When considering a home security and home automation system, one of the things you should consider is how well their associated apps function.
Today’s home security and automation features are most often controlled using an app. Therefore, the app is the one feature that needs to perform exceptionally well. Otherwise, you could find yourself wasting valuable time, and possibly risking the safety of your family. Especially if the app is either too hard to use or doesn’t work consistently and like it is supposed to.
Home Security Systems With Mobile Apps
Favorite mobile apps for home security can combine remote control of the alarm system with other smart home functions. Here are some basics.
The primary benefits of a home security mobile app are the abilities to arm, disarm and monitor your security system from anywhere. If you leave home and aren’t sure whether you’ve activated the system, just check the app and toggle the setting if needed. Some apps even have geo-services to alert you when you’ve left the home unsecured; if you travel more than a mile from home, for example, you’ll get an alert. You can set up a variety of customized mobile alerts and log in anytime to view recorded or real-time video, activity logs for door locks and more.
The best home security companies create apps that automate entire homes as well as alarm systems. Home automation commonly includes the remote control and monitoring of security systems, locks, lights, blinds and thermostats. Environmental protection is often automated too; smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and water sensors can be linked to these mobile apps. Another possibility is remotely controlling specific electrical outlets to activate/deactivate appliances such as coffee makers and radios. Easy to use, these multipurpose apps are well worth exploring.
Best Home Security Apps
If you have a smart home security system, an app can be used to monitor, access and control your system remotely through the use of a mobile or other web-enabled device.
If you want to see who is at your front door, tap your app. If you want to see what your kids or pets are doing, tap your app and select any given security camera for a live update. Did you forget to lock the doors, turn off the lights, or shut your garage door? Tap your app to find out, then you can remotely handle any necessary tasks using that app. Those are just a few of the things you can do using a home security app.
Here are the top home security apps along with their features and uses.
1. Vivint Sky Mobile App
With the Vivint app, you can control your entire security system, which includes viewing doorbell and indoor/outdoor surveillance cameras, monitoring window sensors, and smoke detectors. You can also remotely control your home automation features such as the thermostat, lights, door locks, garage door, and more.
2. Frontpoint Security App
With the Frontpoint app, you can monitor, access and control your security and home automation systems remotely. This app allows you to arm or disarm your system from anywhere, view a live camera feed or watch recorded video clips. You can also control your lights, locks, thermostat, and receive real-time alerts for any event based on your exact specifications. And much more!
3. ADT Pulse App
With the ADT Pulse app, you can arm/disarm your security system, turn your lights on before you arrive home or off if you forgot. You can also turn off your small appliances, adjust your thermostat, receive alerts or view live video feeds of when your kids get home from school. You can even lock and unlock your doors so you can let someone in remotely if you need to. Additionally, you can setup custom automations and schedules that include your vacations and other events.
4. Protect America App
With the Protect America app, you can control your home security and home automation systems from the palm of your hand. You can arm/disarm your security system, view live or recorded video clips from anywhere, including from your bed if you hear a noise, and view your event history anytime. You can also lock or unlock your doors for easy access and to control who comes and goes and when, as well as adjust your thermostat, and more.
5. Scout Alarm App
With the Scout app, you can create custom security modes and monitor the status of your home remotely. You can also receive custom alerts, allow instant access to approved visitors, and be immediately alerted when an event occurs. In addition, you can monitor and control your home automation features which are easily integrated with many popular smart home technology and devices, such as Zwave, Alexa, Nest, Google Home, and others.
6. Xfinity Home App
With the Xfinity app, you can view your entire system. You can also arm and disarm the alarm, control the lights, appliances, thermostat, cameras, and manage the zones and sensors. You can also sign in and out, change the rules and scenes, as well as view any and all activity and/or system alerts.
7. SimpliSafe App
With the SimpliSafe app, you can control your entire security system. It also allows you to view your security cameras live, arm/disarm your system, receive home entry alerts, and watch recorded video clips. You can also monitor your home for leaks, floods, and home temperatures (to alert you to the possibility of frozen pipes). In addition, you can check on your kids, pets, babysitters, or anyone else who might be in your home, as well as monitor gun, alcohol, and medicine cabinets, or anything else for that matter. However, SimpliSafe doesn’t offer any home automation features so neither does their app.
8. Canary App
With the Canary app, you can monitor your entire home and control all your security devices via your phone, or any other web-enabled device. You can watch surveillance videos (live or recorded) during the day or night. You can also receive activity alerts along with a video clip of the event, as well as arm/disarm your system. The Canary app is customizable so you can set your own notification and privacy rules. In addition, you can trigger the siren and/or be connected to emergency responders. You can also monitor the air quality, temperature, and humidity of your home.
9. Ring App
With the Ring app, you can monitor and control your security features from any web-enabled device including video doorbells, security cameras, and your entire security system, all from one dashboard. That means you can view videos, use the built-in microphone and speaker to hear and talk with anyone on your property, receive motion detection alerts, crime/safety alerts, and share videos with your neighbors.
10. Arlo App
With the Arlo app, you can view your live Arlo camera feeds and time-stamped recorded images, activate push notifications based on your chosen triggers, motion and sound detection alerts, and review daily cloud recordings. You can also arm/disarm your system, create a custom mode, adjust individual camera settings, and receive automatic system updates.
11. Nest App
With the Nest app, you can arm/disarm your system, view your Nest cams to see who is coming and going from your home, and receive alerts and notifications if you forget to set your alarm or if an event triggers your system, etc. You can also control your home automation systems including the locks, thermostat, check your energy usage, and receive extreme temperature alerts to help prevent frozen pipes. This app will also send you an alert if smoke or carbon monoxide is detected and it will provide you with instructions about what to do. In addition, it will also run a safety check to test your alarms once a month.
12. Alarm.com App
With the Alarm.com app, you can remotely monitor and control your entire home in real-time. When using this app you can access the live video feeds and cameras or watch recorded clips, as well as arm and disarm your system. You can also control and manage your home automation features including your lights, thermostat, door locks, search the system’s event history, and more. This app will send you alerts when your kids get home from school, the housekeeper arrives, if you left your garage door open, if the system detects flooding or a water leak, or even if your kids open your medicine cabinet or enter any other restricted area.
Best Smart Home Apps
Home automation apps work the same way as the home security apps. In fact, most home security companies offer both home security and home automation features which can both be remotely monitored, accessed and controlled from one dashboard on the app. So let’s take a look at the most popular home automation apps.
Here are the top smart home apps along with their features and uses.
1. WeMo App
The WeMo home automation app is currently in beta mode. However, it’s able to control your lights, appliances, thermostat, or any whole room in your home from anywhere in the world. This means you can pair the app with the WeMo Mini, Nest, Amazon Echo, Google Home, or other compatible devices to control your smart home features. This will allow you to turn on your lights before you get home, or set them to turn on and off automatically. This will also make it look like your home, even when you’re not. In addition, WeMo is also compatible with IFTTT so the possibilities are literally endless.
2. Wink App
The Wink home automation app is compatible with hundreds of different smart products and any one of them, when paired with the Wink app, will allow you to remotely monitor, access, and control your lights, door locks, thermostat, as well as receive sensor alerts. These alerts will notify you when an event is detected, such as motion, opened windows or doors, fire, smoke, front door visitors (so you can unlock the door remotely), unlocked doors or garage doors(so you can lock them remotely). And, this app lets you control these features from anywhere. In addition, you can also customize shortcuts, setup schedules, and even Robots to work with your smart features.
3. SmartThings App
The SmartThings home automation app, you can monitor, access, and control your home’s smart features including the lights, locks, garage door, doorbell, motion and water leak sensors, and other devices using the Samsung SmartThings Hub. In addition, it’s compatible with a variety of other Z-Wave or ZibBee chipped devices.
4. IFTTT App
The IFTTT (If This, Then That) app works with over 400 apps, including Twitter, Instagram, Gmail, Google Drive and more. In addition, IFTTT also works with devices such as Alexa, Nest, Philips, Google Home and others. This applet helps access all the smart features around you using voice controlled devices. It also helps keep you informed using major publications such as The New York Times, etc. You can also receive the weather, message your friends, receive Craigslist (and other) alerts, home security alerts, streamline your social media, backup important files, pictures and other valuable information to a cloud storage option such as Dropbox or Google Drive. You can also remotely control your thermostat, and trigger events based on your current location.
Features of Home Security Mobile Apps
Here are key features of top apps from home security companies.
With safety on the line, home security mobile apps should be especially easy to use. The best apps have large icons and well-organized menus. These apps are intuitive for anyone to use.
Even the most basic home security apps allow one-touch arming and disarming of the alarm system. Apps let you remotely check the system’s status, activate or deactivate your home security, and view security logs.
Remote Control Door Locks
Along with arming/disarming alarm systems, the better home security apps can control and monitor specific components. Mobile control for door locks is a popular example that adds convenience as well as security.
Security cameras can be monitored and controlled with home security apps. One popular example is the doorbell camera: With two-way voice and mobile access, it helps ensure that owners never miss their visitors.
The best security mobile apps provide preset functions but also make it easy to implement customized settings. For example, set your alarm system to automatically arm when your front door is locked, or set certain lights to turn on when you enter a room.
Top home security companies make it easy to monitor environmental safety devices when you’re away from home. Use their apps with your smoke alarms, heat detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and moisture sensors. Get alerts and monitor the equipment in real-time.
Manage energy costs with help from simple home automation. Security apps with home automation help you use heat, air conditioning, lights and appliances more efficiently through easy programming and convenient remote control.
Controlling your lights with a mobile app is both energy-saving and convenient. With just the tap of a button you can adjust an entire set of lights. Program lights to turn on/off at specific times of day, when you walk into a room, or when an alarm is triggered.
Leading home security companies have apps for Android, iPhone and Blackberry platforms.
Before choosing a home security company make sure that their app is compatible with your mobile device.