How Do I Set Up My Alarm.com System With Google Home?
You can set up your Alarm.com System with Google Home by following one of four (4) possible set up processes. Some of the processes involve making voice commands through Google Home. Others involve navigating through Google Assistant. You will need your Alarm.com username and password.
- Setting Up Alarm.com On Google Home Using Voice and Google Home
- Setting Up Alarm.com On Google Home Using Voice and Google Assistant
- Setting Up Alarm.com On Google Home Using Google Assistant for Android
- Setting Up Alarm.com On Google Home Using Google Assistant for iOS
By setting up your Alarm.com Security System with Google Home, you can perform security commands by sending spoken voice commands through your Google Home device. At this time, Google Home supports Arming Stay and checking security system status. You cannot use Google Home to Arm Away or Disarm your system. Additionally, if you have a security system with multiple partitions set up, then arming commands will not be supported.
A big part of using Google Home with an Alarm.com System is having the ability to control smart devices through spoken commands. You can use Google Home to control programmed thermostats, door locks, smart lights, and garage doors. However, Google Home does not have the ability to perform Alarm.com Smart Scenes. While the functionality between Google Home and Alarm.com is still fairly limited, it does offer some convenient features.
In order to set up Alarm.com for use with Google Home, you must have monitoring service that includes access to Alarm.com. Your plan must include a security system and/or compatible smart home automation devices. Video-only users of Alarm.com cannot use the Google Home integration. Additionally, you must also have either an iOS device with the Google Home App and the Google Assistant App downloaded, or an Android device with the downloaded Google Home App and the native Google Assistant. Note that while Google Nest Smart Speakers, such as Google Nest Hub and Google Nest Mini, are compatible with Alarm.com Commands, Google Nest Smart Devices are not. Also, the primary language for Google Home should be set to English for the ADC-Home integration to work properly.
There are four (4) possible methods you can use to set up Alarm.com with Google Home. We will cover each of these methods in this FAQ. Complete one of the following methods to set up your Alarm.com System for use with Google Home:
1. Talk to Google Home. Go to your Google Home device, and initiate a command by saying, "Ok Google" or "Hey Google". Then once Google is listening, say either, "Talk to Alarm.com" or "Speak to Alarm.com". The Google device should respond by saying that an Alarm.com account is not yet linked.
2. Access Google Home App. Open the Google Home App on your Android or iOS device. Click the logo that looks like , which is the Discover Icon. By clicking the Discover Icon, you will go to the Discover Page. From there, you can check the "Related to Your Activity" Card, and you should see an option for "Link to Alarm.com". Click the Link button in the card to begin associating your Alarm.com account with Google Home.
Please note that if you do not see a link option in the "Related to Your Activity" Card, and you instead see a generic Google Search for "Alarm.com", then it means the device being used is not compatible with the voice process.
3. Provide Alarm.com credentials. Enter in your Alarm.com account credentials. This includes the username and password for your Alarm.com account. Google needs this information to successfully interact with your account.
4. Complete the integration. After entering your Alarm.com account information, press the Allow button. This should complete the integration and allow you to control your Alarm.com System and its paired smart home devices through Google Home Voice Commands.
1. Talk to Google Assistant. In order for this to work, you must have the microphone on your Android or iOS device enabled, and you must be able to give voice commands to Google Assistant. Start by opening the Google Assistant App on your Android or iOS device. Then initiate a voice command by clicking the microphone at the bottom, or by saying either, "Ok Google" or "Hey Google". The microphone should turn into colored dots, which indicates that it is now ready to receive a command. Then say either, "Talk to Alarm.com" or "Speak to Alarm.com". Assuming that an account is not yet linked, Google Assistant will say that it needs to link your Alarm.com account to Google, and it will ask for permission to do so. Say, "Yes" to continue.
2. Provide Alarm.com credentials. Enter in your Alarm.com account credentials. This includes the username and password for your Alarm.com account. Google needs this information to successfully interact with your account.
3. Complete the integration. After entering your Alarm.com account information, press the Allow button. This should complete the integration and allow you to control your Alarm.com System and its paired smart home devices through Google Home Voice Commands.
Please note that this process may not work if you are using a Verizon Samsung device. If you have a Verizon service and a Samsung Android Smartphone, then you may want to try a different pairing method, or try using a different device.
1. Open Google Assistant Snapshot. Open Google Assistant. Many devices allow you to do this by pressing and holding the home button. A menu bar should appear on the lower portion of your device. From the menu bar, swipe up to access Google Assistant Snapshot. You should then verify that the correct Google account is logged-in. You can do this by checking the avatar in the upper-right corner. If you click on it, then you will see the account that is logged-in. You can continue to the next step from this screen.
2. Search Alarm.com in Explore. Scroll down to All Settings. Under the All Settings list, find the option for Explore, and click on it. You will have accessed the Explore option. Then enter Alarm.com into the search bar, and choose the associated search result. You will have accessed the Alarm.com Skill in Google Assistant.
3. Link your account. Press the white Link button. You will be taken to an Alarm.com login screen. Provide your Alarm.com username and password. Google needs this information in order to control your Alarm.com System and programmed devices. Press the blue Next button at the bottom after doing this. Once done, your Alarm.com account will be synced with Google Home.
4. Select voice control devices. Click the blue Send To Device button to expand it. A list of your Google Home devices should appear. You can click on each device you want to enable Alarm.com voice control for.
5. Verify log-ins and devices. Open the Google Home App on your device. Make sure that the same account for Google Home is being used with Google Assistant. You should also verify that any desired Google Home device is configured. Complete the process by testing an Alarm.com Voice Command through Google Home (e.g. Arm Stay).
1. Access Google Assistant Search. On your iOS device, open the Google Assistant App. Make sure that the correct Google account is logged-in. When ready, press the compass button. This will open Google Assistant Search.
The compass button is shown below:
2. Link Alarm.com account. In the search bar, enter Alarm.com. Choose the corresponding search result. On the Alarm.com Skill Page, press Link. You will be taken to an Alarm.com login screen. Enter your Alarm.com username and password. Press the Allow button when prompted. Your Alarm.com account will then sync with Google Home.
3. Test the feature. If you press the "Try It" button, then you can test various Alarm.com commands (e.g. Arm Stay) through Google Assistant. You still need to make sure that Google Home is set up for use with Alarm.com as well.
4. Integrate/Test Google Home. Open the Google Home App on your iOS device. Make sure the same account you used in Step 1 above is being used with Google Home. Verify that the desired Google Home device is set up. Then try performing an Alarm.com command through the Google Home device (e.g. Arm Stay).
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