Time-saving secret that every Smart TV user should turn on now
Your smart devices are getting smarter. New models and updates add features and capabilities that you may not know you need until you try them out.
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Your smart speakers and assistants are designed to listen. But they are not the only ones who can obey your commands. Your smart TV can also be controlled with your voice. You can speak to find movies, adjust volume, pause, rewind, skip to the next episode and more.
Some Amazon, Toshiba and Insignia branded TVs come with Fire TV built into the set. It allows you to watch content, listen to music, connect to streaming services, play games and more without the need for an extra device.
With the included Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote, you can browse apps, movies and shows, and check the weather and sports scores. You can launch and control content or switch to another device connected to your TV, such as a game console. It’s as easy as pressing a button:
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Press and hold the voice button on your remote and ask Alexa what you want (you don’t have to say her name), then release the button. You can search for movie genre, actor, channel, pause, skip forward, lower the volume and more. Try these commands: pause, play, resume, show me movies with Tom Hardy, go back home, go to Prime Video, mute, switch to PlayStation.
If you have a Fire TV Stick, it’s likely bundled with an Alexa Voice Remote. You can also buy the remote separately if you need one.
Brands such as TCL, Sharp, RCA, and Sanyo make televisions with Roku TV built-in. Some come with a voice remote, but you can buy it separately if you don’t have one.
All you have to do is press a button and speak:
Press and hold the microphone button, speak your request and release the button. Try searching for specific movies or TV shows. If you’re not sure, try a category or genre. Open streaming apps, pause and rewind content, and browse music. Here are some examples: search for movies starring John Travolta, show me episodes of “The Queen’s Gambit”, find horror movies, launch Disney+, hide captions.
As with the Roku TVs, some Roku streaming devices come with a voice remote while others don’t.
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Google’s Chromecast dongle turns any TV into a smart TV, with streaming features, voice control and more. The latest model comes with a Chromecast Voice Remote. If you have an older model, it may be difficult to find the remote to buy yourself.
You don’t even have to say “Hey Google” to control your Chromecast with your voice:
Press and hold the Google Assistant button to open the microphone. Ask a question or say a command. Try these commands: open Netflix, play Iron Man, go back 10 seconds, next episode.
Vizio added a smart remote a few years ago and it can be found bundled with some Vizio TVs. You can also buy it separately. With the remote, you can browse content, switch inputs, change the volume, launch apps, check the weather and more.
Hold down the microphone button and say your command. Try these commands: show me family movies, show me animated movies, switch to HDMI 2, pause, turn up the volume to 5, play “Modern Family” on Peacock, open YouTube.
Depending on the model year, you can control your Samsung TV with Bixby, Alexa or Google Assistant. It allows you to navigate through your TV functions, give commands, search for content, switch apps and more.
To set up Bixby with your Samsung TV:
Go to Settings > General on your TV, then select Speech. Select Voice assistant and choose Bixby, then select OK. Use Bixby Speech Settings to choose your language, voice response, and sound feedback. Then press the microphone button on your TV remote and say Hello, Bixby to start giving commands.
You need an Amazon account to set up Alexa with your Samsung TV:
Go to Settings > General on your TV, then select Voice. Select Voice Assistant, choose Alexa, then select OK. Scan the QR code on the screen with your phone’s camera. You will be redirected to Amazon’s website. Log in to your Amazon account and tap To allow on your phone.Follow the instructions on the TV screen to complete Alexa setup. Press the microphone button on your remote and say Alexa to give commands.
You need a Google account to set up the Google Assistant with your Samsung TV:
Go to Settings > General on your TV and select Speech. Select Speech Assistant and choose Google Assistant, then select OK. Select I understand to agree to the terms and conditions. Use your phone to navigate to the website displayed on your TV screen. Tap Get started and then tap Open to open the Google Assistant on your phone. Log in to your account and then tap Continue. Tap Next when your phone has found your TV. Tap Yes to confirm that the code on your TV matches the one on your phone. Tap Allow on your phone to allow your TV to access your phone. Press the microphone button on the remote and record your requests.