LifeShield Vs. LiveWatch

Update: ADT has purchased Lifeshield and it is now called Blue by ADT. 

LifeShield and LiveWatch both offer home security systems with excellent equipment and available mobile management.

LiveWatch offers home automation, while LifeShield doesn’t. LifeShield has both professional and DIY installation options, while LiveWatch is only DIY.

Note: It was recently announced that LifeShield is changing ownership. Therefore, details of its services could potentially soon change.

Get Best Offer

Now branded as Blue by ADT, Lifeshield is a great choice if you want the option to self-monitor, monthly contracting, or DIY installation. 

Key Similarities:

  • Excellent equipment
  • DIY installation options
  • Available mobile management

Key Differences:

  • Only LiveWatch offers home automation.
  • LifeShield has 36- and 60-month contracts. LiveWatch has one-year contracts.
  • LifeShield offers professional installation.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Tie

LiveWatch mostly uses highly rated GE equipment, and has two equipment package offerings. They are barebones, however, and add-ons can get costly. Users can purchase packages at $99 and $149 when paired with applicable monitoring packages. Monitoring packages range from $20-$50 per month. Video capabilities are only available with the most expensive package.

LifeShield offers packages that range in monthly cost from $30-$50 and include both state-of-the-art equipment and monitoring. However, basic packages are also reported to be notably scarce, so users will very likely have significant additional monthly fees for equipment add-ons to complete a system. All packages come with one-of-a-kind fire safety features. The company uses extremely well-reviewed, top-of-the-line proprietary equipment.


Winner: LiveWatch

Lifeshield offers the industry standard 36-month contract as well as a 60-month monitoring option. LiveWatch offers a more flexible option: a one year contract with no cancellation penalties.


Winner: LifeShield

LifeShield offers a flexible choice of DIY or professional installation. Professional services are offered at $99. LiveWatch offers DIY installation.

Mobile App

Winner: LifeShield

LiveWatch has mobile management available with select more expensive package options. Two-way live voice assist is additionally available with its Total Home and Total Home + Video packages.

LifeShield has a well-reviewed, advanced and user-friendly mobile app reported to be available with all major packages.



Home Automation

Winner: LiveWatch

Only LiveWatch has available Z-Wave home automation options.

Who LifeShield is Better For:

  • Users seeking professional installation
  • Users not interested in home automation
  • Users looking for long-term monitoring contracts

Full LifeShield Review

Get Best Offer

Now branded as Blue by ADT, Lifeshield is a great choice if you want the option to self-monitor, monthly contracting, or DIY installation. 

Who LiveWatch is Better For:

  • Users looking for a more flexible year-long monitoring commitment
  • Users seeking home automation
  • Users fine with only DIY installation

Full LiveWatch Review

LifeShield and LiveWatch both offer great home security options. Those looking for professional installation, no home automation and long-term monitoring contracts will likely be happy with LifeShield. Those looking for a more flexible one-year commitment and home automation will likely prefer LiveWatch.  

Livewatch is now owned by Brinks. Check out our review of the Brinks home security system.

Related: The Best Security Systems of 2019

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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