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Alexa, What Security Cameras Work with Alexa?

Amazon Alexa Compatible Cameras That We’re Loving Right Now

Which security camera is best for Alexa? Read on to discover what security cameras work with Amazon Alexa, including wireless outdoor security cameras that work with Alexa and Echo Show devices.

What Security Cameras Work with Amazon Alexa? Top 6

Alexa was once the domain of Amazon products alone, but now so many security cameras from all kinds of brands, even competitors, now offer Alexa support.

What cameras can you use with Alexa, and which is best?

  • Best doorbell camera for Amazon Alexa – Arlo Essential Wireless Video Doorbell Camera
  • Best budget camera for Amazon Alexa – Kasa Indoor Pan/Tilt Smart Security Camera
  • Best indoor camera for Amazon Alexa – Ring Stick Up Cam
  • Best outdoor camera compatible with Echo Show – Blink Outdoor
  • Best wireless security camera for Amazon Alexa – Arlo Pro 4
  • Best wired security camera for Alexa – Nest Cam (wired)

Arlo Essential Wireless Video Doorbell

Best doorbell camera for Amazon Alexa

Available from Arlo. From $199.99.

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  • Connect to existing chimes or use built in siren
  • Wide viewing angle for a doorbell cam
  • Directly video calls your phone as soon as the doorbell is pressed


  • Requires an Alexa screen device for Alexa use (sold separately)
  • Subscription service essential for long-term use
  • Recharging (required every six months) puts it out of use for about six hours

Admittedly, there are plenty of doorbell cameras offering Alexa support. But Arlo’s Essential Wireless Video Doorbell provides instant video calls when the doorbell is rung, and a super wide 180-degree viewing angle. 

Wire-free, it supports up to 1080p HD video, two way audio, and night vision, making it a robust (albeit expensive) security camera housed in a sleek, sophisticated shell.

Key Specifications

  • 1080p HD with HDR
  • Two way audio
  • Night vision
  • 180° field of view
  • Wire-free
  • Motion detection
  • Amazon Alexa support

Kasa EC70 Spot Pan/Tilt Smart Security Camera

Best budget camera for Amazon Alexa

Available on Amazon. From $29.99.

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  • Inexpensive, with no subscription fees
  • MicroSD card support up to 64 GB
  • Detection alerts via app


  • Requires an Alexa screen device for Alexa use (sold separately)
  • Rotation can produce a noise
  • Sharing clips requires removal of SD card

Key Specifications

  • 1080p Full HD
  • 360 horizontal panning
  • Vertical tilting
  • 3.2 in x 3.2 in x 4.4 in
  • 195 grams
  • Two-way audio
  • Motion detection and motion tracking
  • Continuous recording via 8gb -128gb microSD (not included)

Google Nest Cam (wired)

Best wired camera for Amazon Alexa

Available on Google Store. From $99.99.

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  • Powerful digital zoom makes it easy to identify people
  • Facial recognition available with subscription
  • Sleek and minimal design


  • Requires an Alexa device for Alexa use (sold separately)
  • Most advanced features require Nest Aware subscription
  • No local storage.

The flagship wired Nest Cam, suitable for indoor use, features 1080p video, a 130-degree viewing angle, and advanced person recognition out of the box. Additional features like facial recognition are available with subscription.

Key specifications

  • 1080p HD video
  • 130-degree field of view
  • Two-way audio
  • Intelligent motion detection
  • Wired plug-in
  • Infrared night vision
  • Magnetized base

Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight

Best wireless security camera for Amazon Alexa

Available on Arlo. From $199.99.

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  • 2K video support for optimum clarity
  • A built-in spotlight illuminates the area at night
  • Seamless Alexa device pairing


  • Requires an Alexa device for Alexa use (sold separately)
  • Expensive
  • Additional fees for cloud storage and subscriptions

Arlo’s Pro series are juggernauts when it comes to image quality, and that’s certainly reflected in the price of the Pro 4. It supports up to 2K video with a 160-degree viewing angle, and though the 12x digital zoom falls slightly short of Nest’s 16x digital zoom, it’s still admirable given the quality of recordings. 

Wireless and waterproof, it also boasts a built-in siren, two-way audio, and a spotlight, making it perfect for outdoor use.

Key specifications

  • 2K HDR video
  • 160-degree field of view
  • 12x digital zoom
  • Two-way audio
  • Wire-free
  • Infrared night vision
  • Built-in siren
  • Built-in spotlight

Ring Stick Up Cam

Best indoor camera for Amazon Alexa. 

Available on Amazon. From $99.99.

Ring Stick Up Battery
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  • Bright 1080p footage
  • Versatile mounting positions
  • Painless Alexa pairing


  • Battery takes a long time to charge
  • Quiet two way audio, speaker, siren

Since it is owned by Amazon, it’s not surprising that Ring security cameras work well alongside Alexa. The Stick Up Cam might be a strong contender if you’re looking for basic, no-thrills indoor home security.

1080p video, respectable night vision, and motion detection features are all here for a reasonable cost, although similar options are available for less than half the price. It’s battery powered, so you don’t have to deal with wires when using the device.

Key Specifications

  • 1080p HD with night vision (infrared)
  • 110° field of view
  • Two-way audio
  • IPX5 water-resistant
  • Motion detection
  • Person detection notifications

Available on Amazon. From $99.99.

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  • Easy setup and seamless Echo Show integration
  • Battery powered with two double AA batteries (not included)
  • Option for local USB storage via the Sync Module 2 (sold separately)


  • Requires an Echo Show device to get the most out of it
  • Additional fees for cloud storage and subscriptions
  • Motion detection recording is delayed by several seconds

Blink Outdoor sets itself apart from other Alexa security cameras by running on AA batteries. Setup is fast, including Echo Show integration. Users can see whatever it observes in real-time by asking Alexa to show it on the connected Echo device.

Expect 1080p video, 110-degree viewing angle, and motion detection notifications.

Key Specifications

  • 1080p HD
  • 110° field of view 
  • Motion detection
  • Water resistant
  • Continuous local recording with Sync Module 2 (sold separately) 
  • Infrared night vision
  • Two-way audio 
  • Battery-powered (2x AA)

What Other People Are Saying…

‘The Blink Outdoor is an easy to use security camera that you can simply set up and forget, thanks to its weatherproof build and very impressive two-year battery life. Powered by AA batteries and bolstered by options for offline storage thanks to the Sync Module 2, it’s an ideal choice for anyone looking to keep an eye on their gardens and other outdoor surroundings.’ – Esat Dedezade for Techradar.

Alexa vs Google Assistant: What Should I Use With My Security Camera?

Automating security systems through a voice assistant is a great way to stay on top of surveillance. All devices can be viewed in one place, and Alexa handles sorting through clips and settings menus. 

It’s common for security camera brands to support both Alexa and Google Assistant.

A Nest smart thermostat attached to a wall

Far more smart home devices support Alexa, meaning you’re more likely to already own an Alexa supported device than a Google Assistant one. 

In that sense, Alexa may have a slight edge over Google Assistant. Other small differences include the sister apps  supported. Alexa has Amazon Music whereas Google Assistant has YouTube Music, for example.

What Are Alexa Skills?

‘Alexa  Skills’ are like ‘apps’. Users can download Alexa Skills to their Alexa enabled device to give it certain capabilities.

Credit: Alexa Developers

Most Alexa Skills are created by third parties. When pairing a non-native device with an Alexa one, it’s expected to have to install a new skill or two to make it work. Alexa Skills are free to download but may require a subscription to use.

Find Alexa Skills in the ‘Skills & Games’ section of the Alexa app. Here, skills can be enabled or disabled. Alternatively, just ask Alexa with a voice command to enable, download, or recommend a skill.

How Do Security Cameras Work with Alexa

With Alexa, users get easier access to security camera footage and security camera settings on their Echo devices by using their voice.

If the security camera is connected to Alexa, the user can utter commands to get the information they want more quickly.

For example, utter ‘Alexa, show me the front door’ and Alexa will display the live feed for any camera devices named ‘front door’.

At the end of the day, ask Alexa what’s been happening throughout the day and motion-detected clips captured throughout the day will be shown to the user. This makes viewing relevant footage easier.

How to Add a Security Camera to Alexa

Adding security cameras to an Alexa enabled device is far from daunting. Here’s how, in five simple steps.

1. Complete camera setup by following manufacturer’s guide. It will need to be connected to the Internet to connect to Alexa.

2. Open the Alexa app on an Alexa screen device and select Skills from the menu.

3. Find and then Enable the Skill for the security camera.

4. Link the account made with the camera manufacturer to Alexa if there is one. If the Skill requires a subscription to use, this will be stated.5. Select Add Device and choose the security camera.


Can Alexa connect to a security camera?

There’s a large number of security cameras compatible with Alexa. These are not limited to just Echo or Amazon-owned products.

What wireless outdoor cameras work with Alexa?

One of our favorite wireless outdoor cameras that is Alexa-enabled is Blink Outdoor. It’s waterproof, runs on AA batteries, and is simple to set up, meaning it connects to an Alexa screen device seamlessly. A more expensive, higher quality wireless outdoor camera for Alexa  would be Arlo Pro 4, a third-party device.

Does Alexa have a video camera?

No. Alexa is a voice-enabled virtual assistant. Echo Show, Amazon’s flagship Alexa screen device, is a tablet that is compatible with all sorts of devices, including video cameras. Users can then view the footage on it.

Should I unplug Alexa at night?

No, keep Alexa devices plugged in at night to experience seamless smart home automation. If fire alarms or security cameras are connected to it, turning it off is not recommended. 

How do I see all cameras in Alexa?


With homes getting smarter and smarter, using voice assistants to control security cameras is a wise idea.. It not only makes home security more intelligent, it makes it much more efficient—and therefore more useful. 

People are more likely to stay on their toes if security can be handled with a simple ‘Alexa, show me what’s going on outside’.

With an as-yet unmatched number of compatible devices from tech providers across the board, homes already featuring Echo and other Alexa devices will quickly benefit from seamless security camera integration.