Having a virtual assistant by the side is a way useful. It will simplify the entire task while getting home-based entertainment. Roku is one of the streaming player used by millions of people to watch TV on your home without the cable connection. Lately, Roku players have got Alexa support and thus controlling the device is made simpler. Besides using voice search, you can use Amazon Alexa to control it. Alexa supports voice interaction, playing music, podcasts, audiobooks, and more. You may just ask Alexa to play a movie, music or launch channels on Roku, and search for anything on the web. To access all there features and more, all you need to do is to connect Alexa to the device. Get into the below section further to find more in detail about Alexa and Roku.
How to Set up Roku and Alexa?
Does Alexa work with Roku? or does it work with Alexa? is the most commonly asked question by any Roku TV users. Yes is the simplest answer and it possible only after setting up Alexa skill. The guidelines given below will help you set up Alexa and Roku.
- Alexa is compatible with OS 8.1 or above. So, check the version under Roku Settings > System > System Update.
- A Roku account.
#1. Firstly, open the Alexa app on your iOS or Android device.
#2. Tap on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) from the top-left.
#3. Scroll down and click the Settings option.
#4. Choose TV & Video and then select Roku on the next screen.
#5. After that, make a click on Enable Skill option.
#6. Then, provide your Roku account information. Further, press Accept and Continue button.
#7. When Alexa is enabled, select the Roku device you want to control using Alexa. For example, choose Roku on Living Room.
#8. After that, click on the Continue option.
#9. Then, choose the Alexa device you want to control using Roku and tap on the Link Devices button.
#10. Wait for the process to end. Finally, click on Continue to Alexa app to control the Roku device.
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Alexa Roku Commands
Here are a list of voice commands that you can use to control Roku.
Media playback control commands include:
- Alexa, go home on the office device.
- Alexa, pause on kitchen device.
- Alexa, find documentaries on living room device.
- Alexa, show me comedies on kitchen device.
If you have Roku TV, then you can use the following command as well.
- Alexa, turn on the living room device.
- Alexa, mute on office device.
- Alexa, turn up the volume on the bedroom device.
- Alexa, change to channel 5.1 on living room device.
There are lots of other commands available with which you can easily control Roku TV with voice. However, certain Alexa command won’t work on certain apps. For instance, you cannot launch Netflix using Alexa command.
On the other hand, your Roku TV should have enabled Fast TV Start if you want to turn on it using voice command. Make sure you also have an HDTV antenna connected to Roku TV to use commands and thereby change channels on TV tuner.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can Alexa connect to Roku?
Yes. Alexa can be used to control your TV or streaming players. You can take a look at this article to know the procedure to connect Roku to Alexa.
Can Alexa Control Roku TV?
Yes. Any Roku TV users can use voice as a virtual assistant to control it. Scroll up to know the different commands to control Roku with Alexa.
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That’s it. So, setting up and controlling Roku TV using voice is that simple. Roku supports different Amazon devices like Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, etc. Additionally, Alexa can be used to control Roku Express/Express+, Roku Streaming Stick/Streaming Stick +, Roku 2/3/4, Roku Premiere/Premiere+, Roku Ultra, etc.
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