How to use Amazon Echo as a speaker on TV?
check out how to connect Amazon Echo As A Speaker On TV, and have a sound experience like a movie theater.
If you want to improve your TV’s sound but can’t afford a soundbar, then you should know that a smart home device such as Alexa can be a good option.
To do this, connect the Amazon Echo to your television via Bluetooth, and use the device as a speaker. This works with both standalone TVs and receivers. Plus, you can connect a compatible Fire TV device to a supported Echo for an even better sound experience.
Below, check out how to connect a device to the TV, and have a sound experience like a movie theater.
Device requirements and limitations
You’ll need to meet a few requirements to connect Amazon Echo as a speaker on TV or receiver. Your Amazon Echo must be Bluetooth capable. But do not worry. This includes any current or previous generation Echo devices.
Your TV or receiver must also support Bluetooth, either built-in or via a Bluetooth dongle. And both your TV/receiver and Echo should be close to each other, or at least in the same room.
Your Fire TV device must be one of the following:
- Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K;
- Amazon Fire TV (3rd Generation);
- Fire TV Cube (1st Generation);
- Fire TV Cube (2nd Generation);
- Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Generation);
- Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite.
And your Echo device must be one of the following:
- Echo Dot (4th Generation);
- Echo Dot (4th Generation) with a clock;
- Echo Dot (3rd Generation);
- Echo Dot with a clock;
- Echo (4th Generation);
- Echo (3rd Generation);
- Echo (2nd Generation);
- Echo Plus (2nd Generation);
- Echo Plus (1st Generation);
- Echo Studio.
While this type of setup looks promising, there are certain limitations and disadvantages when using your Amazon Echo as a speaker on TV. You may not be able to use your TV speakers (or receiver) and Echo at the same time. However, this depends on your specific model of TV and receiver.
Connecting an Amazon Echo as a speaker on TV via Bluetooth can also result in latency issues where your Echo’s audio lags behind the audio on your TV or other speakers.
The connection between a Fire TV device and your Echo is via Wi-Fi, which means the audio should be free of any latency issues. So using a Fire TV or Fire TV stick is the best option, assuming your devices are compatible. With those caveats in mind, let’s see how to use your Echo as a TV speaker.
Connect an Echo device to your TV (Amazon Echo as a speaker on TV)
The process of connecting an Echo device to your TV differs whether you use a standalone TV or a multi-speaker system with a receiver, such as a surround sound setup with two front speakers, two rear speakers, and a medium speaker.
If you use a TV without a receiver, you will create the connection through your TV’s settings. If you use a receiver, you will go through the receiver settings.
Go to the Settings screen on the TV or receiver, look for Bluetooth settings and turn it on. You may also need to route the sound to your Echo. At the same time, say “Alexa, connect”, and the Echo will start searching for a Bluetooth connection while your TV is searching for a Bluetooth device.
If all goes well, both devices should meet. The Settings screen on the TV or receiver should point to your Echo device, and your Echo should say it’s connected to a TV or receiver.
Alternatively, you can try connecting your Echo device and TV speakers or receiver using the Alexa app. In the app, tap the Devices icon at the bottom and select Echo & Alexa.
Then choose the Echo device you want to use and tap Bluetooth Devices. In the Bluetooth settings screen on the TV or receiver, wait for the Echo device to appear and select it to connect the devices.
Now, play a video on the TV to test the connection. You might want to turn up your Echo’s sound. If you hear TV sound coming through your Echo, then you’re in business. If not, try the Bluetooth connection again.
When you turn off your TV or receiver, the connection to the Echo also turns off. When you turn your TV or receiver back on, the connection to the Echo should automatically establish itself again. In this case, your Echo will announce that it is connected to your TV/receiver.
How to disconnect an Echo device from the TV?
If you want to disconnect your Echo, just say “Alexa, disconnect”, and Alexa will tell you that it is now disconnected from your TV/receiver. You can also manage the Echo’s connection through the Alexa app.
Again, go to Devices > Echo & Alexa > [your Echo’s name] > Bluetooth connections and select the connected speakers or receiver. Tap Disconnect Device to break the connection or tap Forget Device to remove the connection completely.
Connect an Echo device to your Fire TV device
Due to latency issues, Amazon does not support connecting your TV and Echo via Bluetooth. Instead, you can connect a Fire TV (3rd generation), Fire TV Cube (1st and 2nd generation), or Fire TV Stick (3rd generation, 4K and Lite) over Wi-Fi for more reliable audio performance.
To get started, make sure your Fire TV device is turned on, then:
- Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet;
- Tap Devices;
- Select the plus (+) icon at the top;
- Then choose Combine Speakers > Home Theater;
- Choose your Fire TV device from the list of selectable devices and tap Next;
- After that, select the Echo you want to use as a speaker for your Fire TV device. If you have more than one Echo in the same room, you can assign one to the left channel and the other to the right channel;
- Click Next to continue;
- Select a name for your audio systems, such as Home Theater or Sound System;
- Tap Next, select a group you want to add your home theater too;
- After that, tap on Save to finish. So your TV should display a message saying that your home theater has been created.
With your Fire TV remote, click the Play Preview button to make sure you can hear audio coming out of your Echo. You can now play a movie or TV show from your Fire TV device, and the sound will come out of your Echo as well as your speakers to your TV or receiver.
Is it possible to use Alexa as a TV speaker?
Yup. If you want to improve your TV’s sound but can’t afford a soundbar, then you should know that a smart home device such as Alexa can be a good option.
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