Detect Breaking Glass Through Alexa Guard and Connect it to Your Ring Alarm

Alexa Guard is an awesome feature that can connect with your Ring Alarm system for added peace of mind. With Guard, Alexa can detect the sound of glass breaking through your Echo devices, it can also detect smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Note: It only detects these sounds when it is set to “Away". To learn more about connecting this feature to your Ring Alarm system and how it works, check out answers to the most common questions below.

  • How does Alexa Guard work with Ring Alarm for glass breaking detection?

    • When Guard is set to Away mode, supported Echo devices can detect the sound of glass breaking using the same technology used to detect the wake word (for example, “Alexa”). If an Echo device detects an acoustic pattern that matches glass breaking, Alexa will send you a Smart Alert that you can choose to send to Ring. Once you send to Ring, you get quick access to the Ring app where you can sound a siren or if you’re a Ring Protect Plus* customer, you can request dispatch of emergency responders.
  • How do I set up Alexa Guard?

  • How do I set up Alexa Guard to detect the sound of glass breaking?

    • Open the Alexa app.
    • Select the devices channel by clicking the icon in the lower right-hand corner.
    • Tap Guard.
    • Go to Guard settings in the upper right corner.
    • Tap Sound Detection.
    • Opt into Glass Break Smart Alerts.
  • How do I connect my Ring Alarm to my Alexa Guard to use the glass break feature?

    • Once you set up Alexa Guard to detect for glass breaking, connect your Ring Alarm to Alexa Guard by following these steps:
    • Open the Alexa app.
    • Select the devices channel by clicking the icon in the lower right-hand corner.
    • Tap Guard.
    • Go to Guard settings in the upper right corner.
    • Tap Security System.
    • Select Ring.
    • Check out this Ring Help Center article for more info on connecting your Ring Alarm to your Alexa Guard account.
  • Can I sound my Ring Alarm when my Echo device detects the sound of glass breaking?

    • Yes, if your Ring Alarm is connected to Alexa Guard and you opt to send the Alexa Smart Alert to Ring. In the Ring app, you can choose to sound the siren. Learn more about setting this up in this Ring Help Center article.
  • Where should I put my Echo devices to monitor my home for glass break sounds?

    • For best results, place at least one Echo device in each room or space in which you want Alexa to detect glass break sounds. Additionally, you should be aware that Echo devices should not replace glass break sensors, since Echo devices rely on consistent internet connectivity where traditional glass break sensors might not.
  • Does every room need an Echo device to detect the sound of glass breaking?

    • We recommend placing at least one Echo device in each room or space in which you want Alexa to detect glass break sounds.
  • What is the range that my Echo device device will work as a glass break sensor?

    • There is no specific range, though it is suggested to have an Echo device in each room you would like to detect for glass breaking.
  • What other sounds can Alexa detect?

    • While Guard is in Away mode, Alexa can detect and notify you about the sound of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, or glass breaking. For Guard Plus subscribers, Alexa can also notify you about the sound of possible activity while you’re away including footsteps, talking, a door closing, and more. You can choose which sounds you want Alexa to notify you about during Guard setup.
  • Can Alexa filter out pet sounds?

    • Not at this time. If you’ve got a furry friend, you may not want to enable activity Smart Alerts.
  • How do I switch between Home mode and Away mode?

    • Once you set up Guard, just say “I’m leaving” to switch to Away mode. The light ring on non-screen Echo devices will animate with a rotating white light and screen devices will show a shield icon on the home screen to indicate when Guard is in Away mode. This will also arm your Ring Alarm. Say “I’m home” to switch Guard to Home mode and disarm Ring Alarm. You will experience a brief entry delay during which you can provide your voice code to set Guard to Home mode. You can also toggle between modes in the Guard section of the Alexa app, or by arming and disarming Ring Alarm on the included keypad or in the Ring app.

*You will need a Ring Protect Plan to have professional monitoring turned on.

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Or… you can release a glass break detector the ring community has been begging for since 2018.

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Something else the UK market hasn’t been given…

can we not just have a break glass sensor in the Ring Alarm range like your competitors have. Most people don’t want an annoying voice assistant, with its extra cost and something else to set up.

Listen to what the community is asking for rather than just prompting another amazon product.

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Let’s set the scene — it’s 3:00 am, the whole family is upstairs in their beds, sound asleep. A burglar breaks a downstairs window and crawls in.

From the Ring alarm, NOTHING. No police on the way, no siren going off.

That’s not the functionality we paying customers want and expect. But I know the folks at Ring aren’t dumb. They know this hacked-together Echo Guard setup isn’t what we want.

The mystery is — what could be stopping them from delivering the basic glass break sensors we all want?