Ring devices have become synonymous with home security, offering various devices such as the Ring Alarm, doorbells, and cameras. One of the most powerful and convenient aspects of Ring devices is their compatibility with popular smart home assistants, such as Amazon Alexa.
Integrating Alexa with a Ring device can streamline and simplify the process of monitoring and controlling your home security system.
Alexa works seamlessly with Ring Alarm systems, security cameras, and doorbells, allowing you to use voice commands for various functions such as arming and disarming your Ring Alarm, viewing live footage from your security cameras, or checking the status of your devices.
We’ll explore the features and steps involved in making Ring devices work with Alexa, offering insight into the benefits of this integration and how it provides homeowners with a more efficient and stress-free home security experience.
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Ring Alarm and Alexa Integration
What Is Ring Alarm
Ring Alarm is a security system for your home that offers a variety of devices, such as doorbells, cameras, and motion sensors. It allows you to monitor your home’s security conveniently through your smartphone, tablet, or PC.
What Is Alexa
Alexa is a voice-controlled virtual assistant developed by Amazon. It operates on Amazon Echo and other compatible devices to control smart home automation, answer questions, set alarms, and perform various tasks through voice commands.
Connecting Ring Devices with Alexa
Ring Alarm devices can be integrated with Alexa to enhance your home security experience. This integration allows you to control your Ring devices using voice commands with a compatible Echo device. To connect your Ring devices with Alexa:
- Make sure your Ring devices and Echo devices are set up and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Tap the Devices tab at the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the + icon in the top-right corner, then select Add device.
- Scroll down and choose Ring under the All devices section.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.
Ring as a Skill in Your Alexa App
Once your Ring devices are connected with Alexa, you can enable the Ring Skill in the Alexa app to make the integration seamless. With the Ring Skill, you can:
|Ring Skill Alexa App Features|
|Arm and disarm your Ring Alarm system through voice commands.|
|Stream live video from your Ring cameras to Echo Show devices.|
|Receive announcements from your Ring doorbells through your Echo devices.|
|Create routines in the Alexa app that are triggered by changes in your Ring Alarm system’s modes.|
To enable the Ring Skill:
- Open the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Tap the Menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the top-left corner.
- Select Skills & Games from the menu.
- Type “Ring” in the search bar, then click the Ring skill in the results.
- Tap Enable to use and follow the on-screen instructions to link your accounts.
By integrating Ring Alarm and Alexa, you can have a more convenient and efficient home security experience.
Controlling Ring Devices with Alexa
Voice Commands for Common Tasks
You can control your Ring devices using Alexa with various voice commands. Simply say, “Alexa,” followed by the command such as:
- “Alexa, arm my Ring Alarm” to arm your Ring Alarm system.
- “Alexa, disarm my Ring Alarm” to disarm your Ring Alarm system (you will be prompted to provide your voice code).
- “Alexa, show my front door camera” to display the live feed from your Ring doorbell or security camera.
Digital Arming and Disarming
To arm and disarm your Ring Alarm system, you can use the Alexa app on your smartphone or a compatible Echo device. When disarming, Alexa will ask for your voice code as a security measure. Ensure you have set up a voice code within the Alexa app to enable this feature.
Camera Feed and Live View
With a compatible Echo device, you can access the live view of your Ring cameras and doorbells by using a simple voice command. For example, if you want to view your front door camera, say, “Alexa, show my front door camera.” This will initiate the live feed on your Echo device’s screen.
If your Ring device supports two-way communication, like the Ring Video Doorbell, you can talk to visitors by using your Echo device. To initiate a conversation, use a command like, “Alexa, talk to the person at my front door.” Alexa will enable the two-way communication feature, allowing you to speak with your visitor.
You can set up your Echo devices to play chime notifications whenever your Ring device detects motion or someone presses the doorbell button. To enable this feature, follow these steps in the Alexa app:
- Open the Alexa app on your smartphone.
- Select “Devices” and locate your Ring device.
- Tap on the settings icon (gear icon) and enable Announcements. This will turn on chime notifications for your device.
With these features, you can effectively control your Ring devices using Alexa, making your home security experience seamless and hands-free.
Enhancing Security with Alexa
Alexa Guard and Guard Plus
Alexa Guard and Guard Plus significantly improve the security of your home when used with the Ring Alarm system.
With Alexa Guard, you can monitor your home for sounds like breaking glass, and with optional Guard Plus, you get access to additional security features such as an emergency helpline, siren, and deterrence features.
Smart Lights and Locks Integration
Integrating your Ring Alarm with locks and smart lights enhances your home’s security, making it easier to control your lighting and entry points. You can set up routines to automatically lock your doors or turn on your smart lights when your Ring Alarm is armed or disarmed, providing an extra layer of protection and convenience.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Monitoring
By connecting compatible smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to your Ring Alarm system, Alexa can help monitor and alert you to potential dangers in your home.
If a connected alarm detects smoke or carbon monoxide, Alexa can notify you and even contact emergency services when necessary.
Custom Routines and Automations
Creating custom routines and automations with your Ring Alarm and Alexa can greatly improve your home’s security. For example, you can set up a routine to:
- Arm your security system when you leave your home
- Automatically lock your smart locks when the system is armed
- Turn on smart lights to deter intruders
By thoughtfully setting up these routines and automations, you can create a safer, more secure living environment.
Supported Devices and Compatibility
List of Ring Devices
Ring devices work well with Alexa for seamless home security control. Here are the compatible Ring devices:
- Doorbells: All models of Ring Doorbells
- Security Cameras: All models of Ring Security Cameras
- Ring Alarm
List of Alexa-Enabled Devices
Alexa-enabled devices that work with Ring include:
|Alexa Enabled Amazon Devices that Work with Ring|
|Fire Tablets (7 and above)|
|Fire TV (2 and above)|
|Fire TV Cube (1 and above)|
|Fire TV Stick 4K|
|Fire TV Stick (2 and above)|
|Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition|
Ring Protect Subscription
To take full advantage of your Ring Alarm’s features and enhance its integration with Alexa, consider subscribing to the Ring Protect Plan. The plan offers additional benefits such as:
- 24/7 professional monitoring
- Cellular backup
- 60-day video history for Ring cameras and doorbells
Some of the features you can enjoy when connecting your Ring Alarm with Alexa include:
- Arm or disarm your Ring Alarm using voice commands
- Check the status of your Ring Alarm by asking Alexa
- View live feeds from Ring cameras on compatible Echo devices with screens
Note that for security reasons, you cannot disarm your Ring Alarm using Alexa or any other voice command service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Alexa control Ring Alarm?
Yes, Alexa can control Ring Alarm. By syncing Ring devices with Alexa, you can use voice commands to arm and interact with your Ring Alarm.
How to connect Ring and Alexa?
Connecting Ring and Alexa is a simple process. Add Ring as a skill in your Alexa app, and your Ring devices will be integrated with Alexa.
What commands can Alexa use for Ring?
Alexa allows you to control and interact with Ring devices, such as arming the system, showing a camera’s feed, or checking the status of your alarm. For example, you can say, “Alexa, tell Ring to arm my home!” or “Alexa, show the front door camera.”
Can Alexa trigger Ring siren?
No, for security reasons, Alexa cannot trigger the Ring Alarm siren. The siren can only be activated by your Ring Alarm system or through the Ring app in case of an emergency.
Does Ring Alarm have an Alexa skill?
Yes, Ring Alarm has an Alexa skill that you can enable in your Alexa app. This allows you to control and manage your Ring devices through Alexa.
Can Alexa arm and disarm Ring Alarm?
Alexa can arm Ring Alarm with voice commands, such as “Alexa, arm Ring.” However, for security reasons, Alexa requires your four digit Ring Alarm passcode to disarm your alarm.