First announced in September 2018 for new Echo smart speakers, Alexa Guard is now available on all Echo speakers.
“With Guard, Alexa can help you keep your home safe,” an Amazon support document explains. “When you set Guard to Away mode, Alexa can send you Smart Alerts via notifications to your phone if an eligible Echo device detects the sound of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, or glass breaking. If you have connected smart lights, Alexa can automatically turn them on and off to make it look like someone is home when you’re away. Guard also works with security systems from Ring and ADT.”
Alexa Guard was originally available on newer-generation Echo smart speakers. But Amazon announced late yesterday that the functionality, which works in tandem with smart lights, smart smoke detectors, smart security systems, and other compatible devices, is now available on all Echo speakers. Just say “Alexa I’m leaving,” and your Echo will monitor whatever smart safety and security devices you have an issue a notification to you or a security service should something go wrong.
Alexa Guard is a free service, but it’s not supported on third-party Alexa-powered smart speakers, so you’ll need at least one Amazon Echo to get started. You can learn more at Amazon.com.