7 Amazing Tricks for Blue by ADT

We walk through Blue by ADT’s easy setup, intuitive customer portal, robust smart home integration, and customized sensors, alerts and routines.
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Today, we’re taking a look at seven tips and tricks to get more out of the DIY home security system Blue by ADT. We previously did a video review on this system, but today we’re diving a bit deeper to give you some Blue by ADT tips and tricks for a better user experience.

Here are our top tips and tricks for Blue by ADT:

  1. You’re responsible for setup, but it’s super easy.
  2. You should take advantage of the customer portal.
  3. You can customize your sensors.
  4. You can create your own custom alerts.
  5. You can connect Blue by ADT with third-party devices.
  6. You can control Z-Wave devices through the app.
  7. Your Blue by ADT system can react to multiple triggers, including third-party devices.

Keep reading to learn more.

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1. You’re responsible for setup, but it’s super easy.

Starting off, we want to point out that the Blue by ADT system is completely DIY, meaning they do not provide professional installation.

Surprised by that? Us too. When we think of SafeStreets, an authorized ADT provider, we imagine a tech coming out to our house and installing the system. With Blue, SafeStreets, an authorized ADT provider, has made things much easier for those who don’t want the cost or hassle of someone coming to their home.

This DIY version is a much easier solution, and Blue has made it super easy to set up.

When your system arrives, it’s already set up and good to go: Blue by ADT has already connected all of your sensors and devices to the hub.

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You just have to set up the motion sensors and door and windows sensors. That involves the following steps:

  1. Remove the tab to engage the battery, and allow that device to sync with the base station.
  2. Peel off the double-sided sticky tape.
  3. Place the sensors where you want them, and you’re good to go.

Of course, if you get a package with additional Blue by ADT devices (like security cameras), your installation process will be a little more involved.

Blue by ADT’s doorbell camera requires some hardwiring, so you might want to invite an electrician friend to help if you’re not comfortable with connecting it yourself. But the Blue by ADT outdoor and indoor camera options are quick and easy to set up.

2. You should take advantage of the customer portal.

You can easily check and operate your DIY system using the Blue by ADT app on your phone. There’s also a customer portal website that you can use to monitor your system and customize some features and settings.

The website looks and works exactly like the app, so if for some reason you don’t have your phone on you or you’re at work and cannot utilize your phone, you can use the web portal to stay connected to your home security system.

Keep in mind that this is Blue by ADT, not regular SafeStreets, an authorized ADT provider. It has a separate portal and mobile app than SafeStreets, an authorized ADT provider’s other home security system.

3. You can customize your sensors.

We recommend that you customize your sensors by naming them. When your sensors arrive, they have generic names automatically assigned to them. This can get quite confusing when you start trying to automate things.

If you’re setting up home automation features, it can be especially confusing later down the road trying to remember “window three,” “window four,” etc. Choosing exact location/names for sensors (like “Mia’s bedroom window” or “kitchen motion detector”) can take the guesswork and potential frustration out of the equation when remembering sensor names and receiving push notifications about them.

4. You can create your own custom alerts.

By default, your security system is preloaded with basic notifications like these:

  • Armed
  • Disarmed
  • Power loss
  • Connection issues

You also have the option to set up your own custom alerts. For instance, you can create a custom alert where every time the front door opens, Blue by ADT will send you a notification. You can even set the alert up so that a doorbell or outdoor camera will record what happens.

Depending on the kind of hardware and sensors you’ve installed, you have many options for customizing your alerts.

5. You can connect Blue by ADT with third-party devices.

Third-party integration is pretty solid with this security system. You can navigate to the third-party integration area within the app to connect Amazon, Google, Z-Wave, and even IFTTT (If This Then That).

Each integration will get you different functionality. An Amazon Alexa device or Google Home will add voice control to your system. The Z-Wave protocol enables adding a wide range of devices to your smart home suite, including locks, thermostats, and CO detectors and smoke alarms. And the IFTTT platform easily allows you to add smart home chains and routines that incorporate multiple devices.

Here’s an example routine:

  • You can set up a location service so that when Blue detects that your phone has left the area, the system will automatically arm itself.
  • In addition to that, once the system has armed itself, you can connect it to your iRobot app, which will automatically start your robot vacuum.
  • You can also have it adjust the temperature of your Z-Wave thermostat when you arm your system.
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Another useful integration if you have August door locks is programming Blue to automatically arm when your door locks.

There are a ton of other different features that you can find in the IFTTT app. To learn more, read What Is IFTTT? and Best IFTTT Devices.

6. You can control Z-Wave devices through the app.

Blue by ADT is compatible with Z-Wave devices.

As we mentioned, Blue by ADT is compatible with Z-Wave devices, which include light bulbs, smart locks, thermostats, garage door openers, etc.

If for some reason you try to connect a Z-Wave device that isn’t compatible with this system, it will designate it as an unknown device. It will let you trigger the device on and off. But you won’t be able to integrate and customize that device into your system as much as you can with a recognized device.

7. Your Blue by ADT system can react to multiple triggers, including third-party devices.

Blue by ADT opens up many possibilities for home automation. As your smart home gets “smarter” and you bring more devices into your home’s ecosystem, you can enable these devices to communicate outside your home security system.

For example, if you have security cameras that are not by Blue by ADT, such as Ring cameras, and they detect motion, you can set Blue to have your porch lights turn on.

And that’s it for today! Thanks for reading our Blue by ADT tips and tricks. To learn more about this system, check out our Blue by ADT Review.