Amazon has recently launched, a premium subscription upgrade to the free Alexa Guard service . With either service, your smart speaker or smart display listens for sounds that could indicate problems. What sounds it listens to, what other signs of intrusion it monitors, and how it responds all depends on whether you’re willing to pay a premium.
The paid service includes a 24-hour helpline, alerts when your device hears footsteps, closing doors or breaking glass, and automatic deterrents, such as the sound of a barking dog playing from your smart speaker.
This sound detection is in addition to the free detection of sounds from smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. The free Alexa Guard can also turn on connected lights to simulate occupancy while you are away.
Guard Plus costs $ 5 per month or $ 49 per year. All you need to get started is a smart Echo speaker or a smart Echo display. Here’s how to get started with Guard and Guard Plus.
1. Open the Alexa app
Open the Alexa app and click More in the lower right corner.
2. Click on Settings
After clicking More, scroll down to Settings.
3. Click Guard
Scroll down and click on Guard under the Alexa Preferences heading.
Here you will see a list of options depending on which smart devices you have at home. If you enabled the free Alexa Guard in the past, you will also see a history of actions taken by Alexa Guard.
4. Select Guard Plus Options
Click the gear icon in the top right corner to view Alexa Guard Plus upgrade options in the Deter, Detect, Help, and Connect categories. Premium features are indicated by the word “Plus” on the right side of the screen.
To upgrade, click on one of the Plus features and select More information. You will be taken to an Alexa website where you can start your subscription.
Not sure if Guard Plus is for you? There is also an offer for a 30-day free trial if you ask Alexa, “Alexa, try Guard Plus.”