When it comes to smart home integration, users have a variety of options to choose from. Some of the most well-known ecosystems, including Google Home, provides convenience and automation with countless devices. With this in mind, I wanted to find out if Blink works with Google Home (or the Google Assistant).
Blink security cameras do not have native integration with Google Home (Google Assistant). That being said, there are some creative alternatives to allow your Blink devices to communicate with Google Home smart systems.
Being an Amazon company, Blink will work seamlessly with most Alexa-enabled devices. However, although some additional configuration is required, there are still ways to integrate with Google Home. This article will provide an in-depth look into the process of using your Blink devices with Google Home or the Google Assistant.
Smart Home Systems Compatible with Blink
Blink security cameras can be controlled using Alexa, Amazon’s smart home system. After installing the Blink SmartHome Skill in the Alexa App, Blink devices can be activated using various voice commands. Additionally, Alexa devices with a screen (like the Echo Show) can display Blink camera footage with the Live View feature.
However, some people may not know that Blink systems can also be used with SmartThings. With the SmartThings app, users can connect a range of smart devices and configure existing connected devices. Additionally, the SmartThings app is compatible with iOS and Android devices, making it a promising alternative for those looking to integrate their Blink devices.
However, if you’re still looking to use your Blink system with Google Home, another option is using IFTTT services.
Using IFTTT to Connect Blink with Google Home
If you’re unfamiliar with IFTTT, you’re not alone. IFTTT or “If This Than That” is a web-based service that gives users the ability to create conditions triggered by specific changes occurring from other web services (like Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, etc.).
It may sound complicated at first, but Blink can be connected to Google Assistant using this method in just a few minutes, with no coding experience required. Blink owners can use IFTTT to access numerous web-based services, all designed to add automation with your Blink cameras.
However, before getting started using IFTTT services, you’ll need to go through a few steps:
- Authenticate Blink and Google Assistant.
- Choose an applet or service to act as a trigger for your system, which will initiate the automation (services can be found here).
- Select an action to occur once the service is triggered (e.g., arm or disarm the system).
- Select what information you would like to send between the connected devices (in this case, Blink and Google Home).
Once you’ve completed those steps, you’re ready to continue adding whichever services and applets will best suit your system’s needs.
How Does IFTTT Work?
If you decide to set up IFTTT services with your Blink devices, you will have access to an additional level of control and automation. Once you’ve connected your devices, you can create various automation like arming your system when you leave or disarming when you arrive home.
You can also customize the events by arming the cameras at a specific time (like at night). For a full list of the features available using IFTTT services, you can check out Blink’s support page here.
However, if IFTT services and alternatives like Zapier aren’t your style, many alternative smart security cameras are compatible with Google Home.
Alternative Cameras Compatible with Google Home
Though Blink cameras can work with Google Home using web-based services, many alternative security cameras provide native integration with Google Home and Google Assistant. Cameras like Wyze and Arlo Pro are some well-established and competitive alternatives that offer universal compatibility with Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
Google Nest Cam vs. Amazon Blink
Both the Google Nest Cam and Amazon Blink are excellent smart security cameras that provide users with many helpful features. Google Nest Cams, however, are not only integrated into the Google Home ecosystem, but they can connect with Alexa as well, providing additional compatibility. Here’s a side by side look at some of the features of each system:
|Feature(s)||Google Nest Cam||Amazon Blink Indoor|
|Video Quality||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Power||1 Lithium Battery||2 Lithium Batteries|
|Smart Home Compatibility||Google Home and Alexa||Alexa|
|Motion Detection Alerts||Yes||Yes|
Given this comparison, you can see that both security cameras are comparable regarding their features. The most significant difference is in their ability to integrate with competing smart home systems.
A core feature of any smart device, including security cameras, is integration with existing smart home systems. Though the Blink camera does not work with Google Home right out of the box, there are some ways to connect your system using IFTTT web-services.
If you’re looking for a system that can natively integrate with your smart home ecosystem, however, you may want to look for an alternative like the Google Nest Cam.