Pekin Insurance: The 5 Best Home Security Apps for iOS and Android

We discussed last month the potential that exists for a variety of new home security vulnerabilities and concerns with the increase in Smart Home Automation. Thankfully, Pekin Insurance has found the 5 Best Home Security Apps for iOS and Android​ to put your mind at ease. 

As we know, home security is a serious matter. You want your family to feel safe when they're sleeping at night. You want to know your home is secure when you're away on vacation. You want your teenager to feel comfortable when she's home alone after school.

While there are plenty of excellent home security systems on the market, synchronizing your system to an app takes your system into new territory. With compatibility between home security apps and systems, you can lock or unlock your doors, adjust your thermostat, get alerts in case of an alarm trigger, check on the kids or the pets, and even talk to people.

What to Look for in Home Security Apps

Sifting through home security apps gets overwhelming quickly. There are, however, a few ways to narrow down your choices.

1. Compatibility

Make sure the app is compatible with your security system and your smartphone. Some proprietary apps only work with specific systems, while others are only available for iOS or Android, but not both.

2. Accessibility

Some apps allow multiple users. Some don't. It's for you to decide if this is something you need or not. It's also worth considering if web access is available, in case you don't have your smartphone with you but need to connect with your security system.

3. Affordability

Home security apps run the gamut. Some are completely free, while others are free with the purchase of a security system. Still others require a subscription. None of these categories makes one system better than another. Ultimately, it comes down to your needs and your budget.

4. Usability

Even the best home security system is useless if you don't use it. The same applies to the app. If it's too frustrating to figure out or has too many glitches, it won't be worth anything to you. Read the reviews on any app you get. See what other people have to say, and just as importantly, find out how the company responds.

5 Home Security Apps That Get Rave Reviews

1. Manything

Free to $19.99/month
Available for iOS and Android

Manything lets you turn your old smartphone or tablet into a live streaming camera so you don't need to buy an entire security system. You can set it up for continuous or motion-triggered recording, and you can also record a message to play if motion is detected.

If you only have one camera and live streaming, the Manything plan is free. Upgrades are as little as $2.99 for one camera and two-day cloud recording storage and goes up to $19.99 per month for five cameras with 30 days of cloud recording.

The app has four stars with 536 reviews on Google Play.


2. Vivint Smart Home Sky App

The app is free. Home security packages start at $39.99/month 
Available for iOS and Android

On the full-service end of the spectrum, Vivint is a monitored home security system that includes motion detection, door and window sensors, flood and freeze sensors, and optional outdoor cameras.

Vivint integrates into a smart home, as well, with smart door locks, a doorbell camera, climate control, and custom notifications. The app itself offers multiple user accounts, too.

The Vivint app has 4.5 stars with more than 5,700 reviews on the iTunes store.


3. ADT Pulse 

App is free, but requires ADT service: Free quote available through ADT
Available for iOS and Android

ADT may be one of the biggest names in home security systems. Pulse is their proprietary smartphone and tablet app which is designed to allow remote control of your security system.

Pulse connects with the Nest thermostat and the Ring doorbell camera. Pulse did have great reviews, too, but as of this writing, the latest version isn't making users happy. It appears that ADT is aware of the problems, and it's probably safe to assume they are working on a solution.

Pulse has 2.9 stars with more than 7,800 reviews on Google Play.


4. Protect America

The app is free. Home security plans start at $19.99/month
Available for iOS and Android

Protect America is another big name in home security apps and systems, and they seem to have some good things going for them. The professionally monitored package is available with a touchscreen panel, door and window sensors, a wireless motion detector, and an HD video camera with two-way audio.

Where they really shine, though, is the easy do-it-yourself installation. And because the installation doesn't require hard-wiring, you can take the system with you if you move. That's a huge bonus for renters, as many monitored systems require home ownership.

Be aware that user reviews are mixed.  Protect America has 3.1 stars with 789 reviews on Google Play.


5. Cocoon 

The app is free. Smart device is a one-time purchase for $219
Available for iOS and Android

Cocoon lies somewhere between the free apps and the monitored security systems. At $219, it isn't the least expensive home security app and system to set up, but that one-time cost comes with some unique features.

The Cocoon monitor is about the size of a tennis ball and protects your home through "subsound technology." Cocoon learns your patterns and alerts you via a Wi-Fi connection if anything unusual happens while you aren't home. You can then view the camera from your smart device and trigger a 90-decibel alarm.

Cocoon is easy to set up and allows for multiple users. They also appear responsive to user issues in their reviews.  Cocoon has 4.1 stars with 42 reviews on Google Play.

Ultimately, your choice in home security apps and systems is about your comfort.

Lucas Zeiler

​lucas@zeiler.com

​708.597.5900 x651

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