control it just by starting a sentence with ‘Alexa…’. Here are some things to try:

  • ‘Alexa, turn off the TV’
  • ‘Alexa, turn the volume down on the TV’
  • ‘Alexa, pause TV’
  • ‘Alexa, open Netflix on TV and watch Blue Planet’’.
  • ‘Alexa, change TV channel to BBC1’

There are more commands that Alexa can give to your TV, to find them say ‘Alexa, ask LG to help’.

Using Alexa on all other TVs, including Samsung, Panasonic and JVC

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At the moment, only some Sony and LG TVs support Alexa directly. Panasonic are planning on sending out a firmware update later this year for some of their 2018 models, adding Alexa skills to some TVs.

But this doesn’t mean you can’t still use Alexa to control things that are connected to your TV. A £39.99 Fire TV Stick plugs into your TV and also works with Alexa enabled kit, like Echo speakers - it’s really easy to set up too. Take a look at our article on controlling your non-smart TV with Alexa.

Hopefully, that’s helped you to understand more about controlling your TV with Alexa. If you’d like help with anything else, you can contact one of our Team Knowhow experts here.

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