Alexa Guard is coming soon for all Echo owners in the US

Friday, 17 May, 2019

Announced last October, Amazon's Alexa Guard feature has finally arrived in the United States, turning Echo speakers across the country into loyal watchdogs.

Alexa Guard is a free service, but it's not supported on third-party Alexa-powered smart speakers, so you'll need at least one Amazon Echo to get started.

When leaving, users will need to say "Alexa, I'm leaving" to set Alexa Guard to Away mode. Sounds like glass breaking (brought about by a thief or an ill humored feline) or a smoke caution going off will trigger Alexa to convey Smart Alerts comprising of sound clasps. "Just set Guard to Away mode and Alexa will do the rest". It's a strong value-add feature for Echo users, and it doesn't cost anything extra. It's in the process of rolling out to existing and new Echo owners in the US. And once it detects something "unusual" it will send you a notification on your Alexa app and you can play it back and determine if it's a cause for, well, alarm. You will also be given the option to Drop In on your Echo device.

Alexa Guard is a new feature in the Alexa app that allows you to check for suspicious activities even without connected security hardware.

"When you receive a Smart Alert from Alexa, it is up to you to decide what action, if any, to take", according to Amazon.

It's Google's turn now to work hard to make Apple Music available on their devices such as the Google Home Hub (which I'm reviewing at the moment also).

When enabled, Guard initiates what Amazon calls Smart Alerts. However, the Alexa Guard mode is still pretty limited as it can not inform authorities if you have intruders that's why it's intended more as a complement or as a basic security tool. If your house is already arranged with a sensible residence safety system (say, Ring), Alexa Guard could appear trivial.

More details about Alexa Guard is available at Amazon's FAQ.

Guard isn't really a replacement for buying a home security system. It's also important to note that Guard can not contact emergency services, such as the police or fire department, and the service as a whole goes down if there is an internet or power outage-it's a cloud based service.