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5 Home Security Systems That Have Incredible Android Apps
Are you in the market for a home security system that has a truly excellent Android app included? If so, you’re not alone, as more and more consumers are demanding the ability to monitor (and even control) their home right from their phone. The convenience and peace of mind that this feature delivers is hard to beat – yet you may wonder which companies have apps that will live up to your expectations. To help you select the best option for your needs, here are 5 home security systems that have incredible Android apps included:
#1: ADT Pulse
No discussion of home security systems (with first-rate apps) would be complete, without mentioning a leader in this space. ADT is one of the largest home security companies out there today, with over 7 million users and counting . However, just because it has a large customer base, doesn’t mean their Android app will be up to your standards.
Fortunately, Pulse is a hit with consumers – with 72% of customers on Amazon giving the app a 4 or 5 star rating . The app offers the standard functions like viewing your home remotely via the installed security cameras and instant alerts if a motion, window or door sensor is triggered. You can also control the lights, thermostat, garage door and door locks from anywhere in the world with internet access. The system is stackable too, as you can add smart plugs and switches to customize your control over your home’s lights and even appliances.
A final bonus feature is the app’s compatibility with Amazon Alexa – which allows you to control your house hands-free when you’re at home.
#2: Vivint Smart Home
Another large company in the home security market, Vivint has their own Android app which lets you control your system. Vivint Smart Home has an excellent rating from real users, with customers giving it an average of 4.6 stars on the Google Play Store . It does most of what other home security apps can, but also has a few advantages that set it apart.
First, the Vivint system with included app offers an optional Ping camera – which is designed to let your kids easily contact you (or vice versa). If your kids arrive home from school to an empty house, the Ping camera lets them call you by just pressing the button on the camera. Or, you can call them. In either case, the two-way talk feature lets you talk to them directly, with no phone needed on their end. This type of constant contact can give you tremendous peace of mind, and you can also check in on them via video from your phone whenever you like .
Second, Vivint offers a 1TB Smart Drive, which can record the streams of 4 cameras for up to one month. It can flag any points of interest (like when a motion sensor was tripped). This allows you to go back and review the footage, to ensure that your home is being protected at all times as it should .
A departure from the other two options, FirstConnect is a product that lets you access, view and control your First Alarm home security system . Servicing Northern California, this reputable and experienced company has a few features that make it unique.
First, it not only has expertise in the home security market, it services commercial customers as well. Why does this matter? Commercial-grade security is usually far more robust than residential options – meaning this service provider has a level of proficiency and an array of hardware options you may not find elsewhere for your home needs.
Second, their sister company (First Security) deals in private security and security guards, ranging from retail locations to private patrols for residential communities. Clearly, this is a step above when compared to a company that only has knowledge of consumer security systems.
So, if you live in their service area and are searching for the most impregnable home security system which includes remote access and control – they are an excellent choice.
Some sources award Frontpoint the best customer service rating, among top home security providers . In addition to this enviable attribute, Frontpoint lets you bring your own equipment or already installed security system to their service. Their system also allows you to install sensors in places that most security systems don’t – such as on your gun or liquor cabinet. If your children attempt to get in, you’ll instantly be alerted.
Finally, with 3 centralized monitoring stations (for redundancy) that cover the full continental U.S. and even Canada and Puerto Rico – there is a lot to commend this company for your home security needs.
When it comes to the Frontpoint Android app, the one-screen control makes it a snap to use. Any alerts are also pushed right to the app automatically, and you can do the typical actions like view your cameras remotely .
If you’re more of a Do-It-Yourself kind of person, and want to avoid high installation fees – then SimpliSafe is an excellent choice. Built with the DIY crowd in mind, you purchase the system directly and then do all the installation work on your own. This enables SimpliSafe to offer a low monthly price for ongoing monitoring, which varies depending on the plan that you choose.
Though it is the lowest rated app on this list – given just 3.3 out 5 stars by customers on the Google Play Store – there is good reason for it’s inclusion . SimpliSafe’s overall service was rated 4 out of 5 stars by PCMag.com, which is a respected source of information for all things technology . In addition, though SimpliSafe’s app is not quite as highly regarded as the other options covered above – their system’s ease of setup and affordability make it a solid choice.
Just be prepared to give up some of the available (and optional) bells and whistles that other home security apps can offer – like controlling your home thermostat, door locks, garage door or even exterior cameras . This app and system just cover the basics, like intrusion detection and interior video camera access.