The Best Google Home Security Systems

We researched top home security systems to see which works best with Google Assistant.
Best smart home control
Vivint
Vivint
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
  • pro
    Arm and disarm with voice
  • pro
    Unlock doors with voice
High-end DIY pick
Frontpoint
Frontpoint
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
  • con
    Can't disarm with voice
  • pro
    Unlock doors with voice
Best budget option
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Blue by ADT
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
  • pro
    Arm and disarm with voice
  • pro
    Unlock doors with voice and PIN

Vivint is a smart home security darling. When you take Vivint’s smarts to the next level with voice control through Google Assistant, it reaches Star Trek-level convenience.

No, it doesn’t come with a replicator, but you can tell it to do just about anything that comes to mind for security and smart home—from arming the alarm to pumping up the jam at your backyard BBQ.



Compare the best home security systems compatible with Google

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Best smart home control

$39.99

Pro

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High-end DIY pick

$49.99

DIY

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Best budget option

$19.99

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Data as of post date. Offers and availability subject to change.
*Price listed for the most affordable monitoring plan that is compatible with Google Home.
**No contract options available with up-front equipment purchase.
†Google, Google Nest Secure, and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC.

The best security systems that work with Google Assistant

1. Vivint: Best smart home control

Best smart home control

Vivint leads the way when it comes to integrating true smart home tech with home security protection. It’s no surprise that Vivint’s integration with Google Assistant gives you some of the most extensive smart home voice control available.

But all of that control comes at a price. You need to bump up to Vivint’s $40 a month mid-tier plan for full smart home control. And if you want to max out your voice control powers to access footage from your Vivint security cameras, you’ll pay even more.

pro
Pros
pro Customized Google responses
pro Voice control for smart home devices
pro Daily routines and schedules
pro Lock and unlock smart door locks with Google
con
Cons
con Expensive equipment
con Higher monthly fees with smart home control

Vivint and Google Home

Unlike most other security systems, Vivint lets you both lock and unlock your smart locks using Google Assistant.

Voice control is usually limited to arming your security system and locking up the house. While the ability to use voice control to unlock is perceived as a potential security risk, we like that Vivint gives you this option.

Google Assistant can be trained to recognize your voice and perform certain actions for only that voice. This mitigates some of the potential security risk that comes with using voice control to disarm and unlock.

Get all the details about Vivint home security in our full Vivint review and YouTube video that reveals four things you need to know before you buy Vivint.

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Voice control and security systems

Most security systems don’t let you use voice control to disarm your system or unlock the door. This is an extra security measure to make sure a would-be intruder can’t simply ask Google to let thim into your home.

What you can do with Vivint and Google

In addition to arming and disarming your Vivint home security system, you can use Google to control your Vivint smart home devices and set up customized routines.

Here are more actions you can ask Google to perform with your Vivint security system:

  • Control your Vivint thermostat or Nest thermostat and set different temps for different rooms.
  • Turn smart lights on and off and dim or change colors on smart light bulbs.
  • Lock and unlock smart door locks.
  • Open and close the garage door.
  • Set up daily routines to trigger automatic actions (like turning down the thermostat when the front door locks after everyone leaves in the morning).
  • Create customized Google responses for different voices in your home—so you can be the only person whose voice will unlock the front doors.

2. Frontpoint: High-end DIY pick

High-end DIY pick

For those who like Vivint's full suite of equipment and professional monitoring but prefer DIY installation, it doesn't get any better than Frontpoint.

Equipment packages start at $99, and you can add more smart home devices directly from Frontpoint's online store. With Frontpoint's wide equipment selection, you get the convenience of a one-stop-shop and the satisfaction of knowing that everything will work together seamlessly.

pro
Pros
pro Lots of equipment
pro Free mobile app
pro Crash and smash protection
pro Easy DIY installation
pro ID theft protection included in all plans
con
Cons
con Higher monitoring fees

What you can do with Frontpoint and Google Assistant 

Here’s a rundown of the things you can control with your voice when you pair Frontpoint with Google Assistant:

  • Arm your Frontpoint security system.
  • Check the status of your system.
  • Dim lights or turn them on and off.
  • Lock doors outfitted with a smart lock.
  • Adjust the temperature of a smart thermostat.

Learn more in our full Frontpoint review.

3. Blue by ADT: Best budget option

Best budget option

When it comes to protecting your home on a budget, Blue by ADT is hard to beat. Best of all, you don’t have to sacrifice luxury upgrades like voice control with Google Assistant.

You can get a Blue security system for around $200, and as long as you have a Google Home or Google Home Mini, you can start telling Google to check on it without paying another dime.

Blue also gives you the option to self-monitor your security system (that’s free!) or add ADT”s pro monitoring for just $20 a month. That gives you the full power of the ADT name and its nine monitoring centers for less than any other ADT plan.

pro
Pros
pro Affordable equipment
pro Contract-free monthly monitoring for $20
pro Z-wave compatibility
con
Cons
con No smart home equipment
con Confusing Google action name (LifeShield, not Blue)

Blue by ADT and Google

Before we dive into the specifics, there’s an important detail you need to know. Because Blue is basically a rebranded LifeShield home security system, you need to add the Lifeshield action to your Google device to get voice control.

And Blue home security equipment doesn’t include any smart home devices—but it’s compatible with Z-wave. That compatibility makes it easy to incorporate smart gadgets with your security system and control them all with Google Assistant.

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What's Z-wave?

Without getting too technical, Z-wave is a technology that lets home automation devices and other compatible equipment (like a security system) talk to each other. It’s kind of like a Wi-Fi network for your smart home gadgets, but you don’t have to set it up or remember its password.

Blue is a bit of an anomaly when it comes to voice control. You can disarm your security system when you also say the four-digit code you set up for your system, but you can’t unlock doors or open the garage door with voice control alone.

We don’t really understand why the company feels that using voice to disarm your system is okay while deciding that unlocking doors or opening the garage via voice as too risky.

Learn more in our full review of Blue by ADT.

What you can do with Blue and Google Assistant 

Here’s a rundown of all the things you can control with your voice when you add the Lifeshield smart home action to your Google Home setup:

  • Arm and disarm your Blue security system (only allowed when you also say your security system PIN).
  • Dim lights or turn them on and off.
  • Turn small appliances on and off when plugged into a smart outlet or smart plug.
  • Lock doors outfitted with a smart lock.
  • Close and check the status of the garage door (but you can’t can’t open it with voice control).
  • Customize temperatures in different rooms with smart thermostats.
  • Set up scenes to trigger automatic actions like turning on the porch light before everyone heads home from the office.

Voice control and home security: Google vs. Alexa

Our top three Google-compatible home security systems do the best job of integrating with Google Assistant for simple, convenient voice control. We also looked at our other top security brands, but we didn’t find any that offered more options or better integration than the three we selected.

After researching how all of our favorite home security systems work with both Google and Amazon Alexa, we found that Alexa is more useful for home security voice control.

The brands that we picked as the best Alexa-compatible security systems use voice control for more than just arming the system and dimming the lights. In fact, Scout lets you use Alexa to call emergency services or your emergency contact list for help—a feature that isn’t even available with Google Assistant.

When you line up Google against Alexa in regard to home security functionality, Alexa just does a better job of utilizing voice control for both convenience and safety. If we were to pick a winner in the voice control wars, Amazon Alexa would be the clear champion.

Final word

We love seeing home security systems harnessing this voice control technology to help protect our homes and loved ones. Even though Google doesn’t offer a ton of voice control options, it’s still better than no voice control at all.

Here’s a recap of our top three picks and why we recommend them for Google Assistant:

1. Vivint: Best smart home control
You get an advanced smart home experience when you add the power of voice control with Google Assistant to your Vivint home security system.

2. Frontpoint: High-end DIY pick
Frontpoint offers Google Assistant voice control without the hassle or expense of professional installation.

3. Blue by ADT: Best for your budget
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get the perks of voice control when you combine ADT’s DIY security system with Google Assistant.

If you still want to shop around, check out our favorite smart home security systems.

Google Assistant compatibility FAQ

To connect your security system to Google Assistant, you need to add the action for your home security company to your Google Home app.

You can either search the Google Home app for your home security brand or check on your home security system’s website to find out if it supports Google Assistant compatibility.

Nearly every system out there offers at least minimal voice control with Google, so chances are a quick search for “Vivint” or “Nest” will be all you need to do to get started.

Disarming your security system with voice control is considered a security risk. You don’t want an intruder telling Google to disarm your system to gain undetected entry into your home. That’s why most home security companies only let you arm your system using voice control.

Google’s voice recognition feature might help mitigate this risk, but it’s not proven enough for most security companies to risk it.

Yes. Most of the time you can’t use your Google Home smart speaker to talk directly to your security system. Think of Google as the interpreter that lets your home security system understand your voice commands.

Instead of saying, “Nest, set the system to Home and Guarding,” your voice command needs to be, “Ok Google, set Nest Secure to Home and Guarding.”

It’s a tiny extra step that’s fairly common when it comes to voice control for smart home devices and home security—whether or not you use Google or Amazon Alexa.

Most of them. You can use security cameras from Arlo to Zmodo with Google Home. And if you have Nest cameras, it’s even simpler to connect them and add voice control. Google provides a full list of compatible cameras to make it easy for you to see if yours will work with Google.

Read our reviews to learn more about Nest cams compatible with Google Home:

How we reviewed the best Google-compatible home security systems

We started with our favorite home security systems and then dug in to see how each one works with Google Assistant. We looked at factors like monthly fees, contracts, tech and equipment, and overall value.

On top of that, we found out how easy it was to integrate each system with Google Assistant. From there, we lined up the features and actions you can use with voice control through Google.

We gave preference to security systems with professional monitoring and those that expand Google voice control beyond simply checking the status of your system. We paid special attention to the following actions:

  • Arm and disarm with Google
  • Lock and unlock smart locks with Google
  • Control other smart home devices with Google
  • View security camera footage with Google
Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past eight. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime reports and spotting trends. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, NPR, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.

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