Can Alexa Control Apple TV? Expert Explain


Did you know that Amazon’s Alexa is one of the most trendy smart devices in the market today? Alexa provides ease of use and can be connected with almost every other gadget and smart device in your home. Although it has been on the market for a long time, people are still interested in it.

If you have a lot of smart devices in your home, then Alexa is a must-have option for you. It comes with advanced features with which you can discover which device belongs to another and connect to it. However, it’s not always easy, and sometimes you can have problems connecting Alex to some smart device. Many Apple TV owners have had problems connecting Alexa to Apple TV lately. In this article we’ll talk about that and how to solve this problem. So, let’s start!

Can Alexa Control Apple TV?

So Can Alexa Control Apple TV? Yes, Alexa can control Apple TV. Normal functions such as turning up or down the volume, pause, and play will work fine, while options such as fast-forwarding or rewinding will not be available. However, when it comes to some advanced options, they are not available as well.

The steps that are required to link your Apple TV to Alexa smart speakers is to use Bluetooth. If you don’t know how to do this process, just use the voice command on Alexa to enable Bluetooth. After that, on your Apple TV, go into settings and connect it up.

What you will notice is that you’ll not be able to do some things such as fast-forwarding or rewinding, while the basic options will be available. In some cases, you’ll not be able to use your Bluetooth and connect it to your Apple TV. However, there are some ways how you can pass that.

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Connecting Your Apple TV Via Bluetooth

The best way to solve the Alexa connection problem with your Apple TV is to link your Alexa by using the Harmony Hub Remote. After the connection is done, you can use your remote controller to send any command to the Apple TV. If this is the method you want to use, then the first step is to link your Harmony Hub with your Apple TV.

If you have no experience in this, don’t worry. First, make sure to locate a Wi-Fi device on your Harmony Hub or use the search function where you need to locate your Apple TV.

Whatever method you use, the end result is that you will need to connect these two devices. That way, they’ll be able to communicate. The only downside of this method is that you’ll need to share your account information to pair them.

Once you are done with this process, you can then set up an “activity” that you want in your Hub to control the Apple TV. The only thing left is to use your Alexa app and set the voice commands, allowing you a broad range of options on your Apple TV.

Keep in mind that a few elements we haven’t touched on. One of them is that you’ll need to use your TV app if you want to pick the films and shows that you want to watch on your TV.  This is currently the problem, and there is no solution for this.

Why Alexa Is Not Connecting To Apple TV?

If you’re still having the problem of connecting your Alexa to an Apple TV, the problem may be in your Wi-Fi connection. The best way to fix this is to restart your Alexa device. Just unplug the power adapter that is located at the back of the device, wait a few seconds, and then plug it back in. After you’re done, your device will connect automatically. If the problem is still present, then you can reset your Wi-Fi network and set it up again.

Here are the steps how to reset your Wi-Fi settings:

  1. Open the Amazon website and go into: “Account, Settings”.
  2. Scroll down and find “Your Content and Devices” option and double click on it.
  3. Now find the “Manage you Content and Devices” option and choose “Settings”.
  4. There you’ll find a list where it says “Saved Wi-Fi Passwords”.
  5. Choose a “Delete” option.

After you’re done, just log in to your Wi-Fi network. Restart your router if the connection is not working.


Here you can see an example of how Alexa controls Apple TV.

Final Thoughts

As we can see in this article, the only way to control your Apple TV by using the voice is by connecting it to Harmony Hub or an Echo device. However, there is still no way to enable these two devices to communicate together without using a “translator” in the conversation. If we need to choose one of these methods, then we’ll opt for the Harmony Hub option. This option is much more reliable in the end. It gives much fewer errors and stress.

However, if in some cases you don’t have Harmony Hub, then you can without any hesitation use the Bluetooth-Echo option. I hope that this article has helped you, and if you have any additional questions about Alexa and Apple TV, feel free to contact us or leave the comment below.

Mario

I'm the CEO and founder of Home Hacks DIY. I have been involved in home improvement since my early age. I will try to pass you my knowledge and expertise in this industry in which I have been involved for the last 10 years.

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