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Voice Navigation Commands for Google TV

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I am looking for how to enable or setup (direct or indirect eg. IFTT) how Google TV can be navigated by voice alone. I have a TV using a smart plug, a Google Nest Mini and a Chromecast with Google TV setup. The TV can be turned on and off by voice alone, specific shows can be requested by voice alone. Apps can be started by voice alone (all commands issued to the Nest Mini). But I cannot see anywhere how to issue the following commands via voice on the google TV

  • directional buttons
  • select button
  • return
  • google tv home

I swapped from a firestick purely so that compatibility could be achieved between the smart home system and the smart TV functions using voice commands. Unless I'm missing something I feel this seems to be a great accessability hole which I am struggling to find any documentation on. I see no way to navigate passed or within whatever screen you land on via voice (a voice only user would never see below the fold content so would not be able to request it directly).

Reason for the request is for a household with a dysabled user (MS) that can lose use of her hands as well as an elderly user that struggles with dexterity. 

Any solutions greatly appreciated!


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Community Specialist

Hi motmit,


Thanks for visiting the Community.


Since this thread hasn't had activity in a while, we're going to close it to keep content fresh. 


We hope you were able to get the help you need but if you still need assistance, you can use the Chromecast Voice Remote as it has a built-in Google Assistant, which means you can use voice commands to play shows on a connected TV, get information, control smart devices linked in the Google Home app, and more. 


However, you need to press the Google Assistant button on the remote in order to do this action. Please check this support website article to learn more.

If you still have other questions and concerns, feel free to submit another post and provide as many details as possible so that others can lend a hand. 


Hope this helps!