Amazon Alexa voice commands can lend a serious helping hand around the home, adjusting your smart thermostat, smart lights and other connected smart home devices. Perhaps you didn't know that Alexa can also control your home security system. Simple voice commands will activate and operate Amazon's own Alexa Guard security service and connect to a long list of other smart security devices, including Ring or Blink video doorbells.
Set up Alexa commands with your security devices in 4 steps
While there's variation in how Alexa works with each home security camera, there's a lot of overlap too. Using the Ring Stick Up Cam Wired as a guide, we're going to walk through the steps to connect it to Alexa -- and outline the commands you can use with it.
1. Get the Alexa app
We're starting out with the assumption that you've already installed and configured your Alexa-compatible home security camera -- and that you have an Alexa-enabled smart speaker. Have questions about how to set up a Stick Up Cam? Check out this Ring support page.
Now you need to log in to your Alexa app, or create an account if you don't already have one. Simply download the Alexa app and follow the prompts to sign in/register a new account.
Open the Alexa app and select Skills & Games in the menu. Type "Ring" in the search box (or the name of whatever camera you have), open the skill and select Enable.
You'll be asked to enter your Ring account credentials to pair your Ring account to the Alexa app. You're almost ready to start using Alexa commands with a Ring camera, but first you need to...
3. Discover new Alexa devices
After you've enabled the Ring skill, select Discover Devices on the app screen that pops up -- or ask your smart speaker to find the new device or devices by saying, "Alexa, discover devices."
Note: All of the above steps are identical regardless of the specific Alexa-enabled camera you buy. The one exception is the Amazon Cloud Cam, which is linked to the Alexa skill automatically by Amazon so you can install the camera and start using Alexa commands right away.
4. Alexa commands for security cams
Now that you've enabled the Ring skill and asked Alexa to discover any new devices, you're ready to control your Ring Stick Up Cam Wired via Alexa.
Note: Make sure you use a unique name for each device. Having multiple devices with the same or similar names makes it difficult for Alexa to differentiate, and the voice commands may not work as a result.
Here's what you can ask Alexa to do with a Ring Stick Up Cam:
"Alexa, answer the front door (your camera might have a different name)." Use this command to see and talk with a visitor from an Echo Show or Spot speaker.
"Alexa, talk to the backyard." Use this command to see and talk with a visitor from an Echo Show or Echo Spot smart display.
"Alexa, show the front door." Use this command to see your camera's live feed on an Echo Show or Echo Spot smart display.
"Alexa, hide the front door." Use this command to remove the live feed from the Echo Show or Echo Spot smart display.
"Alexa, go home." Use this command to remove the live feed from the Echo Show or Echo Spot smart display.
"Alexa, stop." Use this command to remove the live feed from the Echo Show or Echo Spot smart display.
Again, the specific commands and available features vary slightly from one camera to the next, but this is roughly what you can expect to be able to do via Alexa when you connect a compatible security camera.
With the Amazon Cloud Cam, for instance, you can ask Alexa to turn your camera on. You wouldn't need a screen-equipped Alexa speaker to do that, either. You could use anything from an Echo Dot to an Echo Show.
Select cameras also let you review saved clips on an Alexa-enabled smart display. Cloud Cam customers can say, "Alexa, show me the most recent person at the front door." Arlo security camera users can say, "Alexa, show the last motion detected by my front door camera" to view the latest activity.
Using Alexa with a home security camera adds convenience. You can use a smart display screen in the middle of your house to quickly and easily see who's at the door right now -- or to review past footage. Just make sure you have compatible devices and you'll be using Alexa to check in on your camera (or cameras) in no time.