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Use Amazon Alexa to Control Your Roku

How to Control Your Roku with Alexa

Remote and Google assistants can already control Roku by voice. However, if you owned an Amazon Echo, you were out of luck. That is until now. Roku introduced a new skill which brings Alexa voice control to your Roku. If you are wondering how to control your roku with alexa, the steps are mentioned below.

How do I integrate Alexa with my Roku device?

To use the Roku skill for Amazon Alexa, you need to link your Roku account to your Amazon account using the following steps:

  1. Open the Alexa mobile app.
  2. Tap or select the Menu icon Alexa app menu icon in the top corner.
  3. Now, tap Skills & Games.
  4. Enter Roku in the search bar.
  5. Find and select Roku from the list.
  6. Select Enable Skill.
  7. When prompted, sign in to your Roku account.

Note: If you cannot sign in to your Roku account, learn what to do if you have forgotten your email address or password.

8. Select the Roku device you wish to use with Alexa.

Note: If multiple Roku devices are linked to your Roku account, you can only select one Roku device to use with Alexa.

9. Close your Roku account.
10. The Alexa app will look for your Roku device on the Device Discovery screen. Be sure to turn on your Roku device if the Alexa app does not find it.
11. Tap on Manage and Link Devices to begin assigning your Roku device to an Alexa device.
12. When prompted select the Roku device you would like to use with Alexa.
13. Select the Alexa device you wish to use your Roku device with.

Once your Roku device is linked, you should add it to a group and make sure it is enabled.

  1. Select the Devices icon Alexa app devices icon on the Alexa app.
  2. Touch on an existing group you wish to add your Roku device to, or create a new group by tapping on the + button in the top corner.
  3. Select on your Roku device and check that the Enabled switch is on.

How do I power my Roku TV on and off with Alexa?

Enabling a feature called Fast TV Start lets you listen to music, podcasts, and radio on Pandora, TuneIn, or iHeartRadio when the TV screen is off, or wake your TV using voice commands. To enable Fast TV Start, go to Settings System Power Fast TV Start.

Note: Fast TV Start uses more power than normal standby and overrides default power settings.

When Fast TV Start is enabled, you can power your Roku TV screen on by saying something like “Alexa, turn on Roku”. You can use a more specific command like “Alexa, launch HBO NOW on Roku” to power your Roku TV screen on while also performing an action.

Steps to control Roku with Alexa

After installing the skill, you’ll be able to control any Roku device or Television running Roku OS 8.2 or higher.  Just like Google Assistant, voice commands need to use Roku for the name, i.e. tell
Roku to open Hulu

Here are some examples of what you’ll now be able to tell your Roku or Roku controlled TV to do

When you use the Roku skill for Amazon Alexa, you can:

Control media playback:

Issue a command by saying “Alexa,” followed by:

  • “…pause on Roku” 
  • “…fast forward on Roku” 
  • “…rewind on Roku” 
  • “…launch Prime Video on Roku”  
  • “…go home on Roku” 

Search for Content:

Issue a command by saying “Alexa,” followed by:

  • “…find documentaries on Roku” 
  • “…show comedies on Roku”

Control your Roku TV:

Issue a command by saying “Alexa,” followed by:

  • “…turn on Roku TV” [1]
  • “…turn up the volume on Roku” 
  • “…set volume to 20 on Roku”
  • “…mute on Roku” 
  • “…change to channel 7.1 on Roku” [2]
  • “…switch to HDMI 2 on Roku”

Unfortunately, you cannot control Netflix with voice commands at the moment.

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