How to Connect Alexa to Roku

Let your voice change the channels

How to Connect Alexa to Roku
Connect Alexa and Roku with an app and a skill.

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Roku is the leading streaming media player, while Alexa devices are some of the most popular smart speakers available. The two are not inherently compatible, but it only makes sense that you would want to control Roku with Alexa if you own and use both frequently. 

Sure, you can just use the standard Roku remote or maybe a universal remote. You can even download the Roku app to use your phone or tablet to control the television. Imagine how much easier would it be to tell Alexa to do it for you.

An Alexa/Roku connection is possible, thanks to an app and a corresponding Alexa skill. Learn how to use Quick Remote to control Roku with Alexa.

Compatible Devices

Along with a Roku streaming device, you'll need either an Android or iOS device and one of the following Alexa-enabled devices:

  • Amazon Echo;
  • Echo Plus;
  • Echo Spot;
  • Echo Show;
  • Echo Dot;
  • Amazon Tap; 
  • or an Alexa Hands-Free Fire HD 10 Tablet.

Install the App

  1. Download the Quick Remote for Alexa & Roku app for Android or iOS.
  2. Make sure your device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Roku device.
  3. Open the Quick Remote for Alexa & Roku app.
  4. Tap Select a Roku at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Choose the Roku you want to connect with Alexa. If you only have one Roku in your house, tap to select it. 
  6. Go back to the main screen.
  7. Tap Login with Amazon.
  8. Tap Allow if you're already logged in to Amazon on your smartphone or tablet. Otherwise, log in to Amazon and continue. (This does not give the app access to your Amazon account. It only enables the two to connect.)

Enable the Alexa Roku Skill

Enable Quick Remote
Enabling an Alexa Skill lets you use the app.
  1. Log in to the Alexa app or go to alexa.amazon.com.
  2. From the menu select Skills or Skills & Games.
  3. Type Quick Remote in the Search All Skills box and press Enter
  4. Select the Quick Remote app, then select Enable

Using Voice Commands to Control Roku with Alexa

Once you've downloaded Quick Remote and enabled the skill, you can begin using Alexa and Roku together. Along with you chosen wake word, you will also need to say, “ask Quick Remote to…”

There are dozens of commands available to control Roku with Alexa, so play around with what you want to do and you may be pleasantly surprised. To help you get started, here are a few useful commands:

Note: Some commands only apply to certain Roku devices.

  • “Alexa, ask Quick Remote to replay the video,” which will replay a video if supported on the channel you are watching. 
  • “Alexa, ask Quick Remote to start Netflix,” which will open the Netflix channel; many other channels can be launched this way as well.
  • "Alexa, ask Quick Remote to go to Search," which will take you to the search screen.
  • “Alexa, ask Quick Remote to change to Family Room Roku,” which will let you switch between Roku devices in different rooms. 
  • “Alexa, ask Quick Remote to increase the volume,” which will raise the volume if you are using a Roku TV. 

Important Tips

In order for the app to work perfectly, specific steps are required. 

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The right settings can help you connect Roku and Alexa. Andres Urena / Unsplash

On Android devices, ensure your Wi-Fi is always on, even when your device is in sleep mode; this enables it to receive commands from Alexa to send to Roku. Keep your Wi-Fi permanently on by doing the following:

  1. Go to your device's settings and tap Wi-Fi. 
  2. Tap the vertical ellipses, then tap Advanced Wi-Fi
  3. Under Keep Wi-Fi on When Screen Is off, tap Yes.

On iOS devices, you'll need to change settings for this app to ensure it always works correctly:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Background App Refresh.
  4. Tap Background App Refresh at the top.
  5. Make sure Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi & Cellular Data is selected.

In addition, do not force-quit the Quick Remote app. Press your device's respective Home key or button when you want to close it. If the app seems to stop working on iOS devices, plug it in to charge; sometimes devices will delay push notifications when the battery is low.