Using Alexa Guard with Alarm to Detect Broken Glass, Smoke, and Carbon Monoxide

Using the Alexa Guard feature, you can connect your Amazon Echo device to your Ring Alarm and detect the sounds of a smoke alarm, CO alarm, or glass breaking. Alexa will then notify you about the event. The following instructions will detail how to use Alexa Guard and answer common questions about the system.

What is Alexa Guard?

With Guard, Alexa can help you keep your home safe. When you set Guard to Away mode, Alexa can send you Smart Alerts via notifications to your phone if an Echo device detects the sound of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, or glass breaking. Guard also works with Ring Alarm. To learn more about Guard, open the Alexa app, go to Settings, and tap Guard.

How do I connect my Echo to my Ring Alarm and set up Alexa Guard?

It’s easy to connect your Echo to your Ring Alarm. Just follow the steps below:

Add the Ring Alarm as an Alexa device in your Alexa app.

  • Open to the Alexa app.
  • Navigate to the devices channel by clicking on the lower right-hand corner icon.
  • Tap the + sign on the upper right-hand corner to add a device.
  • Select Security system.
  • Select Ring.

Follow the step-by-step instructions in the app to add your security system to Alexa and setup Guard

How do I set up Alexa Guard?

To initially set up Guard go to Settings > Guard and follow the instructions in the Alexa app.

Once the initial set up is completed, you have three options for using Alexa Guard:

  • Use your Ring App:
    • When you set your Ring Alarm to Away, Guard will automatically be set to Away mode also.
    • Disarming your Ring Alarm will also set Guard to Home mode.
  • Use your voice with Alexa:
    • Say "Alexa, I'm leaving" when you're headed out to set Guard to Away.
    • Say "Alexa, I'm home" when returning to set Guard to Home mode.
  • Use the Alexa app:
    • Go to the device channel screen or the Guard history screen.
    • Press the Home button.

How does Alexa Guard work?

When Alexa Guard is set to “Away”, Alexa uses the built-in microphone to detect the sounds of a smoke alarm, CO alarm, or glass breaking. When a select sound is detected, Alexa will send a Smart Alert notification to your mobile phone. Tapping on this notification takes you to the Alexa app where you can:

  • Review the Smart Alert.
  • Listen to a 10-second audio clip of the detected sound.
  • Drop-In on the echo device that sent the Smart Alert.
  • Forward the alert to Ring via the "Send to Ring" button in the Alexa app in order to request help if professionally monitored or sound the siren if self-monitored.

If you choose to send the alert to the Ring app, you have access to all of the standard functions of the Ring Alarm including:

  • Request help (and sound the siren) from emergency responders if you are professionally monitored. 
  • Sound the siren if you are self-monitored.

When help is needed, a signal will be sent to the monitoring center, which will request emergency dispatch to your home and call your emergency contacts.

How many Echo devices do I need for Alexa to guard my home?

We recommend placing one Echo device in each room or space in which you want Alexa to detect selected sounds.

For more information, please visit the Alexa Guard page on Amazon.com.

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