Amazon’s “Alexa Voice Service” gives users the ability to control Plex in a variety of ways using just your voice. In this article we’ll cover multiple ways you can speak to Alexa as you explore discovery, suggestions, playback, and more.
Related Page: Getting Started with Alexa Voice Control
Initiating Voice Commands
How you talk with Alexa can vary by device. On the Amazon Fire TV and Echo Tap, simply tap and hold the Talk button on the remote and say your command starting with
Ask Plex... or
Open Plex. The Amazon Echo, and Echo Dot devices work slightly differently because they are always listening and require an extra command to let them know you are talking to Alexa. On those devices, say
Alexa, Ask Plex... or
Alexa, Open Plex.
Alexa is pretty smart and you’ll find that she understands commands spoken in several different ways. Here are just a few examples of phrases that can be used interchangeably:
Tip!: Want to get out of whatever Alexa is doing? Just say
Alexa, cancel and Alexa will do so.
Note: When controlling another player, you’ll need to ensure that Plex app is already running. For instance, if you want to control your Roku app, then Plex needs to be running/active on the Roku.
Common Voice Commands
You can get started with some simple voice commands:
Ask Plex what's On Deck?
Ask Plex to suggest something to watch
Ask Plex what's new?
Tell Plex to play The Big Lebowski
Tell Plex to play music by Bob Marley
Tell Plex to pause
Tell Plex to stop
Changing the Plex Media Server
To set or change the Plex Media Server to use with Alexa, say:
Ask Plex to change my server
Alexa will give you a list of servers associated with your Plex account. Choose the desired entry from the list. Alternatively, you can tell Alexa to directly set or change the Plex Media Server using the friendly name of the server and save the additional voice prompt. Just say:
Ask Plex to change my server to Mothership
Changing the Plex Player
To set or change the Plex player app you would like to use with Alexa, say:
Ask Plex to change my player
Alexa will give you a list of the available players and you can choose the desired entry from the list. Similarly, you can tell Alexa to directly set or change the player using the name of the player and save the additional voice prompt. Just say:
Ask Plex to change my player to Living Room TV
Tip!: If you’re playing music/audio and do not specify another Plex app as the player, playback will occur on the Alexa device (e.g. the Echo).
Discovery & Suggestions
Talking with Alexa can be fun and informative. If you’re not sure what to watch or listen to, Alexa can tell you what’s On Deck or what has been Recently Added for your current server. Alexa can also provide you with suggestions for TV Shows, Movies, and Music.
Want to quickly pick up where you left off in your movie or TV show? Try saying:
What can I continue watching?
What's on continue watching?
What's on my continue watching list?
What was I in the middle of?
What movie was I in the middle of?
What show was I in the middle of?
Find out what TV shows are On Deck by saying:
What's On Deck?
Tell me what's on deck
Have Alexa tell you what media has been recently added by saying:
What's been recently added?
What was recently added?
Not sure what to watch? Alexa can understand a variety of voice commands for suggestions. Say:
Can you suggest something?
Can you recommend something?
Give me a suggestion
Suggest something to watch
Recommend me something
Hook me up
Movie & TV Show Recommendations
Want to watch a movie or TV show but not sure which one? Try these voice commands:
What should I watch?
Suggest something to watch
Recommend something to watch
I don't know what to watch
I'm not sure what to watch
Put on something to watch
Suggest a movie to watch
Put on a movie
Suggest a show to watch
Recommend a tv show
I want to watch a movie
I want to watch a show
Alexa can give you suggestions for music by saying:
What should I listen to?
Suggest something to listen to
Suggest some music
Put on some music
Play some music
I want to hear some music
Give me something to listen to
Talk to Alexa in style using these additional voice commands:
Ask Plex to...
Let's get this party started
Throw down some phat beats
Drop the beat
Playing Specific Media
Alexa can play movies, TV shows, and music on your current player, just by asking.
Starting playback of a movie or TV Show can be done in a variety of ways:
Play The Dark Knight
Let's watch The Grand Budapest Hotel
I would like to watch Back To The Future
Do you have multiple players? You can specify the friendly name of a player you want to use for playing back any kind of media by adding it to the end of your voice command. Here are some examples:
Ask Plex to...
Play Monsters Inc. on Roku
Start The Little Mermaid on Family Room TV
I want to hear music by Right Said Fred on Kitchen TV
Put on the album Dookie on iPhone
TV Show Playback
Alexa understands the more complex structures of TV shows, seasons, and episodes. You can use all of these details to describe to Alexa what you would like to watch.
Play a Specific Show
Play the show Westworld
Put on the tv show Stranger Things
Start the tv show Better Off Ted
Play the television show Arrested Development
Let's watch the show Twin Peaks
Play a Specific Season
Play season 2 of 30 Rock
Put on season 4 of The Wire
Start season 5 of Breaking Bad
Play a Specific Episode
Play episode You Only Move Twice of The Simpsons
Put on episode Swiss Miss of Archer
Alexa supports playing “radio stations” of your available music. Three types of radio are currently offered.
Note: The radio feature on Plex Media Server is available for free to everyone during an initial preview period. Radio stations will become a Plex Pass Subscriptions-only feature at a later time.
Play popular tracks from artists spanning across the entire library.
Play some music
Play library radio
Play Soundtracks library radio(e.g. “Play [library name] library radio”)
Time Travel Radio
Time Travel Radio starts with some of the earliest released music in the library and works forward, providing you with a whirlwind, genre-bending trip through the history of your music.
Play time travel radio
Play Soundtracks time travel radio(e.g. “Play [library name] time travel radio”)
Kick off an Artist Radio from your favorite artist and you’ll enjoy music from other similar artists. As the station progresses, it explores more corners of your library, inspired by your starting artist.
Play Lana Del Ray radio(e.g. “Play [artist name] radio”)
Put on music by Bob Marley
Play music by Adele
Let's hear music by Elton John
Shuffle music by Pink Floyd
Play music by The Pet Shop Boys
Play the artist Rihanna
I want to hear songs by Avicii
Shuffle the album Thriller
Put on the album Nevermind by Nirvana
I want to hear the album Dark Sky Paradise
Start the record Illuminate
Let's hear the album Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
Play the track Come As You Are
Put on the track Billie Jean
Play the song Pour It Up
Put on the song Holy Grail
Let's listen the song Mercy
Play the playlist Christmas Tunes
Shuffle the playlist Party Music
You can also use Alexa’s standard voice commands to control the player during playback. Just say
Alexa, tell Plex to Pause. As usual, you need to say
Ask Plex or
Tell Plex when using these voice commands.