Alexa Guard Now Available on All Echo Speakers in the US

Alexa Guard Now Available on All Echo Speakers in the US

The Echo lineup arguably maintains its superiority in the living room, hiding plenty of neat smart home tricks up its sleeve, the latest of which is specifically created to keep an eye on things while you're away.

A new feature called Alexa Guard lets your speaker listen for signs of danger while you're out.

Amazon is keen to point out in the Safety FAQ that Alexa Guard is not a replacement for a home security system and it won't contact the emergency services on your behalf.

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Alexa Guard is free for all Echo users and is rolling out to U.S. users today. That tells the Guard app to begin listening for ambient background sounds in your house, including sounds of breaking glass and smoke and carbon monoxide detector alarms. That page also has instructions on how to set up Alexa Guard if you've already got Echo devices dotting the rooms in your house, so it's a pretty good resource for those looking to get the ball rolling on the basic monitoring Alexa now offers. 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.

Amazon says the feature isn't created to replace home security systems.

If Alexa Guard picks up a suspicious noise, it will send the Echo user a notification along with a recording of said noise. This is a free bonus feature and something Google and Apple don't have. When it arrives, you'll be able to enable it using the Alexa app on your smartphone. All you have to do to activate this functionality is do not forget to say "Alexa, I'm leaving" every single time you exit the premises of your house and want your digital assistant to keep its virtual ear to the ground.

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