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In 2016, Google released Google Home, a cylindrical speaker that responded to user’s voice commands and served as a hub for home automation. It was Google’s first foray into smart home speakers. While the original device was discontinued, “Google Home” today represents the brand’s entire smart home platform, including Nest devices, the Google Home app, and Google Assistant.
The Google Nest line of smart home products enables users to speak voice commands via Google Assistant, the company’s virtual assistant. Users can access Google Assistant via Nest smart displays, smart speakers, tablets, and TVs.
Google Assistant is an excellent tool for automating your home, and when you combine it with a compatible home security system, you take that automation to the next level. Several top home security systems integrate with Google Home to activate voice commands and increase your ease of use.
- 4 Reasons To Integrate Google Home With A Home Security System
- What Are The Best Home Security Systems That Work With Google Home?
- Comparison Table
- More Google Home Compatible Security Systems
- Google Home Compatible Security Systems FAQ's
- Choose The Right Home Security System For You
1. Voice Activation
You can use your Nest Audio speaker to activate or disarm your security system, as well as many other features, by only using your voice. For instance, you can say, “Hey Google, arm my home security system.”
2. Total Home Integration
Google Home can link all your smart home devices and security in one place. Its voice activation is convenient for home security and automation features like sensors, locks, motion detectors, thermostats, lights, outlets, and garage doors.
3. Smart Camera Streaming
When your security system works with a Google Home-compatible security camera, you can stream the footage using voice commands to your Google Home app, Chromecast device, or Chromecast TV. Not all cameras are Google Home-compatible, so consider this if it’s an essential feature for you.
4. Use Various Google Nest Products To Control Your System
Any device that syncs with Google Home can connect to your home security. These devices include the Google Home smart speakers, Nest Secure and other Nest devices, Google phones, TVs, and computers. Google Home makes connecting your devices and integrating your home security easy.
We’ve researched all the security systems that work with Google Home. Our rankings consider many factors, including ease of integration, compatible features, customer support, security, and more.
Vivint is our #1 pick because its highly-rated security system and many of its advanced home automation features integrate easily with Google Nest Audio and Google Nest Mini. Vivint partnered with Google Home in 2018 to strengthen its integration.
You can use Google Home voice commands with Vivint for the alarm system, door locks, thermostats, lights, and more. In addition to being Google Home compatible, Vivint also has a user-friendly app that allows users to control its extensive home security and automation equipment lineup.
Direct commands can also be used when you ask Google Assistant to complete a task. For instance, you can say, “Hey Google, arm my home security system.” You won’t have to ask Google to ask Vivint to do it.
|Has two monitoring stations||Requires professional installation|
|All plans have cellular monitoring||Three-and-a-half to five-year contracts if you finance equipment|
|Excellent home automation options||If you want cameras, you must purchase the highest monitoring plan|
|If you pay for the equipment upfront, a month-to-month monitoring plan is available||Expensive|
|Google Home syncs with alarm system, lights, door locks, thermostats, smart plug, and more||Four-hour battery backup|
|Allows direct commands||Has one of the shortest equipment warranties we’ve seen (only 120 days)|
|Must provide written notice 30 days prior to your desired cancellation date, and you’re responsible for paying the remaining balance in full|
Vivint Smart Home Skill
Use your Google display, smart speaker, tablet, or TV for hands-free control of your Vivint security and home automation products. Use Google Assistant with Vivint to:
- Arm your security system (cannot disarm)
- Lock and unlock smart locks
- Adjust smart lighting
- Control your thermostat
5 Voice Commands To Use Google Assistant With Vivint
- “Okay Google, arm my system to Stay.”
- “Okay Google, set the temperature to 72 degrees.”
- “Okay Google, lock my doors.”
- “Okay Google, set the (light name) to 75 percent.”
- “Okay Google, turn on the (smart plug name).”
You must pay equipment costs monthly until paid off.
|Starter Kit||Premium Package||Premium Plus|
|Price Per Month||$10/month||$25/month||$41/month|
|Smart Hub ($399.99)|
|Door/Window Sensors ($50)||3||3||3|
|Motion Sensor ($100)|
|Flood/Water Damage Sensor ($50)|
|Kwikset Smart Lock ($180)|
|Smart Thermostat ($170)|
|Doorbell Camera ($250)|
|Outdoor Camera ($400)||2|
|Indoor Camera Pro ($200)|
|myQ Smart Garage Hub|
|Key Fob ($50)|
|Yard Signs/Window Decals|
After choosing all of your equipment, you can select your monitoring plan. All Vivint monitoring plans offer 24/7 professional monitoring. To integrate with Google, you must purchase the Smart Home plan ($39.99/month) or the Smart Home Video plan ($44.99), which adds 14 days of video storage for up to two cameras.
In-Depth Vivint Home Security Review
Not surprisingly, the Nest Secure system allows for an effortless integration with Google Home. You can use voice activation for the alarm system, video doorbell, locks, and thermostat. It also lets you stream footage from Nest cameras (both indoor and outdoor) to the Google Home app or any Chromecast device or TV by using direct voice commands.
Nest Secure didn’t take our top spot because we think Vivint is a better overall home security system choice than Nest Secure.
Disclaimer: Google stopped selling the Nest Secure security system in 2020. Existing customers can still use their systems, but Google has announced that it will officially discontinue support on April 8, 2024. This will effectively make the system non-operational. You will also not be able to use the Nest app to check the status of your system or control your Nest Secure devices. Because of this, we advise against buying a Nest Secure system from a third-party seller.
Google has since partnered with ADT and is offering existing Nest Secure users a free ADT Self Setup security system (which uses Google Nest products).
|Stylish design||More expensive than competitors|
|Security cameras are Google Home-compatible||Not compatible with as many devices as competitors|
|Professional monitoring is optional||Only one monitoring station (run by Brinks)|
|Self-installation||You must pay 100% of the contract, even if you cancel|
|No-contract option available|
|Allows direct commands|
|Google Home syncs with the alarm system, video doorbell, locks, and thermostats|
|Security cameras are Google Home compatible|
Google Nest Skill
Using Google Assistant, you can control all Nest devices. Nest Secure also works with Kasa, LIFX, and Philips Hue, allowing you to control smart plugs and lighting via these third-party options. Set your Philips Hue bulbs on home mode while you’re away, and they’ll automatically turn on and off periodically to deter burglars. (We share other easy theft prevention techniques in our article on best burglar deterrents.) One thing you won’t be able to do is disarm your system with Google Assistant, which is a security protocol.
5 Voice Commands To Use Google Assistant With Nest Secure
- “Okay Google, make it warmer.”
- “Okay Google, play the porch camera on the Chromecast.”
- “Okay Google, set Nest Secure to Home and Guarding.”
- “Okay Google: Is the front door locked?”
- “Okay Google: What’s the status of my security?”
Nest Secure is only available through third-party retailers. View additional Nest smart home accessories via Google Store.
Brinks Home Security monitors Nest Secure. On April 8, 2024, Google will no longer support Nest Secure. At that time, professional monitoring will no longer be available. New monitoring subscriptions are not being accepted.
In-Depth Nest Secure Review
ADT is our #3 pick because it easily integrates with Google Nest. Google Home syncs with all of ADT’s hardwired or wireless security systems. With ADT Pulse, you can use Google Voice control to arm your system, lock your door, turn lights on and off, and control your thermostat. You can use direct commands when you ask Google Assistant to complete a task.
The ADT Pulse app, which syncs seamlessly with Google Home, also allows you to create scenes where you link multiple actions to co-occur, like turning off lights and locking doors simultaneously. You can also group smart devices into “rooms” on Google Home and control all of them with a single command.
One thing to consider is that ADT cameras aren’t Google-compatible, so you won’t be able to stream footage through Google Home.
|Has 10 monitoring station||Three-year monitoring contract required|
|Six-month guarantee||Requires a technician to visit your home and install|
|Can be professionally installed in your home within one to two days after ordering in most cases||Cameras have 720p resolution, not 1080p|
|Includes basic equipment at no additional cost||Many customer service complaints about ADT including extra charges on bills, incomplete installations, high-pressure sales tactics, and more|
|Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home||Among the most expensive compared to its competitors|
|Many customer service complaints about ADT, including extra charges on bills, incomplete installations, high-pressure sales tactics, and more||May charge 75% of the remaining contract if you cancel early|
|Security cameras aren’t Google compatible|
ADT Pulse Skill
With the ADT Pulse, you can control and select ADT home automation with your voice through Google Home. ADT allows you to arm your system, lock your doors, adjust thermostats, and control lights.
5 Voice Commands To Use Google Assistant With ADT
- “Okay Google, arm my system.”
- “Okay Google, set my heat to 70 degrees.”
- “Okay Google, turn on my bedroom lights.”
- “Okay Google, lock my door.”
- “Okay Google, turn my lights to 50 percent.”
Pricing and equipment vary depending on the ADT reseller. You can use this link to get a custom quote for your home.
|Build Your Own||Smart Home||Video & Smart Home|
|Starting Pro Monitoring/Month||$45.99||$49.99||$61.99|
|Touchscreen Panel ($3.33/mo.)|
|Door/Window Sensors ($0.83/mo.)||3||3||3|
|Motion Detector ($1.67/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Smart Door Lock ($4.17/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) ($3.82/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Google Nest Cam (Battery) ($5.15/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Google Nest Cam (Indoor, Wired) ($3.32/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Google Nest Cam with Floodlight ($4.98/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Smoke Detector ($1.67/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Smoke/CO Detector ($3/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Flood Detector ($1.67/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Google Nest Wi-Fi Router And Point ($5.82/mo.)||optional add-on|
|2nd Generation Google Nest Mini ($0.82/mo.)||optional add-on|
|2nd Generation Google Nest Hub ($2.32/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Google Nest Hub Max ($4.48/mo.)||optional add-on|
|Google Nest Thermostat ($3.73/mo.)||optional add-on|
All ADT monitoring plans offer 24/7 professional monitoring and integration with Google.
In-Depth ADT Home Security Review
Here is a comparison of the best Google Home-compatible security systems. If there are any terms that you don’t understand, you can refer to the terminology section of our main home security guide.
|1st: Vivint||2nd: Nest Secure||3rd: ADT||Brinks||Frontpoint||Scout||SimpliSafe|
|Equipment Starting Cost||$599||N/A||$9.98||$199||$129||$229||$6.67|
|Pro Monitoring Monthly Starting Cost||$10||N/A||$45.99||$39||$44.99||$19.99||$29.99|
|Contract Length||3.5-5 Years||None or 3 Years||3 Years||3 Years||None||None||None|
|Installation||Professional||DIY||Professional||DIY or Professional||DIY||DIY||DIY|
|Installation Fee||$49-$199||$0||$99-$199||$0 or $199||$0||$0||$0|
|Money-Back Guarantee||None||Existing Nest Secure users can get a free ADT Self Setup security system||6 Months||45 Days||30 Days||60 Days||60 Days|
|Warranty||120 Days||2 Years||Lifetime (Must Pay Additional $)||2 Years||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years|
|Self Monitoring Option|
|Main Form Of Monitoring||Cellular||Broadband||Cellular||Broadband||Cellular||Broadband||Cellular|
|Backup Form Of Monitoring||Broadband||Cellular||Broadband||Cellular||Broadband||None||Broadband|
|Google Home Compatible Features||Security system, lights, locks, smart plugs, and thermostat||Security system, video doorbell camera, locks and thermostats||Security system, lights, locks, and thermostat||Security system, lights, locks, thermostat, and garage door||Security system, locks, sensors, lights, and thermostat||Security system||Security system|
|Security Cameras Compatible With Google Home|
|Allows Direct Commands To Google Home|
You have lots of options when it comes to integrating your home security system with Google Home. Below, you’ll find reviews of four companies that do that well but did not make our top three.
As mentioned above, Brinks monitors for Nest Secure, but it also has its own security system compatible with Google Home. Brink didn’t make it as a top pick for us because we don’t rank it as high as some other home security systems.
This system syncs with Google Home to arm your system and control lights, locks, garage doors, and thermostats. You can also stream cameras on any device with Chromecast. Again, because they offer Nest Secure monitoring, you can choose Nest products when setting up your system.
Brinks doesn’t work with direct commands, so you must ask Google Home to ask Alarm.com to complete the task. You’ll also want to consider contracts and pricing.
|30-day risk-free trial||Doesn’t allow direct commands using Google Home|
|Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home||Three-year contract required|
|Self-installation (professional available for $199)||Self-installation cannot be done independently (requires a technician to walk you through the process over the phone)|
|Z-wave and Zigbee connectivity (most competitors only connect to one)||You must pay 100% of the contract amount, even if you cancel|
|Google Home syncs with alarm system, lights, locks, thermostats, and garage doors.||Only one monitoring station (and not third party)|
|Security cameras are Google Home compatible|
Brinks Home Security Skill
The Brinks Home Security system connects to Google Assistant via Alarm.com. Open Google Assistant on your mobile phone and click the icon in the top right of Google Assistant. Scroll down to Home Control and select Alarm.com. Tap Link and follow the prompts to connect your security system to Google Assistant.
5 Voice Commands To Use Google Assistant With Brinks
- “Okay Google, ask Alarm.com to arm stay my security system.”
- “Okay Google, ask Alarm.com to shut the garage door.”
- “Okay Google, ask Alarm.com to turn the living room light on.”
- “Okay Google, ask Alarm.com to increase the temperature by 3 degrees.”
- “Okay Google, ask Alarm.com to lock the front door.”
|Smart Security Essential||Smart Security Complete||Smart Security Ultimate|
|Monitoring Price Per Month||$39||$39||$39|
|SkyBell Slim Line Video Doorbell|
In-Depth Brinks Home Security Review
Frontpoint connects to Google Home to activate some voice commands. It’s also among our top picks for the best home security system. You can use Google Home to arm your system and command sensors, lights, door locks, thermostat, garage doors, and more.
Frontpoint doesn’t work with direct commands, so you must ask Google to ask Alarm.com to complete the task. Also, their cameras won’t stream to Chromecast.
|Has two monitoring stations||Higher monitoring fees|
|30-day risk-free trial||Security cameras aren’t Google Home compatible|
|All plans have cellular monitoring|
|Known for its excellent customer service|
|Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home|
|No long-term contract|
|Google Home syncs with alarm system, sensors, door locks, and more|
Frontpoint Smart Home Skill
The Brinks Home Security system connects to Google Home via Alarm.com. In the Google Home app, tap Explore and enter Alarm/com into the search bar. Once you select Alarm.com, you can log in using your MyFrontponit username and password. This will link your account to Google Home.
5 Commands To Use Google Assistant With Frontpoint Security
- “Okay Google, ask Alarm.com: What’s the thermostat temperature?”
- “Okay Google, ask Alarm.com: Is the security system armed?”
- “Okay Google, ask Alarm.com to switch on the bedroom lamp.”
- “Okay Google, Ask Alarm.com to lock the doors.”
- “Okay Google, ask Alarm.com to turn the temperature down.”
Frontpoint packages are listed below. You’ll see the cost of each device next to it, so you can determine the price if you choose a build-your-own package option.
|The Starter Pack||The Home Shield||The Family Lookout||Build Your Own|
|Control Panel Hub & Keypad ($99)|
|Motion Sensor ($35)|
|Home Defense Kit (stickers and yard signs $2 each)|
|Door/Window Sensor ($17.50)||1||3||3|
|Indoor Camera ($60)|
|Keychain Remote ($16)|
|Wireless Doorbell Camera ($150)|
|Smoke & Heat Sensor ($35)|
|Flood Sensor ($22.50)|
|Wired Doorbell Camera ($66)|
|Outdoor Camera ($115)|
|Premium Indoor Camera ($100)|
|Glass Break Sensor ($37.50)|
|Garage Sensor ($22.50)|
|Outdoor Smart Plug ($25)|
|Smart Door Lock ($100)|
|Wireless Light Control ($25)|
|Panic Pendant ($20)|
All Frontpoint security packages include 24/7 professional monitoring; however, to have Google skills supported, you’ll need the Ultimate Plan, which is $49.99 monthly.
In-Depth Frontpoint Security Review
Scout is a DIY security system with the option of professional monitoring and is compatible with Google Home in several ways.
You can arm and disarm your system through Google Home and integrate Nest products and many other third-party devices, including some Google Home-compatible security cameras.
Direct commands don’t work with this system. You’ll have to ask Google Home to tell Scout to complete a task. Also, we don’t rank the Scout system as high as other home security systems, and you’ll want to ensure it meets your home security needs.
|Has six monitoring stations||Door panel sensors are large and conspicuous|
|60-day returns||Self-monitoring functionality is tied to a monthly payment plan|
|Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home||The hub doesn’t have two-way voice|
|Self-installation||Only 12-hour battery backup (competitors average 24 hours)|
|No contracts||The hub doesn’t have two-way voice|
|Google Home syncs with security system|
|Can integrate Google Home compatible security cameras|
Scout Smart Home Skill
Using Google Assistant, you can arm, disarm, and check the status of your system.
5 Voice Commands To Use Google Assistant With Scout Alarm
- “Okay Google, tell Scout to arm.”
- “Okay Google, tell Scout to activate Vacation mode.”
- “Okay Google, tell Scout to disarm.”
- “Okay Google, ask Scout if the alarm is on.”
- “Okay Google, ask Scout what mode is armed.”
|Scout Small Pack||Scout Large Pack||Build Your System|
|Door panel ($50)|
|Motion Sensor ($30)||2|
|Access Sensor ($20)||2||5|
|Scout HD Camera ($39)|
|Scout Video Doorbell ($99)|
|Water Sensor ($30)|
|Glass Break Sensor ($50)|
|Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector ($47)|
|Door Lock ($249)|
|Key Fob (4.99)||2||2|
|Remote Control ($20)|
|Yard Sign ($4.99)|
|Window Sticker ($0.99)|
|RFID Sticker ($2.49)|
- Always On – $9.99/month self-monitoring
- Always On+ – $19.99/month professional monitoring
In-Depth Scout Alarm Review
SimpliSafe is one of our top picks for the best home security systems, and it’s Google Home compatible.
You can arm your system and activate smart locks through Google Home, but you can’t disarm the system or unlock locks. Integrating a Nest thermostat and even streaming video on Chromecast is possible. You can use direct commands when you want to complete a task using Google Home.
You do have to pay $24.99 monthly to integrate the system with Google Home, and you’ll want to consider the equipment cost.
|Has 6 monitoring stations||Self-monitoring functionality is tied to a monthly payment plan|
|Excellent customer service||Equipment costs are higher than competitors|
|Self-installation||The website and app do not provide a low-battery alert|
|No contracts||No outdoor security cameras|
|Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home|
|60-day money-back guarantee|
|Allows direct commands|
|Google Home can link to security system and possibly more|
|The website and app do not indicate low battery alert|
SimpliSafe Smart Home Skill
For your protection, you cannot disarm SimpliSafe through voice commands. (Learn more about alarm system vulnerabilities, including how your security system is disabled, to help protect against burglars.)
5 Voice Commands To Use With Google Assistant With SimpliSafe
- “Okay Google, turn on my security system.”
- “Okay Google, arm SimpliSafe to Away.”
- “Okay Google: Am I protected?”
- “Okay Google, set the security system to Home.”
- “Okay Google, set the security system to Away.”
SimpliSafe offers various home security packages. You can also build your own system.
|The Beacon||The Lighthouse||The Haven||The Knox||The Hearth||The Essentials||The Foundation||Build Your Own|
|Base Station ($5.42/mo.)|
|Entry Sensor ($14.99)||4||3||4||6||3|
|Motion Sensor ($34.99)||2||2||2||2|
|Wireless Outdoor Camera ($189.99)||2|
|Wired Indoor Camera ($99)|
|Smart Alarm Wireless Indoor Security Camera ($139.99)|
|Water Sensor ($19.99)|
|Smoke Detector ($34.99)|
|Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector ($59.99)|
|Temperature Sensor ($29.99)|
|Glassbreak Sensor ($39.99)|
|Panic Button (19.99)|
|105db Siren (59.99)|
|Key Fob ($24.99)|
|Extra Keypad (69.99)|
|Yard Sign ($3.99)|
The SimpliSafe system only integrates with Google if you pay monthly for the Fast Protect™ monitoring plan ($29.99/month). The Interactive plan also includes 24/7 professional monitoring and unlimited camera recording.
Google Home Compatible Security Systems FAQ’s
Here are some frequently asked questions from our readers. Don’t see yours? Let us know in the comments!
Why Did Google Discontinue Nest Secure?
Google entered the home security market with Nest Secure in 2017. Poor product sales are probably largely to blame for the system’s discontinuation. Nest Secure was expensive relative to alternative products and failed to gain traction in the three years it was on the market. Google has invested in ADT since 2021, which appears to be its alternate route of acquiring a stake in the hot home security market.
Support for existing Nest Secure and Dropcam customers will officially end on April 8, 2024.
Can Google Home Connect To My Security Camera?
One of the best parts of having Google Home is integrating smart home features, including home security. If you’re thinking about a home security system and want to know your options, read our comprehensive home security systems comparison. You want to ensure that your security system meets all your needs, with or without Google Home integration.
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