Alexa is an Amazon built-in voice assistant that lets you control several things and devices with your voice. The same way you can take control of your Firestick or Fire TV with your voice through Alexa. The Fire TV remote has a microphone and so you can talk directly with the wake word Alexa and it will show your search content instantly on your home device. It is integrated in to many of the Amazon services and can be used on Amazon Echo, Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV cube, Echo Dot, Echo Spot and Echo Show. It enables you to access cloud-based Alexa capabilities as it is connected to online media services that automate web-based search contents to your screen. You may listen to music, play videos on Netflix, get live sports updates, play, pause or rewind the media contents from streaming services, turn on, turn off or sleep your device and many more.
Requirements to Use Alexa on Firestick or Fire TV
- The first generation Fire TV or higher updated with Fire OS 5 or above.
- Firestick voice remote.
- If the voice remote is not working properly, you have to use the Amazon Fire TV mobile app which also supports voice command to do all Firestick or Fire TV functions.
- Amazon Prime account to activate your Firestick or Fire TV.
How to Use Alexa on Firestick or Fire TV
You have to update firestick to Fire OS 5 or higher for the Alexa to connect automatically with your device. To check your Firestick or Fire TV version, go to settings > select My Fire TV > choose About option.
If you are using Alexa on the Amazon Echo, you need to use the word Alexa at the beginning of your voice command. But on the Firestick or Fire TV, you don’t have to use the wake word Alexa,
- Press and hold the microphone button on your remote, and it will show the listening indicator on your screen.
- Now you have to say your command and release the button.
That’s it. It will understand your command and show all the related search results on your screen. In case your command is not understood, it will display the message with sorry. Now you may try again or use the search option to find your titles.
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Link Your Device with Alexa App
To control your Firestick or Fire TV through Alexa voice command, you need to pair the Alexa device with your Fire devices. If you want to do more on your Firestick or Fire TV, you have to link the Alexa app to your Fire device,
1) Install and launch the Alexa app on your Android or iOS device.
2) Select the three dot menu icon that appears on the top left corner of the screen and select settings option from drop-down list.
3) Select TV and video option.
4) Select Fire TV option.
5) Select Link your Alexa device.
6) Select your Firestick or Fire TV from the available devices list.
7) Click Continue to pair your selected device with Alexa.
Note: You can link one or more devices with Alexa to control its functions. It is easy to link or remove the devices from the Alexa app. The Alexa app is necessary only for Amazon Echo devices, and not for Firestick or Fire TV.
Control Playbacks with Alexa
After you find your title, you can control your playback through your voice command. It can be done with your Alexa enabled smart speaker or any other devices. If you are using this service on Firestick or Fire TV, it is accessible with the TV itself. You can use Alexa voice to Play, pause, quit, resume, rewind, fast forward, jump to next and many more with this service.
You can also use Alexa voice command to search for, install and launch the app on your device. Use your command to stream your favourite live TV channel from any of the streaming app.
Control Firestick or Fire TV Functions
An Alexa voice is not only used to search and access the titles on your Firestick, you can also do various Firestick or Fire TV functions such as turn on, turn off, activate sleep mode, adjust volume, mute your Firestick.
This Alexa voice feature is very useful to fine-tune settings from the web-based control panel. You an also adjust your Fire TV specific settings.
Install and Launch Apps
If you want to install apps on your Firestick or Fire TV, you no need to go for a manual search. Instead, you can use the Alexa voice feature.
- Press and hold the microphone or voice search button and say install or launch (particular app name) and release the remote button.
- It will instantly search for and install the app you search for.
Play Movies, TV shows and Music
You can use Alexa to search for your favourite movies and shows quickly. Press the Alexa or microphone button on your remote and say Play (content title) and release the remote button. It will show the title you searched for. If you want to search for the movies from a particular category, show comedy movies, thriller movies or any other, it will show the list of all titles form the particular category. This feature works well during live streaming, you can easily switch between the channels while streaming and can be done without a remote.
Apart from streaming, you can use Alexa to know the weather conditions and also search for nearest restaurants, shopping malls and many more.
Alexa is a voice recognition software that works on all of its compatible devices. It is used to find out the exact and error-free search result through your voice. It is considered as a competitor for Google assistant, Siri and other similar technologies available on various sources. Alexa voice assistant is more fast, powerful and easy to get the search result. It is the best alternative to manual navigation and to control a lot of features on Firestick or Fire TV. One setback is that you cannot use Alexa voice feature to search for media contents on YouTube.