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How to connect your Samsung smart TV to Alexa?

Tom Power
  Jun 7, 2023 11:24 AM

If you have a Samsung smart TV, you'll likely be familiar with Samsung's built-in voice assistant, Bixby, to perform all of your verbal commands. However, that's not the only voice-friendly option you have. If you want to use Amazon Alexa instead, you can configure your TV to do so. 

The advice on How to connect your Samsung smart TV to Alexa below is strictly for older Samsung smart TVs that don't have this built-in but can still connect to Amazon smart speakers for very basic voice control.

How to connect your Samsung smart TV to Alexa

Step 1: Set up your devices.

First of all, you need to make sure that both your Amazon Alexa device and your Samsung TV are set up and working. After completing the initial setup on your TV and Alexa device, you need to make sure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Prepare the apps.

You also need to have your phone ready to coordinate these two devices. Make sure you sign in to both apps with the same account information you used for the TV's Samsung account and the Echo's Amazon account.

Step 3: Discover the TV in the SmartThings app.

First, you'll need to explore your Samsung tv in the Samsung SmartThings app, which lets you treat it like a basic connected smart device when you connect it to your Alexa speaker. When the TV is powered on, it will be easy to find your device in the list. 

Once you've found the device and paired your phone with your TV, select Samsung Smart TV and use the toggle next to its name to allow it to be used as a smart device.

Step 4: Discover the smart speaker in the Alexa app.

Second, you need to make sure your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or other Amazon device is detected in the Amazon Alexa app. If not or if the device is set up via someone else's phone, you'll need to do the following. (Go 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, you're good to go. Open the All Devices menu option, then find your Alexa device.

Step 5: Connect the apps.

In the Amazon Alexa app, you need to enable the Samsung SmartThings skill and sign in with your Samsung account in order to link the accounts.

Step 6: Select your TV in the Alexa app.

Finally, once you've turned on the Samsung SmartThings skill - which automatically pairs Alexa with the TV - you're good to go. 

Final Thoughts

How to connect your Samsung smart TV to Alexa will depend on when your TV was made and how you make this work. Some older Samsung TVs on the market will need to pair with an Alexa device first, to send commands. Now, the only thing that's left to know is what exactly you can get Alexa to do. 

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