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Connecting your Charleston smart home to Alexa or Google

June 18, 2021
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Wouldn't it be great if you were able to control your Charleston security system with your voice? Take control when you sync your Vivint system to your favorite AI assistant, like Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa. Once you activate the Vivint skill, you can fully operate all your alarms, security cameras, and home automation devices via your Nest or Echo device. Then when you're preparing to go to bed or depart for vacation, it’s as easy as telling your home goodbye and relax as everything switches into guard mode.

Learn more about connecting your Charleston smart home to Alexa or Google:

How do you pair your Charleston smart home to your Amazon Echo or Google Home

Follow these easy directions to link your Charleston smart home with your Alexa speaker:

  • Once you set up your Alexa device, enter the Amazon Alexa mobile app and find Skills & Games.

  • Find the Vivint Smart Home Skill. You will have two different Alexa skills: Vivint Complete and Vivint Basic.

  • Say yes to both the Compete and Basic skills. The Complete skill provides you comprehensive control of your home automation and security devices, but you will have to start out with, "Alexa, ask Vivint to arm the alarms." The Basic skill empowers you to adjust lights, thermostats, and other automation equipment by only saying, "Alexa, power on the lights."

  • Alexa will need you to log into your Vivint profile so it can connect devices.

  • You are now free to control your Vivint system with your Amazon compatible devices.

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If you prefer Google over Alexa, here is the best way to pair your Charleston smart home into your Google Nest:

  • Open the Google Home App and press the + icon in the top left section.

  • Pick set up device and choose the Have Something Already Set Up option.

  • Find Vivint and click to link the accounts.

  • Enable Google to manage your Vivint equipment and sign into your Vivint system.

  • You can authorize your components smart devices to different areas to make your Google Home experience easier.

  • Wrap up by saying, "Hey, Google, sync with Vivint," and you are free to command your Vivint with Google devices.

What voice commands are usable with your Nest or Echo speakers?

You can operate virtually every part of your Charleston smart home via your AI assistant. Check the condition of your smart devices, swap to a preset mode, or perform minute tweaks of a setting with some simple vocal commands. Or command your Nest or Echo device to arrange your system just like you could in the Vivint mobile app.

Check out a few commands you are able to give to Alexa or Google:

  • “Arm my security system to away.”

  • “Secure all the doors.”

  • “Power off my bedroom light.”

  • “Did I forget the garage door open?”

  • "Keep a clip of my indoor camera."

  • "Lower the heat 2 degrees."

  • “Turn off the downstairs light in an hour.”

You can also program in cycles in your Google Home or Alexa smartphone app that combine many functions. For instance, say "Alexa, I'm going out," and trigger your motion detectors, adjust the thermostat, and secure the doors. Or craft a preset for "movie night" and ask the command to power off the lighting and adjust the thermostat to to that perfect, cozy place.

Obtain the ultimate smart security system to pair to your Alexa or Google speaker

As you're seeking out the ultimate Charleston security system for your family, turn to Vivint. A Vivint expert will help you tailor-make your smart home for any need. Simply call (304) 902-6244 or fill out in the form below to get started.