Can Alexa control a Roku streaming stick? Read on to find out if the smart assistant can voice-control your TV streaming platform.
The Roku streaming devices are an incredibly popular choice for those who want easy access to streaming platforms without upgrading to a smart TV.
This small device will give you access to Disney+, Netflix and even Hulu. Not to mention all the Freeview and HD channels too.
So, if you have a Roku streaming stick, you might be wondering whether it’s compatible with voice control?
Well, we’re going to look at whether you can use Amazon Alexa to control your Roku streaming stick.
Let’s dive in.
What is a Roku Streaming Stick?
Roku streaming devices were first launched in 2008 and are designed to give users access to smart TV features and streaming platforms through non-smart TVs.
One of the benefits of Roku sticks and other devices is that they have no monthly subscription. The only ongoing payments are for streaming platforms you decide to subscribe to, such as Netflix or Hulu.
The Roku stick simply plugs into the back of your TV, allowing you to then navigate the system, access Freeview channels and your subscription package all in one place.
The question is, can you use Roku stick via Alexa?
Can Alexa Control Roku Stick?
Yes, Alexa can control the Roku streaming stick after the skill is enabled on the Alexa app, as long as your Roku device is running on OS 8.1 and above.
All new versions of the device should be running this software, but if you have an older device don’t worry. You can update the software on your Roku device by going into ‘Settings’, then ‘System’, and then ‘System Update’.
Is your Roku stick running on OS 8.1?
Great, let’s look at how to connect your Roku Stick and Amazon Alexa:
- Open your Alexa app, and go to ‘More’ in the bottom right-hand corner.
- Next, go to ‘Settings’ and scroll down to ‘TV and Video’.
- Scroll down and select ‘Roku’, then tap ‘Enable to Use’.
- Enter your Roku account information when prompted and select ‘Done’, when finished.
- Now go to ‘Device’, along the menu bar at the bottom.
- Select the Roku device you want to control via Alexa voice control.
- Next, select which Amazon Alexa device you want to use to control Roku.
- Finish the setup by following the instructions on the app.
You should now be able to control your Roku stick via Amazon Alexa voice control – watching TV just got easier!
Are you wondering which commands you can use via Alexa to control your Roku stick? Let’s take a closer look.
Popular Alexa Commands for Roku Streaming Stick
So, you have connected your Alexa and Roku devices – but now what?
Let’s take a look at things you can say to Alexa to control your Roku stick:
“Alexa, mute/pause/play Roku.”
“Alexa, launch Amazon Prime Video on Roku.”
“Alexa, show me comedy movies on Roku.”
“Alexa, launch Disney Plus on Roku.”
The only limitation you have when using Roku via Amazon Alexa’s voice control is when it comes to specific selections. For example, you can ask Alexa to launch a TV show such as The Walking Dead on Roku, but you cannot ask for a specific episode.
You also can’t launch Netflix via voice control on Roku yet, but you can still search for Freeview and inclusive TV shows on your Roku stick via Amazon Alexa.
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