'Alexa Guard' Security Feature Rolls Out to Amazon Echo Devices in the US

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amazon announced this morning that Alexa Guard is now rolling out to all Echo device owners in the U.S.


    The free feature update, which has been trialed by a select few over the last few months, turns Echo speakers into security devices when no-one's home by allowing them to listen for key sounds indicating danger or intrusion.

    Users need to say "Alexa, I'm leaving" to set Alexa Guard to Away mode, after which the device will listen for sounds like breaking glass and the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

    According to TechCrunch, Amazon has worked with licensed contractors to break hundreds of different glass windows with different instruments in order to create a wide range of different sounds for Alexa to listen for.

    Upon detecting an ominous sound, Alexa sends the owner Smart Alerts via phone notifications. Users can also play the detected sound from the Alexa mobile app or Drop In on their Echo device remotely to find out what's happening.

    Alexa can arm a Ring or ADT security system, with the user able to choose to forward Smart Alerts they receive to Ring or ADT. Users with Away Lighting can also use the alert to turn on lights so as to make it look like they're actually home.

    For more details about Alexa Guard, check out Amazon's FAQ.

    Article Link: 'Alexa Guard' Security Feature Rolls Out to Amazon Echo Devices in the US
  2. jimothyGator macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    That sounds like a fun job.
  3. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    Thank goodness Alexa will ignore breaking glass windows while I am at home. #Hobbies o_O
  4. knemonic macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    How bout a service in IFTTT that allows me to arm the echos when Life360 detects the last person to leave a location? Then I don’t ever have to say I’m leaving
  5. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Seems like a brilliant innovative idea, shame it’s US only as per usual..
  6. LewisChapman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2015
    What a great use of existing tech.

    Just a shame they only smashed US windows?
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Now this I like, I think this would be a really useful feature that you can take a smart speaker and essentially have it trained for listening for different audibles that would cause an alarm, and it’s compatible to operate with ring and ADT security, which are both major consumer products.
  8. Craiger macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2007
    Please add this to the HomePod Apple!
  9. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2012
    Swindon, England
    Brilliant innovation....The progress of Alexa functionality just embarrasses HomePod to the 'Nth' degree.......can't innovate, my ass,.
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I’d say the HomePod and Alexa Are two different comparisons here that are not mutually exclusive. The HomePod is really focused on being music oriented first with the sound, not necessarily by providing this type of functionality (Even though this would be a useful expansion in the future), as Alexa is as being more of a ‘smart speaker’ first, music player second.
  11. ztw2002 macrumors regular

    Oct 2, 2012
    New York City
    That’s neat, Apple really needs to catch up to Google and Amazon on A.I.
  12. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    How about a feature where it will listen to you wife being illogical and issue an alarm so she knows she's in the wrong ;)
  13. FilipeTeixeira macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2013
    Indeed. They should go all around the world smashing random windows. I would totally help them :).
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Pretty cool. Especially for those without home security.
  15. McG2k1 macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
    Now Amazon can help you make your home little more secure now and then by making it a lot less secure all the time.
  16. Ultramove69 macrumors member


    Dec 23, 2017
    Columbus Ohio, USA
  17. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    ...like a stranger in bed with your spouse. I need to patent this add-on feature and offer it as an exclusive. Kick my divorce law practice into high gear.
  18. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    I love it. Especially since my Ring is so sensitive it goes off when a bug flies by. (I can't turn it down any further!)
  19. NM08SRT8 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    New Mexico
    Is saying that too much work?
  20. dominiongamma macrumors 68000

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
    Apple can’t even add Spotify to HomePod lol it’s not happening
  21. ripper998 macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    Updated my Alexa app and says it’s not available. Not sure what’s up
  22. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Sounds a bit hokey like a lot of features on these products
  23. picaman, May 14, 2019
    Last edited: May 14, 2019

    picaman macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2005
    I guess they are doing a slow rollout. Updated the Alexa app, went to Settings -> Guard, and was asked to sign up to be notified when it is available. Whatever.

    Update: it now works.
  24. CodexMonkey macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2012
    It sounds smashing.
  25. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2017
    This is way too useful to be added to HomePod.
    --- Post Merged, May 14, 2019 ---
    What a throwaway comment. Did you even read how it works at all? This one feature all by itself is like a pseudo alarm system for people who don't have one. All of the fancy extras that are part of a real security system boil down to a handful of really effective ones: Glass breaking being number one. Smoke alarm detection being number two.
    Door and window sensors are useful, but ultimately anyone breaking in is not going to open a locked door or window...they will break. And lot of good a window sensor does you if they break in. The glass break sensor is the crux of it.

    This simple Alexa feature detects glass breaking, and notifies you. Allowing you to play the recorded sound, and listen live. This alone gets you about 90% of the way to a self-monitored alarm system.
    --- Post Merged, May 14, 2019 ---
    What you're saying is true. The problem is: most people are not going to buy multiple similar products to get all of the features available.

    I have several Alexa enabled devices now, and since some of them happen to be brand new Sonos speakers....I'm not missing out on anything Apple has to offer with HomePod in terms of "music-first".

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