When it comes to home security, the products you already use, such as our sponsor SimpliSafe’s customizable security system, can actually be used in tandem with your Google Assistant or Alexa-enabled devices. With newly-launched support for both platforms, SimpliSafe is empowering homeowners to take control of their security setups by allowing quick and easy setup for Google Assistant and Alexa as alternative methods for arming and controlling security suites.

Using Google Assistant with the SimpliSafe app

Google Assistant allows users to ask devices, like the Google Home and Home Mini, to arm your SimpliSafe security system while it remains in Home or Away Mode. It also allows users to check on its status utilizing a series of special voice options. Integrating Google Assistant into SimpliSafe is as easy as downloading the Google Assistant app that corresponds to SimpliSafe. From there, you can link the app to your Google Account, and get started with a series of voice commands. Google Assistant understands phrases like “Hey Google, turn on the security system,” or “Hey Google, am I protected?” to arm the system or to check the status. These actions can be done at home or on the go, whether you’re looking to set things up when you’ve already left the house for the day or simply don’t want to leave the house.

Once you’ve gotten the corresponding Alexa skill, you can say things like “Alexa, tell SimpliSafe I’m leaving,” or “Alexa, tell SimpliSafe to arm my system in Away mode,” noting the difference in issuing commands. You can also ask Alexa to check the status of your system if you happen to be away from home, along with fun inquiries like “Alexa, ask SimpliSafe what’s shakin’.” There’s a wide variety of both Alexa and Google Assistant devices that should fit your budget, whether you go big with an Echo Show or a Google Home. They can all be utilized to enhance your SimpliSafe experience. No matter which model you choose, the two work seamlessly alongside the SimpliSafe suite itself, but if you want to make full use of the voice commands and integration, you’ll need to make sure you have an active interactive monitoring plan to set everything up. With these tips, you should be able to kick-start your home automation process relatively quickly, especially if you already have either an Alexa or Google Assistant-enabled device, or both. Don’t wait for something bad to happen — keep yourself and your family safe TODAY! As a listener to the Kim Komando Show, you get free shipping and free returns! Just visit simplisafe.com/kim to protect your home with SimpliSafe today.