Do Ring products work with Alexa?

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Best answer: Yes! Just about all of the Ring doorbells, cameras, lights, and security products work hand-in-hand with Alexa. Plus, there are many ways you can use their tight integration to improve your home security.

Do Ring products work with Alexa?

Yes! Once you install the Ring Alexa skill, you can use your Echo speaker, Fire TV, or other Alexa-enabled devices to control your Ring home security products.

Which Ring products work with Alexa?

Here is the current suite of Ring products that work with Alexa:

Which Amazon devices work with Ring camera-enabled products?

Here are all the Amazon devices that you can watch your Ring video streams on and speak with visitors through:

Amazon acquired Ring in February of 2018 and has worked to expand the product line and to integrate the Ring and Alexa services seamlessly. As a result, you can take advantage of that interoperability to help make your home more secure.

Drop-in security with Echo and Fire TV

Depending on which Alexa device you're using, you get different capabilities. If you have an Echo Show or another device with a screen (including a Fire TV), you can say, "Alexa, show me the front door" to see your front entryway. The same is true for any Ring cameras you have around the house. If you don't have an Echo Show or other Alexa-enabled devices with a screen, you can still communicate with your Ring camera or video doorbells through your Echo smart speaker.

Again, you can also add some capabilities with a $40 Fire TV Stick if you don't want to shell out the extra coin for an Echo Show. You would use your Echo speaker to say, "Alexa, show me the front door," and have your video come through your television. If you have a Fire TV Cube — which features its own microphones for Alexa commands — or any of the Fire TVs that include a microphone on the remote for Alexa commands, you can use this with your voice to display your camera feed on your TV screen.

How does Ring work with Amazon Key?

Amazon's Key service allows you to grant access to your home to friends and family, Amazon delivery drivers, or other authorized service providers through smart locks that work with Alexa and the Key by Amazon program.

Amazon customers with Ring security cameras can view who is at their doorstep and lock and unlock their Key-compatible smart locks through the Ring app or with Alexa. The smart locks that work with Ring and the Key by Amazon program include options from Yale, Kwikset, and Schlage.

Does the Ring Alarm Security System work with Alexa Guard?

Amazon recently unveiled a new security service called Alexa Guard that works with all Echo devices. Alexa Guard can easily be set up in the Alexa app and is activated simply by telling the smart assistant, "Alexa, I'm leaving" before leaving. At a basic level, this allows Alexa to monitor for important sounds like breaking glass or a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm. If this happens, Alexa can send you a notification of the problem.

Alexa Guard also integrates with the Ring Alarm Security System and monitoring service. You can ask Alexa to arm or disarm your Ring security system, and choose which Smart Alerts you will receive. You can also request an emergency dispatch through the Ring app if you have the $10/month professional monitoring service.

PSA: Please use two-factor authentication (2FA) and strong passwords

Late 2019 brought some sensational stories about Ring devices that were compromised or even "hacked" by third parties looking to spy on people in their homes. Thankfully, it appears that these security breaches had little to do with the actual physical security of the Ring devices, and more to do with the lack of basic security awareness on the part of the average Ring consumer.

This is not meant as victim shaming, but rather as a public service announcement. When you set up your Ring devices (or if you already have some), please, please be sure to choose a secure password and use two-factor authentication. This way, if someone does get your login and credentials, they can't make any changes or get system access without that second-factor authentication. Read up on how to keep your accounts secure (not just Ring!) in our helpful guide on two-factor authentication.

Jeramy Johnson

Jeramy was the Editor-in-Chief of Android Central. He is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand.