Voice assistants may be quite useful, allowing you to set timers, get the latest news and weather, and even operate your smart home devices. But did you know how to use Alexa Guard in the context that they may also serve as a home security guard?
What is Alexa Guard?
It is a useful function in which Alexa uses the far-field microphones in an Echo smart speaker or Echo smart display to listen for sounds like breaking glass or a smoke detector after you’ve alerted Alexa you’re leaving by saying “Alexa, I’m leaving.”
Alexa Guard Features
If Alexa Guard detects something unusual, the voice assistant will send an alert to your smartphone’s Alexa app, alerting you to the situation. You may then listen to the audio clip or initiate an Alexa Drop In, which allows you to listen to your Amazon Smart speaker in real time if you need to hear what’s going on in another room without having to leave your house.
The warnings can even be relayed to the alarm company if you have a compatible smart home alarm, such as those from Ring and ADT. If you have an Amazon smart display in the same place, you can also use the Echo Show as a home security camera by using the Alexa app to view a live feed from the smart display’s camera.
How to turn Alexa Guard on
The device is a feature that comes standard on all Amazon Echo smart speakers and smart displays, but it is turned off by default. Open the Alexa app on a smartphone to enable the service. Select Settings from the More menu in the far right-hand corner, then scroll down and turn on the device. You may also change a number of Guard mode settings from this menu, such as adding or removing smart lights that will turn on immediately if Guard detects unusual sounds, and choosing which Echo devices have Guard activated.
Once Alexa Guard is set up, say “Alexa, I’m leaving” to your Amazon Echo before leaving the house, and Alexa Guard will be launched. When you come home, say “Alexa, I’m home,” and Guard mode will be turned off.
Alexa Guard Price
Alexa Guard Plus, which costs $4.99 per month (about £3.50 / AU$6.50) or $49.99 per year (approximately £35 / AU$65), expands on the original version by monitoring for activity sounds like footsteps, breaking glass, and smoke alarms.
If Alexa Guard Plus recognizes a noise inside your house, it will sound a siren, and if any connected home security cameras detect motion outside your home, it will play the sound of dogs barking. This feature may not be worth paying for on its own, but we believe it sets the device distinct because it includes access to a 24-hour emergency helpline that can be accessed by just asking “Alexa, call for help.” This will connect you to trained agents via your Echo smart speaker or smart display, who will dispatch the appropriate emergency service, such as police, fire, or ambulance.