Once upon a time, being able to control a TV with remote control from the comfort of your sofa was an amazing breakthrough and a real technical marvel in the eyes of the common man.
Those days are long gone and today we see the remote control as something common, not worthy of our special attention. It is in every home, we all know how to use it and we don’t even remember when we started using it. Moreover, today, when technology is developing exponentially, we no longer marvel at novelties as we did in the old days.
It has become a given for us. Every day there is a new thing, a new gimmick, an unusual attachment, and so on. However, when it comes to controlling various devices, we can see a certain progression in their development. In the beginning, buttons were installed on old TVs and various other accessories. After that, remote controllers appeared, and then we tried to create control using gestures and body movements (the last one is still under development).
When we realized that it was too early for the latter, we decided to change the direction and created voice control, which at the time of its debut became the basis for various jokes and memes that have survived to this day. But now the lazy man’s dream has come true: no more buttons. Why waste colossal effort pressing keys when you can simply say what you want. Truly, an invention worthy of everyone’s attention.
Why do you need to use Alexa with your Smart TV?
As always, the path to comfortable use of another modern techno wonder is simple and straightforward for anyone who decides to spend a little time and understand how this technology works. However, for those who like to save a little time, we’re always here. We’d like to say right away that there’s hardly any useful information here for the happy owners of a Samsung TV 2020.
The fact is that voice control is very likely already installed inside your remote control and you don’t need to purchase and install additional devices. For those who haven’t yet bought a TV like this and aren’t ready to spend the money to get one extra feature on your TV, Alexa is always happy to help you with that.
This polite and attentive lady will, for a relatively modest price, save you from having to rely on outdated push-button TV remote control technology ever again in the future. The fact is that Samsung’s 2019 and 2018 TVs have only basic voice control features. Therefore, it’s not unreasonable to upgrade this function with an additional set-top box.
How to connect Alexa to your Samsung Smart TV
First, make sure that both devices are switched on and working correctly. Then check that they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Also, before we continue you need to set up your TV as a thing through the SmartThings app. To do this you need to log in to your Samsung account on the TV.
Then download the SmartThings app and Amazon Alexa app to your phone. This is necessary to sync these devices through your phone. Make sure you use identical information to the one you used to sign in to your Samsung TV account and your Amazon Echo account.
Once you have finished preparing, you will need to find your Samsung TV in the Samsung SmartThings app. To do this, go to the device menu at the bottom of the app. Once there, select “add device” and select your TV from the list. If your TV is switched on and on the same network as your phone, this should be easy.
Next, after the phone and TV are synchronized, select Samsung Smart TV and enable its use using the button next to it as a Smart device. Then do the same operations in the Amazon Alexa app. If your Alexa device didn’t automatically sync with your phone, just need to select the right one in the devices menu and do it.
Next, enable the Samsung SmartThings skill in the Amazon Alexa app. This will synchronize your apps. Alexa should then automatically connect to your TV. If not, simply select the desired TV in the Amazon Alexa app.
Congratulations! The full range of voice control features is now available to you as well!