Alexa Guard, Amazon's new feature that monitors your smart echo speaker for possible signs of an emergency, is currently being deployed to Echo owners in the United States. Once it's live for you, you can find Alexa Guard in the Alexa app on your iOS or Android device.
Alexa Guard uses the far-field microphones in echo devices to look for broken glass and smoke alarms or CO detector. Once you have armed your echo with the voice command "Alexa, I'll go", Alexa will alert you if a problem has occurred by sending a Smart Alert to your phone. The alert contains an audio record of the incident. If your camera has a built-in echo, you can use the drop-in feature to take a look at the live camera feed. And if you pay for professional surveillance with the Ring security kit or ADT Control's Smart Home setup, you can give Alexa Guard the ability to send smart alerts directly to the security provider who can notify the authorities on your behalf.
Alexa Guard can also switch on Switching the Smart Lights on and off mimics normal usage, giving you the impression of being at home when you're not there.
Before you can use Alexa Guard, you need a compatible Amazon Echo Smart speaker or display. All Amazon Echo devices equipped with far-field microphones support Alexa Guard, with the exception of the Echo Sub (which does not contain microphones) and Echo Auto (which is not suitable for these devices). In other words, if you already have an echo, you are probably in good hands.
For those who do not have a device yet, here is a complete list of supported devices:
Setting up Alexa Guard
The process of running Alexa Guard is the same for the Alexa app for iOS and Android. Make sure you have the latest version. After that, there are only a few steps left to make the settings.
- Tap the menu option in the upper-left corner of the screen to expand the app's options.
- Search and select "Settings".
- Scroll to the bottom of "Settings" and select "Protection."
- Agree that the app sends you Smart Alerts.
If you registered an Amazon Echo device in your Alexa app The setup is almost complete. (Be sure to sync your Echo device with the Alexa app before performing this procedure, otherwise you will be directed to Amazon to purchase an echo.)
Alexa Guard can make your home easy and free Way protect security features. Although not a complete solution, this Alexa feature could make Amazon's echo speakers more compelling compared to other smart speakers like Google Home or Apple HomePod. However, if you want more protection (with Alexa integration), consider the five-part security kit from Ring.
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