Are you looking for a high-quality home security system that can be seamlessly integrated with your Apple HomeKit or iPhone? Below is a list of some of the best Apple-compatible security systems.
Vivint is the way to go if you’re looking for best-in-class home security, monitoring and smart home control. Each of Vivint’s packages includes remote access to the system via the company’s Smart Home app that allows you to arm your home security system even when you are not home from your iPhone, iPad and the Apple Watch.
While Vivint is not yet compatible with Apple HomeKit, Apple users can protect and monitor their home with the Vivint Smart Home app. There is no need to use different apps to control all of the various devices.
Apple users can see who is at the front door, automatic temperature control, track humidity in their home and unlock the front door for contractors using their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. The Vivint Smart Home app also allows iOS users to monitor their home for carbon monoxide, receive a notification when a smoke alarm is triggered and be alerted when the batteries in their smoke alarm is low, which you can read about in our full Vivint review. It’s also, not surprisingly, one of our favorite home security systems available today.
Live video is also available on Apple devices. Users can see crisp images of the outside of their home, have a two-way talk with visitors without being home playback videos on an iOS device at a later time. The Vivint Smart Home Sky Control panel and service subscription are both required to use the Vivint Smart Home iOS app.
In recent years, home security has undergone a radical transformation due to advances in smart home technology. ADT home security, an established leader in the field, has kept up with trends and changes as well as any other brand. We’ve consistently praised ADT’s monitoring for remaining affordable and giving users plenty of options.
Currently, ADT Home Security is not compatible with Apple HomeKit. However, ADT is a good home security option for iOS users. The ADT Pulse App is compatible with iOS 10.0 and later. The app works with Apple iPhone, iPad and the Apple Watch.
Using the ADT Pulse app, iOS users can control their alarm system and smart home technology from anywhere. Lights, locks, thermostats, and surveillance cameras can be all assessed and controlled via the iOS-compatible app. Apple users can monitor for and respond to fire, flood and carbon monoxide events via their iPhone or iPad. Live video streaming is available on the app for iOS devices.
The ADT Pulse app also allows iOS users to set up custom notifications and schedule various alerts and actions. For instance, you can use your iPhone to lock and unlock your doors remotely to let the babysitter in your house. iOS users can also use the app to turn on the lights before arriving home from a late night at work.
ADT’s 6-month guarantee is a nice bonus for Apple users. If you are not satisfied with your equipment or service during the first six months, you can return the equipment for a full refund. So, if you find that you can’t use the functions on the app as you would like, you can return the equipment at no risk.
Frontpoint home security is easy to set up and control with your Apple watch, iPhone or iPad. The FrontPoint app lets you control and monitor your system from anywhere in the world with your Apple device.
Like most other professional home security systems, Frontpoint is not yet compatible with the Apple HomeKit. However, Frontpoint’s system packages still get the job done for Apple users.
Frontpoint offers an iOS app that gives Apple users quite a bit of functionality when it comes to managing their alarm system. Apple users can remotely arm and disarm the system and receive instant notifications and alerts on a variety of events. Apple users can set up instant alerts to be notified whenever someone arms or disarms the alarm, comes or goes through the front door or when a door is left unlocked.
Home automation is available for iOS users through the Frontpoint app. Users can control lights, locks and view live streaming video from anywhere using an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. Users can also monitor for fire, smoke and water via the app.
Apple users can also receive real-time text, push or email notifications with the iOS-compatible app. Power failure notifications are also available via iOS. Plus, the app supports Apple’s new Face ID feature on the iPhone X. This allows users to easily access their alarm system without a passcode.
The Frontpoint app is available for Apple iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. Apple users can also manage and pay their bill right through the app. Learn more about Frontpoint and its best features in our original Frontpoint system review.
Scout is an affordable, DIY home security option for Apple users. The Scout app allows you to gain full control of your Scout Home Security system using your Apple iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad. You can monitor the status of your home, unlock doors remotely and respond to security events from afar.
Scout is a newer home security option on the market, but it has already been named one of the best budget-friendly systems in the industry. It is also a good option for Apple users thanks to the app, which is compatible with iOS devices and allows extensive control of the system using an iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad. Apple users simply need to download the Scout app from the Apple Store to gain full control of their Scout home Security System.
Although Scout does not offer Apple HomeKit integration, there are still plenty of things that Apple users can do with the Scout iOS app, including unlock and lock doors from anywhere, view live video on an iPhone and turn the lights on and off from anywhere.
The Scout app also features customized iOS alerts for any number of events. Users can receive when there is a flood inside the home, a window has been broken or a door is unlocked. They can also view a timeline of various events inside their home, such as whenever motion is detected, a door is opened or a water leak is detected inside the home.
Apple home security integrations are important to ensure that your Apple devices will work with your home security system. Home security systems that feature Apple integrations allow you to control and monitor your home’s security, as well as control your home’s automation with smart lighting, locks, voice assistants, and other connected devices.
All of the security systems reviewed above offer apps that are compatible with iPhones. The apps allow you to remotely monitor and control your home security system and automation on your iPhone. You can perform various tasks with your iPhone depending on the home security equipment that you choose.
The home security systems in this review are all compatible with Mac browsers. Depending on the equipment and monitoring plan that you choose, you can review your home security, adjust your thermostat, control your lighting and be a live video feed from your Mac.
The Apple HomeKit integrates with a variety of alarms, locks, thermostats, and smart lighting systems. Currently, most of the major alarm companies are not compatible with Apple HomeKit as Apple is a direct competitor. Like most of the other major systems on the market, the alarm systems reviewed here are not compatible with the Apple HomeKit. Frontpoint has expressed an interest in Apple HomeKit integration, but this is not an option at this time.
One of the most important features of Apple-compatible home security systems is an iOS-supported app. All of the systems featured in this review offer iOS apps. This means that you can control your security system from your Apple iPhone, iPod or Apple Watch. Depending on which plan and sensors you choose, you might be able to arm and disarm your system, unlock and lock your doors, remotely view your front door, and adjust your thermostat using your iPhone or iPad.
Mobile Alerts put home security at your fingertips. In the event of a security breach, this feature sends instant notifications straight to your Apple device. But it goes beyond security and into home automation. Depending on your equipment, you might also get custom alerts for water leaks, temperature changes, and the list goes on. Apple users are getting hip to Mobile Alerts.
Motion Detection is another sleek feature that many Apple home security systems offer. Mount these devices strategically inside your home. They sound the alarm the moment motion is detected, and many send mobile alerts to your Apple iPhone or other Apple device. The technology is quite advanced — some detectors can distinguish between people and pets, while others boast facial recognition features.
Get the smartest garage door on the block with a smart garage door opener. This feature lets you remotely open and close your garage with an Apple device. If your security system offers an iOS-compatible app (and thankfully, many do) then tap into advanced features like scheduling instant alerts if closing the garage slipped your mind, issuing permissions to multiple users, etc.
Outfitting your Apple home security system with smart door locks is a sophisticated way to secure the perimeter. Another iOS app-based feature, this lets you control and monitor your exterior doors with your Apple iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Lock and unlock your doors, receive instant alerts, and literally take your home security into your own hands with smart door locks.
Voice Recognition is another benefit of home security systems that work with Apple. Get a smart device like Amazon Echo or Google Home, and control your security and automation with that valiant voice of yours. Change the temp, set the lighting, lock the locks, open and close the garage door, and more. Just make sure you have Apple-compatible home automation features.
It might feel like you’re in a James Bond movie, but it’s just a nifty Remote Access feature. Remote Access enables you to monitor and control your Apple home security system from your iPhone or other Apple device — from virtually anywhere. Lock and unlock the doors, tap into live-stream video cams, set the lighting, and more. You’ll be the envy of your neighbors.
Entryway Sensors come standard with home security systems compatible with Apple and iOS. Simply mount these magnetic sensors on your doors and windows, and you’re in business. When the alarm is set and the sensors are tripped, the alarm sounds and you’ll likely receive a real-time alert on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. Entryway Sensors are key to keeping the bad guys out.
Apple-compatible home security systems are really heating up. Now you can take control of your thermostat with your Apple device. So long as you have the right automation features, you can change the temperature in your home to your exact preferences… from anywhere in the world! Some like it hot, some like it cold, and some like it just right.
Shed some light on the situation with Smart Lighting. Smart Lighting equipment that is compatible with Apple lets you set the mood with your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. The best part, you can access these controls and settings on your way home from work. This way, your home welcomes you like an old friend. Lighting matters. Dial yours in with Smart Lighting.
As Managing Editor for SafeHome.org, Rob Gabriele has written and edited over 1,000 articles in home security. His expertise is in smart home automation and home protection with thousands of hours of testing and research under his belt. Formerly a reporter and producer for the USAToday network, Rob has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. He holds a Master’s of Science with an emphasis on writing from the University of Montana, and he currently lives in the Reno/Tahoe area of Nevada.