Smart plugs are a great way to automate your home and make it more efficient, but they have their limitations. Smart plugs can only control devices that are on at the time of activation. So while a smart plug will turn off your lamp if you leave the house, it won’t automatically turn on anything else. A smart plug cannot activate a TV or stereo by itself. However, there are several other ways to do so. If you want to use voice commands or an Alexa device to power your TV, you’ll need another smart home device such as the Amazon Echo or a Google Home speaker with Chromecast built-in. Depending on what kind of TV you have, you might also be able to use a smart adapter like Google Chromecast or Amazon Alexa HDMI connector. Let’s take a look at each one of these options in detail.
Can A Smart Plug Turn On A Tv?
Yes, a smart plug can turn on a TV. In fact, many TVs come with built-in smart capabilities that allow them to be turned on and off using voice commands or mobile apps. Smart plugs are devices that allow you to control the power of your electronics using a mobile app or voice command. So, if you have a TV with built-in smart capabilities, you can use a smart plug to give you even more control over it. For example, you could use a smart plug to turn on your TV automatically when you get home from work or turn it off whenever you go to bed.
How To Use A Voice Assistant To Power On Your Tv
Set your TV to turn on with your voice
The first thing you’ll need to do is set your TV to turn on with a voice command. You can do this by following the steps below:
Go to the settings of your TV. Touch the option for “set up” or “general settings”. Go to the “set up” menu and then tap on “diagnostics”. Select “set up via Google Home” or “set up via Amazon Alexa.” Choose your preferred device from the list and follow through with the setup process.
Set your TV to turn off with a voice command
To set your TV to turn off using a voice command, follow these steps: follow the steps below:
Go to the settings of your TV. Touch the option for “set up” or “general settings”. Go to the “set up” menu and then tap on “diagnostics”. Select “set up via Google Home” or “set up via Amazon Alexa.” Choose your preferred device from the list and follow through with the setup process. Now, you can use one of these devices to turn off your TV when you leave at night and turn it back on again in the morning.
Activate voice commands with a voice assistant
Once you have set your TV to turn on and off using voice commands, you are ready to start using a voice assistant to control it. To do so, you will need to pair your smart home device with a smart plug that supports Amazon Alexa or Google Home, as well as an app on your phone or tablet that works with these devices.
How To Use An Amazon Alexa Smart Adapter
- First, you’ll need to get a Chromecast HDMI adapter. You can pick one up on Amazon or at your local electronics store.
- Next, connect the smart adapter to your TV and plug the other end into an outlet in your home that you want to turn on when you say “Alexa, turn on my TV” (or whatever command you’re using).
- Now, whenever you activate your smart adapter with the command “Alexa, turn on my TV” (or whatever command) it will turn on the TV and switch to its HDMI input automatically.
- If you want to turn off your TV, say “Alexa, turn off my TV” (or whatever command) to turn it back off.
- If you ever want to turn your TV back on, say “Alexa, turn on my TV” (or whatever command) and it will switch to HDMI again.
How To Use Google Home And A Chromecast
- Tap the Home button in the top left corner of your phone and select “Cast Screen” from the options.
- Select your Chromecast from the list of devices on your phone. Keep in mind that you need to have an internet connection for this to work, so you might need to be in the range of a Wi-Fi signal or have cellular data turned on before casting begins.
- Choose your TV by swiping up and down, or tapping “More” at the bottom right corner of your screen if it isn’t already selected. Your TV should start playing on the screen of your phone or tablet when it’s done casting. If it doesn’t, try restarting your phone or casting again.
- A new window will pop up with the Chromecast icon at the top of your screen. This is where you can adjust your volume, go to another app, or do other things on your phone.
- You can also tap and hold the Chromecast icon to go directly to a specific section of your TV’s home screen. For example, if you want to switch from Netflix to Hulu, just tap on “Hulu” in the list of things you can do on your TV.
- To stop casting back to your phone or tablet, double-tap the Chromecast icon or simply close the app on your phone or tablet.
How To Use A Smart Speaker With Hdmi Capability
- Make sure your TV is connected to an HDMI source.
- Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the smart plug and one end to the TV’s HDMI port.
- Turn on your TV and set it to its HDMI input using the remote or its menu system.
- Connect your smartphone or tablet to your home WiFi network and open a browser window with a search for “Google Home” or “Amazon Echo” in the address bar, depending on which device you have purchased. You will be prompted for a password when you first launch these devices so make sure that you allow access to your Google Home or Amazon Echo account from this device first before continuing on with this step.
- If you have an Alexa device, tell it what you want it to do by saying, “Alexa, turn on my TV” or “Alexa, turn on my stereo” (depending on what you have connected to your TV). If you have a Google Home device, tell it what you want it to do by saying, “OK Google, turn on my TV” or “OK Google, turn on my stereo.”
- If you have an Echo device, say the following phrase: “Alexa, ask Smart Plug to turn on my TV” or “Alexa, ask Smart Plug to turn on my stereo.”
- You will be prompted for the name of the device and then the command that you want it to execute.
- Once your command is accepted by your smart plug and executed, you can disconnect the HDMI cable from your smart plug and from the TV and enjoy watching a movie or listening to music!
When you’re setting up your smart plugs, make sure to consider what devices you want to control with them. Smart plugs can only control devices that are on at the time of activation. If you have an older TV, you can use a smart plug with HDMI capability to turn it on. You can also use a voice assistant to turn on the TV if it’s connected to Wi-Fi. For TVs with an HDMI input, you can plug in a Chromecast or Google Home device to turn it on with your voice.