How to Control Your Fire TV with Alexa

Alexa, which is Amazon digital assistant, can help you play movies, TV shows and live TV from supported apps like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, ABC, NBC, HBO Now, MTV, Discovery GO, Food Network, ESPN and more using your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. You can search for a specific title and have full control over the playback. By using voice commands Alexa can replace your remote with all its functionality. For this, a compatible device such as Amazon Echo will do the job perfectly.

Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo

Here is how to connect Amazon Echo to your Fire TV:

  • Hold down the Home button
  • Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Other Bluetooth Devices
  • Click the Amazon Echo profile to connect

Here is how to connect the Alexa app to your Fire TV:

  • Open the Alexa app and click the menu (three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the screen)
  • Click Settings
  • Click TV & Video
  • Click the plus sign to choose Fire TV
  • Click Link Your Alexa Device
  • Select the device that you want to link with Alexa and click Continue
  • Select one or more devices for controlling your Fire TV and choose Link Devices

To enable power your TV on or off by Alexa, you need to do the following:

  • Open the Alexa app and click the menu (three horizontal lines in the upper left corner of the screen)
  • Click Settings
  • Click Alexa
  • Click Turn on TV with Alexa to enable it

Here is the list of voice commands you can say to Alexa:

Those commands will work only on supported apps.

Play a movie or TV show

  • “Watch [title]”
  • “Play [title]”
  • ‚ÄúPlay [title] on [app]”
  • “Play [genre]”
  • “Play [genre] on [app]”

Search for movie or TV show

  • “Search for [movie / TV show]”
  • “Find [title / genre]”
  • “Show me titles with [actor]”

Search within apps

  • “Search for [movie / TV show] on [app]”
  • “Find [title / genre] on [app]”
  • “Show me [movies / TV shows] on [app]”
  • “Find [actor] movies on [app]”

Control playback

  • “Play”
  • “Pause”
  • “Stop”
  • “Resume”
  • “Rewind [timeframe]”
  • “Fast-forward [timeframe]”
  • “Go back [timeframe]”
  • “Jump forward [timeframe]”
  • “Next / Next Episode”
  • “Watch from beginning”

Live TV Controls

  • “Go to [channel / network] on [app]”
  • “Watch [channel / network]”

Launch apps from apps

  • “Open [app]”
  • “Launch [app]”

Power your TV on or off

  • “Turn Fire TV [on / off]”

Control the volume for your TV

  • “Set the volume to [level] on Fire TV”
  • “Volume [level] on Fire TV”
  • “Turn up the volume on Fire TV”
  • “Turn it down on Fire TV”
  • “Mute Fire TV”

Switch input channels

  • “Switch to [device / input]”
  • “Change to [device / input]”

Control live TV playback and channel navigation

  • “Go to [channel / network]”
  • “Tune to [channel / network]”
  • “Change to [channel / network]”
  • “Open TV guide”
  • “Pause”
  • “Play”
  • “Resume”
  • “Rewind”
  • “Fast-Forward”

Now you can use Alexa to control your Fire TV. Enjoy it!



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