Amazon’s Ring devices are some of the most popular security and smart home products available, while Google Home is one of the three, major digital smart home hubs in the industry. But are the two competitors compatible with one another?
Fortunately, the answer is yes, Ring Cameras are compatible with Google Home but you will lose some levels of functionality if you embrace the Google Home ecosphere to operate your Ring devices.
Ring manufactures a solid line of smart home products and security devices, such as the Ring Alarm System, but not everyone prefers Alexa. After some back and forth with both Amazon and Google devices not cooperating, Ring now officially works with Google Home (somewhat).
Since there are limitations, this article will help you understand what you can and cannot do, along with some unique IFTTT workarounds.
How Do You Connect A Ring Camera With Google Home?
You’ll need three apps to get started:
- The Google Home App: iOS or Android.
- The Google Assistant App: iOS or Android.
- The Ring App: iOS or Android.
Before you add a device, open the Google Assistant app and navigate to the Google Home Assistant Services Page, where you will sign in and add Ring to your account. As you are connecting a Ring device, you’ll also have to visit the Ring app to link Ring to Google Home.
If you own an Android smartphone, Google Assistant and Home may already be preinstalled. Now, You’ll have to set up an account on each one. Once you’ve set up your accounts, you can start adding Ring devices to Google Home.
- Select the + icon at the top, left-hand corner of the Google Home screen.
- Select Setup New Device.
- Choose the Ring device that shows up on the next screen.
- You’ll go through a series of instructions to link the Google Home and Ring apps.
- Select Allow followed by Done.
Once you’ve successfully connected a Ring device and linked the Google Home and Ring apps, you can start using Google Assistant to issue voice commands to compatible Ring devices.
What you can’t do, is view live feeds, or look at your Ring Camera recordings in any way. Well, that kind of defeats the purpose doesn’t it?
However, IFTTT creates a lot more control than Google Home has when operating alone with Ring. IFTTT is an app with a wide array of routines and commands called “Applets.” You can use Google Home and Chromecast to do more with IFTTT.
IFTTT also connects your Ring devices to Google Home through the Google Nest Hub.
How Do You Use Ring, IFTTT, And Google Home Together?
IFTTT works by connecting to all of your smart devices—via your smartphone or tablet—and brings those devices together, even if they aren’t exactly compatible.
- Open IFTTT and type in Google Home in the search box.
- Link IFTTT and Google Home by selecting Connect.
- Enter Ring in the search box.
- Link IFTTT and Ring by selecting Connect.
Now that IFTTT is connected with both Ring and Google Home, you can start creating your applets or using applets created by others. For example:
- If you have a Ring alert, Then the alert is logged on your Google Drive account.
- If you have a Ring alert, Then you will get a message alert on your Google Chromecast.
- If you leave home, Then Google Home will set Ring devices to Away Mode.
- If you ask Google Assistant to set the alarm system to arm, Then the Ring Alarm System will arm.
There’s much more depth and variety to IFTTT than just this and you can also play around with creating your automated features. Since Google Nest and Amazon Ring are competitors, it’s not likely that they’ll ever be truly compatible 100%.
However, you can go a long way toward integrating Google Home and Ring Cameras/Alarms/Devices by way of IFTTT.
What Are The Alternatives For Connecting Google Home And Ring Cameras?
IFTTT is an outstanding app for so many reasons, however, it does tend to be a bit complicated for new users. Fortunately, IFTTT isn’t the only dog in the neighborhood. There’s also Zapier and Microsoft Flow.
Both apps are similar to IFTTT because they create “routines” or “If This Then That” scenarios. The greatest feature with Zapier and Microsoft Flow is that it is far less complicated and more user-friendly right out of the gate.
That being said, Zapier and Microsoft Flow don’t create any new abilities for Google Home and Ring. Their primary benefits are making your ability to integrate the two into something simpler and more streamlined.
- Ease of use.
- A ton of app integration.
- You can customize your workflow.
- Offers a free plan with one-to-one creations.
- Premium features creations that can be as complex as you want.
Outside of IFTTT, Zapier is the best-known automation app. If you’re looking to integrate Google Home and Ring Cameras, you will find that doing so is much simpler with Zapier.
- You can create up to 750 tasks.
- Excellent app connectivity and automation.
- Simple to use.
- Has an app available.
- Works with Microsoft Tools.
While it’s a little more complicated than Zapier, Microsoft Flow is still an excellent app for smart home integration.
All Things Considered
It’s a genuine surprise that Google Home and Ring devices work together at all. As competitors, it’s highly unlikely that there will ever be a serious effort to make both product lines completely compatible with one another.
IFTTT, Zapier, Microsoft Flow, and others contribute to a broader home automation process between Google Home and Ring, however, there are still limitations on the system that you won’t find on Amazon Alexa.
While Ring Cameras are indeed compatible with Google Home, it may not be worth the exercise of bringing the two together if it still lacks the fundamental features that make a smart home security system so vital.
Fortunately, you do get some level of compatibility and will have to rely on Alexa and the Ring app if you want full control of your Ring Cameras.