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Can You Use Your Echo Show 10 as a Security Camera?

Last Updated Dec 23, 2021
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The Echo Show 10 is the behemoth of the Echo Show line, with Echo Shows 5 and 8 below it. It has the largest screen by far, and with the introduction of the Echo Show 10’s third generation, it now has track-and-follow technology and person detection. This may leave users wondering whether the device can be used as a security camera.

The Echo Show 10 can stand in as a smart home security camera. The Echo Show 3rd gen’s ability to spot and track human motion with a 13MP camera makes it far more capable than most indoor smart cameras.

Of course, it’s not as if Amazon didn’t know that it could be used for that purpose when they manufactured the thing. While video calls were the clear priority for such a substantial camera upgrade, home security was certainly on the blueprint as well. Read on to learn more about the Echo Show 10 and how it can be used as a security camera.

How to Use the Echo Show 10 as a Security Camera

You can use any Echo Show 10 as a security camera, but the 3rd gen Echo Show 10 adds far more capability and imagery to the equation. However, no matter which one you use, they all use security features the same way.

  1. Swipe down from the top of your Echo Show’s screen.
  2. Select Settings on the far right.
  3. Select Camera from the center of the drop-down display.
  4. Toggle on Home Monitoring.
  5. Select Continue once and then again on the next screen.
  6. Enter your Amazon Password.
  7. Enter your 2FA (if applicable).
  8. Select Done.

Even though you select “Done” at the end, you’re not quite there yet, as you need to know how to access it. You need to have the Alexa app (Android or iOS) to activate the Home Monitoring feature.

Once you’ve downloaded the Alexa app, open it:

  1. Select Devices on the main screen.
  2. Slide down the devices until you come to Cameras.
  3. Select the Echo Show.

This will open up the ‘Live View’ of your Echo Show. You’ll see two buttons below the Live View. One is for accessing the speaker so you can hear what is going on where your Echo Show is at, and the other is so you can speak to whoever is on the other end.

Using the Echo Show 10 3rd Gen as a Security Camera

At this point, Amazon no longer sells any of the previous iterations of the Echo Show 10. Since the 3rd generation is such a radical departure from the previous two, you may be curious as to how this will translate into home security.

It actually translates very well. The 3rd generation Echo Show 10 has a 13MP camera, an incredible upgrade over its predecessors. While it’s great for video calls, it’s also exceptional as a security camera.

The unique, swivel action of the 3rd gen opens up the security possibilities with the Echo Show, and Amazon has previously stated that there is more to come for the security side of its third-generation product.

To take full advantage of everything this version has to offer, you’ll want to grab the first-month, free trial of Alexa Guard Plus to give you a 30-day taste of what it has to offer. After that, it’s $4.99/mo or $49/year. To enable Alexa Guard:

  1. Open the Alexa App.
  2. Select the three horizontal lines.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Scroll down until you find Guard and select it.

Using Alexa Guard with the Echo Show 10

To use the Guard feature with your Echo Show 10, all you have to do is say, “Alexa, I’m leaving” on your way you the door, and it will activate on its own. Any noises, such as footsteps, glass breaking, and a dog barking, will prompt Alexa to send you an alert.

When you tap the alert on your phone, you’ll immediately “drop-in” to your Alexa camera’s view. In the case of the 3rd generation Echo Show 10, you can slide your finger on the screen to turn the camera completely around so that you can see all of your surroundings.

In fact, when you’re not at home, the camera will automatically pan back and forth, sending you an alert the moment that it spots a person. The motion of the screen and the much higher imagery that you can receive from the 13MP camera makes it more than enough for a smart camera.

If you want to use your Echo Show 10 as a security camera, the addition of the Alexa Guard Plus feature is really a no-brainer, as it adds an excellent layer of security, especially with the 3rd generation Echo Show 10.

Final Thoughts

The Echo Show 10 makes a solid security camera if that’s what you want it to be, and Amazon provided the features to support it through Alexa Guard Plus. However, if you really want to use it as a camera, the 3rd gen version is by far the best choice.

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