How to Control My ADT Alarm System Using My Cell Phone

by Christina Shaffer
The ADT® Pulse app is available on the iPhone, as well as the iPad.

The ADT® Pulse app is available on the iPhone, as well as the iPad.

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In 2010, ADT® Security Services, Inc. released the ADT® Pulse, which allows homeowners to monitor and control their security system online or through a smartphone. After having ADT® Pulse installed in your home, you can download the ADT® Pulse app on your phone to control your alarm system. Depending upon the ADT® Pulse package you choose, you can arm or disarm your system and view real-time video of your home. Some packages also allow you to adjust the thermostat and control the lighting in your house.

Step 1

Go to the official ADT® Pulse website and review the various ADT® Pulse packages. The remote monitoring options and monthly fees vary per package. Depending upon your needs, you can select a package that includes real-time video monitoring, as well as thermostat and lighting control.

Step 2

Click on the "Get Info" link, then click on the "Click Here" link for existing ADT customers. Complete the online ADT® Pulse form, including your name, address, email address and phone number. After submitting the form, the company will review your request and contact you by phone.

Step 3

Speak with an ADT® Pulse representative and select a package, such as "Premier," "Advantage" or "Select." Schedule the installation for your chosen ADT® Pulse package. After the ADT® Pulse system is installed, you can use the ADT® Pulse app on your Web-enabled phone to monitor your home.

Step 4

Access the Apps store on your smart phone and enter "ADT Pulse" in the search box. When the app appears on your screen, select the app and install it on your phone.

Step 5

Launch the ADT® Pulse app on your phone. You will notice the "Security," "Cameras," "Lights" and "Thermostats" icons at the bottom of the app screen.

Step 6

Tap on "Security" to view or change the status of your ADT® alarm. The app will inform you whether or not your alarm is armed. If you would like to disarm your alarm system, tap "Disarm."

Step 7

Tap on "Cameras" to view real-time video of the inside of your home.

Step 8

Tap "Thermostats" to adjust the temperature controls of your home. The current temperature in your house will be displayed on the app screen. Use the arrows to increase or decrease the temperature.

Step 9

Tap "Lights" and select the light you want to adjust. You will have the option to turn on a light, turn off a light or dim a light.

About the Author

Christina Shaffer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey and has been writing arts and entertainment articles since 2005. Her articles have appeared in "Philadelphia City Paper." Shaffer received a B.A. in journalism and gender studies at Rutgers University.

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