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Alexa on Fire TV

If you have a Fire TV remote with a Voice Voice Button 
	 button, you can use your voice to interact with Alexa. If you have a compatible Alexa-enabled device, you can use your device to control certain features on your Fire TV with just your voice—no remote needed.

Alexa can perform specific actions and help you discover all the content available to watch or listen to on your Fire TV.

Using Alexa Voice Remote

Just press and hold the Voice Voice Button 
		  button on your Alexa Voice Remote or the Fire TV Remote app, and say what you want Alexa to do—you can ask for information, search for movies and TV shows, play music, get news and weather, launch apps, and more.

Alexa then answers back directly through your Fire TV. Many features open in a separate display on your TV screen, so you can both see and hear Alexa in action.

When an Alexa display is open on your TV screen, press the Back Back Button 
		  or Home Home Button 
		  buttons on your Fire TV remote to return to the previous screen.

Control Fire TV with a Compatible Alexa-Enabled Device

When you link a compatible Alexa-enabled device to your Fire TV in the Alexa app, you can control certain features on your Fire TV just by using your voice—no remote needed. For more information, go to Use Your Alexa Device to Control Your Fire TV.

Note: While an Amazon Fire TV Edition TV is off or in standby mode, it cannot receive any commands from Alexa unless you have enabled the setting “Turn on TV with Alexa.” This setting is automatically enabled after the TV receives the first command from Alexa.

Manage Alexa Features

You can set and manage settings for most Alexa features using our free Alexa App. For more information, including installation instructions, go to Download the Amazon Alexa App.

Alexa Features on Fire TV with Your Fire TV Remote or Remote App

For a quick overview of all Alexa can do on Fire TV just ask, "tell me what I can do." Alexa tips are also available in the Fire TV Settings menu under Alexa > Things to Try.

Tip: For detailed guidance on how to set up and manage Alexa features, go to Alexa Help.

Note: If you are using an Alexa-enabled device with your Fire TV instead of an Alexa Voice Remote, go to Use Your Alexa Device to Control Your Fire TV to learn about compatible commands.

Alexa Voice Search

You can say this. . . . To do this:

Search for [title / actor / genre].

Search for [genre] with [actor].

Find the [title] app.

Search Amazon and your content libraries for movies, TV shows, apps, games, and more.

Find a specific title or ask Alexa to search for an actor, or genre related to what you're looking for.

You can ask for content included with Prime—just add phrases like "Prime Only" to your search.

Voice Typing

When the onscreen keyboard is open, you can use your Alexa Voice Remote or Fire TV Remote App to enter text with your voice. Just hold the Voice Voice Button 
			 button and say the words you want to type. You can’t voice type characters one at a time. You will still need to type any logins or passwords onscreen.

Note: This feature is only available in English. Not all apps support the voice typing feature and it may not work with all forms.

Launch & Play

You can say this. . . . To do this:

Play the movie [title].

Start playing the TV show [title].

Launch the app [title] .

Open the [title] app.

Rewind 5 minutes / Jump to 25 minutes / fast-forward 30 seconds.

Next Episode.

Use your voice to launch your installed apps and games.

Use your voice to start playing movies and TV shows from Amazon Video and selected third-party apps.

Control playback for Amazon Video and Amazon Channels titles using your voice; Alexa can rewind and fast-forward, jump to a specific time, pause and resume, or skip to the next episode of a TV show.

Note:

  • Alexa can play movies and TV shows from your Amazon Video library, titles included with Prime (if you're an eligible Prime member), and programming from your active Amazon Channels subscriptions (like Showtime, HBO, and Starz).
  • Alexa can also start playing content from selected third-party providers, including Netflix, Crackle, Encore, Food Network, HGTV, Hulu, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, and Travel Channel. However, if the requested title is a TV show, Alexa opens the video details instead. You can then use your remote to select an available viewing option and control playback.
  • When you use your voice to start an Amazon Video or Amazon Channels TV show, playback begins with the first episode in the series or the last episode you watched. The option to start playing a specific episode or season with your voice is not currently available.

Music

You can say this. . . . To do this:

Play the [Classic Hits] Prime Station.

Next song/Previous song.

Play music by [artist].

Buy this song/album.

Play my [artist name] station on Pandora / iHeartradio / Prime Music / Amazon Music.

I like this song / I don't like this song.

Play music in your Amazon Music library by song, artist, album, or playlist.

Start and stop music playback (repeat, resume, previous/next track) by voice.

Play streaming radio from Pandora, iHeartRadio, Prime Stations, Amazon Music Unlimited, and TuneIn.

Purchase the currently playing song or album from the Amazon Digital Music Store.

Add titles from Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music to your library.

Note:

  • Alexa is separate from the Amazon Music app for Fire TV. The on-screen display and supported features work differently, and are specific to Alexa. For more information, go to About the Amazon Music App for Fire TV.
  • Alexa can start and stop music playback or switch to the next/previous track, but can't fast-forward, rewind, or control music volume.
  • You need an eligible Prime membership to access Prime Music and Prime Stations. For more information, go to Am I Eligible for Prime Music?.
  • You need an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription to access music, Stations, and Playlists from Amazon Music Unlimited. For more information, go to How to Start an Amazon Music Unlimited Subscription.
  • You need to link your user account with third-party services like Pandora and iHeartRadio to the Alexa App to use certain features. For more information, go to Ways to Listen to Music & Media on Alexa.
  • For more information about using Alexa to buy music, go to Buy Music with Alexa.

Audible & eBooks

You can say this. . . . To do this:

Play the book [title].

Play [title] from Audible.

Read [title].

Listen to your audiobooks from Audible.

Ask Alexa to read eligible Kindle books in your library.

Pause and resume book playback.

For more information, go to Read Kindle Books with Alexa and Listen to Your Audiobooks.

Flash Briefing

You can say this. . . . To do this:

What's my Flash Briefing?

What's going on today?

What's new?

Hear pre-recorded news updates from popular broadcasters, the latest headlines from The Associated Press, and local weather.

Tip: Alexa can navigate through the news and other information in your Flash Briefing when you say, Next, Previous, Pause, Resume, and/or Cancel. You can also customize your Flash Briefing by selecting your preferred news providers from the Alexa App.

For more information, go to Listen to Your Flash Briefing.

Shopping

You can say this. . . . To do this:

Order [item name].

Reorder [item name].

Add [item name] to my cart.

Cancel my order.

Purchase Prime-eligible items (up to 12 of any one item).

Reorder an item you previously purchased.

Add items to your cart on Amazon.

Cancel an order immediately after placing it.

If you're a Prime member, you can use Alexa to purchase items directly on your Fire TV. If an item is available, Alexa will show you a list the item names and prices. Alexa also tells you the estimated delivery information if it will not be standard Prime 2-day shipping. Additional details about that item are available in the Alexa app. Then, Alexa asks you to confirm or cancel the order.

Depending on your voice purchasing and/or parental controls settings, Alexa then guides you through placing an order by voice. If you confirm the order with your voice, it charges to your 1-Click payment method and is sent to your 1-Click shipping address.

If Alexa can't find the requested item or can't complete the purchase, Alexa may offer one of these options:

  • Add Item to Cart on Amazon
  • Add Item to Your Alexa Shopping List
  • See the Alexa App for More Options

You can also ask Alexa to cancel your order immediately after you place it, or track your shipped order. To learn more, go to Shop for Prime-Eligible Items with Alexa.

You may also see a More Info option on-screen that you can select using your Fire TV remote to open the item's detail page. You can also ask Alexa to “select number” then the number of the item you want to view to look over the details. The detail page includes additional product information and purchase options.

You can manage your Alexa voice purchasing settings and 1-Click payment options from the Alexa App. You can manage your 1-Click Settings from the Amazon website, as well.

To learn more about eligible items and how voice purchasing works, go to About Placing Orders with Alexa.

Note: For more information about managing purchasing options for your Fire TV, go to Manage Voice Purchasing Settings and Set Up Fire TV Parental Controls.

Weather & Traffic

You can say this. . . . To do this:

What's the weather?

Will it rain tomorrow?

What’s my commute?

What’s traffic like right now?

Check local weather and traffic conditions.

Tip: Set your location for traffic in the Amazon Alexa App. You can also edit your location for weather from the Alexa App, or from the Fire TV Settings menu (Settings > Preferences > Location).

Q&A and Jokes

You can say this. . . . To do this:

What time is it in [city]?

What's the definition of [word]?

Tell me a joke.

Get answers to questions.

Have Alexa tell you a joke.

Note: Alexa may not have responses for everything. Please let us know if there is something Alexa doesn't have an answer for by using the Alexa App to provide feedback.

Wikipedia

You can say this. . . . To do this:

Wikipedia [thing].

Ask Alexa to find and read information from Wikipedia.

Lists (To-Do/Shopping)

You can say this. . . . To do this:

What's on my Shopping List?

Put [action] on my To-do List.

Remind me to [action].

Keep track of your Shopping and To-do Lists.

Note: Alexa can't remove items from a list; you can edit your lists in the Alexa App. For more information, go to Manage Your Lists.

Sports Scores

You can say this. . . . To do this:

What was the score of the [sports team] game?

Did the [sports team] win?

When is the next [sports team] game?

Get sports scores and information.

Local Search

You can say this. . . . To do this:

What [businesses / restaurants] are nearby?

Find the hours for [business / restaurant].

Find information about nearby restaurants, shops, and other businesses.

Tip: Alexa uses the ZIP code in your Fire TV settings (Settings > Preferences > Location) and information from Yelp to find places nearby. You can also add your address in the Alexa App to get more accurate results. For more information, go to Search for Nearby Places.

Movies & Showtimes

You can say this. . . . To do this:

What movies are playing?

What movies are playing at [theater]?

When is the movie [movie title] playing today / tomorrow / this weekend / at [theater]?

Tell me about the movie [movie title].

Get information about movies playing nearby.

Tip: Alexa uses the ZIP code in your Fire TV settings (Settings > Preferences > Location) to find local movie showtimes. You can also add your address in the Alexa App to get more accurate results. For more information, go to Find Movie Showtimes.

Voice Only

Features where Alexa replies back with audio only.

You can say this. . . . To do this:

What’s on my calendar?

Open [skill name].

Calendar - Get information from your synced calendar account. Set up your account in the Alexa App.

Alexa Skills - Skills are voice-driven capabilities for Alexa. For example, you can use skills to get information about upcoming events in your city or to play math games. Some skills also display text or information on your Fire TV screen. For more information, go to Enable Alexa Skills.

IFTTT - IFTTT is a third-party service you can use to create rules (or "Applets") that automate how your devices, apps, and websites work with each other. For more information, go to IFTTT.

Connected Home Devices - Use Alexa to control compatible home devices, like lights and switches (e.g. Wink, SmartThings, or Insteon). For more information, go to Smart Home.

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