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Alexa on Amazon 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 Amazon 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 device.

Note: For Amazon.com, Fire TV Alexa voice features are only enabled for customers in the U.S. Other Alexa features and services may vary by country.

Using Your Alexa Voice Remote

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 Amazon Fire TV with a Compatible Alexa-Enabled Device

When you link a compatible Alexa-enabled device to your Fire TV device 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: When 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 Amazon 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 device 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 app [title].

Search for [title / actor / genre] on [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.

You can use Alexa to search for movies and TV shows by voice within supported apps like Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Showtime, CBS All Access, Bravo, and NBC.

Voice Typing

When the on-screen 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 that you want to type. You can’t voice type characters one at a time. You will still need to type any logins or passwords on-screen.

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:

Watch [title].

Play [title] on [app].

Launch [app name] .

Open [app name].

Go to [channel / network].

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

Use your voice to launch your installed apps and games.

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

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.

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

Next Episode.

Control playback for movies and TV shows from Prime Video, Amazon Channels titles, and supported third-party apps like Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Showtime, CBS All Access, Bravo, and NBC 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.

For supported apps that feature live TV access (like Hulu and PlayStation Vue), you can use Alexa to change channels.

Note:

  • Alexa can play movies and TV shows from your Prime Video library and titles included with Prime. Alexa can also play programming from your active Amazon Channels subscriptions (like Showtime, HBO, and Starz).
  • Alexa can also start playing content from supported third-party apps installed on your Fire TV device. You may need to update apps to the latest version for this feature to work.
  • When you use your voice to start an Prime 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.

Play music by [artist].

Play my [artist name] station on Prime Music .

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

Play my [artist name] station on Pandora / iHeartRadio.

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

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

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

You can also play streaming radio from Pandora and iHeartRadio.

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

Next song/Previous song.

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

Buy this song/album.

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

Note:

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 prerecorded news updates from popular broadcasters, the latest headlines, and local weather.

Tip: Alexa can navigate through 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].

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

Reorder [item name].

Reorder an item you previously purchased.

Add [item name] to my cart.

Add items to your cart on Amazon.

Cancel my order.

Cancel an order immediately after placing it.

If you're a Prime member, you can use Alexa to purchase items directly on your Amazon Fire TV. If an item is available, Alexa will show you a list of the item names and prices. Alexa also tells you the estimated delivery information if it will not be standard Prime Two-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 Amazon Fire TV, go to Manage Voice Purchasing Settings and Set Up Amazon 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]?

Get answers to questions.

Tell me a joke.

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.

Smart Home Cameras

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

Show [camera name]

Hide [camera name]

When you connect a compatible smart home camera to Alexa, you can use your voice to access the live camera feed on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick (2nd Generation).

For more information and setup instructions, go to Use Smart Home Cameras with Alexa.

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 (such as Wink, SmartThings, or Insteon). For more information, go to Smart Home.

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