How to Use Alexa and Echo Show as a Security Camera

See what the Home Monitoring feature offers

What to Know

  • On your Echo Show, navigate to Settings > Camera, and tap the Home Monitoring toggle.
  • Tap Devices > Cameras > (Your Echo Show) to view a live video feed in the Alexa app.
  • To view an Echo Show Home Monitoring feed from another Echo Show: Swipe left > Smart Home > Devices > Cameras > Echo Show.

This article explains how to use an Echo Show as a security camera with Alexa, including setting up the feature and viewing a live video feed from an Echo Show in the Alexa app.

How Can I Use an Echo Show as a Security Camera?

The camera in your Echo Show is primarily meant for video calls, but it also allows the Echo Show to work as a security camera. Here’s how to enable the feature:

  1. Swipe down on your Echo Show’s display.

    Swipe down on the Echo Show home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.

    Settings (gear icon) highlighted in the main Echo Show menu.
  3. Tap Camera.

    Camera highlighted in Echo Show settings.
  4. Tap the Home Monitoring toggle.

    The Home Monitoring toggle highlighted in Echo Show camera settings.
  5. Tap Continue.

    CONTINUE highlighted in the Echo Show Home Monitoring setup process.
  6. Tap Continue.

    CONTINUE highlighted in the Echo Show Home Monitoring setup process.
  7. Enter your Amazon password, and tap DONE.

    Entering a password on Echo Show with password field and Done highlighted
  8. If your Amazon account has 2FA enabled, enter the code and tap CONTINUE.

    CONTINUE and code field highlighted in the 2FA verification screen on Echo Show.
  9. Tap Done.

    DONE highlighted in the Echo Show Home Monitoring setup process.
  10. Your Echo Show is now enabled to work as a security camera.

    After enabling this feature, you can prevent Home Monitoring and Drop In from being able to access the camera in your Echo Show at any time by closing the physical shutter, or you can disable the camera.

What Is Alexa Home Monitoring?

Alexa Home Monitoring is a feature that lets you use your Echo Show devices like security cameras. When this feature is on, you can use the Alexa app on your phone or tablet to view a live feed from your Echo Show. You can also view the live video feed from any other Echo Show that's connected to your Amazon account. It works a lot like the Drop-In feature, except it's designed to be a one-way security measure instead of a two-way communication method.

There is no ring or other audible alert when you activate the feature. However, a message displays on the Echo Show’s display, so anyone who happens to be looking at the device when you activate Home Monitoring will know that you’re watching. The message includes a stop button that they can tap to stop the live video feed immediately.

Do you have more than one Echo Show? To view the live Home Monitoring video feed from one Echo Show on another Echo Show, Swipe left, tap Smart Home, tap Devices, tap Cameras, then tap the Echo Show you want to view.

Here’s how to use Home Monitoring with Alexa:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet.

  2. Tap Devices.

  3. Tap and slide the list of device types.

  4. Tap Cameras.

    Alexa app with Devices, discovered device list, and Cameras highlighted
  5. Tap your Echo Show.

  6. You will see a live view from your Echo Show.

  7. Tap the Speaker or Mic icon to hear what’s going on near your Echo Show, or speak to anyone in the room. To stop watching the live feet, tap the back button (arrow icon) or close the app.

    Alexa app home monitoring live view with Echo selected, live view shown, and Speaker/Mic highlighted

How Else Can You Use Alexa as a Security Camera?

In addition to using an Echo Show as a security camera, you can also connect various other security camera devices and view them through the Alexa app or directly on an Echo Show. You can connect security cameras like Blink, video doorbells like Ring, and many others to Alexa.

When you connect a camera device to Alexa, you can view it using the same method as Alexa Home Monitoring. Additional security camera devices will appear in the cameras list in the Alexa app alongside your Echo Show. You can also enable the Alexa Guard feature to receive alerts or even contact your home security company if Alexa detects an intruder.

FAQ
  • What security camera works with Alexa?

    Alexa-enabled security cameras include the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Netgear Arlo, Ring Spotlight Cam, Nest Cam IQ Indoor, Logitech Circle 2, Wyze Cam v3, and Blink Mini. Visit Amazon.com, search for works with Alexa, then check the box next to Smart Home Security and Lighting for more Alexa-enabled security devices.

  • How do you connect an Echo Show to the Alexa app?

    To connect an Echo Show to the Alexa app, plug in your Echo Show, turn it on, and then enter your Amazon account credentials. The Echo Show will pair automatically to your Alexa app when you're signed in to the same account. Go to Devices > Echo & Alexa and find your Echo Show in the device list.

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