How to Connect Alexa to an LG Smart TV

Use Amazon's digital assistant to work on your watchlist

What to Know

  • First, download the LG ThinQ app and set it up for your TV.
  • Then, open the Amazon Alexa app and go to Devices > Add > Add Device > TV > LG > Next >
  • Now you can use the Alexa app to control your TV.

You can't currently connect Amazon's digital assistant Alexa (or Ziggy) to your LG smart TV, but you can get them talking through a couple of apps. Here's what to do whether you're running iOS or Android.

How Do I Connect Alexa to My LG Smart TV?

Depending on the version of webOS your LG smart TV is running, you'll follow different steps to connect it to Alexa. Generally, however, you'll need two apps to use Alexa with your LG smart TV: Amazon's and LG's. But you'll need to follow different steps to tie them together.

  1. First, check which version of webOS you're using; go to one of the following (depending on your webOS version):

    • Settings > General > Devices > TV > TV Information.
    • Settings > All Settings > Support > TV Information.
  2. Your version of webOS determines your next steps.

    • WebOS 4.0: From the Home screen on your TV, launch the Set Up TV for Amazon Alexa app, and skip to Step 12 below.
    • WebOS 4.5: Go to Settings > Connection > Link to Devices for Voice Control, and then go to Step 12.
    • WebOS 5.0: If you have a speaker like the Amazon Echo, go to the Home Dashboard > Settings > Link to Smart Speaker in the upper-right corner. Launch the "Home Dashboard" from the Home screen and go to Settings > Link to Smart Speaker on your LG TV. Otherwise, continue to Step 3.
    • WebOS 6.0: Continue to Step 3 and follow the note in Step 11.
  3. Download the LG ThinQ app to your phone:

  4. Follow the instructions in the app to set up an LG account if you don't already have one. You can also use your Google account or Apple ID, depending on the platform.

  5. Tap the plus sign in the white rectangle to start adding a new product.

  6. On the next screen, you have three options:

    • Scan QR: Use the code on your TV to connect using the camera on your phone.
    • Search Nearby: Use Bluetooth to find your TV.
    • Select Manually: Choose your specific TV from a list.

    The Scan QR and Search Nearby options are only available for TVs with those options, but they'll do all the work for you. The following instructions will walk you through the Select Manually procedure, which applies to every compatible device.

  7. Under Select Manually, tap TV.

    The "Add Device" and "TV" buttons in the ThinQ app
  8. The app will try to locate your TV; make sure it and your phone are connected to the same network. Once your device appears, tap its name.

  9. An eight-digit number will display on your TV screen; enter it into the app.

    Syncing a TV to the LogiQ app
  10. Read the next page of text carefully and tap Link.

  11. A "Welcome" screen will show that your TV is registered with the app. Tap Go to Home to continue.

    If your TV runs webOS 6, you should now tap the TV's card on the main screen and select > Settings > Link LG ThinQ account.

    The Link and Go to Home buttons in the ThinQ app
  12. Now, download the Amazon Alexa app:

  13. Sign in to the app using your Amazon account.

  14. Tap Devices at the bottom of the screen.

  15. Select the plus sign in the upper-right.

  16. Choose Add Device.

    The Devices tab, plus sign, and Add Device option in the Amazon app
  17. Scroll down and tap TV.

  18. Choose LG.

  19. The next screen has instructions for setting up your TV through the LG app, which you've already done. Tap Next.

    The TV, LG, and Next buttons in the Alexa app
  20. Select Enable to Use to get the Alexa skill for ThinQ.

  21. Sign in to your LG account using whatever method you chose before.

  22. Tap the bubble to accept the terms to link your account, and then choose Agree.

    The Enable to Use button for the LG ThinQ skill, along with the Agree button, in the Alexa app
  23. The next screen should have a success message; tap Close to continue.

  24. Tap Discover Devices, and Alexa will look for things it can connect to.

  25. A banner will appear saying that your TV has been connected via the ThinQ skill, and then it will appear in your devices list.

    The Close and Discover Devices buttons, and a TV in the devices list in the Alexa app
  26. From here, you can use Alexa through the app or a connected speaker to control the TV's power, volume, channel, video playback, and output.

Why Won't Alexa Connect to My LG TV?

You may have to try a few times to get the ThinQ or Alexa app to locate your TV. Check the following to give them the best chance of working:

  • Make sure your TV and phone are connected to the same network; your TV can use a wireless or cable connection.
  • Your TV must be powered on to be discovered.
  • If you're already using LG smart appliances or other devices with Alexa, you must tie the same LG account to your TV.

Is My LG TV Compatible With Alexa?

Whether your LG TV is compatible with Alexa or not depends entirely on software. If your device is running any of the versions of webOS listed above – 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, or 6.0 – it should be able to connect to Alexa using the instructions above.

How Do I Download the Alexa App on My LG Smart TV?

As of webOS 6.0, LG Smart TVs don't have a dedicated Alexa app. They only become compatible with Alexa by using the ThinQ skill in the Alexa app. However, once you've set it up, you shouldn't notice any difference between how you control your TV and how you run your other Alexa-enabled devices.

  • How do I connect Alexa to a smart TV?

    In general, to connect Alexa to a smart TV, open the Alexa app on your smartphone and tap More (three lines) > Settings. Select TV & Video, then choose your specific smart TV brand. Select Enable Skill, then follow the prompts to connect Alexa to your TV.

  • How do I connect Alexa to a Vizio smart TV?

    If you have a Vizio SmartCast TV, your device has been made to work with Alexa, and you’ll be connecting your TV with Vizio’s Amazon Alexa skill and your myVIZIO account. To get started, on your TV remote, press the VIZIO button. The SmartCast TV Home app will appear on your screen. With your remote, navigate to Extras, select OK, then select Amazon Alexa and follow the on-screen instructions.

  • How do I connect a Samsung smart TV to Alexa?

    To connect Alexa and your Samsung smart TV, determine if your TV has Alexa built-in (newer models). If it does, during setup, choose Alexa as your TV's voice assistant or open the built-in Alexa app on the TV to get started. Sign in to your Amazon account, agree to connect your account, and choose your wake word settings. For older Samsung TVs, download the Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings smartphone apps. Add your TV to the SmartThings app, enable the SmartThings skill in the Alexa app, and follow the prompts.

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