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Want to know how to connect Alexa to your Samsung Smart TV? In this post, I’ll review seven fast, easy, and relatively inexpensive ways [including one free way!] to hook Alexa up to your Smart TV and home entertainment system. You can then use Alexa to control your Smart TV with your voice. Pretty cool.
📣 Spoiler Alert 📣
If you don’t want to read any further and just want a recommendation, I recommend Amazon Fire TV Cube or any Logitech Harmony remote that includes a Hub. Both of these options provide turn-key set up and give you a broad range of Alexa commands to control your smart TV and entertainment experience.
In the rest of this post, we’ll go into more detail about both of these options. We’ll also list out the pros and cons of all seven ways you can connect Alexa to your Smart TV.
1 Amazon Fire TV Cube
The simplest and most intuitive option for controlling your smart TV with Alexa is Amazon Fire TV. While you can use the Fire TV Stick to do it cheaply, we like the Amazon Fire TV Cube better. Why? The Cube was actually designed for the sole purpose of controlling your television.
📺 You can see the latest pricing for the Fire TV Cube on Amazon here.
Check out out the following excellent video review from Smarter Home Life:
2 Samsung SmartThings
Next on my list of the best ways to connect Alexa to Samsung smart TV is a SmartThings hub. If you subscribe to the Samsung SmartThings ecosystem and own a SmartThings Hub, then you already have the ability to control your TV with Alexa. SmartThings works with Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap. check if your TV is compatible with SmartThings, check the Supported Devices section of the SmartThings app. If your TV is compatible, check out this guide to enable Samsung TV as a thing. While we would stop short of purchasing a Smartthings Hub for this purpose, it is a viable option for Smartthings owners. However, you are limited with what you can control with your voice. Options include: Power on, Power off, channel control, and volume control (set value via a slider, mute/unmute).
3 Caavo Control Center
I recently worked with my friends over at UniversalRemoteReviews.com to put Caavo Control Center to the test. We were all impressed by the latest [and much less expensive] version of this smart universal remote. While you are limited to control of four devices plus a soundbar, you can also control smart home stuff using IFTTT technology. And, more to the point, you can also control your TV and entertainment experience using Alexa. Commands are limited, but this a great way to get an innovative universal remote solution plus Alexa for voice control in a single product. You can read my full Caavo review here.
📺 You read the latest customer reviews for Caavo Control Center at Amazon.
Thanks to my man Chris Pirillo for the helpful video review:
4 Logitech Harmony Hub
The Logitech Harmony Hub gives you outstanding control over your home entertainment devices as well as your home entertainment center. The only caveat is that, unlike the other popular products in Logitech’s Harmony line, the Harmony Hub does not include an actual remote control. Instead, you control your devices using your the Harmony app on using your iOS or Android smartphone. As for voice control with Alexa [and Google Assistant], the functionality works the same way as if you bought a more expensive Harmony product with a remote. Yes, you get full voice control at an affordable price using the Harmony Hub.
Check out this awesome video from Majestechs that details how the Hub and Harmony Hub-based products work with Alexa.
5 Logitech Harmony Elite
The Logitech Harmony Elite is Logitech’s top of the line remote control that will let you control your home entertainment devices and smart home technology. It includes the Harmony Hub mentioned previously which gives you all its benefits. These include voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant as well as control of devices behind closed cabinets. Using Harmony Activities, you can tell Alexa to “Launch Movie Night” and all required components perform the appropriate activity. For example, the Movie Night activity could power on your TV, audio receiver or soundbar, lower your smart blinds, dim smart lights, change the color of your bulbs, and tune your TV to your favorite movie service (like Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Roku, or even Netflix).
This is without question one of the best universal remotes you can buy today. It isn’t cheap, but if you want the best, this is it.
It does go on sale often though.
6 Logitech Harmony Companion
If the Harmony Hub is the poor man’s Elite without a remote, the Logitech Harmony Companion is the poor man’s Elite with a remote. The main difference is that it doesn’t include the color LCD screen. It does include a well-designed Harmony remote, and it also includes the Harmony Hub. The Harmony Companion gives you pretty much all of the benefits of the Elite minus the LCD touchscreen.
7 Free! Anymote
Last on our list of ways how to connect Alexa to your Samsung Smart TV is a free option using the Anymote app that you can download for your smartphone. While we like the other options better, we understand that controlling Alexa with your TV is certainly a luxury, not a must-have. This way, if you can’t afford the other options, you can try this free method.
The main drawback of going this route is that that the app is complex and the Alexa integration can be fairly difficult to set up for someone who is not technical. You are also limited to basic commands like power on and off, channel up and down and volume up and down.
This tutorial will step you through the process of setting up Anymote to work with Alexa.
You can also get an understanding of the basics using this Anymote Knowledge Base Article.
Conclusion and Recommendations
If you can afford it, I recommend the Logitech Harmony Elite, because it includes a beautiful remote, lets you control smart home stuff, and has solid support for a variety of Alexa commands. And it will work with Google Assistant too. The biggest benefit of this remote is that it is compatible with Logitech’s ever-growing device database. This means that it will support the stuff you buy in the future as well as what you own today. You can read my detailed review of the Logitech Harmony Elite here.
If you just simply want to control your Samsung Smart TV with Alexa without a lot of fuss, the Amazon FireTV Cube is another great option.
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About the Author
Tim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger
Tim Brennan [a.k.a. "Tec Timmy"] is a senior technical writer with over 20 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing for this smart home blog, Tim is also a regular contributor over at UniversalRemoteReviews.com. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, an active blogger, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.