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In this post, I bring you the definitive Alexa Fire TV cube commands list—a helpful voice control guide.
I’ve got a brand-new Fire TV Cube sitting in a box on my dresser. Why in God’s name haven’t you opened it yet, you ask? Well, I’m currently working on launching a YouTube channel to go with this blog. This is on my list of “unboxing videos” that I plan to create over the next few weeks, so for now I wait—and I stare.
BUT! All this waiting and staring has got me thinking about the cool ways I am going to use the Cube to control my TV with Alexa.
So, I started looking for a list of commands. Guess what?
Apart from some very basic instructions on Amazon, I couldn’t find an easy-to-digest format for Alexa Fire TV commands.
Alexa Fire TV Cube Commands List: A Cheat Sheet Is Born
Wikihow provides a nice overview of how to set up and configure Fire TV, but I really just want a cheat sheet of all the commands.
So, after a bunch of research, I put together this giant cheat sheet. I hope you find it helpful. Here are your Alexa Fire TV commands.
Controlling TV Power and Volume
|Turn on the TV|
|Turn off the TV|
|Turn Up the Volume|
|Turn Down the Volume|
|Adjust the Volume|
Watching Movies and TV Shows
|Watch a Movie||
(This also powers on the TV if it is off.)"
"Alexa, play Umbrella Academy."
"Alexa, watch 12 Monkeys on Hulu."
“Alexa, show me Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”
"Alexa, go to MTV."
"Alexa, watch CNN on Playstation Vue"
|Open a Streaming Service||
"Alexa, open Amazon Prime."
|Searching for Content||
“Alexa, show me Science Fiction movies.”
“Alexa, show me Michael Caine movies.”
"Alexa, show my Watchlist."
“Alexa, add this to my Watchlist,"
"Alexa, search for the Jeopardy app."
|Go To a Specific Cable TV Channel||
"Alexa, watch CNN."
"Alexa, watch SciFi."
|Go to a Specific Channel on a Service||
Alexa, watch ESPN on Hulu."
"Alexa, watch HBO on Prime Video."
|Play / Pause /Stop Playback||
|Rewind and Fast Forward||
"Alexa, go Back 50 seconds."
"Alexa, go Forward two minutes."
"Alexa, skip Forward 20 minutes."
|Go Back to Start|
|Skip to Next Episode|
Switch Inputs and Devices
"Alexa, switch to HDMI 1."
|Go to a Specific Device||
"Alexa, switch to Cable."
"Alexa, switch to Apple TV."
"Alexa, switch to Roku."
Playing Music Games and More
“Alexa, play How to Save Life Radio on Pandora.”
“Alexa, play songs by Lincoln Park.”
"Alexa, play steel drum music.”
"Alexa, play Jeopardy."
|Go to Home Screen|
|Open Apple TV|
Of course, all of the commands in the Alexa Fire TV Cube commands list assume you are using Alexa as your wake word. If you changed the wake word you will need to substitute it above. Really? Yup.
In addition, the following is also required in order for this to work. So, you’ll need to have this stuff done at a minimum:
- You’ll need a compatible Alexa device. Here is a partial list: Echo Show 2nd Generation, Echo Show 1st Generation, Echo Show 5, Echo Dot, Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Spot.
- You’ll need to make sure your Fire TV device is properly set up and configured. This includes linking your Fire TV to the Alexa app. To link your Alexa and Fire TV, they must be registered to the same Amazon account.
- If you want to turn your TV off and on using a Fire TV Stick, you’ll need a Smart TV that has HDMI-CEC enabled for Fire TVs (see below).
Q: I am having issues with getting Alexa to pause on Netflix. Any advice?
A: First, if you’re using an Echo device, make sure it’s linked to the Fire TV device through the Alexa app.
- Go to the menu and select Music, Video, & Books.
- Select Fire TV.
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
- Select Link Devices to confirm your selection.
Q: I am trying to set up my Fire TV Cube but my screen is blank. What should I do?
A: You should first make sure you have it set up for the correct input. Amazon also has some additional troubleshooting advice here.
Q: What should I do if Alexa lights up but doesn’t respond to Fire TV Cube commands?
A: Amazon recommends that you do the following (solution is taken from Amazon support):
If the device doesn’t light up:
- Check that your device is positioned to hear you.
- Check if the device has power.
If the device lights up, but Alexa doesn’t respond:
- Review the voice history in the Alexa app.
- Say, “I can’t hear you.” Alexa then routes responses to Fire TV Cube instead of the powered-off TV or soundbar.
Q: What should I do if my Fire TV Cube response time is sluggish?
A: Make sure you have the latest firmware upgrade. Tom’s Guide does a great job of walking you through updating the Fire TV Cube step-by-step. Check it out here.
Don’t have a Fire TV Cube yet? A recent report by Parks Associates shows streaming media players are super-hot, and Fire TV is poised to overtake Roku in the near future. According to the report as cited by Cord Cutters, Amazon Fire TV’s market share grew to 25% from 16% in 2016.
So what are you waiting for?
While my Fire TV Cube is still in the box, I have been using a friend’s Cube for months. And it’s awesome. You get more commands and better control with Alexa than you get with the stick or other products. This is what I recommend you get if you want to control your Smart TV using Alexa.
👉 You see check the pricing on the latest Fire TV Cube (2nd Generation) over at Amazon here.
ModernDad provides a nice video overview on YouTube. [Thanks, man.] I’ll embed his video below.
Alexa Fire TV Cube Commands List: Your Turn
I hope you found my list of Alexa Fire TV Cube commands and examples helpful.
Do you already own Fire TV? If so, which product do you own? Have you been controlling your Fire TV with Alexa?
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