If you’ve got a Samsung smart TV, you’ll probably be used to Samsung’s built-in voice assistant, Bixby, for carrying out all your verbal commands. However, that’s not the only voice-friendly option you’ve got. If you’d rather use Amazon Alexa instead, you can configure your TV to do so.
It will depend on when your TV was made as to how you make this work. Newer TVs from 2020 and 2021 shipped with the option built-in, for access either via the remote or hands-free, and 2022 TVs will follow suit. However, older Samsung smart TVs will need to pair with an Alexa device first (you can get inspiration from our picks of the best Alexa speakers or best Alexa compatible devices), to send commands.
The functionality on offer will also vary depending on your model. Newer TVs have a wider selection of capabilities, while the 2018 and 2019 models mentioned here are more limited. That means for those older TVs, Samsung’s Bixby offers more usability.
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If you want to add Alexa capability to your Samsung smart TV, here's how to make it work.
Newer Samsung smart TVs have Alexa built-in
As we've mentioned, if you've got a newer Samsung TV model, like the one from our list of the best Samsung TVs, the likelihood is it will already have Alexa built-in.
If you're unsure if your TV is included, this is the list of compatible TVs:
- All 2021 and 2022 smart TV models
- 2020 8K and 4K QLED TVs
- 2020 The Frame, The Serif, The Sero, and The Terrace TVs
- 2020 TU8000 and above Crystal UHD TVs
With these TVs, there's no need to use a paired smart speaker, because you can use the microphone in the remote control to access all of the same Alexa skills and voice interactions you're used to.
This includes checking the weather or asking questions, as well as more TV-centric actions, like changing the channel or searching for movies.
To learn how to set up the Amazon voice assistant on your newer Samsung smart TVs, check out our guide How to connect your Samsung TV to Alexa. (And if you're more of a Google fan, check out How to connect your Samsung TV to Google Assistant.)
The advice below is strictly for older Samsung smart TVs that didn't have this capability built-in, but could still be connected to an Amazon smart speaker for very basic voice control.
How to connect your Samsung smart TV to Alexa
Step 1: Set up your devices.
First, make sure that both your Samsung TV and your Amazon Alexa device are set up and workings. Once you complete the initial setup on the TV and the Alexa device, you'll need to make sure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
If you haven't yet, you'll also need to set up the TV as a Thing (Samsung's word for a smart device) in the fSmartThings app. To do this, simply sign in to your Samsung account on the TV.
Step 2: Prepare the apps.
You'll also need to get your phone ready to coordinate these two devices. If you haven't yet, download both the Samsung SmartThings app (available for iOS and Android) and the Amazon Alexa app (also for iOS or Android).
Make sure that you log in to both apps with the same account information you used for your TV's Samsung account and your Echo's Amazon account.
Step 3: Discover your TV in the SmartThings app.
First, you'll need to discover your Samsung TV in the Samsung SmartThings app, which lets you treat it as a basic connected smart device when connecting it to your Alexa speaker.
To do this, go to the Devices menu, found on the bottom menu of the app.
On the Devices page, select the Add Device option. With the TV powered on, it should be easy to find your device in the list.
Once you've found the device and paired your phone to the TV, select the Samsung Smart TV and use the toggle button next to its name to enable its use as a smart device.
Step 4: Discover your smart speaker in the Alexa app.
Second, you'll need to be sure that your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or other Amazon device has been discovered in the Amazon Alexa app. If it hasn't, or if the device is set up through someone else's phone, you'll need to do the following. (Skip to the next step if this doesn't apply to you.)
In the app, select the Devices button from the menu at the bottom of the home screen.
If the Echo (or similar Alexa device) shows up in this menu, then you're all set. If not, open the All Devices menu option and find your Alexa device on the list of available connected devices.
Step 5: Connect the apps.
In the Amazon Alexa app, enable the Samsung SmartThings skill, and sign in with your Samsung account to link the accounts.
Step 6: Select your TV in the Alexa app.
Once you've enabled the Samsung SmartThings skill — which should automatically pair Alexa to the TV — you're all set. Congratulations, you have just connected your Samsung smart TV to Alexa!
What Alexa commands can I use?
Now you're all set up, the only thing that's left to know is what exactly you can get Alexa to do.
In the list below are the basic commands that you can use via Alexa with older Samsung smart TVs:
- “Alexa, turn [on/off] the TV.”
- “Alexa, channel [up/down] on the TV.”
- “Alexa, volume [up/down] on the TV.”
- “Alexa, go to [channel number] on the TV.”
- “Alexa, change to [input name] on the TV.”
- “Alexa, [play/pause/rewind/fast forward] on the TV.”