How to Control Your TV with Harmony Hub and Alexa

No more searching for the remote

A smart home speaker with a television in the background.

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The Logitech Harmony Hub remote allows you to change the channel, adjust the volume, program favorites and more remotely. You can use it with your television, cable and other devices, such as gaming consoles or Rokus if you have cut the cord.

And thanks to a Harmony Hub/Alexa combination, you can do so using only your voice. Learn how to connect Alexa to a Harmony Hub device and stop worrying about where you put the remote.

Set Up Your Harmony Hub

Before you begin, download the Harmony app on your iOS or Android device and follow the steps to configure your Harmony Hub.

If your Harmony device is already set up and working in the room where you want to use Alexa to control the television, you can continue to the next section.

The Logitech Harmony Hub remote, with hub and smartphone display.
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Configure Alexa to Work With Harmony

Make sure your Echo or other Alexa device is set up and running properly. Then, install the Harmony skill inside the Alexa app.

  1. Open the Alexa app on your mobile device or go to alexa.amazon.com.

  2. Tap Menu > Skills & Games or go to the Skills tab.

  3. Search for Harmony.

  4. Tap or click the Harmony skill with the blue logo.

    Harmony Hub Alexa skill screenshot
  5. Tap or click Enable.

    Enable Harmony skill screenshot
  6. Log in to your Harmony account to authorize Alexa to use your account.

How Harmony Activities Work

Harmony uses activities to combine devices that work together into groups. For instance, a Watch TV Activity might include your television, receiver, and cable box.

You can rename activities so that they make more sense to you. For instance, you can set up your favorite channels and set up friendly names. Then, when you say, "Alexa, turn on Netflix," Harmony Hub and Alexa will know what to do.

Alexa Harmony Hub Commands

When the devices are all set up, you can begin giving commands to Alexa to control your TV. Following are some voice commands that you can use with Alexa and Harmony Hub.

  • "Alexa, turn on the TV."
  • "Alexa, turn off the TV."
  • "Alexa, turn up the volume."
  • "Alexa, mute the TV."
  • "Alexa, turn on Discovery."
  • "Alexa, change the channel to 145."
  • "Alexa, pause Netflix."
  • "Alexa, set a sleep timer for 30 minutes."

Link Devices to Harmony Hub

The devices you want to use, such as your Xbox or your smart TV must be linked to your Harmony Hub in order to use them with Alexa. If your devices are not yet linked to Harmony or you want to use new devices, you can add them through the app.

  1. Log in to the Logitech Harmony mobile app.

  2. Tap Menu > Harmony Setups > Add/Edit Devices & Activities.

  3. Then tap Devices > Add Device.

  4. Select the type of device you want to add.

  5. Enter the manufacturer and model information.

  6. Tap Add and follow the steps to complete setup.