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How to connect your Columbia smart home to Alexa or Google

June 18, 2021
Google Nest paired with Vivint Home Security

Wouldn't it be ideal if you had the ability to control your Columbia security system with your voice? You’re in control when you sync your Vivint system to your favorite smart assistant, like Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa. After you initiate the Vivint skill, you can fully operate all your security cameras, alarms, and home automation devices with your Nest or Echo speakers. Then when you're ready to go to bed or leave the house, all you have to do is tell your smart device goodbye and watch your home transition into guard mode.

Here’s more about pairing your Columbia smart home to Alexa or Google:

How to link your Columbia smart home to your Google Home or Amazon Echo

Stick to these quick steps to sync your Columbia smart home to your Alexa components:

  • Once you install your Echo device, log into the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone and find Skills & Games.

  • Locate the Vivint Smart Home Skill. You will find two different Alexa skills: Vivint Basic and Vivint Complete.

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

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

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

Vivint home security control panel

If you prefer Google over Amazon, here is how to sync your Columbia smart home to your Google Nest:

  • Enter the Google Home app on your smartphone and select the + icon in the upper left part of the screen.

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

  • Locate Vivint and tap to link the accounts.

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

  • You can authorize your devices to various parts of the house to make your Google Home experience more user-friendly.

  • Wrap up by saying, "Hey, Google, sync with Vivint," and you are free to command your Vivint network with Google smart speakers.

What voice commands work with your Nest or Echo devices?

You can operate almost every piece of your Columbia smart home with your preferred AI assistant. See the condition of your smart alarms and cameras, swap to a pre-determined mode, or perform minute tweaks of a setting by easy voice commands. Or tell your Echo or Nest speaker to organize your system in the same way as you can with the Vivint App.

Here are just a few commands you will be able to assign to Alexa or Google:

  • “Change my security system to away.”

  • “Lock the front door.”

  • “Turn off my bedroom light.”

  • “Did I leave the garage door open?”

  • "Keep a clip of my doorbell camera."

  • "Lower the heat 3 degrees."

  • “Turn off the downstairs light in an hour.”

Save time when you set cycles in your Google Home or Alexa mobile app that combine many functions. For example, try "Alexa, I'm leaving," and trigger your motion detectors, reduce the thermostat, and lock the doors. Or craft a scene for "date night" and use your smart home to lower the lighting and set the thermostat to how your family likes it.

Buy the ultimate smart security system to sync to your Alexa or Google devices

As you're seeking out the superior Columbia security system for your home, check out Vivint. A Vivint professional will help you personalize your smart home for any need. Just call (803) 921-0946 or submit in the form below to begin.