DISH + the Google Assistant = Even better together!

DISH is here to help you use the Google Assistant with your TV service.

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Whether you have questions about your voice remote, integrating a Google Home device, or simply learning more about the Google Assistant, we've got you covered!

Learn how to activate the Google Assistant on your Voice Remote. Or continue reading below to learn more about the Google Assistant and DISH.

What is the Google Assistant?

Get more done with your voice with the Google Assistant. Quickly access entertainment, ask questions, control smart-home devices, and ask it to help you manage daily tasks.

What DISH equipment can be used with the Google Assistant?

The Google Assistant is available to use with your DISH Hopper, Joey, or Wally receiver – all you need is DISH's Voice Remote or a Google Home device that's paired to your receiver. Then you can use voice commands to search for a show, change the channel, and more! With your DISH Voice Remote, you can also get answers to questions, manage your life, and control smart-home equipment. See the Voice Commands section below for examples.

DISH Voice Remote + the Google Assistant

With DISH’s Voice Remote, you can access the Google Assistant by pressing the microphone button on your remote to find your shows, schedule a recording, get the weather and traffic in your area, and more. Follow the instructions below to get started!

Note that your receiver must be connected to the internet in order to enjoy voice features. If you don’t have a Voice Remote, you can purchase one with your account.

  • To your receiver:

    1. Press the SYS INFO button on the front panel of your receiver
    2. Press the SAT button on the side of your remote. You will hear three beeps indicating the remote is paired.
    3. Press and hold the Back button to view live TV

    To your TV:

    1. Press the HOME button twice
    2. Select the Settings tile, then the Remote Control tile
    3. Select TV under Devices, then TV Pairing Wizard
    4. Select your TV brand, then select Next and test your remote

    For more detailed instructions, visit Program Remote to TV or Other Device.

    1. Press the Microphone button on your Voice Remote
    2. Select “Activate Your Google Assistant” onscreen
    3. Read the terms and policies, and then select “I understand”
    4. Read how Google and DISH share information, and then select “Allow” or “No Thanks”
    5. To use additional Assistant features, follow the onscreen instructions to pair your Google account to your receiver and/or reference “How to Pair Your Google Account to Your Receiver” below
      • It is not necessary to sign in to your Google account to use voice features with DISH. Signing in will allow you to use additional voice commands; check the Voice Command Examples section below for more information.
      • If you do not want to pair your Google account to your receiver, press Back on your remote. You can sign in later by pressing the Microphone button, saying “Show me my photos,” and following the onscreen instructions.
    6. Use voice commands to tune to a channel, open Netflix, get the weather and traffic in your area, and more
    1. Launch the Google Assistant app on your mobile device, and then say: “Set up my Assistant device”
      • You can also press and hold the microphone button on your remote, say “show me my photos,” and follow the onscreen instructions
    2. Once your receiver is found, select “Next”
      • If your device is not found, make sure it’s on the same network as your mobile device, and then try again
    3. Confirm the code on your mobile device matches the one displaying on your TV screen
      • If the code matches, select “Yes”
      • If the code does not match, select “No” and repeat step 2
    4. Select “Allow” for your device to have access to your Google Account
    5. You will receive a “You’re signed in” message on your TV screen. Follow the prompts on your mobile device to set up your device’s location, address, and personal results.
    6. Your device now has access to your Google Account! Select “Done” on your mobile device.
    7. Use voice commands to access personal information on your receiver, like seeing your photos or adding an appointment to your calendar

Integrate Your Google Assistant Enabled Device

If you don’t have a Voice Remote, you can still use your Google Assistant-enabled device to control your entertainment with an internet-connected Hopper, Joey, or Wally receiver. Follow the instructions that came with your Google Assistant-enabled device for initial setup.

    1. On your DISH remote, press HOME twice or MENU once, depending on your remote
    2. Select Settings, then select Google Assistant
    3. Select the Set Up button under "Control DISH through a Google Assistant device"
    4. Select the Get Code button and make note of the code shown on screen for a later step
    5. On your mobile device, open the Google Assistant App
    6. Select your Google Account
      Account menu circle on main page of Google Assistant app.
    7. Select the tab for which you named your Google Device and select Add
      Plus icon to Add device in Google Assistant app.
    8. Select DISH from the list

      (Note: Android users may have to select "Setup Device", then "Works with Google" before selecting the device)
      List of device options including DISH.
    9. Enter the activation code from your Hopper and select Activate
      Field in Google Assistant app for activation code.
    10. Select the pencil icon next to your receiver
      Pencil icon next to applicable receiver.
    11. Select your Room, then tap the Back arrow
      List of available rooms to assign to receiver, with back arrow above.
    12. Select Done
      Done button on room selection screen.
    13. To turn your device on, activate the toggle switch next to your receiver. You are now ready to use your Google Assistant-enabled device with the Hopper.

      Look for the “Enjoy Entertainment” examples in the Voice Commands section below to start controlling your entertainment with your voice.
      List of available Hoppers to link in Google Home app.
  • Use the Google Home app on compatible devices to set up your Google Home device. Google Home cannot be set up on a computer.

    • The Google Home app is compatible with Android phones running Android 5.0 and higher; iOS 9.1 and higher
    • The Google Home app is compatible with Android tablets running Android 6.0 and higher, Google Play services, 1.4 GB of memory, and 720p screen resolution
    • The Google Home app is compatible with an iPhone or iPad with iOS 10.3 and higher

    All compatible Google Home devices connect to dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz/5 GHz) networks. All use the 802.11 b/g/n/ac standard. Google Home and Google Home Max require 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac access point (router). Syncing services (such as backup) require a Google Account.

Here are just a few examples of devices you can interact with once you've integrated your account – you can find a list of all Google Assistant-enabled devices at

Voice Commands

Voice control makes navigating through your internet-connected Hopper, Joey, or Wally system a breeze. Learn how to use the voice command functionality and take a look at a list of common commands below.

How to Use Voice Commands

On a Voice Remote:

  1. Press and hold the MICROPHONE button
    • If applicable, follow the on-screen prompts to activate the Google Assistant.
  2. Give an applicable voice command (see examples below)
  3. Release the MICROPHONE button

On a Google Assistant-Enabled Device:

  1. Get your Assistant’s attention by saying “Hey Google” or “Ok Google”
  2. Then reference “Enjoy Entertainment” in the examples below to start using your voice to control your entertainment

Voice Command Examples

Tip: When using voice commands, speak naturally. Our voice remote will pick up what you’re saying.

Commands denoted by an asterisk (*) require your receiver to be linked to your Google account.

Enjoy Entertainment

Find your programming by searching for an actor, genre, movie, show name, sports team, or year.
Examples: “Fixer Upper” or “Denver Broncos”

Change the channel by name or number.
Examples: “Go to channel 140” or “Tune to ESPN”

Quickly open apps like Netflix and On Demand.
Examples: “Go to Netflix” or “Go to On Demand”

Play, pause, fast-forward, or rewind shows.
Examples: “Play,” “Pause,” or “Fast Forward”

Play a YouTube video.
Example: “Play yoga videos on YouTube”

Note: If using a Google Assistant-enabled device, you must preface these commands with “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”, like “Hey Google, watch Fixer Upper.”

Control Your Hopper

Navigate the guide, open the home screen, and go to live TV.
Examples: “Guide” or “Live TV”

Set closed captioning or turn picture-in-picture on and off.
Examples: “Picture in picture” or “Closed captioning”

Get Answers

Ask a question, such as:

“What's the score of the baseball game?”
“What are nearby pizzerias?”

Manage Daily Tasks*

Get help organizing your life! You can say:

“Add bananas to my shopping list”
“Add doctor’s appointment to my calendar”
“What’s on my agenda today?”

Control Your Smart Home*

If you have smart-home devices linked with your Google account, you can control them by using applicable commands for your device. For example, you can say:

“Dim the living room lights”
“Close the blinds”
“Lock the front door”
“Set the thermostat to 72 degrees”

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Additional Support

We know you’re concerned about your privacy. Learn more about our partnership with Google and how your data is handled.

Voice Remote overview
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