How to Connect Samsung TV to Alexa and Echo Dot

We have come a long way in the technology department, from nothing to voice-controlled devices. Amazon Alexa is a device that connects all devices together and makes our lives easier. Alexa is a powerful voice assistant in this modern era.

If you have a Samsung Smart TV and want to operate it with voice commands, you have come to the right place. Here you will learn how to connect Samsung TV to Alexa and control it with voice command.

Adding your Samsung TV to Alexa allows you to control your TV with voice commands. Imagine turning on your TV, adjusting the volume, or switching channels, you can do all with Alexa device. You can say something like, “Alexa, play XYZ movie on Hulu,” and it will play XYZ movie in the Hulu application.

Alexa Benefits

After connecting to Alexa, you can control your Samsung TV with voice command. And you can use your TV Remote to control other Alexa-supported devices like Smart bulbs.

Alexa devices are quite popular and available in most homes. If you also have an Echo Dot, you can integrate it with your TV. Those who don’t have Echo Dot, they can turn their TV Remote into an Alexa device after connecting Samsung TV to Alexa. With Remote, you can also control other devices connected to Alexa such as lights, fan, and more.

Note that most of the newer Samsung TV models released in 2020 or later have a built-in Alexa app that works with several voice controls. On the other hand, older models require an external Alexa device or Smartphone.

How to Connect Samsung TV to Alexa [2020 or Later TV Models]

If you have a Samsung Smart TV that comes with a built-in Alexa app, follow the below steps to connect it to Alexa. You can easily check for Alexa support. If there is a Mic button with Audio icon on TV Remote or there is a pre-installed Alexa app then your TV is Alexa supported. Some newer Samsung TV models also don’t have Alexa built-in.

Step 1: Turn on your Samsung TV and open the Alexa app. If the Alexa app is not available on your TV, jump to the next method.

Step 2: Sign in to your Amazon account either by scanning the QR code visible on the TV’s screen or by going to Amazon’s site to enter the code.

Connect your Amazon account

Step 3: Follow the instructions to connect your account. Once you do that your Samsung TV will be registered with your Amazon account.

Step 4: Finally, select whether you want to turn on Alexa Hands-Free (Available on limited TV Models). Once enabled, you can talk to your TV Remote without pressing the Mic button. You can use Alexa wake command.

Connect Samsung TV to Alexa

The TV remote continuously listen for you to say the wake word – Alexa, Amazon, or Echo. If you don’t opt for it, you need to long-press the microphone button on the remote control to use Alexa commands.

Microphone button on remote

How to Connect Samsung TV to Alexa [Earlier TV Models]

If your Samsung Smart TV does not have a built-in Alexa app, you need to follow the below steps to connect your TV to Alexa.

Note: With this method, you can execute limited basic commands like On/Off TV, Change Volume, Play/Pause Content and a couple of more basic commands. While on Alexa supported TV, you can execute all sort of commands like opening certain app.

Step 1: Install both the Amazon Alexa (Android, iPhone) and SmartThings (Android, iPhone) apps if you don’t already have them.

Step 2: Next, connect both the Alexa device and Samsung TV to the same WiFi network.

Step 3: Register your Samsung TV in the SmartThings app with same Samsung account as on TV. You can see this guide on how to register. To check for the Samsung account on TV, go to Settings > General > System Manager > Samsung Account.

Connect Samsung TV to Alexa

Step 4: On your Phone, open Alexa app and login with your details. Now go to More > Skills & Game.

Connect Samsung TV to Alexa

Step 5: Search for SmartThings and enable it. The app will redirect to browser and ask to link the SmartThings account, so follow the steps in the browser.

Step 6: Once you Authorize Alexa to access SmartThings devices, it will automatically search and Add your Samsung TV in Alexa app.

Connect Samsung TV to Alexa

You can now use your Android or iOS device to control your TV with voice commands. As mentioned, you can use limited commands.

How to Connect Samsung TV to Echo Dot

If you have an Alexa Echo device, you can also use it to control your Samsung TV with voice. It’s quite similar to the last method. And also the commands you can execute are limited.

Step 1: First follow all the steps above to connect your Samsung TV to Alexa app.

Step 2: Ensure your Echo Dot or another Alexa Speaker is connected to the Alexa app on your phone. You can use this guide for detailed instructions.

Step 3: Now on Alexa app, go to Devices tab, followed by your Samsung TV.

Connect Samsung TV to Alexa Echo Dot

Step 4: Under General, you will find Linked Alexa Device Option. Open it.

Step 5: Here you will see your Echo Dot or another Alexa speaker connected to same account. Tap on the one you want to connect.

Step 6: This will take few seconds and you will be good to go. You can confirm by giving commands like ‘Alexa, Turn Off my Samsung TV’ or ‘Turn On my Samsung TV.’

Note: Don’t forget to change your TV name to something easy, as you need to say the exact same name mentioned in the Alexa app.

Alexa Commands to Control your TV

After connecting your Samsung TV to Alexa, you can easily control it with your voice commands. Below are some commands you can try:

  • “Alexa, turn [on/off] the TV.”
  • “Alexa, turn the volume [up/down] on the TV.”
  • “Alexa, mute the TV name.”
  • “Alexa, channel [up/down] on the TV.”
  • “Alexa, change channel to [channel number] on the TV.”
  • “Alexa, change the input to [input name] on the TV.”
  • “Alexa, [play/pause/stop/resume] on the TV.”
  • “Alexa, show [comedy/drama/romance] movies.”
  • “Alexa, play [movie name] on [streaming app].”
  • “Alexa, open [app name] on the TV.”

Many of these commands will not work if your TV doesn’t come with Alexa built-in.

So, these are the steps through which you can connect your Samsung TV to Alexa. I hope the article helped you operate your Samsung TV quickly. If you have any questions related to the article, do let us know in the comments below.

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Harsh Saxena

Hi! I am Harsh and I write about technology on different websites. I frequently write about these topics and cover them. I am available on Twitter at @Harsh4saxena or Email me at harsh4saxena@gmail.com to send in your feedback and tips. Worked at GadgetsToUse, BrowserToUse, DailyTechByte, FreshFounder, and with many other websites as an author and researcher.

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