Voice assistants are widely available, yet despite significant advancements in speech recognition, most people hardly ever use them. 

And most of the time, we ask Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri about the weather when we communicate with them. 

However, you can use a few voice commands right now to improve the quality of your TV viewing since, let’s face it, using a TV remote is a pain.

Imagine the doorbell rings while Andor or your current favorite TV program is halfway through an episode. 

You can use a voice command when you want to stop something in progress or return to where you left off. 

You may also use voice commands to check the show’s director, start a streaming app, and even hear what the character on screen says.

Setup You Need:

The top TVs and TV streaming equipment all include voice control. 

Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Roku voice commands are the most adaptable, although other voice command systems provide at least some of the same capability. 

Your remote control allows voice commands if it has a button with a microphone icon on it.

If your TV is in the same room and is linked to the same Wi-Fi network as your smartphone, smart speaker, or smart display, you can occasionally use those devices to control it. 

It is useful if you don’t want to grab the remote and push the microphone button before giving a command.

There usually needs to be some setup for this to function, such as adding your smart TV to the Google or Apple Home apps, Samsung SmartThings app, or Roku app. 

By opening the Alexa app, selecting More > TV & Video, choosing your Fire TV, and selecting the Echo speaker you wish to use to control the TV, you can use Amazon’s Alexa to associate smart speakers with your Fire TV. 

Although it’s typically included in the setup for streaming devices like Chromecast with Google TV, you might also need to link your accounts with streaming services.

What You want to Watch:

Voice commands are fantastic for launching apps, particular shows and movies, or finding stuff you enjoy because it’s difficult to write anything using a remote control. 

Try the following commands:

  • Start Netflix
  • Launch Hulu
  • Play me any films starring Sam Rockwell
  • Netflix Stranger Things to watch
  • Show me some sci-fi TV series
  • Look for 4K action flicks.
  • A list of all films by Martin Scorcese

With Google Assistant, you can ask for movies without knowing their names. For example, say “Stallone, boxing movie,” and Rocky will appear. 

Or ask for a “funny vampire movie,” and What We Do in the Shadows will appear.

Skip Forward or Rewind:

With a remote, it can be challenging to fast-forward or rewind accurately, but voice instructions are more accurate. Use these

  • Go back ten minutes
  • Omit the next 30 seconds
  • Rewind 10 seconds
  • Rewind three minutes.
  • The following episode

When the dialogue is difficult to understand, you can ask Siri on Apple TV, “What did she just say?” 

Questions About Your Need:

You can inquire further about the content you are seeing. For instance:

  • Who oversaw this?
  • What level is this?
  • One who is involved?
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars who?
  • When was it made available?

Other Than TV:

You can ask the virtual assistants questions unrelated to what you’re watching if you’re using a streaming device like Apple TV or Chromecast with Google TV, for example:

  • Locate Chinese eateries nearby
  • Stream music (genre, band, track)
  • My iPhone is missing.
  • What’s the forecast for tomorrow?
  • View my pictures

You can use voice commands like “Dim the lights” or “Show me the front door” if you have smart home gadgets like video doorbells or smart lighting in your Home app link to the same network.

Switch Off:

When you’re about to nod off and can’t find the remote, or you want to set your child’s bedtime, these commands can come in particularly handy:

  • Switch the TV off.
  • In 20 minutes, turn off the television.

To utilize voice commands to switch on your TV, you must first set up your streaming device, add your TV to the Home app, or enable the corresponding Alexa skill.