Alexa Guard, Amazon's new feature that lets your Echo smart speaker listen to potential signs of an emergency is still about to roll out to Echo owners in the United States. When it's live for you, you can find Alexa Guard in the Alexa app on your iOS or Android devices.
Alexa Guard uses remote field microphones in Echo devices to listen to glass breaks and alarms from a smoke or CO detector. When you arm your echo with the voice command "Alexa, I leave", Alexa will announce if it has heard anything problematic by sending a smart alert to your phone. The warning will include an audio recording of the event; If your Echo has a camera built into it, you can use the Drop In function to watch the live camera flow. And if you pay for professional surveillance via Ring's security kit or ADT's Control Smart Home setting, you can enable Alexa Guard to send Smart Alerts directly to the security provider, who can alert authorities on your behalf.
Alexa Guard can also switch your smart lights on and off, resembling your normal usage so it looks like you're home when you're not there.
Before you can utilize Alexa Guard, you need a compatible Amazon Echo smart speaker or monitor. All Amazon Echo devices built with remote field microphones support Alexa Guard, only excluding Echo Sub (which does not have microphones) and Echo Auto (which is not built for it). In other words, if you already own an echo, you are careful to go.
For those who do not yet own one, here is a complete list of supported devices:
How to set up Alexa Guard
The process of getting Alexa Guard to run is the same for both iOS and Android versions by the Alexa app. Check if you have the latest version, then it is just a few steps to get started.
- Tap the menu item at the top left of the screen to expand the app's options.
- Find and select "Settings."
- Scroll to the bottom of "Settings" and select "Watch".
- Accept that the app will send you Smart Alerts.
If you have an Amazon Echo device inscribed in your Alexa app, the installation is virtually complete. (Make sure you sync your Echo device to the Alexa app before running this process, or it will lead you to Amazon to buy an echo.)
Alexa Guard is a simple and free way to protect your home with some basic security features. While it's not a comprehensive solution, this Alexa feature can make Amazon's Echo speakers a compelling choice over other smart speakers, such as Google's home or Apple's HomePod. But if you want more protection (with Alexa integration), you might want to consider Ring's five-security kit.
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