Now that voice assistants are becoming extremely popular, many users who want to outfit their living spaces with smarthome products are probably wanting these products to be compatible with their voice assistant, whether it’s Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant (and Google Home). Here’s how to find out whether or not a smarthome device works with these platforms.
Look for the Badge on the Product Box
Perhaps the easiest and quickest way to see if a smarthome device is compatible with the voice assistant of your choice is to take a look at the product’s packaging and look for the badge that says what it supports.
Somewhere on the box you’ll find a small badge that says something like “Works with Apple HomeKit” or “Works with Amazon Alexa”. You may also just see the Amazon Echo logo, which also tells you that it works with Alexa.
However, keep in mind that some product boxes won’t have these badges printed on them even though they fully support Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. Philips Hue boxes, for instance, only have the HomeKit badge, even though they’re natively supported by Alexa and Google Assistant as well. Because of that, you may want to look for a second source.
Visit the Product’s Website
If the product box doesn’t mention anything about which voice assistants it supports, it may be a good idea to double-check the product’s website. Usually it will have this information somewhere, whether it’s on the product’s main page, spec list, or on the support page.
On Philips Hue’s website, for example, if you visit the Friends of Hue section, you’ll see that it works with all three voice assistants, even though the product box only has the HomeKit badge.
Furthermore, the product page of Belkin’s WeMo smart outlet says that it works with Alexa and Google Assistant, even though it only mentions the Amazon Echo on the product’s packaging.
View the Voice Assistants’ Official Support Lists
Somewhere on the voice assistants’ official websites, you’ll find a list of supported smarthome products. To save you some time and hassle, we’ve tracked down each official support list from Amazon, Apple, and Google.
Sift through the list to see if your smarthome device is supported by your voice assistant of choice. If not, then you’re out of luck, but hopefully support will be added in the near future—voice assistant’s are constantly adding more and more support for smarthome products.
If all else fails, product reviews from retail websites can be extremely helpful when it comes to finding out which voice assistants are supported, as well as learn more about the product overall before you buy it.
Amazon even has a section for each product that allows customers to ask questions about the product and other customers can answer them. You can also search through questions to find what you’re looking for, specifically.
For example, on the Ecobee3’s Amazon product page, I can search for “Google Home” and various questions about whether or not it’s supported will appear. From this, I can see that the Ecobee3 does not support the Google Home. However, be sure to look at when the question was asked and answered, because it might be out of date and it’s possible that the product has since added support for a particular voice assistant.