It has long been one of the most requested features, but Alexa devices like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot can now finally be used to control the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television. If you have multiple Alexa devices and/or multiple Fire TV devices, things have the potential to get a little confusing, so Amazon has created a linking process that allows you to assign specific Alexa devices to specific Fire TV devices. Here’s what that process looks like and how it works.
For starters, if you have only one Fire TV device associated with your Amazon account, it should just work automatically without needing to link anything. If it doesn’t, or if you have multiple Fire TV devices, you’ll need to configure a few things in the Alexa app.
When you launch the Alexa app, you need to press the menu button in the top left corner and select the “Music, Video, & Books” option at the top. Once in the media menu, you need to select the “fire TV” option under the “Video” section. Then just select the blue “Link your Alexa device” option.
Once that’s done, you’ll be presented with a list of all the Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions associated with your Amazon account. Select the one you want to configure. You’ll be able to configure additional Fire TV devices later. My list above might look weird, but that’s just because I have so many Fire TV devices for testing that I’ve given them numbers as names to keep track of them. See here to learn how to change the names of your Fire TV devices to identify them easily.
After selecting the Fire TV device you want to configure, you’ll be shown a list of all of your Alexa devices. Here you select the Alexa devices that you want to be able to control the Fire TV that was just chosen. Alexa devices that can control Fire TVs include the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Look, Amazon Tap, Dash Wand, and some 3rd-party devices.
You can assign multiple Alexa devices to control a single Fire TV, however, each Alexa device can only be assigned to a single Fire TV. When you go in to configure another Fire TV device, the Alexa device’s you’ve previously assigned to a Fire TV device will not be available to select from your list of Alexa devices.
It would be great to be able to specify which Fire TV device you want to be controlled on the fly with your voice command, but that ability is not available. Meaning, you cannot add “…on my bedroom Fire TV” to the end of a command to specify which Fire TV is controlled. Once you assign an Alexa device to a specific Fire TV, that one Fire TV is the only one it can control.
Thankfully though, the pairing is not one-to-one in both directions. Multiple Alexa devices can control the same Fire TV, so you would obviously want to assign an Alexa device to control a Fire TV that is in the same room, but you can assign all Alexa devices that are not in a room with a TV to control your main Fire TV.