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Can I Connect or Control My Westinghouse TV to Alexa?

Last Updated Mar 5, 2022
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Recently, Westinghouse has made some of the better low-cost televisions and smart televisions you can buy. They offer many of the same features as the more well-known brands for a much lower price. Moreover, the company has been able to do this while maintaining moderately high satisfaction ratings from consumers.

Westinghouse makes a variety of smart televisions with a vast array of available options, but the only ones that can be connected and controlled via Alexa are those that ship with the Roku operating system. The TVs with the Android OS or Westinghouse’s proprietary OS are not able to connect to Alexa.

For some background and information on how to use Alexa on your new Westinghouse TV, continue below!

Is Westinghouse a Good Brand of TV?

According Consumer Reports, it could be better. While they mention it is one of the higher-rated in terms of picture quality, many of the other features fall short. Therefore, buyers need to assess what they are really looking for in a TV. If picture quality is the only real thing you care about, Westinghouse TVs are just fine.

Long story short, if you are buying this brand for their heritage, you may be a little disappointed. But for the price, it is hard to argue with the decent picture quality and inclusion of Roku with its ability to connect to Alexa.

How Do Westinghouse TVs Compare to Bigger Brands?

The Westinghouse name is one of the oldest American electronics companies around. They are not, however, producing any of their television in the US anymore. The brand is currently licensing its name to a Chinese company called TongFang. Their devices tend to be directed towards a more budget-minded consumer.

Because of their market position, Westinghouse TVs are typically less expensive than other devices in the same category. All the while, they generally offer very similar features as brands like Toshiba, Sharp, and RCA. This is typically because all these companies tend to use operating systems from other companies to cut development costs.

What Operating Systems Are Available on Westinghouse TVs?

As of early 2022, there are three available operating systems that are available. Predominantly, these devices ship with Roku on board which bodes well for those looking to connect Alexa. You must keep in mind that if the device contains the Android TV OS, you are limited to using the Google Assistant for voice commands.

The lowest cost option from Westinghouse contains their own smart TV OS. While it generally can do everything the other two can do, it does lack voice functionality and does not connect to either of the voice assistants. This is the major tradeoff for also being the most inexpensive model in the lineup.

How to Connect Alexa to Your Westinghouse TV?

It must be reiterated that you must have a Westinghouse with Roku to make this work. With that said, it is a very straightforward process if you do. One other thing to mention, you must have the Amazon Alexa app downloaded and signed in on your phone.

  1. The first step is to open your Amazon Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Open the menu on the left sidebar.
  3. Find the settings icon near the bottom of the list.
  4. Find where Roku is listed and tap it.
  5. Next, tap to enable the skill in the menu.
  6. Plugin whatever your Roku account email and password are.
  7. And simply sign in.

At this point, Alexa should be able to control your TV and any of the functions within Roku via your voice!

One caveat to mention is that this feature is only available for the United States, Mexico, the UK, and Ireland.

What If I Have the Westinghouse with Android TV?

Well, sadly, you will have no option to connect Alexa to the device. But you can connect Google Assistant to your device, and it is fantastic! It will integrate the television into your smart home just as easily as Alexa does, albeit with a different ecosystem.

To connect your Android TV to your Google Assistant,

  1. Connect your TV to the same network as your Android smartphone.
  2. Ensure that your phone is running the most current software.
  3. Start the setup by opening the Google Assistant app and saying, “Set up my assistant.”
    1. This part may not be needed if you already use your voice to control your phone
  4. Since Android TV will be connected to your account, everything will be all set up and ready to go.

Conclusion

Using very simple steps, Roku-enabled Westinghouse televisions give users the ability to integrate Alexa into their smart homes seamlessly. Furthermore, they are able to do this is at a lower price point than the majority of their competitors.

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