Top Home Security Apps

Top Home Security Apps

How to Keep an Watchful Eye on the Home with Security Smartphone Apps

Last updated: October 9th, 2017.  Looking for the best home security app?  We have tested dozens and ranked them according to:

  • Ease of use
  • Lack of glitches & bugs
  • Functionality
  • Availability (iOS / Android / any smart device)
  • Cost

 

After compiling our reviews, the following are all companies that provides apps you can rely on to monitor your security system.

Two categories - Self made or third party

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Creating a functional apps costs thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Because of this, most ma and pa security shops (along with some big companies) use Alarm.com's whitelabel app.  They pay a monthly fee based on the number of users, and their users see it as 'Brand X' security app.  The good news is, this isn't a bad thing.  What companies using this lack in customization they make up for in reliability.  Alarm.com app is a extremely reliable security app that connects to dozens of control panels, sensors and z-wave products.  The majority of all companies use Alarm.com except for the two giants, ADT and Vivint.

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(Control a smart automation home with the alarm dot com app)

Smart Tips

  •  When streaming live views from security cameras, be on a wifi network if possible.  Live stream will eat up your cell phone data.
  • Don't give everyone you know a user account.  Limit who has access to the app.
  • Lock your smart phone.  This gives one extra measure of security.

With those in mind and our rating criteria, here are the 3 best mobile home security apps.


#1 - ADT Pulse app

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iOS app   |    Android App   |  ADT Pulse Review   |  Visit website

ADT's proprietary app was the smoothest and user friendliest one we tested.  Whether controlling a simple security system ON & OFF or security cameras on an advanced automation system, it can handle any project it is put up against.

Pros
  • Clean display
  • High app ratings
  • Voice recognition
  • Cameras, automation available
  • Other information regarding users area
  • Manage users easily
  • Connects with Nest thermostat
  • Connects with Ring doorbell cameras

 

Cons
  • Can be slow to respond
  • Must be a customer

 

Great all around security app that can connect to existing Honeywell and GE security systems.   App is free with monitoring plans above $40.

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#2 - Vivint Sky App

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iOS app  |  Android app  |  Vivint security review  |  Visit Site

The Vivint app is also self-made by the company themselves which gives them lots of capabilities companies below with Alarm.com will not have.  The app is quick to load, gives notifications instantly when any sensors are triggered.  The live dashboard feed of security cameras loads quickly and updates with pictures taken every 5 minutes with security cameras (then if something like a unknown car or person is seen on a picture, users can click on that and load the live feed).  Going back in time on security cameras is easy drag and drop.

Pros
  • User functionality 4.5 of 5
  • Add / remove users easily (going out of town?  Have a relative download the app and add them as a user).
  • Full smart home integration
  • Connect to smart thermostat
  • Smooth control
  • Continual updates
  • Different amounts of notifications users can opt in or out of
  • 14,000 5 star reviews
  • Great customer support
  • Control door locks
  • Garage awareness

 

Cons
  • Must have Vivint monitoring service
  • Notifications can get overwhelming, set limits

 

The Vivint sky app comes free on any smart device (phone or tablet) on packages over $40/mo.  Once users terminate monitoring account their login to the app will be limited as well.  Costs vary depending on the type of security system one wants, anywhere from $40-80 a month.

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#3 - Protect America mobile home security control app

Protect America App

iOS app  |  Android app  |  Protect America review  |  Visit site 

The Protect America app is very simple and to the point.  It is Z-wave product compatible so don't be deceived by its simplicity.  It can still manage and view cameras, automation and even GPS tracking.  The dashboard has nothing to be envious of but it gets the job done.  It is also the most cost efficient option available.  Most of Protect America's equipment is GE and they still use a keypad (simonXT) panel which integrates with this.

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Pros
  • Easy to setup user account and connect to security system
  • Simple in design and nature
  • Uses Alarm.com reliable software
  • Lowest price monitoring
  • Live support
  • Free on all security plans $34 and above

 

Cons
  • Several 3 star reviews
  • Must be an active customer
  • Not the 'coolest' app available

 

For users that want a reliable mobile security app for a low cost while not losing functionality then this is their choice.  Protect America has been around since 1992 and is a DIY security system.  For users who use this, most of the time it will be for the simple arm and disarming of the alarm.  Save walking to the panel to type in a code, just pull out a phone at night and use this.

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If interested in Protect America's security app, the following also use the same third party app to control their security systems:

- Frontpoint

- Monitronics

- Protection One

- LiveWatch

- Link Home

If interested in other proprietary apps and the top 2 ranked here don't seem like a fit, they include:

- Xfinity security

-  SpotCrime, how to locate local criminal activity.

- SimpliSafe

- AT&T digital life

 

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3 Comments
  1. Suvom N.
    08/11/2017 at 09:44
    Reply

    For me, the biggest thing for an app is a CLEAN interface that is modern and sleek. One that is also very user-friendly and easy to navigate and review footage. Pulse App is the pioneer in this currently, and I have been using the app for a few weeks no with no big complaints!

  2. Sam
    02/01/2017 at 10:00
    Reply

    I use the ADT pulse app and love it. So nice to see what is going onside the home when gone. It is free and was easy to connect to my system. It shows me a log of everything that is going on in the home and I can add existing users for free. I want to incorporate this app to my Ring doorbell so I don't have to use two seperate apps but happy for now.

  3. Danny
    02/01/2017 at 09:58
    Reply

    Home security apps are the way to go if you are going to get a system. Basically everyone has a smartphone or smart device now so no reason not to control it. If your company is trying to get you to spend more than $10 more a month for this, then change providers!

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