Connecting your Amazon Echo device like the Echo Dot or Echo Studio to your TV can provide several benefits. It allows you to use your Echo as a speaker to boost your TV’s audio quality and volume. You can also control certain functions of compatible smart TVs like power, volume, and playback using just your voice.
There are a few ways to connect an Echo device to a TV – either wirelessly via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, or with a physical audio cable. The method you choose will depend on the type of TV you have and the level of control you want over it.
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Before connecting your Echo device to your TV, make sure:
- Your Echo device and TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network if connecting wirelessly.
- Bluetooth is enabled on your smart TV if connecting via Bluetooth.
- You have the latest software updates on both devices.
- Your TV supports control via HDMI-CEC if you want full voice control. Most modern smart TVs have this feature.
You’ll also need the Alexa app installed on your smartphone or tablet to complete the setup process.
Connect Echo to Smart TV via Wi-Fi (Fire TV)
If you have a Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Edition smart TV, you can connect it directly to your Echo device through Wi-Fi using the Alexa app:
- Open the Alexa app and tap on the Devices icon.
- Select the + icon to add a new device and tap on Add Device.
- Choose Home Theater from the menu.
- Select your Fire TV device from the list.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete pairing.
This connection method provides the most reliable performance without audio lag. You can then control various Fire TV features like launching videos with your voice.
Connect Echo to Smart TV via Bluetooth
Most smart TVs with Bluetooth support can connect directly to your Echo wirelessly. Here are the steps:
- Enable Bluetooth on your TV from settings.
- Place your Echo device near the TV within Bluetooth range.
- Say “Alexa, connect” to put your Echo into pairing mode.
- On your TV settings, select your Echo device from the list of available Bluetooth devices.
Once connected, audio from your smart TV will now play through your Echo speaker. Use your TV remote to mute or turn off the built-in TV speakers to prevent echo.
However, Bluetooth can sometimes cause audio lag between video and sound. Using a Fire TV device provides lower latency.
Connect Echo Device with an Audio Cable
You can connect your Echo device to any TV with an audio output port using a 3.5mm stereo audio cable (with or without a optical adapter). This includes:
- Echo Studio – Connect directly with a 3.5mm audio cable to your TV’s audio output port.
- Other Echo devices – Use a 3.5mm to RCA stereo adapter to connect to your TV’s audio outputs.
This wired connection method provides lag-free audio without relying on wireless connectivity. However, you won’t be able to control your TV functions with this method.
TV Voice Control with Echo Devices
Once your Echo device is connected to your compatible smart TV through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, you can control certain functions with voice commands using Alexa.
Common voice controls include:
- “Alexa, turn on/off TV”
- “Alexa, set volume to 50”
- “Alexa, mute TV”
- “Alexa, play show/movie name on TV”
- “Alexa, pause TV”
The specific capabilities will depend on your TV model and smart platform. You’ll have access to more controls with Fire TV devices or TVs supporting HDMI-CEC compared to just Bluetooth.
Tips for Using Echo as a TV Speaker
Here are some tips when using your Echo as an external speaker for your TV:
- Place your Echo device close enough to clearly hear the TV audio but not so close that the sound reflects off the wall. Side tables around 6 feet away work well.
- Always mute your TV’s internal speakers to prevent echo/feedback, unless your TV supports separate audio outputs.
- Make sure your Echo speaker volume is loud enough to hear properly. You can say “Alexa, volume up/down”.
- Connect wired with an audio cable instead of Bluetooth if you notice audio lag between video and sound.
- Consider getting a more powerful Echo model like the Studio if your TV is large or far away. The higher-end models provide louder and clearer sound.
Connecting an Echo device to your TV takes just a few minutes. It’s an easy way to upgrade audio, add voice controls, and enjoy a more immersive viewing experience.