How to Connect an Amazon Echo to a Harmony Remote

The Logitech Harmony Elite universal remote control, as well as other Harmony remotes, can control a range of smart home devices. For instance, you can connect your TV to your Apple TV and your stereo for the ultimate home theater. You can also link the commands and activities you create for the remote to your Amazon Echo.

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Bear in mind that the only things you’ll be able to control using Alexa are activities you’ve already created on the Harmony remote, so make sure you’ve completed that step before connecting it to the Amazon Echo.

MORE: What is the Amazon Echo?

1. Open the Alexa app, and select Skills & Games from the Home menu (press the three horizontal buttons on the top left).

2. Search for "Harmony" and  select the result with the blue Harmony logo.


3. Enable the Harmony skill.

5. Login to your Logitech Harmony account.

6. Select the activities you wish to control using Alexa. You can also choose the wording to activate a particular activity.

7. Select the TV stations you wish to control using Alexa. This way, you can simply say "Alexa, turn on ESPN," and it will automatically change the channel for you.

8. Press Link Account to finish connecting Alexa to your Harmony remote.

MORE: For more Alexa-related tips, tricks, and how-tos, check out our complete guide to Alexa.

Monica Chin is a writer at The Verge, covering computers. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tom's Guide, where she wrote about everything from artificial intelligence to social media and the internet of things to. She had a particular focus on smart home, reviewing multiple devices. In her downtime, you can usually find her at poetry slams, attempting to exercise, or yelling at people on Twitter.

  • stevehoge
    I wonder how to use the Harmony Elite hand-held Remote and it's associated Hub to perform transport control on an Echo? That is, is it possible to use the remote to play, pause, skip and control the volume of the Echo as it is playing back a media stream like Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music Library items, et al.?
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