While the most common uses for Google Home include things like playing your favorite songs and Googling things on the fly, your Google Home can actually be a powerful home security device. In this guide, we’re going to cover six of the best home security services out there that can easily integrate with your normal Google Home routine.
It’s no surprise that one of the best Google Home security systems you can buy is made by Google itself. The Google Nest Secure Alarm system is a network of different devices that all work together to create a secure, user-friendly setup.
At the core of this system is the Nest Guard, a small puck-like device with a keypad. This is what arms, disarms, and monitors the rest of your Nest security devices. What makes it unique is that it has the Google Assistant built-in, so using it is as easy as using your Google Home.
The system also includes Nest Detects, which are motion detectors that can be used to check when your doors open and close, and the Nest Tag, which is a small keychain device that acts as a key for your alarm system. Instead of having to enter your passcode each time you use the Nest Guard, you can just bring your Nest Tag near it – which is great for kids who might otherwise forget number codes.
2. ADT Pulse
ADT is already one of the most popular home security providers around, and their smart home offering – the ADT Pulse – lives up to its reputation. It takes the security features that ADT is known for (security cameras, door locks, motion detectors, and more) and adds smart home integration to make them even more convenient.
Using the ADT app (and your Google Home) you can arm and disarm your ADT alarms remotely, watch video feeds from your ADT cameras, lock and unlock your doors (including your garage), and automate certain aspects of the security system.
The biggest selling point of the ADT system is that it’s backed by ADT, so you get constant dedicated support, free installations, environmental disaster protection, and other services that newer security providers aren’t able to offer yet.
The Scout security system is one of the newest companies in smart home security, and yet they’re already ahead of most of their competition. Scout was launched in 2013 as a way to modernize home security – a year before Nest released its first security camera.
The Scout system is run by the Hub, which keeps up with all of your other Scout devices for you. You’ll only receive relevant notifications regarding your system through the Hub. The rest of the Scout system is made up of devices like door panels, motion sensors, water sensors, security cameras, and access sensors.
Scout is a great option for someone looking for an affordable, Google Home-compatible security system. It has everything you need at a great price, comes with a solid warranty, and doesn’t lock you in with long-term contracts.
On the opposite end of the smart home security market, there’s Vivint. Vivint is one of the most expensive options available, but also one of the most comprehensive.
Like most smart home security systems, Vivint offers a touchscreen Smart Hub that acts as the brain for your security system. Vivint offers a broad variety of peripheral security devices to go with the hub, like a doorbell, outdoor and indoor cameras, smart locks, thermostats, and garage door controllers.
All of these devices can be controlled and monitored through the Vivint app and a Google Home device. You can give your Google Home simple commands like, “Show me what the kids are up to,” or “Lock the doors when I go to bed.” If you want the most complete system out there, Vivint is the way to go.
Brinks is the second easiest to set up, right after the Google Nest Secure Alarm system. You simply pick the package you want, install your devices by peeling off a protective layer and sticking them where you want. And you’re done!
Brinks offers plenty of helpful security devices as well, like flood detectors, smart locks, security cameras (some even include night vision!), video doorbells, motion sensors, and more.
The Brinks system can support up to 40 security devices in one home, so the limit on how secure your home can be is pretty high. And, like all of the systems on this list, it’s completely compatible with your Google Home.
IFTTT is a service you may already be familiar with, though you may have never thought of using it for smart home security. If you’re not in the know, IFTTT (short for If This Then That) is a service that makes automating processes through your phone and Google Home a snap!
As the name implies, you set up each automation like, “If this happens, then that happens.” “If I wake up, start the coffee pot,” would be a really simple example of this.
You can set up IFTT to work with your security system through Google Home in a variety ways, like creating a trigger phrase that calls emergency services and sounds your alarms, activates different alarms and locks doors as you specify, and more! It requires some creativity on your part, but once you get the hang of it, the sky’s the limit!