When TVs started getting their own operating systems, such as Google and Android OS, it became clear that it was only a matter of time before we got some of the popular assistants available. Of course, the main offenders that brands and people advertise are Google Home, Apple’s Siri, and probably the most popular of them all, Amazon’s Alexa.
If you’ve already got yourself a couple of Alexa-compatible smart speakers and you’re invested in the ecosystem, it only makes sense that you add your TCL TV to that ecosystem. You’ll get the ability to interact with your TV by voice, so you don’t have to search for your remote when you want to change the channel. You’ll even be able to control it from tablets connected to the same wifi!
In terms of setting all of this up, it’s rather easy. Let’s take a look at everything you need to do, so you can learn how to set up Alexa on TCL TVs!
What Will You Need?
When you’re getting started, the first thing you’ll need is a TCL TV that comes with Amazon Alexa support. TCL’s range has a lot of suitable options, which we’ll take a look at later, but notable examples include the X915, X10, and even the C815.
The other thing you’ll need is a smartphone – both a Google Android device and an iPhone will get the job done, and tablets work as well. The whole process shouldn’t take you more than a couple of minutes, and it will require you to have an internet connection.
Setting up Alexa
Now that you’ve got your phones or tablets ready and connected to Wi-Fi, head to the Play Store or App Store, depending on your device of choice, and download the Amazon Alexa app. You’ll need this even if you have an Amazon Echo device, at least for the setup.
Once you’ve got the app downloaded, you should set up an account on it. Of course, if you’re already using Alexa on other devices, feel free to just log in with the account you’ve already set up.
Then, head to the ‘Skills’ menu. Use the search box to find ‘TCL Assistant’, and then click Enable. You should get a pop-up asking you to enter an activation code, so put your phone down for a moment.
Now for the TV – turn it on, and head to the ‘Settings’ menu. Set your country and language, and then restart the TV. It’s as simple as turning it off and on again.
Go to the ‘Settings’ menu once again, and go into ‘System’, then choose ‘Amazon Alexa’, and press ‘Obtain code’. This will give you the code that the Alexa app asked for previously, so input it in the pop-up you got. Once you click ‘Activate’, you’ll see that you have been successfully linked.
At this point, your Alexa account has been linked to the TCL Assistant on the TV. All that’s left is to have your Amazon Echo device discover the TV, and you’re good to go. Doing this is pretty easy, and you can do it in one of two ways.
One, you could wake up the Amazon Echo, and ask it to ‘Discover my devices’. The Echo will then search and update you when it has discovered the TV. Or, alternatively, you can head to ‘Smart Home’ in the Alexa app, then into ‘Devices’, and click ‘Discover’.
This will also show you the name of the TV, as Alexa knows it. Remember it, as you will use it to control your TV. Alternatively, you can also find out the name by heading into the TV’s settings, then going into ‘System‘ – “TV name” should be right there.
You’re Getting a Lot of Functionality
It’s true that using a remote is as simple as it gets, but adding vocal commands to the list of ways you can control your TV just adds another level of cool. With that in mind, what can you do with Alexa, now that you’ve paired it with your smart TV?
The most important function, and probably the one you’ll use the most, is playback control. To begin with, you can tell Alexa to play a specific show or YouTube video on your TV. When it’s playing, you can pause or play it, choose the next (or previous) episode, and you even fast forward and rewind if the streaming service supports that.
In terms of multimedia, volume controls are also an option, and there are a couple of ways to go about this. You can set the volume to a specific level, turn it up or down in both level and percentage, and mute or unmute the TV itself - pretty much everything your remote can do, just more efficiently.
To add to this, if you’re watching a live TV service, you get channel controls too. Alexa supports both the number the channel is on and the channel number, so you can have your pick on how you issue commands. Or, just tell it to switch to the previous, or next channel – this is also an option.
Last but not least, when you’re done watching TV, you can ask Alexa to turn the TV off. There are plenty of features that are worth it to advertise – this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Is Knowing How to Set Up Alexa on TCL TVs Worth It?
Well, if you’ve got a compatible TV, and want a bit of added convenience, yes, it is definitely worth it. It’s a rather short process that’s going to allow you to control your TCL TV with vocal commands. No longer do you have to search for your remote, or get up from the comfort of your couch when you notice it halfway across the room.
While we’re on that note, we mentioned you’ll need a compatible TV to set this up. So, to wrap up our guide on how to set up Alexa on TCL TVs, let’s take a look at a few TCL models at various price points that you can use your Alexa assistance with!
What TCL TVs are Perfect for Setting Up with Alexa?
Let’s kick things off with an excellent value-oriented option – the P615 from TCL’s Series P. This is a UHD TV that checks a surprising amount of boxes, one of them being Amazon Alexa integration. With Android TV and all the apps it offers, you’re going to have a blast with this TV. You do also get HDR and Dolby Audio, so you get to enjoy an immersive experience, both from a visual and audio aspect.
Then we’ve got the Series P P8MR. This is a UHD TV with integrated AI that works with Amazon Alexa and has an excellent feature set. The integrated built-in Android TV allows you to enjoy apps like YouTube, Netflix, and Stan, and Alexa compatibility means you’ll be able to control all of them with your voice. To add to this, the image is just beautiful thanks to the inclusion of both HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision technology. Pair this with a clear motion rate of 200Hz, and you’re looking at an excellent UHD TV with Alexa.
Another step up is the C815, a QLED TV that has some of the most beautiful colors you’ll ever see. QLED panels are known for their vivid, lifelike colors and excellent brightness levels, which also means another big thing – an excellent HDR experience. We’re talking about HDR 10+ at a UHD resolution, which paired with that panel is just beautiful. And then there’s both Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos paired with Onkyo Audio for a truly spectacular and very immersive experience.
And then we have the top-tier X10. This is TCL’s flagship UHD TV, and it comes with all the things you’d expect from a premium TV set. To begin with, you have integration with Amazon Alexa, and thanks to the inclusion of Android TV, you can control a whole variety of apps like YouTube through it. The quantum dot panel is beautiful, and it comes with HDR 10+ support, as well as Wide Color Gamut for a range of colors that’ll have your eyes glued to the screen. Last but not least, you get Dolby Atmos for an immersive sound experience.
Last but certainly not least, if you want to make sure you’re ready for the future, go for the X915 – this 8K powerhouse is the cream of the crop, and comes with a feature set like no other. That resolution is certainly impressive, but there’s also the Imax Enhanced certification and Dolby Vision integration, which ensure an unparalleled viewing experience. Audio is taken care of by Onkyo, which is a household name in the industry, and overall the X915 gets you an incredible experience, which you can control completely with Amazon’s Alexa!