How to connect Amcrest camera to Alexa

In this article, I explain how to connect an Amcrest camera to Alexa.

The Amcrest camera works with the Alexa devices, and you can use your voice to alsk Alexa to display the video from the camera the Echo SpotEcho Show, and Fire TV stick as shown in the picture below.

Amcrest camera on Firestick TV

Amcrest camera on a Firestick TV

As an example for this article I'm using the Amcrest Pan/Tilt Camera connected to my Amcrest cloud account to display on my Echo devices.

The minimal requirements

Make sure you meet the following requirement to connect your camera to Alexa:

  1. The Amcrest  Smart Home App is installed in your smartphone;
  2. You have a an Amcrest cloud account;
  3. The Amcrest camera  is connected with your cloud account;
  4. The Amazon Alexa app is installed on your mobile;
  5. You have an Amazon Alexa account;
  6. You have an Echo Spot, Echo Show or Fire TV.

Let's move the the next steps.

As long as you have all these requirements, you can move to the next step and install the Alexa skill that allows the communication to the Amcrestcamera.

Install the Alexa Skill for the Amcrest camera

Use an easy name for your Amcerst camera so Alexa can understand your voice commands to show the camera on the devices.

Avoid using longa names and special characters.

Here are some good examples of camera names

  • Front door
  • Back door
  • Kitchen
  • Front gate
  • Garage camera

To install the Amcrest Skill, open the Alexa app, and follow the steps.

  1. Select the menu icon
  2. Click on "Skills and Games"
  3. Search for "Amcrest Smart Home"
  4. Click on "Enable to use"
  5. Log in to your Amcrest account
  6. Click on "Discover devices"
  7. Check if Alexa found your device

See the pictures below that illustrate the process...

Open the Alexa App...

Alexa App icon

Click the "hamburger"menu.

Alexa Menu button

Click The Skill and Games button.

Alexa Skill and games

Search for the Alexa Skill "Amcrest Smart Home" and enable it.

Amcrest Skill on Alexa

Log in to the account.

Amcrest account link to Alexa

Click to allow Alexa to discover the device...

Alexa App  Discovering Devices

Check what Alexa found by clicking  "Camera" button

Alexa Devices camera

And here you can see all you cameras.

Amcrest Camera found by Alexa

This process is straightforward, and you should have the Amcerst camera working with Alexa in less than 5 minutes.

Are you ready to ask Alexa to display video from the camera?

How to use Alexa voice commands

Since Alexa is connected to your Amcrest account, you give use voice commands to ask "Alexa, show front door" and the voilá, the camera shows up on the device.

Conclusion

Amcrest cameras are compatible with Alexa, and you can easily link the accounts as long as you follow the instructions from this article.

And now you know how to connect Amcrest camera to Alexa.

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