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How do I use the Voice Search function?

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Sony's Android-based TV line-up supports voice recognition functionality. This feature, called "Voice Search", allows users to input commands into their TV by using their voice.  

Our Touchpad remote is an optional accessory that's compatible with Voice Search. However, you must pair your Touchpad remote to your Sony's Android TV  before it will work. Once these steps have been completed, there are two ways to activate voice commands on your TV:

  1. On your Touchpad remote control, press the microphone button. You will then be taken directly to the Voice Search screen. The LED on the Touchpad will light up showing that the Voice Search function has been activated; then speak into the built in microphone.

    Android - Touchpad remote
  2.  Using your Touchpad remote control:
    • Go to the HOME screen.

      Android - Home
    • Use the touchpad on your remote to move up until you reach the microphone icon and press/tap the touchpad.

      Android - Voice activation microphone search
    • Dictate your commands into the remote.  

NOTE: You can view a demonstration of the Voice Search function by clicking on this Voice Search video.

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.

For more information on how data is collected, and the privacy policy / terms and conditions associated with the Voice Search function, see our  frequently asked questions on Voice Search .


  • Sony's Android TV requires an Internet connection to use Voice Search
  • When you press the microphone button on your Touchpad 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] > [System Preferences - Search] > [Searchable apps]
  • You can also use the Voice Search on smartphones via the TV SideView app. To use this function, you must switch to the text search mode once.
  • The screenshots provided here are for reference only. The actual screen might differ slightly according to your country, model or firmware version.