SkyBell HD now works with Amazon Echo, Nest Protect, Lights, Locks & more via IFTTT

We’re big fans of IFTTT because it enables you to create powerful connections between the apps and products you use every day. Now, anyone with a SkyBell HD can create automatic chains of events that start and end with SkyBell HD taking action – all via our new IFTTT Channel!

So, how does it work?

IFTTT Recipes contain a Trigger and an Action. SkyBell HD is the only video doorbell on IFTTT that provides both Triggers and Actions — allowing a user experience that keeps you safe and makes life easier.

Skybell and IFTTT


  1. When the SkyBell HD button is pressed
  2. When the SkyBell HD motion sensor is triggered


  1. Start a live video stream and record it for 60 seconds
  2. Turn the indoor chime off
  3. Turn the indoor chime on
  4. Change the LED color to red, blue or green

With new SkyBell Recipes on IFTTT, you can connect your SkyBell HD with Nest Protect, Amazon Echo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Scout Alarm, Life360, and even your email!

While the valuable use cases are endless, here are a few we’re most excited about to-date.

  1. Blink indoor lights when someone presses the button
  2. Turn indoor and outdoor lights on when someone’s at the door
  3. Start live video at any time and save it to SkyBell’s cloud – for free!
  4. Send an email when a visitor presses the SkyBell HD button

It’s super easy to create your own custom Recipes for SkyBell HD on IFTTT.

Alexa + SkyBell HD

SkyBell HD is the first video doorbell to be compatible with Amazon’s Echo. Via IFTTT, you can create your own Alexa Triggers and control your SkyBell HD with just your voice!

Here are a few to get you started!

Turn Indoor Chime Off

IFTTT Recipe: Tell Alexa to turn off doorbell chime connects amazon-alexa to skybell-hd  Ask Alexa to turn your indoor chime off so a visitor doesn’t wake up your baby or dog when the ring the doorbell!

Turn Indoor Chime On IFTTT Recipe: Have Alexa turn SkyBell's Quiet Mode Off connects amazon-alexa to skybell-hd

Ask Alexa to turn your indoor chime back on.

Start a Live Video & Record

IFTTT Recipe: Record video of your front door via Alexa connects amazon-alexa to skybell-hd Ask Alexa to start a live SkyBell HD video stream and record it for 60 seconds. It’s then automatically saved to SkyBell Cloud – our free cloud storage service.

Nest Protect + SkyBell HD

SkyBell believes a smart home that keeps you safe and secure. We’re thrilled to connect SkyBell HD with the Nest Protect so you can create safety that works for you.

Change LED color for carbon monoxide emergency

IFTTT Recipe: Change SkyBell Light to Red connects nest-protect to skybell-hd

Help keep your family safe by alerting them at the front door if there is a carbon monoxide leak. This Recipe will change SkyBell HD’s LED color to red if Nest Protect triggers a carbon monoxide emergency.

Record video during a smoke emergency

IFTTT Recipe: Record from SkyBell upon Nest Protect Smoke Emergency connects nest-protect to skybell-hd

SkyBell HD will automatically start a live video feed and starting recording the video when the Nest Protect triggers a smoke emergency.

SkyBell Connect

We’re proud to share that this release is a direct result of the SkyBell Connect API program, which fosters meaningful partnerships that positively impact our users’ daily lives; IFTTT joins other valued partners including Nest, Xfinity Home, with more coming in 2016. Afterall, isn’t this what the smart home is all about?

At SkyBell, we have two ambitious goals. First, we want to make safer homes and neighborhoods – starting with the front door. Second, we want to make home security affordable and accessible to everyone. Today, we are taking a big step toward reaching both goals.

Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas (@apthomas) is a co-founder of SkyBell - a smart home security company that is making homes and neighborhoods safer – starting with the front door. The SkyBell Video Doorbell allows homeowners to see, hear and speak to the visitor at their door from a smartphone. Learn more:

SkyBell has raised millions in funding, was named as a 2014 CES Innovations Award Nominee and is sold via Amazon, Best Buy and Home Depot. Andrew is responsible for SkyBell’s strategy, partnerships and business development – leading SkyBell’s integration plans with Honeywell, Nest,, Amazon Echo, Apple, Comcast and IFTTT.

Before SkyBell, Andrew directed web and mobile development projects for clients after beginning his career as a member of Google’s search engine team and later providing SEO services. A sense of adventure led him to Shanghai, China where he managed web development projects for a large Chinese video game company. Andrew graduated from USC with a BBA in Finance.

Andrew shares his experience and expertise by writing and speaking. His articles have appeared on Forbes,, and Huffington Post – covering topics including startups, the Internet of Things, crowdfunding and personal growth. Andrew has been interviewed on national TV, print and industry podcasts. He is regarded as a top IoT expert and one of the rising stars in the smart home space.