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How to connect your Evanston smart home to Alexa or Google

June 18, 2021
Google Nest paired with Vivint Home Security

Wouldn't it be perfect if you had the ability to power your Evanston security system by your voice? You’re in control when you pair your Vivint system to your current smart home assistant, like Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa. When you activate the Vivint skill, you can access all your alarms, security cameras, and home automation devices via your Nest or Echo speakers. Then when you're getting things ready to sleep or depart for vacation, Simply tell your smart device goodbye and watch everything activate into guard mode.

Learn more about pairing your Evanston smart home to Google or Alexa:

How do you link your Evanston smart home to your Amazon Echo or Google Home

Follow these simple steps to pair your Evanston smart home with your Echo components:

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

  • Search for the Vivint Smart Home Skill. You will see two different Alexa skills: Vivint Complete and Vivint Basic.

  • Say yes to both skills. The Complete skill enables you nearly total control of your smart home components, but you will have to say, "Alexa, ask Vivint to turn on the alarms." The Basic skill allows you to change lights, thermostats, and other automation equipment by merely saying, "Alexa, turn on the lights."

  • Alexa will have you log into your Vivint account so it can connect devices.

  • You are now free to operate your Vivint system with your Alexa speakers.

Vivint home security control panel

If you like Google over Amazon, here is how to sync your Evanston smart home to your Google Nest:

  • Open the Google Home App and press the + icon in the upper left corner.

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

  • Find Vivint and tap to tether the accounts.

  • Permit Google to handle your Vivint equipment and log into your Vivint system.

  • You can authorize your components smart devices to various parts of the house to make your Google Home experience easier.

  • Wrap up by saying, "Hey, Google, sync with Vivint," and you can now command your Vivint equipment with Google Nest devices.

What voice commands work with your Echo or Nest speakers?

You can operate virtually every piece of your Evanston smart home via your preferred AI assistant. Check the condition of your smart devices, swap to a pre-determined mode, or tinker with the details of a setting via user-friendly voice commands. Or command your Nest or Echo device to organize your system in the same way as you can with the Vivint smartphone app.

Here are just a few voice commands you are able to give to Alexa or Google:

  • “Arm my security system to away.”

  • “Lock the back door.”

  • “Power off my family room light.”

  • “Did I forget the garage door open?”

  • "Keep a clip of my outdoor camera."

  • "Lower the heat 2 degrees."

  • “Turn off the kid’s room light in an hour.”

Live stress-free when you preset routines in your Alexa or Google Home smartphone app that utilize different functions. For instance, say "Google, I'm leaving the house," and trigger your alarms, reduce the thermostat, and secure the doors. Or make a routine for "tv night" and ask the command to dim the lights and set the temperature to just the right level.

Get the ultimate smart security system to sync to your Alexa or Google devices

As you're finding the superior Evanston security system for your family, trust Vivint. A Vivint expert will help you customize your smart home for any need. Simply call (847) 925-7636 or fill out in the form below to begin.