To control your Roku player or Roku TV by voice, you have plenty of options available. Roku remote is coming with voice support these days, so you can control Roku and all its features hands-free a number of devices such as Amazon Echo or Google Home.
Voice commands offer an easy and convenient way of watching Roku content; however, there are certain limitations as well, especially at the time of launching videos or TV channels directly. Well, let’s just not go into that territory today, but discuss some tips instead on how to make your content watching experience via Roku smoother.
How to use Roku voice remote
Roku player has a microphone button right beneath the directional pad, so what you have to do is, you need to hold that button to record a voice command. Roku Streaming Stick, Streaming Stick+, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra come with remote that has voice command functionality. If your Roku device doesn’t have a voice assistant remote, then you can buy one from Roku.com. With that remote, you will be able to control a number of things such as, playing, pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding, searching for your favorite movies, actors, directors and many other functions. If you have installed channels like TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, then you can use voice commands to play internet radio stations or podcasts.
How to use Amazon Alexa with Roku
If you know what Amazon Alexa is or has been using the product for quite some time, then you can connect the incredible voice-assistant with Roku to control everything on the latter using voice commands.
- Open ‘Alexa’ app on your smartphone followed by selecting ‘Skills & Games’ from the sidebar menu. Now, you need to search for Roku on the list.
- Select ‘Enable’ followed by signing into your Roku account.
- Agree to the terms and conditions and then, select Roku player you wish to connect.
- At last, choose the Alexa devices that you want to use with Roku and click ‘Link Devices’.
Now, you will be able to control your Roku device using Amazon Alexa, as you just need to say ‘Alexa, play (whatever you want to play). However, you won’t be able to use Alexa to launch Netflix or listen to your favorite music through Roku player. Moreover, ‘Replay’ command also doesn’t work.
How to use Google Home with Roku
You can also connect Google Home or Google Assistant with Roku to control dozens of functions on the streaming player. Here is how you can set up Google Assistant on Roku.
- Open ‘Google Home’ app followed by hitting the ‘+’ or ‘Add’ button, which you can near the ‘Home’ button.
- Select the option named ‘Set Up Device’ followed by selecting ‘Works with Google’.
- Scroll down the list or directly search for Roku. Once found, select it.
- Use your Roku credentials to sign into your Roku account. Click ‘Accept and continue’ followed by selecting the Roku player you would like to connect.
- Select Roku on ‘Add smart home devices’ screen followed by clicking ‘Add to a room’. After that, select the room where your Roku is located.
The functioning of Google Assistant is similar to Alexa, but the wake word changes when using Google Assistant. Now, you will have to say ‘on Roku’ for your commands to register. Limitations are also the same as that of Amazon Alexa.
That was all about controlling Roku with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. If you have any confusion or want to ask anything about the steps discussed above, contact Roku help and support.