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Undoubtedly, artificial intelligence, 3D printers, and 5G is some of the craziest stuff advancement of science and technology has introduced in the consumer market. Voice-activated control and humanoids pretty much top the list when it comes to the wondrous innovations of our age. It’s no less than amazing how we encounter extraordinary inventions, not just in tech trade shows, but in day to day life. From floor-cleaning robot vacuums & mops to smart voice assistants who control our in-home entertainment for us, AI based equipment lends us a hand at making it more convenient, flexible and efficient to manage the most mundane tasks.

Our article today talks about one of the most popular digital voice assistants who turns your words into concrete actions. So, if you are new to Alexa from Amazon, and trying to figure out how you can use her skills to run your in-home entertainment center, read on.

Getting to Know Alexa from Amazon

Alexa is no stranger for American homes or businesses. In 2018 there were about 40 million Alexa users in the U.S. only. Having gained about a 100,000 skills since its launch, Alexa now has a cult following with around 100,000 smart home devices that support it. Not a surprise then, this brilliant and powerful invention has come to revolutionize day to day life in numerous ways.

From running your smart home, making a shopping list, giving you tips for kitchen hacks and reminders for grocery shopping to helping you stay entertained with the best music & movies, and controlling your TV, set-top box and remotes. There is a long list of chores Alexa can help you with. You multi-task better and are more productive as she comes to your rescue.

The best part is Alexa does not need you to have an elaborate setup. She lives in the cloud, and as long as you have internet access and a device which can connect to Alexa you can count on her skills. She is the intelligent core in Amazon Echo devices e.g. speakers, screens, and wearables, works with a number of compatible devices, and also comes built-in with third-party devices.

For novices, the Amazon Alexa app is a great way of checking out what Alexa can do for you on your phone, and how it can help you setup and control compatible devices. It allows for a quick and easy setup in a few simple steps.

How Does Alexa Work With Your TV?

Setting up your TV with Alexa to benefit from her cloud-based services, and control your in-home entertainment via voice commands, is not too techy a job. You can take control of your smart TV and compatible Android applications with just an Amazon Echo speaker, and your smartphone. Alexa will ensure your voice commands are put to work. And you get to search less, and watch more. Once you’ve experienced the ease and flexibility Alexa introduces to your TV regime, it is likely you would not want to go back a traditional remote.

So, let’s get you started then.

How to Setup Alexa with Your Echo Speaker

  • Make sure you have your WiFi password handy, or enable Bluetooth on your phone.
  • Download the latest version of the app on your mobile device.
  • Plug in your Echo device into a power outlet. You will soon be greeted by Alexa, and she will tell you to complete the set up via the app.
  • Open the app and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the setup. If you need to do it manually just tap the More icon, select Amazon Echo, and then add the Echo speaker.
  • Once done, say “Alexa” to wake your Echo and then ask “Alexa what can you do?”. When she is ready the light ring will turn blue.

You are now ready to connect your TV with Alexa, and have her keen ears perform a wide range of tasks for you.

How to Connect Alexa to TV?

Following the installation of the app on your smartphone, now it’s time for us to talk about connecting Alexa with your smart TV. Below we outline the steps you must take in order to connect Alexa with TV. First for any smart TV basically, and then for 2 of the most popular brands, Samsung and LG. Here it is worth noting, both these brands now have models in the market which come with Alexa built-in, making it a piece of cake to connect Alexa to TV.

How to Connect Alexa to a Generic Smart TV Model

  • Launch the Amazon Alexa app on your Android smartphone.
  • Tap on Devices at the bottom of the screen.
  • Next tap the plus sign (+) in the upper corner and select Add Device.
  • Scroll down and select TV.
  • Choose your smart TV brand and follow the specific on screen prompts to complete the process.

How to Connect Samsung TV to Alexa

As we said, some 2020 Samsung TV models and all 2021 ones have Alexa built-in. Which makes it real easy to get going with controlling your Samsung TV using Alexa’s skills. You can have her change channels, open apps, search for movies and shows, play music and do much more.

With your new Samsung smart TV integrated with Alexa, you can select her as your voice assistant at the time you first setup your TV, or by launching the Alexa app from the TV’s Home screen at a later time. You’ll need your Amazon account info, and if you do not already have one, you can make one during the setup process.

  • Make sure the TV is connected to the internet. And navigate to Home.
  • Select Settings > General > Voice > Voice Assistant > Amazon Alexa.
  • You’ll be asked to sign into your Amazon account. You can either scan the QR code on your TV, with the phone camera app to be taken to Amazon, so you can sign in. Or just go to the Amazon sign-in page, on your connected phone and enter the authorization code displayed on your TV screen.
  • Once you approve the notification sent to you via Amazon on your phone, the process of linking Alexa to your Samsung TV is complete.
  • Your TV screen will display a message telling you the Alexa setup is complete. Click on Next, and Try speaking to Alexa. Alexa is now ready to be used with your Samsung TV.

Pro Tip: If the model of your Samsung smart TV supports the voice-wakeup option, Enable the feature that allows you to communicate with Alexa hands-free, or click Not Now. The Voice-wakeup feature can be disabled at anytime via the Voice Settings/Voice option under the General tab in the Settings menu of your TV.

Now if you own a Samsung smart TV model which does not have Alexa built-in, here is how you can go about connecting them using an Amazon Echo speaker for basic voice controls.

  • Download the SmartThings app to your mobile device.
  • Launch it and on the Home screen click on the Plus (+) sign and then select Add Device.
  • Next select TV, and you’ll be prompted to Get Started with Your TV. Click on Start and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • You will be asked to turn on the TV using the remote control, and you will be asked to put in the PIN showing on your TV screen.
  • Once you feed in the PIN, the process will continue as the TV gets registered to your Samsung account via the SmartThings app on your phone. When the process is complete a message will show on the TV and your phone indicating setup is done.
  • Now, switch to the Alexa app on your mobile phone. Go to the Menu and select Skills & Games and search for SmartThings Samsung via Discover.
  • Click on SmartThings, and on the next screen you will see the tab Enable to Use. This is when a link with your Samsung account is established.
  • You will be then asked to Authorize Amazon Alexa to access My Home devices on your SmartThings app. Click on Your Amazon and Samsung info will get synched in.
  • Close the window, and go back to the Alexa app on your phone. Navigate to Discover Devices and you should see your Samsung TV. If not, go to Devices in the bottom right hand corner of the app interface. Click on All Devices and chances are you will see the Samsung TV listed here.
  • You are now ready to test out how Alexa controls your TV from within the app on your phone. 

How to Connect LG TV to Alexa

All LG TV models manufactured in 2019 and later, with webOS 4.0 and higher as the operating system, come with Alexa built-in. Which makes it easier to start controlling TV functions via the Amazon voice assistant.

Here are the quick steps to follow in order to connect an LG TV to Alexa. However,

  • On your LG TV go to the main menu and navigate to Connections. In newer TVs you will see Link to Devices for Voice Control listed instead. Choose Alexa.
  • Next accept the User Agreement. On the Link to Amazon Alexa Devices screen, key in your username and password. Then, click on Sign in with Amazon.
  • On the next screen, login to your Amazon account, and click on Allow. Then follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Once you have accepted the Terms & Conditions, you’ll be prompted to link TV to Amazon Alexa devices. Select the TV you want to link.
  • Now following the steps laid out on your TV screen, go to the Alexa app on your smartphone. Use the same LG account info as you used to register the TV initially. Select your account and give Amazon permission to access.
  • Then go to the app menu and select Skills & Games. Search for LG ThinQ Basic via Discover. And log into your LG ThinQ account on the screen that appears next.
  • Now is time to go to Discover Devices in your Alexa app, and ensure your LG TV is included in the list of All Devices. Select TV to confirm device description and to check if it is enabled for use by Alexa.
  • Go back to your TV, and click on Done. The next screen will display the message the device has been linked and WiFi has been automatically turned on. Click OK.

The process may vary somewhat from one webOS to another between various LG TV models, but, essentially all models running on webOS 4.0 and above do come with Alexa built-in. It is only in the nitty gritty of how you connect Alexa with TV that may differ here and there with each version of the operating system. For instance, you may see Alexa Setup app in some models on your Home screen, and the process of connecting Alexa with TV will launch from there instead of the Connections menu.

With that said, models that are not from the LG Ai TV series and do not come with Alexa built-in, you need to make sure your Amazon Echo speaker is setup with Alexa. Once your LG TV is registered, and Alexa setup with the Echo device, you can link her to the TV via LG ThinQ.

How to Connect Sony TV to Alexa

The U.S. is one of the countries where Sony supports voice operation for the TV using Amazon Alexa devices. If your Sony smart TV has Alexa built-in, you will see TV Control Setup with Amazon Alexa on your Home screen or in the apps list. The app cannot be manually installed, rather installs automatically on supported TVs.

To be able to use Alexa with your Sony smart TV you’ll need both a Google and Amazon account, and make sure to use the same Google account on your phone and TV. To connect your Sony TV to Alexa this is what you need to do:

  • Press Home on your remote control. And navigate to the TV Control Setup with Amazon Alexa
  • Click on Next to continue and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
  • Agree to the Privacy Policy.
  • Login with your Google account.
    Note: If your Google account is not already registered on the TV, you’ll have to do that first, and then continue with setting up Alexa.
  • Pick a TV name when you get to the Choose an easy-to-say TV name
  • On the next screen you will be told what you need to do next. Open the Alexa app on your smartphone, and find your Sony TV.
  • Navigate from More > Skill & Games and search for Sony TV.
  • Enable the Sony TV Basic Skill. Remember you must choose the same Google account you as before on your TV.
  • Alexa is now ready to Discover Devices.
  • Once she finds the Sony Smart TV it will appear in the All Devices list in the Alexa app. You can now exit the setup on TV.

How to Connect Alexa to Streaming Devices

Streaming devices have fast become common in American homes. As a logical by-product of the growing love for streaming platforms among TV watching masses. Below we give you a quick outline of steps you need to take in order to connect Alexa to 2 of the most popular streaming devices. Amazon Fire TV and Roku products!

How to Connect Alexa to Fire TV

Before you get started, just a couple of things to remember. For devices to pair right and work right together, both your Alexa device and Fire TV must be registered to the same account. Echo Show devices do not support all features, nor does a paired Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen). Also before you get going, ensure you’re using the latest version of the Alexa app.

  • Switch on your television and plug your Fire TV into the right port.
  • Open the Alexa app on your smartphone.
  • Select More > Settings > TV & Video.
  • Select your Fire TV to add.
  • Next, click on Link Your Alexa Device.
  • Keep navigating with the on-screen guidelines to successfully complete the pairing.
  • Once you are done, check the connectivity by giving a verbal command.

How to Connect Alexa to Roku TV

If the device you own runs on Roku OS 9.1 or higher, you can connect Alexa to Roku. The Roku Skill for Alexa is supported in 5 countries including the U.S. All Roku TV models support Alexa. Alexa works for over 100 top channels on the Roku platform. The one thing you should know is the Roku Skill does not support all capabilities of your Roku voice remote.

Here is how you can connect Alexa to Roku TV. Don’t forget you’ll need to have both a Roku and an Amazon account.

  • Switch on your television and connect your Roku device to the right port.
  • Now, access the Amazon Alexa app on your phone.
  • Navigate from More > Skill & Games and search for Roku.
  • Next select the Roku Skill from the list, and on the next screen enable it to so your Roku can be used as a smart device.
  • You’ll be prompted to sign into your Roku Account.
  • Pick the Roku device you wish to link with Alexa. And, click on Continue.
  • Once you are back to the app’s main interface, go to Discover Devices, and select your Roku device.
  • You will also be asked to pick the Alexa devices you want to use with Roku.
  • Once all that is done, click on Link Devices. And Alexa can start controlling your Roku TV.

How to Connect Alexa to a Set-Top Box

Amazon introduced Alexa to regular TV via a smart set-top box a couple of years ago. But, the list of supported providers is short. Both DISH and DIRECTV also support the Amazon voice assistant. As for linking up Alexa to your service provider via the set-top box, its pretty simple. Here is what you need to do:

  • Open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone.
  • Go to More > Skills & Games > TV & Video
  • Search for your TV or video service provider and select Enable Skill.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
    Note: You’ll have to log in using your TV or video service credentials, so have that info handy.

Use These Commands to Control Samsung TV with Alexa:

Before we go, we’d like to leave you with some handy commands to get started with once you are done linking up your Samsung smart TV with Alexa. To speak to Alexa you just have to press and hold the Microphone button on your remote. Or with Voice wake-up enabled you can do it all hands-free. In any case it was never as easy to take control of your in-home entertainment system as with Alexa.

Here are a few commands for you to control your Samsung Smart TV with Alexa.

Search for Entertainment

  • “Alexa, go to [channel number/name]”
  • “Alexa open [app name]”
  • “Alexa search for [title/genre/actor]”

Find Music

  • "Alexa, play [genre] music”
  • "Alexa, play the new [artist name] album”
  • "Alexa play [radio station name]”

Control Your TV

  • “Alexa volume [up/down]”
  • “Alexa [pause/pause]”
  • “Alexa witch to HDMI [number]”

To access more functions you’ll need to open the Alexa app on your TV.

The Bottom-Line

Using the Alexa voice remote is an exciting way to access your smart TV controls without fuss. The best part about Alexa is she always gives you her full attention, and responds instantly to your commands. No surprise why she has become more like an ‘exclusive’ member in most modern households.

With that said, you must not forget nothing will work seamlessly, whether it is your smart TV, a smart set-top box, or a streaming device, unless your WiFi is strong, and the internet connection fast. You’ll need a reliable high-speed service to be able to fully enjoy the ease and comfort, not to forget company, Alexa introduces to your everyday life. So, if you are looking for a better internet connection, or an upgrade, speak to experts at 1-855-349-9328 anytime. They can help you determine your best options at your address.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does Alexa work without the internet?

No. Alexa needs a stable internet connection to perform tasks.

Can Alexa open Netflix on Samsung Smart TV?

Yes, Alexa will launch Netflix on Samsung Smart TV when you give a verbal command.

How do I connect Alexa to a generic TV model?

While every TV model will have differences in how you can connect Alexa to the TV, but essentially this is what you’ll be doing:

  • Launch the Amazon Alexa app on your Android smartphone.
  • Tap on Devices at the bottom of the screen.
  • Next tap the plus sign (+) in the upper corner and select Add Device.
  • Scroll down and select TV.
  • Choose your smart TV brand and follow the specific on screen prompts to complete the process.