So, you want to be able to control your Samsung TV with your voice? Alexa to the rescue! You can connect her to your Samsung TV with your smart speaker, or if you have a certain model of Samsung TV, she may already be built-in! Allow us to let you in on how to power your smart TV on and off, adjust the volume, and more basic controls, all with the power of your voice.
Amazon Alexa Built-In
- 2020 TU8000 and above Crystal UHD TVs
- 2020 8K and 4K QLED TVs
- 2020 The Frame, The Serif, The Sero, and The Terrace TVs
If you have one of these TVs, there’s no need to use a paired smart speaker, because you can use the microphone in the remote control for all of the same Alexa skills and voice interactions.
You’ll be able to select Alexa as your voice assistant when you set up your Samsung TV for the first time. Alternatively, open the Alexa app from the app launcher on your home screen, or from the app store on your TV to set it up at a later time.
Next you’ll need to sign into your Amazon account. If you do not have an Amazon account, you can create one for free during the setup process. To sign in, scan the QR code displayed on your smart TV with the camera app on your phone so you’re taken to Amazon to complete set up. Or, go to the Amazon sign-in page and enter the authorization code displayed on your TV.
Finally, to make Alexa hands-free, enable Voice wake-up by navigating to Settings > General, and then selecting Voice Settings.
Amazon Alexa Smart Speaker
By pairing your Samsung TV with an Amazon Alexa smart speaker, you can add some basic voice control on your Samsung smart TV. With just a couple of apps, you can set up your Amazon Echo (4th Generation) smart speaker or similar Alexa-powered device to offer some voice-activated convenience on your Samsung smart TV.
Before you get started on connecting your Samsung TV and your Amazon Alexa smart speaker, make sure that they are both set up and functioning. Once you complete the initial setup on the TV and the Alexa smart speaker, you’ll need to make sure that both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
Next you’ll need to get your phone ready to coordinate these two devices. If you haven’t already, download both the Samsung SmartThings app (available for iOS and Android) and the Amazon Alexa app (also for iOS or Android). Log in to both apps using the same account information you used for your Samsung TV account and your Amazon account.
Now go to the devices menu in your SmartThings app, found on the bottom menu of the app. On the devices page, select the ‘Add Device’ option. With the TV powered on, it should be easy to find your device in the list. Once you’ve found the device and paired your phone to the TV, select your Samsung TV and use the toggle button next to its name to enable its use as a smart device.
Then open your Alexa app and check that your Amazon Alexa smart speaker has been discovered. If it hasn’t, or if the device is set up through someone else’s phone, you’ll need to select the ‘Devices’ button from the menu at the bottom of the home screen.
Once the device are set up in the two apps, you’ll need to connect the two. You can do this by going into the Amazon Alexa app, enabling the Samsung SmartThings skill, and signing in with your Samsung account to link the accounts. Alexa should then automatically pair to your Samsung TV and you’re all done!
Use Alexa With Your Samsung TV
Now that Alexa is connected to your Samsung TV, you can begin talking and asking questions.
If your TV has Alexa built-in you can speak to Alexa, by pressing and holding the microphone button on your remote. If you have Voice wake-up enabled, just say “Alexa,” and then ask a question.
If you are using a smart speaker that is connected to your Samsung TV, again just say “Alexa,” and then ask a question.
Alexa makes it easy to find your favourite content, control your entertainment, play music, and more. Give some of these commands a go to see just how useful she can be:
“Alexa, turn on the bedroom’s TV.”
“Alexa, turn off the bedroom’s TV.”
Search for entertainment
“Alexa, go to [channel number/name].”
“Alexa, open [app name].”
“Alexa, search for [title/genre/actor].”
“Alexa, play [genre] music.”
“Alexa, play the new [artist name] album.”
“Alexa, play [radio station name].”
Control your TV
“Alexa, volume [up/down].”
“Alexa, switch to HDMI [number].”