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Amazon doubles down on Echo home security. What to know

Echo Guard Plus provides a number of new safety features.


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Your Amazon Echo ($65 at Google Store) already has several security features you should utilize everytime you depart the home, together with listening to what’s going on in your house from afar to turning on lights that make it seem you are residence whenever you’re actually away. It additionally has Alexa Guard, which simply obtained a significant replace designed to higher safe your private home whenever you’re out of the home.

Alexa Guard Plus is a $4.99 monthly subscription service obtainable for many Echo units, apart from Echo Auto, Echo Tap and different Alexa companion devices (and the discontinued Echo Look). This is what it guarantees to do.

What further options am I paying for with Alexa Guard Plus?

Alexa Guard Plus has extra safety features than the free Alexa Guard. It provides hands-free emergency helpline calling and alerts you if it hears exercise whenever you’re away. Guard Plus additionally contains options to assist scare off undesirable intruders. It’s going to play sounds of canine barking, for instance, if movement is detected exterior. If exercise is detected inside, it will play a siren (extra particulars beneath).

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Your Echo machine can bark at intruders.


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1. Alexa Guard can get you emergency assist

With Guard Plus, you may have entry to a helpline monitored 24/7 by emergency response brokers that may make it easier to request an ambulance, the police, the fireplace division or private emergency contacts. To activate it, say, “Alexa, name for assist.”

2. Alexa will hear for extra sounds when you’re away

Alexa already alerts you if it hears your smoke detector blaring or glass breaking when your private home standing is about to Away. With Alexa Guard Plus, you may obtain notifications about different sounds when you’re out of the home, comparable to footsteps and doorways closing. 

When you obtain a Good Alert, you may faucet on it to open the Alexa app and take heed to what Alexa heard. It’s also possible to drop in to hear dwell and decide whether or not or not you might want to name the emergency helpline or ahead the difficulty to a supported safety supplier.

3. Alexa will scare off intruders

Your Echo speaker may also help scare off intruders who’re lurking across the exterior of your home. You’ll, nonetheless, want an outdoor security camera that is Alexa-compatible, comparable to Ring, Blink, Arlo and August.

In case your safety digital camera detects movement exterior, Alexa can play the sound of a canine barking out of your Echo speaker as a deterrent.

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Use your outside digital camera to detect movement.


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When will Alexa Guard Plus be obtainable? 

Whereas Amazon did not give a selected launch date for Guard Plus, the corporate did announce that it will arrive later this yr. Till then, you may nonetheless use the free Alexa Guard in your Echo machine to see in case you is likely to be within the Plus tier. To get began, open the Alexa app and faucet Extra > Settings > Guard.

How a lot does Alexa Guard Plus value?

As soon as obtainable, Alexa Guard Plus will value $4.99 monthly. It’s also possible to select to pay yearly at $49 per yr, saving you $11 every year.

When you’re already utilizing Ring Defend Plus, Guard Plus shall be free. You may have to hyperlink your Ring and Amazon accounts within the Ring app or on Ring.com to make use of Guard Plus. Different sensible safety corporations, comparable to Abode, Wyze and Resideo, will quickly introduce subscription tiers that embody Guard Plus as effectively.

For extra new Amazon Echo options, this is how to use every new Alexa feature Amazon introduced, six of Amazon’s best new features for your Echo and how to use them and how to share your customized routines with friends and family.

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