If you’re wondering how to activate voice control on a Firestick, wonder no more. Here’s a look at how to go totally hands-free when it comes to your TV.
The Amazon Firestick is a compact streaming stick perfect for enhancing your home entertainment system on a budget.
So advanced are we in 2020, that the Firestick can be controlled just with our voices. Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, enables users to select films, change the volume and more – all handsfree.
Not only does Alexa feature on the Firestick but other devices within the Amazon eco-system can be voice-controlled, too.
How do I activate voice control on my Firestick?
To activate voice control on a Firestick, you can use the Amazon Fire TV remote control. Press and hold the microphone icon at the top of the remote control and then say your command.
However, if you’d prefer to go totally handsfree, this is possible, too. To activate voice control on Fire TV, you’ll need the Alexa app.
When it comes to device compatibility, Amazon outlines the following: “You can find your compatible Alexa devices when you link your Fire TV in the Alexa app. This feature requires both the latest Fire TV device software update, as well as the latest version of the Alexa app. Not all features are supported on Echo Show devices.“
With Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Amazon Echo Dot, you can simply say a command, such as “Alexa, pause the TV“, without using any remotes.
How to link Echo to Firestick
Of course, almost everyone is going to want to control their home entertainment system wirelessly. But, not everyone knows how. By following the instructions below, Firestick owners should be able to link their Echo device and control the TV hands-free.
Ensure that both all devices are on the same Wi-Fi network and are connected before attempting to link them.
Open the Alexa app > Settings > TV and Video > Fire TV > Link Your Alexa Device > follow on-screen instructions.
Firestick voice commands list
To control your Fire TV, you can say a variety of commands.
From playing a movie or TV show to browsing within apps, all elements of the home entertainment system can be controlled via voice.
To play something say “Alexa, watch Game of Thrones”, for example, or, “Alexa, play The Simpsons.”
“Scroll”, “Show more”, “Add this to my watchlist”, “Play”, “Pause”, “Rewind” and “Go to channel guide” are all commands that can be used, too. For a full list of commands see the Amazon guide.