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Use Your Alexa Device to Control Your Fire TV

Learn how to use your compatible Alexa-enabled device(s) to control certain features on your Fire TV.

You can use compatible Alexa-enabled device(s) to access content and control certain features on your Fire TV. Just tell your Alexa device what you want to do, and Alexa will complete the action directly on your Fire TV--no remote needed.

Compatible Devices

This feature works with the following devices:

Fire TV devices Alexa-enabled devices
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Fire TV Stick
  • Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs
  • Echo
  • Echo Dot
  • Echo Plus
  • Echo Look
  • Echo Show
  • Amazon Tap
  • Compatible Alexa-enabled products

Note: At this time, the following Alexa-enabled devices and apps are not supported:

  • Fire tablets
  • Alexa app
  • Amazon Shopping App for Android
  • Amazon Shopping App for iOS
  • Other Fire TV devices (i.e. you can't use one Fire TV device to control another, or sync Fire TV devices to one another)

Link Your Devices

You first need to link your devices. If you only have one Fire TV registered to your account, Alexa should complete the linking process automatically. Just say a request that includes Fire TV to your Alexa device (for example, "show me comedies on Fire TV"), and that device will be paired to your Fire TV.

If you have more than one Fire TV, you'll need to use the Alexa app to pair your devices:

  1. Go to the menu and select Music, Video, & Books.
  2. Select Fire TV.
  3. Select Link Your Alexa Device, then follow the on-screen instructions to select which of your devices you'd like to link.
  4. Select Link Devices to confirm your selection.

You can view and manage your linked devices from the Alexa app at any time. Go back to Music, Video, & Books from the menu, select Fire TV, and then select Manage devices.

Note:

  • You can link multiple Alexa devices to the same Fire TV, but each Alexa device can only be used to control a single Fire TV.
  • To link your Alexa and Fire TV devices, they must be registered to the same Amazon account.

Control Your Fire TV

Once you've completed the linking process, you can use your Alexa-enabled device(s) to control the following features on your Fire TV:

To do this on your Fire TV …

Say this to your Alexa device…

Go to Fire TV

Note: For Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick this requires a connected TV that supports HDMI CEC. With HDMI CEC enabled, Alexa can power on your connected TV and switch to the HDMI channel for your Fire TV using the device's HDMI connection. To learn more, go to Amazon Fire TV Settings Basics.

"Watch Fire TV."

Play a movie or TV show

Alexa can play content from Amazon Video and other supported apps installed on your Fire TV (including Hulu, PlayStation Vue, NBC, Bravo, Showtime, and CBS All Access).

For titles available with supported apps, Alexa automatically launches the app to start playback.

Tip: You can also specify which app or provider you want Alexa to use to access a particular title.

"Watch [title]."

“Play [title] on [app]."

“Play [genre] on [app].”

Search for movies and TV shows

Alexa can find movies and TV shows from Amazon Video and supported installed apps (including Hulu, PlayStation Vue, NBC, Bravo, Showtime, and CBS All Access).

"Search for [movie / TV show]."

"Find [title / genre]."

"Show me titles with [actor]."

Search within apps

You can use Alexa within supported apps to search for movies and TV shows by voice—instead of entering the search with your remote or on-screen keyboard.

“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

Alexa can control playback for movies and TV shows from Amazon Video and supported installed apps.

"Play."

"Pause."

"Stop."

"Resume."

"Rewind [timeframe]."

"Fast-forward [timeframe]."

"Go back [timeframe]."

"Jump forward [timeframe]."

"Next / Next Episode."

“Watch from beginning.”

Live TV Controls

For supported apps that feature live TV access (like Hulu and PlayStation Vue), you can use Alexa to change channels or control playback for on-demand programming.

Note: If you have more than one supported app with live TV access, Alexa will prompt you to select which app you want to use.

"Go to [channel / network]."

"Go to [channel / network] on [app]."

“Watch [channel / network].”

"Play."

"Pause."

"Stop."

"Resume."

"Rewind [timeframe]."

"Fast-forward [timeframe]."

"Go back [timeframe]."

"Jump forward [timeframe]."

“Watch from beginning.”

Launch apps from Your Apps & Games

"Open [app]."

"Launch [app]."

Return to the Fire TV Home screen

"Go Home."

Note: If you’re already streaming media on your Alexa device, or if you’re using an Alexa device with a screen (like Echo Show), Alexa may first try to use that device to complete an action, instead of your Fire TV. You can add, “ . . . on Fire TV" to the end of your request, so that Alexa knows to complete the action on your linked Fire TV.

Additional Controls for Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs

You can use your Alexa-enabled device(s) to control additional features and settings on Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs.

Note: Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs don't respond to voice commands from linked Alexa devices while powered off (i.e. in standby mode).

To do this on your Fire TV Edition TV…

Say this to your Alexa device…

Power your TV on or off

Note: To use your linked Alexa devices to turn your Amazon Fire TV Edition TV on or off, you need to have the "Turn on TV with Alexa" option enabled in your Fire TV settings (Settings > Alexa > Turn on TV with Alexa). This should be enabled automatically the first time your TV receives a voice command from a linked Alexa device.

"Turn on Fire TV."

"Turn Fire TV 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

Note: To access live TV through the Fire TV experience, you need to connect a digital antenna to your Amazon Fire TV Edition TV. To learn more, go to Watch Live TV on Your Fire TV Edition TV.

"Go to [channel / network]."

"Tune to [channel / network]."

"Change to [channel / network]."

"Open TV guide."

"Pause."

"Play."

"Resume."

"Rewind."

"Fast-Forward."

Having trouble?

This feature requires both the latest Fire TV device software update, as well as the latest version of the Alexa app.

For more information about Fire TV software updates, go to Amazon Fire TV Device Software Updates.

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