What Is Amazon's 'Alexa Guard' and How Does It Work?

Looking for a little extra home security? Alexa is always happy to help

Amazon Echo devices offer a feature called Alexa Guard that turns the voice assistant into a home security system of sorts. When turned on, it listens for and alerts you to suspicious sounds.

The first-generation Amazon Echo and Echo Plus, as well as the first-generation and second-generation Echo Dot, don't support Alexa Guard.

How Amazon Alexa Guard Works

When you enable the feature by saying, "Alexa, I'm leaving," your Alexa device responds, "OK, I'll be on guard" and switches to Away mode. This enables the device to listen for signs of an emergency, such as glass breaking, alarms, smoke detectors, crashes, and falls. If something happens, you'll receive an alert on your smartphone.

Alexa Guard cannot call emergency services, such as 911, on its own.

If you subscribe to a security service such as ADT or Ring, Alexa Guard can send alerts to those services so they can increase surveillance of your home. In an emergency, you'll need to contact help, either by calling 911 or requesting in-person assistance from your security service through their app.

How Alexa Guard Works to Prevent Problems

If you use smart lights in your home, connect the lights to the Amazon Alexa app so that Alexa Guard can turn the lights on and off randomly. This makes your home look occupied to would-be intruders. Also, you can manage the lights remotely from the Alexa app, available for both Android and iOS devices.

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How to Disable Alexa Guard

When you return home, turn Alexa Guard off by saying, "Alexa, I'm home." If you have home security hardware that works with Alexa, such as an Amazon Ring Alarm, you must enter the code to confirm your identity before Alexa Guard will disable.

Devices Compatible With Alexa Guard

Alexa Guard is available on Amazon Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers, and the Echo Plus smart home hub. The Echo Show smart display, Echo Spot mini smart display, and the Echo Input are also compatible with Alexa Guard and allow users to add Alexa features to other electronic devices.