Does Ring Floodlight Cam Work with Google Home?
The Ring Floodlight Cam is an amazing way to monitor your home and have a bright light that shines onto your property when people walk by. It allows you to secure and illuminate your home at the same time. If you also use other smart home automation devices, such as Google Home, you might be wondering if the two are compatible.
The Ring Floodlight Cam works with Google home, but it has serious limitations. The Google Home can work as a voice assistant to talk to the Ring Cam, but it cannot allow you to stream video through the Home display or Chromecast.
You might be wondering exactly how Ring Floodlight Cam works with Google Home and the features you will have available. Don’t worry; we will discuss all these things below. We will also go over some options that might be better than Google Home for compatibility with your Floodlight Cam.
Can I Use Google Home with Ring Floodlight Cam?
You can connect and use the Ring Floodlight Cam and Google Home using the Ring and Google Home apps. However, once you have them connected, you will see that there are serious limitations when using the two devices together.
Here are some things you can do with the Google Home:
- Find out the battery level of the camera
- Disable or enable motion alerts
- Ask Google Assistant to record videos
- Track how many times the light came on when activated
Using Google Home for all of these things and as a voice assistant allows you to have some control over your Ring camera. However, there are still many things you can’t do:
- View or stream video from the Google Home app
- View or stream video on your Google Home hub
- If you have a Chromecast, you can’t see the Ring live view on your TV
For many people, the main reason they have a Ring camera is that they want to see who is around their house and have a live view of people around their property. The fact that Google Home isn’t compatible with these features is a concern for some.
If you want to see the video stream of your Ring camera, you will still need to use the Ring app.
Should I Buy Google Home for the Ring Floodlight Cam?
When people discover that Google Home can’t support all the Ring Cam features, many wonder if it’s worth buying. We recommend you don’t purchase a Google Home for the sole purpose of using it with Ring devices.
Since Amazon owns Ring, Google and Ring will always be in direct competition with each other. So, Google Home is probably not going to be fully supported by Ring any time in the near future.
If you already have a Google Home, though, there’s no harm in connecting it to your Ring Cam and using them together.
Alternatives to Google Home to Connect Ring Floodlight Cam
If you want a voice assistant or a smart home hub that fully works with all the features of the Ring Floodlight Cam, you might want to consider buying another Amazon Device. As stated above, Ring is owned by Amazon, so any Amazon Alexa devices will work with the Ring Floodlight Cam.
Amazon Alexa devices that work with Ring Floodlight Cam include:
- Echo Show
- Echo Dot
- Fire Tablets (only versions 7 and above)
- Fire TV (only versions 2 and above)
- Fire TV Cube
- Fire TV Stick 4K
- Fire TV Stick (only versions 2 and above)
- Nebula Soundbar (only Fire TV Edition)
Connecting Ring devices to Alexa devices are also very easy. You can connect them in the Ring and Alexa apps.
What Can I Do with Ring Floodlight Cam and Amazon Alexa?
With the Ring Floodlight Cam and Alexa devices, you have many features available to you:
- Alexa will notify you every time there is a motion, or the light turns on
- Ask Alexa to show you the view of the camera for live video streaming
- Use Alexa to give commands to change Ring settings or motion alerts
You can also create routines between Alexa and the Ring Floodlight Cam. This means Ring and Alexa will work together on a schedule to notify you or adjust settings during certain times of the day. For example, if your partner or child comes home from work every day at a certain time, you can program Alexa not to notify you and wake you up during that time.
Google Home can be used with the Ring Floodlight Cam, but not all the streaming and video options will be available to you. Using an Alexa device, in contrast, gives you a fully compatible voice assistant and allows you to see the camera’s view whenever you need to.