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Canary and Amazon Alexa

Canary’s new skill for Amazon Alexa is now available for all users.

We’ve long believed that your security experience should effortless, seamless, and intuitive. By adding a hands-free way to check-in on the nursery, dog, or what’s happening out back, we’re building on that commitment while extending how and where you can use your Canary.

Today, we’re excited to announce that our integration with Amazon’s Alexa is available to all Canary users. Canary’s new Alexa skill enables voice-activated access to video from your Canary devices, making it even easier to see and know what’s going on all around your home.

Alexa, Show Me The Front Porch

The new Canary skill for Amazon Alexa is available on the Echo Show, Echo Spot, and compatible Fire TVs, and lets you stream live video from your Canary devices. Once enabled, just say “Alexa, show me the Front Door.” or “Alexa, show me Mom’s House.” and you’ll be able to Watch Live on your Alexa-enabled devices, just like that.

How It Works

To get started, open the Amazon Alexa app on your phone or tablet, navigate to Skills, search for Canary, and tap on Enable. From there, sign in using your Canary credentials, and follow the prompts.  Once you’re connected, you can start using Alexa to view video from your Canary device.

To do so, just say “Alexa, show the [Device Name]”, substituting in the name of your Canary device. For example: “Alexa, show the Baby’s Room.”, “Alexa, show the Front Door”, or “Alexa, show the Basement”. Canary devices which are set to private will not be able to stream video.

The Canary skill for Amazon Alexa is supported on Canary All-in-One and Canary View devices running firmware v3.0.0 or higher and on Canary Flex devices running firmware v2.3.0 or higher.

For more information on how to use Canary with Amazon Alexa, check out our Help Center.  If you need help connecting Canary with Amazon Alexa, you can find further details on Amazon’s help site.

As always, we love to hear your feedback and feature suggestions, so get in touch on Facebook, Twitter, or by emailing us at support@canary.is.