Best Google Home Security Systems

Google Assistant works with these top security systems.

By
&
Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Sep 14, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Sep 14, 2021
Best for Google Home
Our Top Picks

Best Google Security Overall

SimpliSafe

Editor's Rating
9.8
/10
SimpliSafe Home Security System
Editor's Rating
9.8
/10
One of the most popular security systems on the market, we had fun arming our system through Google Assistant using our voices alone. This was all part of the 24/7 professional monitoring plan, which also included 24/7 professional monitoring, cellular backup, and 30 days of cloud storage in its $24.99 monthly price.

Most Affordable Security System for Google Home

Cove

Editor's Rating
9.5
/10
Cove Smart Home Security
Editor's Rating
9.5
/10
24/7 professional monitoring and Google Home integration only cost $24.99 a month with Cove, and they didn’t make us sign up for longer than a month.

Say “Hey Google” to get the job done! The voice-responsive Google Home assistant works for your security, convenience, and entertainment. Just say the command and Google Assistant can activate home security, adjust lights, tell a joke… and perhaps change the TV volume, start your coffeemaker and accomplish lots more with home automation – depending on which security system you choose. Here we share six best security systems that work with Google Home.

Each security company below is best in a different way. For example:

  • SimpliSafe leads with quick and cheap do-it-yourself (DIY) security installation. You can monitor alerts yourself or pay for professional monitoring.
  • Cove is the most affordable security system for Google Assistant users, with monthly fees starting at $14.99 and sensors that cost $30 or less.

Read on for details about how these leading security companies work with Google Home.

Google Assistant Voice Control Features We Tested

Arm system Yes
Disarm system Yes
Check system status Yes
Stream security cameras Yes

Feature Comparison of the Best Google Home Security Systems

System
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe Home Security System
Cove
Cove Smart Home Security
Vivint
Vivint Home Security Equipment
Brinks Home Security
Brinks Home Security System
Scout Alarm
Scout Alarm System
Ranking 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Ratings 9.8/10
Best overall
9.5/10
Most affordable
9.4/10
Best for smart home
8.6/10
Best for online support
7.0/10
Best for DIY installation
Cost of plan with Google Assistant integration $24.99 $24.99 $39.99 $29 $9.99
Equipment price $229 and up $150 and up Price varies $199 and up $120 and up
Monitoring type Self or professional Professional Professional Professional Self or professional
Cellular backup Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Read Review SimpliSafe Review Cove Review Vivint Review Brinks Home Security Review Scout Alarm Review

Best Google Home Security Systems

  • SimpliSafe - Best Google Security Overall
  • Cove - Most Affordable Security System for Google Home
  • Vivint - Best Smart Home Features
  • Brinks - Best Online Support & Knowledge Base
  • Scout - Best DIY Install

Detailed List of the Best Google Home Security Systems

  • 1. SimpliSafe - Best Google Security Overall

    Editor's Rating
    9.8
    /10
    SimpliSafe Home Security System

    SimpliSafe is one of our favorites due to its flexibility and affordability. What exactly do we mean by that? Well, SimpliSafe offers DIY or professional installation, although we chose DIY. We could also choose between Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant plus self-monitoring or 24/7 professional monitoring. With scalable packages, we had fun adding the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro to our system, as well as integrating Nest thermostats and August smart locks.

     

    What We Like
    • Alexa and Google Assistant integrations
    • Fast DIY installation
    • Affordable professional monitoring
    • Month-to-month contracts
    What We Didn’t Like
    • Cloud storage and smart device integrations are only available with the 24/7 professional monitoring plan.
    • History of hacks
    • The indoor camera lacks person detection
    • No cellular backup if you self-monitor

    SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

    Easy, DIY Installation

    Although we could’ve paid $79 to get SimpliSafe to install our system, we opted to install it ourselves to save some money. Fortunately for us, the process only took about an hour, if not less. We just had to plug in our base station, create a master PIN, and then the app guided us through the rest.

    Flexible Contracts

    One of our favorite things about SimpliSafe was its monthly contracts. Unlike companies like Alder Security, which had us sign a three-year contract, we didn’t have to commit long-term with SimpliSafe. Its only term length is monthly, which meant that we could cancel anytime without running into fees. Plus, SimpliSafe’s plans with professional monitoring aren’t super expensive, tapping out at just $24.99 a month and going for as low as $14.99 a month. Compared to some companies like ADT that can charge around $60 a month for the same services, SimpliSafe was easy on our wallets. In addition, SimpliSafe gave us the option to self-monitor for free or with unlimited cloud video recording for our cameras for $9.99 a month.

    Smart Home Integrations

    Using Google Assistant, we armed our SimpliSafe system in the home or away mode under the 24/7 professional monitoring plan. But if you’re in the Amazon ecosystem, SimpliSafe is still a good choice, if not better, to protect your home. Using Alexa, we had our system arm in the home or away mode, lock up our August smart locks, or tell us our current status from our Echo smart speaker. On top of that, we integrated our Nest thermostats with our SimpliSafe system so that our doors locked whenever we armed the system. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!

  • 2. Cove - Most Affordable Security System for Google Home

    Editor's Rating
    9.5
    /10
    Cove Smart Home Security

    Cove may not be the most well-known security system, but it’s a great choice for those that want 24/7 professional monitoring and a Google Home integration for about $25 a month. Cove’s pricing is certainly on the lower end, and it works well with Google Assistant. Through the Assistant, we had our Cove system arm, tell us its status, and get the sensor history for the week and the day.

    What We Like
    • Affordable professional monitoring
    • Lifetime warranty with Cove Plus plan
    • DIY installation
    • Cellular backup
    What We Didn’t Like
    • No self-monitoring option
    • The remote control isn’t available with all plans
    • Google Home integration isn’t available with all plans
    • Don’t make their own security cameras

    Easy Installation

    Cove’s system came to us pre-programmed, so setting it up was as easy as plugging in the Touch Panel, going through some setup screens, creating a passcode, and putting the system onto our home’s Wi-Fi. Since the sensors were wireless, we simply stuck them on our doors and windows, testing them on the phone with a member of Cove’s support team. It was nice to get that added assurance that we were setting up the system correctly, but if we wanted it to, the process could’ve been over in an hour tops.

    Cove Motion Sensor
    Cove Motion Sensor

    Low-Priced Equipment

    Aside from having low prices for 24/7 professional monitoring, which starts at $14.99 a month, we didn’t spend a ton on Cove’s equipment, either. Aside from the Touch Alarm Panel, which was $124.50, and the $99.50 outdoor camera, everything else was under $30, which included the door and motion sensors, the key remote, the flood sensor, and more. We also got a free indoor camera. Cove is certainly affordable when it comes to equipment as well as monitoring costs.

    Equipment Price
    Cove touch alarm panel $124.50
    Motion detector $15.00
    Door sensor $7.50
    Window sensor $8.25
    Glass break detector $19.25
    Key remote $13.75
    Smoke and CO detector $27.50
    Flood sensor $10
    Medical button $10
    Outdoor camera $99.50
    Indoor Camera First free, $49.50 for each additional camera

    InstaText

    One unique feature from Cove is InstaText, included in both the Basic and Plus plans. With InstaText, the professional monitoring team actually texted us whenever our sensors went off. While we didn’t have any armed intrusions, fortunately, it would’ve been really helpful to receive a text rather than a phone call from Cove, as we could answer remotely. And while we can’t verify this, not having an emergency during our testing period, Cove claims that they respond to emergencies at 10 times the speed of its competitors.

  • 3. Vivint - Best Smart Home Features

    Editor's Rating
    9.4
    /10
    Vivint Home Security Equipment
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    Vivint is a leader in home security with all sorts of home automation. Automate your home security, home entertainment system, lights, window blinds, and much more.

    Vivint lets you get especially creative with home automation because it can control any home appliance or electronics connected to smart plugs. Smart plugs let you turn appliances on or off remotely. One common application is for coffee makers. These plugs can also help you stop wasting energy. For example, you can set plugs to stop the flow of electricity whenever you leave home, and stop the clothes dryer remotely if you don’t need a full cycle.
    The company’s proprietary security systems work with Google Home: Each new Vivint security system has Google Home pre-programmed into its home base.
    Vivint customers sign long-term monitoring contracts, as you can see on our page on Vivint subscription options. One important detail is that Vivint will set up the equipment for you, but the service is free. Other companies may charge you about $100 for the installation.

    What We Like
    • Professional installation
    • Pro monitoring 24/7
    • Best smart home features
    • Impressive cameras
    What We Didn’t Like
    • Pricey equipment
    • Long contracts
    • $129 re-installation fee if you move
    • No money-back guarantee
    Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro
    Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro

    Vivint Smart Home Equipment

    As we’ve said earlier, Vivint excels at making homes smarter. We’ve touched on smart plugs, but that’s not all; Vivint also sells smart thermostats, smart locks, smart lights, and more. You can control all these devices via the Vivint app, an intuitive app with easy controls. And did we mention that it’s also one of the highest-rated home security apps, with 4.4 stars on Google Play and 4.6 stars on the App Store? Better still, you can control all Vivint smart home devices, as well as the Vivint security system itself, using your voice and Google Assistant.

    Vivint Google Home Commands

    With Vivint, you can speak directly to your security system, lights, locks, and thermostats. You can also turn electrical plugs on or off remotely, which helps save energy or get tasks done from afar. Here are examples of Vivint Google Home commands:

    • Hey Google, arm my system to “stay.”
    • OK Google, set the upstairs thermostat to 72 degrees.
    • Hey Google, lock my doors.
    • Hey Google, turn on the Christmas tree lights plug.
    • Hello Google. Turn off the coffee pot plug.
  • 4. Brinks - Best Online Support & Knowledge Base

    Editor's Rating
    8.6
    /10
    Brinks Home Security System

    Brinks, originally known for hardwired home security, now sells modern wireless security systems that work with Google Home.

    Generally, Brinks security systems have a DIY setup, but the company can send an electrician. Some customers have long-term monitoring plans and others choose a month-to-month pro monitoring service ($19). Emergency monitoring from Brinks is award-winning for having the industry’s fastest average response time.

    New Brinks security systems are compatible with video cameras and countless Z-wave devices (e.g., smart light bulbs and remote-controlled outlets). The Qolsys touchscreen security system, for one, can connect up to 119 sensors. Brinks also sells a system based around the Nest Guard hub.

    Best Online Security Support

    The Brinks mobile app makes Google Assistant setup straightforward, plus Brinks provides some of the best online support in the home security industry.

    You can find help in their impressive knowledge base, or reach out for help by online chat. In our test chat, the Brinks rep was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient at answering questions. The agent typed responses like a real human chatting, not a corporate drone copying and pasting generic replies. We like an automated assistant, but sometimes a human is best.

    Equipment for Brinks Home

    My IQ uses a full-color 7-inch touchscreen control panel. This equipment is an industry favorite, and it worked well when we reviewed Brinks. It’s not proprietary, so security companies other than Brinks can monitor it should you decide to call it quits with Brinks. Built-in highlights include Google Assistant, a 5MP camera, a glass break detector, and a siren. The high-resolution camera will snap a photo if someone tampers with the panel.

    What We Like
    • DIY installation
    • Low-cost DIY video security
    • Best online support
    • Brinks Home Security app and Google Assistant integration work well with Android
    What We Didn’t Like
    • 36-month contract
    • Deals and prices change often
    • No self-monitoring option
    • Expensive monitoring
    Brinks Indoor Camera Closeup
    Brinks Indoor Camera Closeup

    Brinks Google Home Commands

    Below are sample commands for Brinks My IQ security systems that work with Google Home. As of 2021, you can control lights, locks, and thermostats; show cameras on Chromecast devices, and arm the system. For extra safety, you cannot disarm by voice.

    • OK Google, ask Alarm.com to turn the living rooms light on.
    • OK Google, ask Alarm.com to arm “stay” my security system.
    • OK Google, ask Alarm.com to set the upstairs to AC mode.
  • 5. Scout - Best DIY Install

    Editor's Rating
    7.0
    /10
    Scout Alarm System

    Scout is a top home security company with DIY wireless security systems that work with Google Home. You can install a Scout home security system in about 30 minutes, and include voice-controlled security cameras if you like.

    Professional alert monitoring is available but not required; Scout system owners can monitor activity/alerts themselves with the Scout app or online. You can receive free alerts by text, push notification, and/or email.

    Scout’s professional monitoring plan, called Always On+, costs just $9.99 month-to-month. It’s even cheaper if you choose a 12-month agreement.

    What We Like
    • DIY installation
    • DIY or pro monitoring
    • Google Home for security cameras
    • Lots of smart home integrations
    What We Didn’t Like
    • No outdoor camera besides video doorbell
    • Cellular backup only with paid plans
    • Outdated equipment
    • Costs can pile up if you decide on a larger system

    Equipment for Scout Google Home

    The Scout website lets you build customized security systems that work with Google Home. The “brain” of each system is the Scout Hub, a slim rectangular device available in black or white. It has a 4G cellular chip for sending emergency alerts.

    Scout Hub is compatible with Zig-bee and Z-wave devices to automate home security and other home functions.

    Scout Video Doorbell Black

    Scout Google Home Commands

    You can add Google Assistant to a Scout security system with the Scout mobile app. Here are some examples of commands.

    • OK, Google, ask Scout if my alarm is on.
    • OK, Google, tell Scout to disarm.
    • Hey, Google, tell Scout to activate vacation mode.
    • Hey Google, ask Scout if there is motion.

Fun Google Home Commands & Questions

Google Home
Google Home

When all is secure, it’s easier to unwind! Google Assistant is ready for a casual artificial conversation, everyday help, and entertainment. Here’s a small sampling of Google Home commands and questions.

  1. Start your day with a briefing. Say “OK, Google, tell me about my day” or “OK, Google, good morning.” This routine can include a personalized greeting, current weather, a forecast, traffic info for your commute, to-do reminders, calendar entries, flight status, and curated news stories.
  2. Create location-based reminders. Google Assistant can give reminders based on where you are. For example, try “OK, Google, remind me to walk the neighbor’s dog when I get home” or “Hey, Google, remind me to buy dog treats when I’m at the grocery store.”
  3. Support your memory. There’s so much to remember! Let Google assist when you say phrases like, “OK, Google, remember that I put my Amazon password on a Post-It in the filing cabinet.” Later you can ask, “Hey, Google, where is my Amazon password?”
  4. Find yourself. We all misplace ourselves. Get your precise location by asking “OK, Google, where am I?”
  5. Relax with ambient sounds. Google Assistant responds to phrases like, “OK, Google, help me relax,” “Play white noise” and “Play ocean sounds.”
  6. Learn what’s playing. Sharpen your trivial knowledge. Ask “OK, Google, what song is this?” or “OK, Google, what album is this?”
  7. Get game results. Check-in on your home team or rival. Say “OK, Google, who is [XYZ team] playing next?” or “OK, Google, did [XYZ team] win last night?”
  8. Play games with Google Assistant. Try “OK, Google… Mad Libs!” for laughs. Trivia games with Google Assistant are popular too.
  9. Control your TV. With certain devices you can voice-control your TV with commands like “OK, Google, turn the TV to Comedy Central” or “OK, Google, play channel 4.”
  10. Pretend Google Assistant is psychic. Say “Hey Google, let me talk to Friendly Fortune Teller” to kick off the session. You can also ask Google Assistant “What am I thinking now?”

If you’re in the Google smart home ecosystem, then you’ll probably want to use your trusted voice assistant to control your home’s security. Let’s face it: we’re all busier than we want to be and we all spend too much time on our phones, so the ability to command an electronic component using your voice alone is truly a blessing. Not only do all of the home security systems on this list work with Google Home, but we’ve tested them all out to make sure they’re up to snuff when it comes to system components, installation, monitoring options, customer support, and mobile applications. Let’s get started to find out which Google Home compatible security system is right for your smart home.

Best Home Security Systems With Google Home Methodology

When it comes to smart home security, there are a few things that we typically look at, including:

  • System components: We prefer security systems with motion, entry, and glass break sensors, plus security cameras for both the indoors and the outdoors unless you live in an apartment.
  • Installation: DIY security systems, which are usually easy to set up, are the trend today. Occasionally, however, companies like Vivint require professional installation. Of course, you can always hire an outside contractor to install your system for you if you prefer.
  • Professional monitoring: Now, not everyone is going to want 24/7 professional monitoring, although we always recommend it. We prefer companies that offer flexible, monthly contracting for a low price, as well as giving you the option to self-monitor.
  • Customer support: If something goes wrong with your security system, you want to make sure that you have a team that’s knowledgeable and easy to reach. Aside from incorporating our own experiences, we also look at customer reviews from both Amazon and Google to see what other people thought.
  • App: Especially if you’re self-monitoring, you want an app that’s user-friendly for either iPhone or Android. We always check customer reviews on the Apple and Google Play stores, aside from testing the app out myself.

Best Home Security Systems With Google Home Tips

Here are some best practices for your home security system with Google Home:

  • Make sure you can’t disarm your security system through voice commands, because if you can, others most likely can, too. If it allows disarming by voice, make sure to set a secure voice passcode.
  • For the most convenience, it’s best to get smart home devices from one brand, or as few brands as possible, so you don’t have to deal with multiple applications.
  • Now that Google has smart displays like the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max, adding security cameras that can live stream to these displays will boost your security. With your voice, you can ask Google Assistant to show you parts of your house in real-time.

Google Home Security System FAQs

  • Can you use Google Home for security?

    You can use Google Home for security. If you buy a SimpliSafe, Cove, Vivint, Brinks, Scout, or any other Google Assistant-compatible security system, you can command your system using Google Assistant.

  • How do security systems work with Google Home?

    Security systems work with Google Home by providing you a way to control your security system by voice. You can arm your security system, check your sensors’ status, or even watch live footage from your security cameras.