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Pairing your Columbus smart home to Google or Alexa

June 18, 2021
Google Nest paired with Vivint Home Security

Wouldn't it be great if you could power your Columbus security system by your voice? You can when you sync your Vivint smart home to your favorite AI assistant, like Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa. Once you initiate the Vivint skill, you can control all your security cameras, alarms, and home automation devices with your Nest or Echo device. Then when you're ready to go to bed or depart for vacation, it’s as easy as telling your smart device goodbye and watch everything activate into guard mode.

Learn more about connecting your Columbus smart home to Alexa or Google:

How can you pair your Columbus smart home to your Google Home or Amazon Echo

Stick to these simple directions to sync your Columbus smart home with your Alexa components:

  • Once you install your Alexa device, enter the Amazon Alexa mobile app and hit Skills & Games.

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

  • Enable both skills. The Complete skill enables you nearly complete management of your connected home security and home automation devices, but you need to start out with, "Alexa, ask Vivint to turn on the alarms." The Basic skill allows you to change lights, thermostats, and other automation pieces by merely saying, "Alexa, turn on the lights."

  • Alexa will have you log into your Vivint profile so it can pair.

  • You are able to operate your Vivint system with your Alexa devices.

Vivint home security control panel

If you prefer Google over Alexa, here is the best way to link your Columbus smart home into your Google Nest:

  • Open the Google Home app on your smartphone and select the + icon in the upper left corner.

  • Select set up device and press the Have Something Already Set Up option.

  • Locate Vivint and click to link the accounts.

  • Allow Google to handle your Vivint system and sign into your Vivint system.

  • You can appoint your devices to different areas to make your Google Home experience easier.

  • Finish by saying, "Hey, Google, sync with Vivint," and you are able to utilize your Vivint network with Google smart speakers.

What voice commands can you use with your Echo or Nest devices?

You can use virtually every function of your Columbus smart home through your AI assistant. Check the status of your smart alarms and cameras, transfer to a pre-determined template, or tinker with the details of a setting with some easy voice commands. Or tell your Nest or Echo device to arrange your system just like with the Vivint mobile app.

Here’s a preview of a few commands you can assign to your AI assistant:

  • “Change my security system to away.”

  • “Latch the front door.”

  • “Turn off my kitchen light.”

  • “Did I forget the garage door open?”

  • "Record a clip of my indoor camera."

  • "Adjust the heat 3 degrees."

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

Live stress-free when you program in cycles in your Google Home or Alexa app that leverage multiple services. For example, use "Alexa, I'm leaving the house," and trigger your alarms, reduce the thermostat, and lock the doors. Or create a routine for "movie night" and order your smart home to dim the lighting and adjust the temperature to just the right level.

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

As you're seeking out the best Columbus security system for your family, trust Vivint. A Vivint professional will help you tailor-make your smart home for any need. Simply call (614) 820-1364 or fill out in the form below to start the process.