You just bought a Google home system, and you want to know if your Blink cameras will work with it.
Google Home is one of the most popular smart home systems in the market today. It is compatible with many devices, including TVs, lights, smart security cameras, thermostats, and more.
However, there are some limitations to using Google Home with third-party devices like Blink cameras.
We all know that getting started with smart home systems can be super confusing. There are many different brands, manufacturers, technologies, standards, etc. And most of us don’t have the time or energy to deal with this complexity.
So we decide not to buy anything at all because we’re afraid to get stuck somewhere in the middle of it all without any support.
This article will try to clear out some of the confusion and explain what you can do with Google Home when it comes to Blink cameras.
What are Smart Systems Compatible with Blink Brand Cameras?
Many smart home systems are compatible with the Blink camera, but it depends on how much you want to invest. Smart security cameras can be an expensive purchase.
If you’re trying to spend as little as possible, something like the Wink Hub 2 will get you started then you can add more devices over time. That said, if you want to go all-in on monitoring your house with a large number of security cameras, you may want to consider a more all-inclusive system.
Lucky for you, companies like Nest and Amazon have their line of products that work hand in hand with Blink cameras.
For example, the Nest Cam Outdoor works perfectly with Blink products and other smart devices. However, if you want to get a bit more out of your Blink system, you could get the Blink XT. These security cameras are also compatible with Nest Cam Outdoors so that you won’t miss out on any of the monitoring experiences.
It is still unclear what brands are compatible with the Blink cameras. Some devices that have been confirmed to be compatible with these cameras include:
2. Nest Cam
5. ADT Pulse
So Does Blink work with Google Home?
At the time of this writing, Blink cameras are not compatible with Google Home officially. Still, several Blink owners report connecting their cameras to Google Assistant/Home using IFTTT. IFTTT stands for if this then that.
IFTTT is a service that connects different smart home devices. It is very popular in the smart home world; however, it has its limitations in certain areas, which you might want to consider before using some of your devices.
We will talk later about setting up a Blink camera via IFTTT and what exactly you can do with it via Google Home.
How to use Blink with Google Home?
As we have discussed before, blink cameras are not compatible with Google Home at this time. Blink work with Amazon Alexa; however, it may take some time and effort to make Google Home compatible with the Blink cameras.
The only way to use Blink cameras with Google Home right now is through IFTTT. If you don’t know what IFTTT is, let us explain.
IFTTT is a service that allows you to create connections between different smart systems, apps, and devices. You can use it to control other devices in your smart home or even connect them. For example, you can use Blink cameras to turn on the lights when motion is detected, and much more.
Go to IFTTT to learn more.
If you are not familiar with the Blink ecosystem, it may be hard for you to set up the cameras with IFTTT. At this point, you will have to familiarize yourself with Blink-compatible devices and IFTTT if you want to integrate Blink cameras with Google Home.
Are there any Blink Alternatives Compatible with Google Home?
Yes, very much so. There are many other smart security systems available. Other companies offer several Blink alternatives whose security cameras are compatible with Google Home.
One of them includes Arlo. Arlo is a smart home security system prevalent on Amazon. The company offers several different cameras and sensors that work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Another popular Blink alternative is Nest Cam.
As we have mentioned before, Google Home has its line of products integrated with Blink cameras, so you can check out Google’s products before deciding.
Some of the Blink alternatives compatible with Google Home are:
2. Nest Cam
3. Ring Cameras
If you’re a Blink owner and want to use your Blink security cameras with Google Assistant/Home, IFTTT is the best way right now. You can do a ton of stuff with IFTTT and Google Home, so it’s worth it.
If you haven’t made your mind up on Blink yet, you might want to check out some of the alternatives. We will update this article when Blink cameras are officially compatible with Google Home.
We hope this article was informative for you, and you will use it when deciding on your smart security system!
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I am John Kouchek, the founder of Own The Smart Home. I am passionate about making homes smarter and more efficient. I have a degree in Robotics and Automation (MSc) and have worked in the home automation industry for over 10 years. Learn More!