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How to Turn on Your TV With Alexa: A Complete Guide

Know what’s better than using a remote to turn on you’re TV? You’re voice! Even if you can’t find your remote, you have an option. With the power of Alexa, you can turn on your TV without even lifting a finger. In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to turn on your TV with Alexa.


Voice-activated assistants like Amazon’s Alexa have changed how we interact with our devices. One such device is your television. Yes, you heard it right! Alexa can turn on your TV. Let’s walk through how it’s done, one step at a time.

Before You Begin: What You Need

You need an Alexa-enabled device, such as an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show, to get started. Plus, your TV must be compatible. Most smart TVs are Alexa-compatible, but traditional TVs may require additional hardware like Amazon’s Fire TV stick or a third-party hub.

Connecting Your Smart TV to Alexa

Connecting it to Alexa is pretty straightforward for those with a smart TV. Here’s how:

Step 1: Download the Alexa App

Get the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Go to ‘Devices’ in the lower right corner, then tap ‘+.’ Follow the instructions to add your TV.

Add device in the Alexa App

Step 3: Test It Out

To ensure everything works fine, give a command like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.”

Alexa and Non-Smart TVs: How It Works

For those without a smart TV, don’t worry. You can still connect your TV to Alexa using some additional hardware.

Step 1: Purchase Required Hardware

Fire TV with Alexa

You’ll need devices like Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, Logitech Harmony Hub, or Broadlink RM.

Step 2: Setup Your Hardware

Each of these devices comes with specific setup instructions. Generally, you need to connect the device to your TV via an HDMI port and then link it to your Echo device through the Alexa app.

Step 3: Test the Setup

Try saying, “Alexa, turn on the TV” to ensure the setup is successful.

Thats it! It’s pretty straightforward to turn on your TV with Alexa these days, regardless of what sort of TV you have.

Exploring Other Commands Alexa Can Perform With Your TV

After setting up your TV with Alexa, turning the TV on or off is just the beginning of what you can do. Below, we list some handy voice commands to enhance your television viewing experience.

Volume Control

With Alexa, you can adjust the volume of your TV without searching for the remote. Try saying:

  • “Alexa, turn up the volume on TV.”
  • “Alexa, set the volume to 5 on TV.”
  • “Alexa, mute the TV.”

Channel Navigation

Alexa can also change your channels if you have a cable or satellite box connected. You can say:

  • “Alexa, change the channel to 101 on TV.”
  • “Alexa, change the channel to ESPN on TV.”

Playback Controls

Playing, pausing, fast-forwarding, or rewinding your favorite content is also easy with Alexa. Here are some commands to use:

  • “Alexa, pause.”
  • “Alexa, play.”
  • “Alexa, rewind.”
  • “Alexa, fast-forward.”

Learn more ways Alexa can control your TV.

App Navigation

For Smart TVs, you can even launch specific apps using Alexa. For instance, if you want to watch Netflix, you can say:

  • “Alexa, open Netflix on TV.”

Remember that the availability of these commands can depend on the make and model of your TV or any additional hardware you’re using. So, explore and experiment to discover what works best for your setup. Alexa might surprise you with how smart your TV can be!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Connect My Alexa Echo Dot to My TV?

The process of connecting an Echo Dot to your TV is the same. If your TV isn’t smart, you’ll need additional hardware like Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. Tip – Here’s the difference between Echo Dot and Alexa.

Can Alexa Turn On My TV?

Yes, if it’s connected correctly via the Alexa app, Alexa can turn on your TV. See the instructions above to get them connected.

Can Alexa Adjust the Volume on My TV?

Once connected, Alexa can control volume, change channels, and even open specific apps, depending on your TV’s capabilities. Alexa can also manage your sound bar.

Can Alexa Work with Any TV Brand?

Most Smart TV brands are compatible with Alexa. Non-smart TVs can be made compatible using devices like Fire TV Stick.


Turning on your TV with Alexa is more than just a cool trick; it’s a step towards making your home smarter and your life easier. Whether you own a smart or traditional TV, this guide should have given you a clear path to enjoying voice-controlled TV.

Want to get more out of Alexa? Check out the Alexa Archives.

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