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How do I use the Voice Search function?

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Our Sony’s Android TV line-up supports voice recognition functionality. This feature, called "Voice Search", allows users to input commands into their TV by using their voice.  You can view a demonstration of the Voice Search function by clicking on this Voice Search video.

You need to pair it to your Android TV before it will work. The pairing method depends on the type of your remote control.

  • For Type A remote controls, refer to the following:  How to pair the Touchpad Remote Control with the TV
  • For Type B remote controls, follow the steps below.
    1. Press the HOME button on the remote control.
    2. Select Settings.
    3. Select Voice Remote Control in the NETWORK & ACCESSORIES category.
    4. Select Activate the Imagebutton or Activate Image button.
    5. Follow the onscreen instructions.

Once this has been completed, follow the steps below to use the Voice Search function.

  1. On your remote control, press the microphone Image button.
    You will then be taken directly to the Voice Search screen.

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    [A] Touchpad Remote Control for Android TV released in 2015
    [B] Remote control for Android TV released in 2016 or later

  2. The LED on the remote control will light up showing that the Voice Search function has been activated; then speak into the built in microphone.

    NOTE:
    If your voice is not being recognized, refer to the FAQ below.
    Voice Commands do not work on my remote control.

    Voice Search on Sony's Android TV allows you to the following options:

    Voice Search
    Examples of search phrases:
    • Pancakes
    • Romantic comedies
    • Oscar winners
    A list of relevant content and apps will appear on-screen.

    Voice Question
    Examples of search phrases:
    • Who is the president of Italy ?
    • What time is it in London?
    • What is 24,000 divided by 7?
    The answer will appear on-screen.

    Voice Control
    Examples of search phrases:
    • HDMI 1
    • Open YouTube
    The following input/app will be activated.




NOTES:
  • Your Android TV requires an Internet connection to use Voice Search.
  • When you press the microphone button on your Remote Control or activate it through the Voice Search icon, the feature will only stay on for a few moments before automatically switching off. You can tell when the Voice Search option is activated as the microphone icon or your screen will be red (for record), and the LED on your remote will be on.
  • Voice Search does not support web browsing. It specifically aggregates content from YouTube and supplied in the Google Play Store. The search also includes apps which have some affiliation with Google. You can view/adapt the content linked to Voice Search by using the following menu path:
    Home > Settings > Search in the System Preferences category > Searchable apps
  • You can also use the Voice Search on smartphones via the Video & TV SideView app. To use this function, you must switch to the text search mode once.