Once upon a time, the only way to control your TV was with a physical remote. In today’s digital age, however, you have several options – you might use an app on your smartphone, or tell your TV what to do with nothing more than your voice. This is possible through the power of smart home technology, such as Amazon’s Alexa.
Choosing your device
Alexa is available on a variety of devices. In most cases, the Amazon Echo should do the job; however, if you have a small space, want incredible sound quality, or prefer to have the visual input provided by a clock or screen, check out Amazon’s other Alexa-enabled devices.
Connecting your TV to Alexa
Once you get your device out of the box and plugged in, you’ll need to connect it to the internet and your television by following these steps.
- First, install and open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Next, tap on the menu in the bottom left corner, click Settings, then Device Settings.
- Choose your Amazon device.
- Under Wireless, choose Wi-Fi Network.
- The app will ask you to watch for an orange light on your device. When you see it, tap “Yes”.
- Click on your Wi-Fi network, then enter the password.
- Now, go back to Settings and scroll down.
- Select TV & Video. You should see a list of content and service providers.
- Choose your provider, then tap Link Your Alexa Device.
- Select the device this service is provided through, then hit Continue.
- Choose the Alexa device you want to use to control your TV and tap Link Devices. Each Alexa device can only control one TV at a time, so be sure to select the device closest to the TV you want to control.
What can you ask your Alexa to do for you? This will vary somewhat depending on your Amazon device, the brand and model of television you have, and what content providers you are subscribed to.
Each command must begin with the wake word – a signal that tells your device you want it to do something – followed by the action you want to take. By default, the wake word is Alexa. Alexa understands a wide variety of basic commands; to get started, try some from the following list.
- “Alexa, turn on my TV.”
- “Alexa, open Netflix.”
- “Alexa, search for romantic comedies on Hulu.”
- “Alexa, raise the volume on my TV.”
- “Alexa, rewind 30 seconds.”
- “Alexa, pause.”
- “Alexa, play Iron Man 2 on Disney Plus.”
Sometimes, Alexa may not understand what you say or may not be able to take a certain action. If this happens, try repeating your command slowly and clearly, or rephrase your request.
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