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Pairing your Chicago smart home to Google or Alexa

June 18, 2021
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Wouldn't it be ideal if you could use your Chicago security system by voice commands? You can when you sync your Vivint system to your favorite smart home assistant, like Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa. Once you activate the Vivint skill, you can access all your alarms, cameras, sensors, and home automation devices through your Echo or Nest speakers. Then when you're preparing to say goodnight or depart for vacation, all you have to do is tell your home you’re headed out and relax as everything switches into guard mode.

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

How to link your Chicago smart home to your Google Home or Amazon Echo

Follow these quick directions to sync your Chicago smart home to your Alexa components:

  • After you configure your Echo device, open the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone and hit Skills & Games.

  • Find the Vivint Smart Home Skill. You’ll see two separate Alexa skills: Vivint Complete and Vivint Basic.

  • Turn on both the Compete and Basic skills. The Complete skill allows you nearly complete control of your smart home components, but you have to start out with, "Alexa, ask Vivint to set the alarms." The Basic skill empowers you to control thermostats, lights, and other automation equipment by merely saying, "Alexa, power on the lights."

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

  • You are able to operate your Vivint system with your Echo components.

Vivint home security control panel

If you like Google over Alexa, here is the easiest method to sync your Chicago smart home with your Google Nest:

  • Enter the Google Home App and press the + icon in the top left part of the screen.

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

  • Search for Vivint and tap to tether the accounts.

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

  • You can assign your devices to various parts of the house to make your Google Home experience simpler.

  • Finish by saying, "Hey, Google, sync with Vivint," and you can now use your Vivint system with Google devices.

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

You can control nearly every part of your Chicago smart home through your AI assistant. Check the condition of your smart components, swap to a pre-determined template, or perform minute tweaks of a setting by simple vocal commands. Or ask your Nest or Echo speaker to arrange your entire security system in the same way as you can in the Vivint smartphone app.

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

  • “Arm my security system to away.”

  • “Lock the front door.”

  • “Turn off my family room light.”

  • “Did I forget the garage door open?”

  • "Keep a clip of my indoor camera."

  • "Turn down the heat 2 degrees."

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

Live stress-free when you program in routines in your Google Home or Alexa mobile app that leverage many functions. For example, say "Google, I'm leaving the house," and trigger your alarms, reduce the thermostat, and lock the doors. Or craft a scene for "date night" and ask the command to power off the lights and adjust the temperature to to that perfect, cozy place.

Obtain the ultimate home security system to sync to your Alexa or Google speaker

As you're finding the best Chicago security system for your family, check out Vivint. A Vivint expert will help you tailor-make your smart home for any need. Just call (312) 626-4802 or fill out in the form below to begin.