How To Get Alexa To Play Youtube?
- Randall Mullins
How to Watch YouTube Videos on an Echo Show – The above steps are great for listening to YouTube audio on an Echo speaker that doesn’t have a screen. But if you have an Echo Show, you can watch YouTube videos in addition to hearing them. There’s no dedicated app for doing so, but watching YouTube on your Echo Show only requires a small workaround. First, it’s a good idea to update your Echo Show to enable the best browsing functionality, especially if you have an older model. On your Echo Show, pull down from the top of the screen and go to Settings > Device Options > Check for Software Updates to update the system software. From there, you can simply say “Alexa, open YouTube.” In the past, this would show a prompt asking if you wanted to use the Silk browser or Firefox as your default. As of May 2021, however, Firefox isn’t supported on the Echo Show anymore. Thus, you’ll have to use the Silk browser to access YouTube, and this command will open the mobile website. Once you have YouTube open in the browser, you can navigate just like you have the page open on your phone or tablet. There’s a search bar to look up anything you like, as well as tabs at the bottom for navigation. You can’t cast videos to YouTube from your phone like you can with the TV YouTube apps, so it’s basic but still works for catching a quick video at the kitchen counter or similar. Voice commands won’t work, though you can say something like “Alexa, play Drew Gooden on YouTube” and she’ll run a search for what you said. This will provide you with an easy shortcut to what you’re looking for, reducing the amount of tapping required.
How to play YouTube Music on Alexa speaker?
Play YouTube Music on Alexa Speaker – As we already tried and failed, it is obvious that Amazon does not let you link your YouTube Music account with Alexa (or vice versa). I have searched the whole Alexa app and YouTube Music app for such an option but failed.
- There is not even a third-party Alexa Skill to connect YouTube Music with Alexa.
- Now, the only way left for us to use the Bluetooth connectivity on our phone or laptop to stream music from YouTube Music on Echo speakers.
- Let’s see how.
- In simple methods, you can ask Alexa “” to enable pairing mode.
- Alexa will say “searching” and in the meantime, find and connect the “Echo/Echo Dot-TSM” from the Bluetooth settings on your PC or phone.
Here’s a video tutorial of the same: If the above method does not work for you, follow the steps:
- Open the Amazon Alexa app on your Android or iPhone.
- Go to the Devices tab and select your Echo or Echo Dot speaker.
- From the next window, tap the ” Bluetooth Settings ” menu.
- Tap the ” PAIR A NEW DEVICE ” option.
- Now go to the Bluetooth settings on your phone or laptop, find and connect to the Alexa speaker.
After pairing your phone with Alexa, go ahead to the YouTube Music app/website. There you can start playing music. It will play directly on your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot speaker. Related: Please note that this workaround does not let you command “Alexa, play music on YouTube Music.” It streams music from the YouTube Music app on your phone over Bluetooth.
- Alexa, pause
- Alexa, play
- Alexa, skip this song
- Alexa, next song
- Alexa, previous song
- Alexa, stop
There you go! You are playing YouTube Music on Alexa speaker. But the difference it is played from the phone over Bluetooth. The limitations will end once YouTube comes up with the Alexa pairing feature. Stay tuned to know more about Alexa features and tricks.
How do I Play YouTube videos on my Echo?
Connect Your Devices to Play YouTube Audio on Echo – Once you have your Echo and your phone paired, you’ll need to connect them to start playing audio through your Echo. To do this easily, you can say “Alexa, connect Bluetooth.” This will cause your Echo to connect to your phone, since it’s a previously paired device. Alexa will make a sound and say “Now connected to ” if it’s successful. If that doesn’t work, you can connect on your phone manually. On Android, visit Settings > Connected devices and tap your Echo’s name to connect. You may need to tap See all if you have many devices paired. On an iPhone, visit Settings > Bluetooth and tap your Echo’s name to connect to it. If you have trouble, see our full guide to using your Echo as a speaker,
How do I connect my Alexa to my phone?
Pairing Your Phone With Your Amazon Echo – To do this, start by saying “Alexa, pair Bluetooth.” This will put your Echo into pairing mode. Next, you’ll need to open the Bluetooth pairing settings on your phone. On Android, you’ll find these at Settings > Connected devices, Hit Pair new device and after a moment, you should see your Echo appear in the list. On an iPhone, visit Settings > Bluetooth and the device should appear on this page. On either platform, tap your Echo’s name to pair your Alexa speaker and your phone. You can provide access to your contacts and call history if prompted, but it’s not necessary. During our testing, Alexa said that she couldn’t find any devices to pair with. However, they did pair successfully, so don’t worry if you hear this message. As long as your phone shows that it’s connected to your Echo, you can move on to play YouTube videos through Alexa.
What voice commands does Alexa-YouTube support?
Alexa-YouTube supports a strong subset of the normal voice commands. Here is the basic list of supported commands: To play a specific song video, just name the video. For example, ‘Alexa, ask YouTube to play Rocket Man’. Similarly, for a playlist, ‘Alexa, ask YouTube to play playlist All My Pop Favorites’.
Can you watch YouTube on Alexa show?
Ask Alexa to open YouTube on Echo Show –
“Alexa, open YouTube.”
If it’s your first time asking, Alexa will ask you to pick a default browser. Your options include Amazon’s Silk or Mozilla’s Firefox. Tap a browser to select one (you won’t have to do this again for future requests to open YouTube). Note that, if you prefer Firefox over Silk, you can also use YouTube TV, as Firefox is one of the few browsers outside of Chrome that supports YouTube TV.
- Alexa will then open up YouTube directly in the browser you selected.
- You can sign in to your YouTube account or not – it’s up to you.
- Squirrel_widget_4591610 From that point on, to use YouTube on Echo Show, ask Alexa to open YouTube, and the webpage will open.
- Touch the Echo Show’s touchscreen with your finger to sign in or search and navigate YouTube like you would on a tablet.
You can ask things like, “Alexa, play SNL on YouTube”, but Alexa will do a search and show a results page from YouTube, which you can tap to play a video.
Can you play songs from YouTube on Alexa?
Alexa-YouTube Skill Kit – Update: The developer of this skill says that it’s been so popular he’s now being charged so he’s asking for a $3/month donation to use the above skill or you can host the code on your own server. See the developers GitHub for more information and to donate.
- Go to the Alexa Console,
- Register as an Amazon Developer if you haven’t already done so.
- Once you’ve completed the registration and are logged into Alexa Developer, select Alexa Skills Kit from the Alexa pull down.
- Click Create Skill,
- Then give your Skill a name and select the default language.
- Then select the Custom model.
- Then select Provision Your Own.
- Enter a Skill Invocation Name, which are two words you’ll use to invoke the skill.
- On the left-hand menu, click JSON Editor,
- Delete everything in the text box.
- In another browser tab, load the code from GitHub, and copy it. This is for the English version. Use InteractionModel_fr.json, InteractionModel_it.json, InteractionModel_de.json, or InteractionModel_es.json for French, Italian, German, or Spanish respectively.
- Paste the code into the JSON Editor text box.
- Click Save Model at the top.
- Click Interfaces in the menu on the left, and enable Audio Player and Video App.
- Click Save Interfaces,
- Click Endpoint in the menu on the left, and select AWS Lambda ARN, Under Default Region, you need to enter the region code for wherever you are located.
- EU: “arn:aws:lambda:eu-west-1:175548706300:function:YouTube”
- Asia: “arn:aws:lambda:ap-northeast-1:175548706300:function:YouTube”
- United States (East): “arn:aws:lambda:ap-northeast-1:175548706300:function:YouTube”
- United States (West):”arn:aws:lambda:us-west-2:175548706300:function:YouTube”
- Click Save Endpoints.
- Click Permissions at the very bottom on the left-hand side.
- Turn on Lists Read and Lists Write,
- Click Custom in the menu on the left and review the Skill Builder Checklist on the left-hand side. Every item should be green, though you may have to wait several minutes for the Build Model to complete.
- At the top of this page, click Test.
- Change the Test is disabled for this skill from Off to Development,
Now you’re good to go. Your Echo will now respond to voice commands to play YouTube directly. If your Echo says it can’t find any supported skills in response to a YouTube command, try starting out with “Alexa, open YouTube”. That should properly initialize the stream.
How do you enable Alexa?
Download Article Download Article This wikiHow teaches you how to set up the Drop In feature on your Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot. Drop In allows you to listen in and talk between Alexa devices as an intercom. You can also enable Drop In for specific contacts and friends that you allow so you can communicate with other Alexa devices that aren’t on your account.
- 1 Open the Alexa app. On your Android or iOS phone, open the mobile Alexa app and sign in to your Amazon account. It’s the light-blue app with a white outline of a speech bubble.
- Make sure you are signed in to the same Amazon account that you registered your Alexa device with.
- 2 Tap ☰, It’s in the top-left corner. This opens a pop-out menu on the left-side of the screen. Advertisement
- 3 Tap Settings, It’s the second to last option on the menu.
- 4 Select the device you want to enable Drop In with. Tap the device name from your listed devices.
- 5 Scroll down and tap “Drop In.” This is under the “General” heading.
- 6 Tap either On or Only my household, Selecting these options controls how your can use Drop In and how other people can use Drop In on your devices.
- Only my household : This allows you to use Drop In only with the Alexa devices on your Amazon account like an intercom system. This disables the ability of contacts and friends to Drop In on you from their Alexa devices.
- On : This allows you to use Drop In with the devices on your Amazon account as well as with any contacts or friends you allow to listen in and talk to your from their Alexa devices. By default no one will be able to listen in on your Alexa device. You’ll need to allow Drop In permission to a contact before they can Drop In on your devices.
- 7 Grant permission to specific contacts. If you selected “ON” for Drop In on your Alexa devices, you’ll need to give your contacts and friends Drop In permission before they can use Drop In on your devices.
- Tap the speech bubble icon at the bottom.
- Tap the person icon at the top.
- Tap a contact.
- Tap the switch to the ON position.
- 8 Wait for your contacts to give you Drop In permission. If you want to be able to drop in on your contacts, you will need to wait for them to grant you permission before you are able.
- Just because you give someone else permission to Drop In on your Alexa devices does not mean they will grant you permission to the Drop In on their devices.
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Giving someone Drop In permission means they could see or hear everything from the camera and microphone of your Echo device without you having to accept or approve the call. *Only grant Drop In permission to someone you trust not to abuse it, like close family members and friends.
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