Best Home Security System Apps | SafeWise

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Home » The Best Home Security System apps the Best Home Security System Apps Home security apps help you protect your home when you’re not there by letting you check in on a smartphone or tablet. Read our reviews to find the best home security app.

Best for smart security Vivint Smart home visit vivint read Review Best for voice control ADT control visit ADTRead Review Best user interface Frontpoint mobile visit frontpoint read Review By Rebecca Edwards Researcher & Writer Read More November 19, 2020Share Article Bottom line: Vivint Smart Home app delivers The Vivint Smart Home app makes it easy to secure your home and control smart home features from anywhere (like turning up the heat on the way home from the ski hill). Many home security system apps are compatible with smart home controls, but they usually require multiple apps to control everything. With Vivint, you’ve got one app that does everything from arming your system to turning off the lights. And you don’t need to upgrade to a more expensive monitoring plan to get the app—Vivint includes it with every package. Here's what you can expect to do with Vivint Smart Home: Take a peek at the rest of our top contenders to see how they stack up against Vivint's app. Top 4 home security mobile apps vivint Smart Home app: Best for smart securityADT Control app: Best for voice control frontpoint Mobile app: Best user interface simpli safe home security app: Best for sharing video Compare the best home security system apps Best for smart security Best for voice control Best user interface Best for video Vivint Smart Home ADT Control app Frontpoint Mobile simpli safe app Monitoring contract required yes yes no Yes Available with all monitoring plansyes noYes No CompatibilityiOS 11 or later,Varies with Android device iOS 10 or later,Android 4.4 and up iOS 10 or later,Android 4.4 and up iOS 9 or later,Android 4.3 and up Alarm.com no No Yes No Learn more visit vivint visit ADTVisit frontpoint visit simpli safeRead review read review read review read review info current as of 11/19/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. Two types of security apps: Proprietary and Alarm.com You might think the only types of security system apps out there would be apps for Android and apps for iOS, but it gets a little more complicated. Here’s our guide to navigating the differences between proprietary and nonproprietary (Alarm.com) home security apps. Proprietary home security apps Proprietary apps are developed by security companies specifically for their own systems. Each company owns its app and is responsible for features, updates, bug fixes, and customer satisfaction. App quality varies by company, but the benefit of a proprietary app is that it’s tailor-made for your system. Depending on the resources of your security company, app development can be slower than with a generic, industry-wide app. Alarm.com apps Many companies forgo developing their own app and partner with Alarm.com instead. Alarm.com is a home security industry leader for both security equipment and the technology that supports it—including mobile apps. The Alarm.com app is compatible with a number of security systems and generally receives high customer ratings. The downside is that updates and new features are dependent on Alarm.com and not your home security company, so some things like compatibility with new smart home devices can be delayed. New and updated security system apps Other home security apps we considered Reviews: Best home security system apps 1. Vivint Smart Home app: Best smart security Best smart security Vivint Smart Home Visit Vivint You’ll need to have a customer account with Vivint to use its app, but once you do, get ready for a slew of home automation functions. Adjust the lights so they’re bright when you pull in the driveway, turn down the heat while you’re at the office during the day, or unlock the front door for your kids if they forget a key. Our favorite feature is the built-in AI assistant (Sky) that learns your routines and habits to help you manage your smart home right from your smartphone. Sky uses geolocation and your home’s sensors to tell if your house is empty or full of a bunch of teenagers. It automatically adjusts the climate control to make sure the heat isn’t blasting when you’re out for the day (or when a crew of kids is upping the indoor temperature). Vivint Sky helps you conserve energy and stay comfy. Pros Comes with all plans Has seamless smart home integration Uses built-in AI assistant to learn routines Provides 30 days of video storage with Video Playback upgrade Cons Available only with Vivint home security system Requires upgrade for continuous video storage Plus, you can set up rules to automatically lock up the house at 10:00 p.m. each night and get an alert if a door or window opens after that time. If you’ve got rambunctious kids looking to exert a little too much independence, this feature could be a lifesaver. What can you do with the Vivint Smart Home app? 2. ADT Control app: Best for voice control Best for voice control ADT Control Visit ADT The ADT Control app works with ADT home security systems and monitoring. It boasts a full lineup of home automation controls so you can remotely let the kids in after school or check to make sure you didn’t leave the coffee pot on. We especially like the voice control options that come with the ADT Control app. It allows two-way talk and it works with Amazon Alexa. You can use voice control to arm and disarm your system—an option that isn’t always available from a security system app. Pros Voice control with Alexa Geo-fencing services for security, climate, and privacy Live video monitoring (available on phone, tablet, TV, Apple Watch) Cons Connection issues Required upgrade to pricey system Unfortunately, the ADT Control app isn’t available with every ADT home security system. You can get the ADT Control app only with some of ADT’s pricier packages. But it does get high customer ratings in both the App Store and on Google Play, so the high price tag seems worth it to most users. What can you do with the ADT Control app? 3. Frontpoint Mobile app: Best user interface Best user interface Frontpoint Mobile Visit Frontpoint Frontpoint is the only security company on our list that uses Alarm.com technology for its mobile app. But Frontpoint has put in a lot of time to customize the app to best serve its customers. A great example of this is the company’s DIY installation guidance. Frontpoint was one of the first home security companies to automate installation through a mobile app. The Frontpoint app recently got a facelift, and users are raving about the simple, intuitive interface. The navigation menu is easy to follow, and the company has given more power to the individual user. Pros Easy navigation and setup Live video feed User-controlled account management Cons Upgraded monitoring plan required Delays after motion detection It used to take a call to customer service to change user settings, update login information, and make other standard changes. With the latest app update, those calls are no longer necessary—which is great news if you hate having to make phone calls (like me). What can you do with the Frontpoint Mobile app? 4. simpli safe Home Security app: Best for sharing video Best for sharing video simpli safe Visit simpli safe simpli safe has taken the home security world by storm, and its proprietary mobile app is one reason why. Just like every other part of a simpli safe security system, the app is easy to navigate and intuitive for the user. But that doesn’t mean simpli safe skips all the bells and whistles. The latest app update lets you share video from your simpli cam or Video Doorbell Pro on social media. We like this feature because we pick up more antics from our kids and pets than from potential intruders. Plus, all the best videos happen when the kiddos or puppies think we’re not watching. But there are some quirks in the latest update that are frustrating—users complain about push notifications that won’t turn off and restrictions that let only one user receive alerts. Pros Intuitive design Video sharing options Fire, CO, and flood alerts Cons Pricey upgrade required Notification glitches with latest update We are frustrated, though, that you can’t use the simpli safe app unless you opt for the company’s more expensive monitoring plan. This is an industry trend, but it feels extra stingy coming from a security brand that emphasizes its wireless prowess and budget-friendly prices. What can you do with the simpli safe Home Security app? New or updated security apps Blue by ADT Blue is ADT’s new DIY security system; you get its mobile app for free. If some of its features look familiar to you, it might be because Blue by ADT used to be life shield Security. After ADT acquired life shield, it updated and rebranded the system. In fact, you’ll still see “life shield Security” right under Blue by ADT in the App Store. Here’s a look at what you can do with the Blue by ADT mobile app: Abode Abode gave its app a complete overhaul. You get free access to the Abode mobile app when you buy an Abode smart security system or Abode Iota all-in-one security camera. On top of a slick new user interface, here are other features of the Abode mobile app: ADT Pulse app This one is an oldie but a goody. Pulse was ADT’s first mobile app for smart home automation and control. Now that ADT launched Control, ADT Pulse is a legacy app that’s still fully supported and functional for existing ADT Pulse customers. Even though you can’t get the Pulse app as a new ADT customer, here are a few highlights for current Pulse users: Final word When it comes to apps that give you remote control of your home security system, it’s important to determine your needs. If you’re ready to purchase or upgrade your system, read more about top home security providers to find the best match for your lifestyle. Related articles Share Article Written by Rebecca Edwards Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for safe wise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like tech crunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Read More No Comments
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