SimpliSafe is a brand of home security system that many people appreciate for its overall affordability and innovative design. The company does make managing home security easy to do. Yet, it is one of the up-and-coming companies in the area of home automation.
Many companies are already working with home automation services to allow consumers to manage their security from a distance or through voice commands. There are some home automation solutions that are already working with SimpliSafe. Over time, there is likely to be more of these added.
For those who have a SimpliSafe home security system and want more control in a hands-free environment, it is best to consider these top automation tools. Keep in mind that this information may change over time as new integrations become available and relationships between companies changes.
SimpliSafe and Google Home
For those who are Google home automation families, SimpliSafe home security can link to your products. This includes your Google Home devices. SimpliSafe has integrated with Google Assistant. This means any type of Google Assistant-capable product can connect to your SimpliSafe components.
Once you have your SimpliSafe home security system in place, you will need to link it to your Google Assistant. You can do this through your Google Assistant’s app or through the SimpliSafe app. Once this is done, you will need to subscribe to SimpliSafe’s professional monitoring plan (if you do not already have it). Then, you can access your Google Home through the app. This can help you to turn your Google devices on and off. You can also use your Google Home device’s screen to see what is happening on your SimpliSafe cameras. This is an excellent way to link your smart home features to each other.
You can also use Google Assistant’s voice commands to manage your network. For example, you can say “Hey Google, arm SimpliSafe to Away.” This would tell the device to turn your SimpliSafe monitoring system on, protecting your home. You may also say, “Hey Google, arm SimpliSafe to Home” which would let the system know that you are home and it doesn’t need to monitor. The companies continue to add more features and more voice commands. Be sure to look for new options.
SimpliSafe and Alexa
SimpliSafe also works with Amazon Alexa. Alexa is one of the most commonly used home automation systems and voice assistants. If you have an Alexa-enabled device, such as an Echo Show, you can connect it to your SimpliSafe cameras to provide you with easy access to the systems.
The first step to obtain this service is to set up your SimpliSafe service. You then need to enable the SimpliSafe Alexa skill on your Alexa device. You can do this through your Amazon account (look for the link to manage your devices). It takes only a few minutes to put into place.
Once in place, you can then tell your Alexa device to control whatever features you desire with your SimpliSafe system. For example, you can say, “Alexa, tell SimpliSafe” to arm the door.” This voice command allows you to arm your door from any location. Try other commands, too, such as “Alexa, ask SimpliSafe if my home is secure.” Or, “Alexa, tell SimpliSafe I am leaving.”
If you have an Amazon Dot, this type of voice command works well. If you have the Amazon Echo Show, you can also tell the system to show you what is happening on your SimpliSafe cameras. You’ll need to set up this feature to enable it to work.
SimpliSafe and Apple Homekit
For those who love Apple and Apple’s various smart home tech, you’ll be happy to know you can use SimpliSafe with Apple HomeKit. HomeKit is much like Alexa in terms of its functionality, but it works with your Apple devices. SimpliSafe’s Apple integration allows you to connect to your security system with voice commands just like you would do if you were talking to Siri on your phone.
There are limitations, at this time, with using Apple Homekit. The company says it plans to roll out full Homekit connectivity at some point, but at the time of this writing, it has not done so yet. However, SimpliSafe does work with the Apple Watch. This can let you link your Apple Watch to your SimpliSafe home security system. To do this, you will need to use your SimpliSafe app to connect.
The company says it is working to allow SimpliSafe's cameras to connect to Siri and Apple Homekit at some point. When this happens, it would allow for a simple way to connect everything from your smartphone to your home’s cameras to make arming your home on the go possible.
SimpliSafe and SmartThings
At the time of this writing, SimpliSafe has not integrated SmartThings into all of its functionality. SmartThings is a powerful system, but this type of home automation is designed to work directly with ADT Security solutions. This includes ADT Security Hub for lighting, doorbells, thermostats, and door locks. SimpliSafe does not work directly with SmartThings for any of its home monitoring services.
At some point, there may be integration between these systems. SimpleThings has a number of home automation tools. It also works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants. At some point, the company may add SimpleThings connectivity.
SimpliSafe and IFTTT
IFTTT, also known as If This Then That, is a growing web-based service that connects apps and devices together. For those seeking out a low cost way of integrating these solutions, IFTTT works well. However, there are limitations to the connectivity between IFTTT and SimpliSafe. IFTTT works with a variety of smart devices including Samsung, iRobot, GE, and Wink, to name a few.
At this time, IFTTT does not work with SimpliSafe directly. If you own a third party device that works with both systems, though, you may be able to use them both. SimpliSafe has not stated whether it plans to integrate the IFTTT option into its SimpliSafe platform. However, over time, this may become an option for owners.