Use your Echo to run your TV instead!
I lose my remote all the time, and, like most people, I don’t particularly enjoy scouring the couch cushions searching for it.
But now that you can use your Echo to control a Fire TV, you can skip the remote and just say, “Alexa, play Schitt’s Creek,” and she puts it on.
And you can even turn your TV screen into an Echo Show to see the weather forecast, view your calendar, check in on your security cameras, or anything else you can do on a Show.
Do This Now: Pair your Fire TV and Echo
You’ll need both a Fire TV product (either a smart TV with Fire TV built in, or a Fire Stick) and an Echo (or other Alexa-connected device).
If you don’t have an Echo Show, use voice commands to pair: Say “Alexa, show me my calendar” or “Alexa, play Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and confirm that you want to use your Echo to control your TV.
If you have an Echo Show, use the Alexa app to pair:
- Tap “More” > “Settings” > “TV & Video” > “Fire TV” > “Link Your Alexa Device”
- Select the Fire TV you want to use your Echo to control (if you have more than 1).
- Tap “Continue”
- Tap the Echos you want to use to control your Fire TV. (Each Echo can only control one Fire TV!)
- Tap “Link Devices”
Once you’re paired, try these Alexa commands
Say these Alexa commands to the Echo you paired to your Fire TV, and enjoy!
- “Alexa, show pizzerias near me”
- “Alexa, find comedies” (Then say “Alexa, select #2” to pick one to watch)
- “Alexa, show me the weather”
- “Alexa, play the trailer” (If you’ve pulled up a movie on your Fire TV and are debating whether to watch it)
- “Alexa, show me my watch list”
- “Alexa, go home” (To get back to your Fire TV home screen)
- “Alexa, show me songs by Coldplay”
- “Alexa, show my calendar” (Tap/click here for how to easily link your calendar to Alexa!)
- “Alexa, show me the front door camera” (Works if you have one set up with Alexa)