Can I Control My Home Security from My Phone?

Written by | Updated May 17, 2019

Many modern home security systems are controllable via smartphone apps. Systems with app compatibility are known as smart home security systems. Just don’t confuse a system’s smart capabilities with the method of professional monitoring it uses—the two are different. You can, for instance, have a smart security system and still get professional cellular alarm monitoring.

There are several components in a security system that might be controllable with a smartphone or tablet. Here are some of the most popular smart security elements.

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Smart Lighting

Smart lighting is becoming increasingly common, and it isn’t just convenient for everyday use—it also has major implications for home security. Gone are the days of having to worry about whether you forgot to leave a light on to make your home look occupied. With smart lighting, you can turn any light you choose on (or off) from your phone, no matter where you happen to be. You can also set and adjust timers for your lights remotely.

Two popular smart lighting systems are the Philips Hue and Belkin WeMo.

 

Smart Smoke Detectors

The humble smoke detector benefits quite a bit from smart technology. Not only can the individual alarms communicate with each other to notify you of fires faster, but many models also use voice alerts to let you know exactly which room the smoke is in. Depending on the model you get, you can also silence the alarm from your phone and receive alarm notifications while you’re away.

Check out our roundup of the best smoke alarms—look for options marked “smart.”

 

Smart Cameras

Smart cameras allow you to remotely activate and view your security camera feeds right on your phone. Some smart cameras can also detect movement and send alerts to your phone when a person enters a room.

Explore our picks for best home security cameras.

 

Smart Door Locks

Smart door locks let you lock your doors from anywhere, and certain models can unlock automatically when they detect you approaching. Some locks feature keypads and backup key slots just in case the electronic element isn’t working, while others are completely wireless and work exclusively via smartphone apps.

Look through our guide to the best smart locks.

 

Smart Burglar Alarms

Many home security systems allow you to arm or disarm the burglar alarm from your smartphone, so you never need to worry about forgetting to set the alarm when you leave. Most providers have their own home security apps, and some are also compatible with the universal apps from Alarm.com.

Take a look at our home automation guide to get a better idea of just how many security devices you can control via your smartphone.


SafeWise’s Best Home Security Systems

The SafeWise team has researched and reviewed security companies from around the nation. Each year we release our annual rankings. Check out our picks below! To read more, including reviews and packages, you can visit our Top Home Security Systems.

Brand
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Installation
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Best Overall
Best Monitoring
Best Service
Best Budget Option
Best No Contract
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High-end smart home tech
Customizable plans
Month-to-month contracts
Fast response times
Outstanding guarantees
140+ years of experience
Risk-free trial
DIY installation
Great customer service
Lifetime warranty
Locked-in rates
Many package options
Cheap monthly monitoring
Money-back guarantee
No fancy extras
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