How To Play Firestick Audio Through An Amazon Echo
Last Updated: September 12, 2020
Both the Amazon Firestick and Amazon Echo are top class devices that offer a ton of features in a modest package. As they use the same system, you can link the two to interoperate. For example play Firestick audio through an Amazon Echo or control your Firestick using Alexa. This tutorial will show you how to do both of those things.
To be fair, there is no good reason why you would want to play Firestick audio through your Amazon Echo. The speakers aren’t of a high enough quality to outperform even the cheapest TV, so I cannot think of any real reason to do this except because you can. There may come a time when you want to do it though, which is why I’m including it here.
Play Firestick audio through an Amazon Echo
To make this work, you will need to connect your Firestick and Echo directly using Bluetooth. It is not enough for them to be on the same WiFi network as that is a different type of connection. It has to be Bluetooth so you will need the two devices in close proximity to each other to be able to get this working.
- Attach the Firestick to your TV and turn it on.
- Make sure your Echo is also powered on and within Bluetooth range.
- Select the Alexa app on your phone and select your Echo.
- Select Bluetooth Devices and Pair New Device.
- Select the Settings menu on your Firestick.
- Select Controllers and Bluetooth Devices.
- Select Other Bluetooth Devices from the menu.
- Select your Amazon Echo from the list.
Now the two devices are connected you will be able to play audio from your Firestick in the same way you can link other speakers to your Echo and play those. As long as the two devices are within range of each other, the Bluetooth connection should be maintained and all audio plays from the Echo speakers.
You could use voice commands here too, ‘Alexa connect’ and so on but I prefer to see the connection in the app. You can use whatever works best for you as you end up at the same point anyway.
Control your Firestick using Alexa
Controlling your Firestick using Alexa is a much more useful trick that adds voice commands to your viewing. I’m not sure if all the commands are included within this feature as I only played around for an hour or so but the list of voice commands you can use seems extensive.
Both devices will need to be connected to the same WiFi network for this to work.
Here’s how to set it up:
- Open the Alexa app on your phone.
- Select the three line menu icon and select TV and Video.
- Select the ‘+’ icon to add your Firestick.
- Select Link Your Alexa Device.
- Select your Firestick from the list and hit Continue.
- Check the box next to your Echo and select Link Devices.
Now the two devices should show as linked and you can use Alexa to control your Firestick. You can use a bunch of voice commands to control the Firestick. If you have a Fire TV Show, you need to add ‘on Fire TV’ to the end of each command so as not to confuse Alexa. Otherwise, some of these commands work fine.
- ‘Alexa Play’.
- ‘Alexa stop’.
- ‘Alexa fast forward 1 minute’.
- ‘Alexa rewind five minutes’.
- ‘Alexa next episode’.
- ‘Alexa, open App’. For example, ‘Alexa, open Amazon Prime Video’.
- ‘Alexa volume up’.
- ‘Alexa volume down’.
- ‘Alexa watch movie title’. For example, ‘Alexa, watch Avengers movie’.
- ‘Alexa watch TV show title’. For example, ‘Alexa, watch The Simpsons’.
- ‘Alexa watch comedy show on Amazon Video’. You can change genre and source depending on what you have on your Firestick.
- ‘Alexa, show me titles with NAME’. For example, ‘Alexa show me titles with Samuel L. Jackson.’
- ‘Alexa, show me titles with NAME on Amazon Prime Video’.
- ‘Alexa, search for action movie’.
Most of the core Firestick commands can be used with Alexa. All the play, stop, pause, fast forward, rewind, resume, watch from start and so on. A range of selection commands can also be used, a few of which are above. You can specify a particular app for playback too depending on what you have installed on your Firestick.
As far as I could figure out, you can only have Alexa control ‘official apps’. For example, I could get no voice commands to work with Kodi but they worked fine for Netflix. I’m sure if you have live TV or other functions on your Firestick that are official, you should be able to control those too.