Despite wide availability and huge improvements in voice recognition, most people rarely use voice assistants. And when we talk to Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, it’s often just to ask about the weather. But there are a few voice commands you could use today to enhance your viewing experience, because let’s face it, navigating a TV remote is a hassle.
Imagine you are in the middle of an episode of Andor or your current favorite TV show and the doorbell will ring. You can use a voice command to pause the action or rewind to where you left off when you come back. You can also use voice commands to start a streaming app, check who hosted the show, or even find out what the on-screen actor just said.
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What you need
The best televisions and TV streaming devices have some form of voice control. The most versatile are Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Roku voice commands, but others offer at least some of the same functionality. If your remote has a button with a microphone icon on it, it supports voice commands.
You can also sometimes use a smartphone, smart speaker, or smart display to control your TV, provided it’s in the same room and connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This comes in handy when you don’t want to reach for the remote and press that mic button before giving a command.
There are usually some settings required for all of this to work, e.g. B. Adding your smart TV to the Google or Apple Home apps, the Samsung SmartThings app, or installing the Roku app. With Amazon’s Alexa, you can pair smart speakers with your Fire TV by opening the Alexa app and tapping More > TV & Video, select your Fire TV, and choose the Echo speaker you want to use to control the TV. You may also need to link your streaming service accounts, but that’s usually part of the setup for streaming devices like Chromecast with Google TV.
Simple voice commands that work with any service include things like:
- To play
- Keep going
- Play from the beginning
- volume down
- increase volume
Choose what to see
Because it’s so tedious to type with a remote control, voice commands are great for launching apps, specific shows and movies, or finding content you might like. Here are a few commands to try:
- Start Netflix
- Open Hulu
- Show me movies with Sam Rockwell
- To play stranger things on Netflix
- Show me science fiction TV shows
- Find action movies in 4K
- Find all Martin Scorcese movies
With Google Assistant, you don’t even need to know the name of the movie, you can say things like “Stallone, boxing movie” and Rocky appears, or to get “funny vampire movie”. What we do in the shadows.
Back and forward
It can be difficult to fast forward or rewind accurately with a remote, but you can be precise with voice commands. Try these:
- Rewind 10 minutes
- Jump forward 30 seconds
- Go back 10 seconds
- Fast forward three minutes
- Play next episode
https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-use-voice-commands-on-tv/ How to Use Voice Commands on Your TV (2022): Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Roku TV Voice Commands