Samsung TV - Control your smart TV using Bixby, Google Home, or Alexa

Last Update date : Oct 02. 2020
Samsung TV - Control your smart TV using Bixby, Google Home, or Alexa

Manually scrolling through menu options every time you want to adjust a setting can get tiring. Thankfully, you can ask Bixby, the AI assistant on your Samsung smart TV, to navigate the settings menu, change the volume, or even search for content. Just hold down the microphone button on your remote, and your wish is Bixby's command. Even better, a 2019 or 2020 Samsung smart TV remote has a Voice Wake-Up feature so you can ask anything to Bixby even if you're not near the remote. Plus, you can use third-party voice assistants like Alexa or Google Home with your smart TV.

The provided information refers to Samsung smart TVs sold in Canada.

Supported TVs

2020 smart TVs

  • QLED 8K series: Q950TS, Q900TS, and Q800T

  • QLED 4K series: Q90T, Q80T, Q8DT, Q70T, Q7DT, Q60T and Q6DT

  • Crystal UHD series: RU9000, TU8500, TU8000, and TU7000

  • Lifestyle series: The Frame (LS03T), The Sero (LS05T), The Serif ( LS01T), and The Terrace (LST7T)

2019 smart TVs

  • QLED 8K series: Q900R

  • QLED 4K series: Q90R, Q80R, Q70R, Q7DR, Q60R, Q6DR, and Q50R

  • 4K UHD TV series: RU8000, RU8200, RU7400, RU7300, and RU7100

  • Lifestyle series: The Frame (LS03R) and The Serif ( LS01R)

2018 smart TVs

  • QLED 4K series: Q9FN, Q8FN, Q7CN, Q7FN, Q75FN, Q6FN, and Q65FN

  • 4K UHD TV series: NU8000, NU7400, NU7300, NU7100, NU6900, NU6080, and NU6070

  • Lifestyle series: The Frame (LS03N)

  • Smart Full HDTV: N5300

Functions supported

  • Most of Samsung smart TVs from 2018 to now offer full function support which includes turn on or off, channel change, change volume, set volume, set input, and play or stop media.

  • The "turn on" function is not supported by NU6900, NU6080, NU6070 and N5300 2018 smart TVs.
Use Bixby

Bixby is like having your very own personal assistant right on your smart TV. Let Bixby take care of everything for you. To view the Bixby guide, press the Microphone button on your smart TV remote. Bixby guide helps you learn what voice commands you can use and also offers access to Explore Bixby. Select Explore Now at the bottom of your screen to view your Samsung Account, Bixby settings, user information, and more. When you learn a few commands, press and hold the Microphone button, say the command, and then release.

Use Bixby

On 2019 or newer Samsung smart TV, you can say "Hi Bixby" to wake up Bixby instead of using the Microphone button. Your smart TV will recognize your voice command and navigate to the requested page or apply the changes directly - for example, "navigate to the Settings page", or "lower the volume". You can even adjust the sensitivity of this feature or turn it off in the Bixby settings menu.

Using Voice Wake-Up will shorten the battery life of the remote.

Bixby voice commands

Here are some examples of Bixby voice commands you can use to make life a little easier:

Bixby voice commands

  • To open the apps page, say "open apps".

  • Try "open Netflix" and start watching some of your favorites.

  • To set the volume, say "volume" and any number from 0 - 100. For example, saying "volume 25" will set the volume to level 25.

  • To change the source, say "HDMI", "USB", or "TV".

  • When playing media content, say "play", "pause", "stop", "rewind", and "fast forward".

  • To search for something, say "search..." followed by what you want Bixby to search for.
Bixby wake-up and settings

Don't like the way Bixby's voice sounds or want to turn off voice wake-up? Just change it in Bixby's settings. Press the Microphone button once, and then select Explore Now to go to the Explore Bixby screen. Select Settings and then select an option to change. Voice Wake-Up can also have the sensitivity changed from High, Medium, or Low, or it can be turned off.

Bixby wake-up and settings

If you change Bixby's language, the language on the smart TV and other apps will not change.

Use Google Home

Your smart TV must be connected through SmartThings to be able to use it with Google Assistant.

Just like Bixby, Google Home can control your smart TV too. You can make Google perform basic controls like turning on the smart TV or changing channels. If you haven't done so already, download and install the Google Home app, and then set up your Google Assistant devices.

When you're ready, open the Google Home app on your phone and tap the Account icon on the bottom right. Then, tap Settings, tap the Assistant tab, and then tap Home control. Tap the Add icon (the plus sign), and then search for and select SmartThings. Enter your Samsung credentials, select the SmartThings location, and tap Authorize.

Use Google Home

The SmartThings devices, including your smart TV, will be automatically discovered. Now, you can control your smart TV with Google Assistant!

Google Home voice commands

Here are some examples of Google Home voice commands you can use to control your TV:

  • To turn the TV on or off, say "Ok/Hey Google, turn on/off the living room TV". Keep in mind that the TV must be connected to the network via Wi-Fi to be able to be turned on with Google Home. It will not respond if connected to a wired network.

  • To change the channel, say "Okay Google, change to channel 200 on living room TV", "Hey Google, next channel on living room TV", or "Okay Google, channel up/down on living room TV".

  • To change the volume, say "Okay Google, lower the volume on living room TV" or "Hey Google, volume up 10 on living room TV". You can also set the volume to a specific value, say "Hey Google, set the volume of living room TV to 50".

  • To change the source, say "Hey Google, set the input of living room TV to HDMI 1".

  • When playing media content, say "Hey Google, play living room TV". You can do the same for pause, stop, rewind, or fast forward.

  • To mute or unmute, say "Hey Google, mute/unmute living room TV".
Use Alexa

Bixby and Google Assistant aren't the only options; Amazon Alexa can also control your smart TV!

2 Change the name of your smart TV to one that can be recognized by your Amazon device. Use something you can easily say out loud, like living room TV or bedroom TV. Make sure it doesn't have special characters, like [TV] Samsung TV 55. To change the name of your smart TV after it has been added, touch and hold it on the main SmartThings screen, then select Edit.
3 On your phone, open the Amazon Alexa app and navigate to Menu, and then Skills & Games. Search for and enable SmartThings (you may be prompted to enter your Samsung credentials, select a SmartThings location, and authorize the connection to your Samsung account).
4 Once the skill is added, tap DISCOVER DEVICES (or you can say "Alexa, discover devices"). The SmartThings devices, including your smart TV, will be automatically discovered. Tap DONE.
Alexa voice commands

Here are some examples of Alexa voice commands you can use with your smart TV:

  • To turn the smart TV on or off, say "Alexa, turn off the living room TV" or "Alexa, turn on the bedroom TV". Keep in mind that your smart TV must be connected to the network via Wi-Fi to be able to be turned on with Alexa. It will not respond if connected to a wired network.

  • To change the channel on the smart TV, say "Alexa, change to channel 200 on living room TV", "Alexa, next channel on bedroom TV". The commands "channel up" and "channel down" also work.

  • To change the volume, say "Alexa, lower the volume on living room TV". You can also set the volume to a specific value. For example, say: "Alexa, set the volume of the bedroom TV to 50".

  • To change the source, say "Alexa, set the input of living room TV to HDMI 1". You can also change the source to a known name, such as "Alexa, change the input of bedroom TV to Xbox".

  • When playing media content, say "Alexa, play living room TV". You can do the same for pause, stop, rewind, or fast forward.

  • To mute or unmute, say "Alexa, mute living room TV" or "Alexa, unmute my bedroom TV".

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