Skip to main content

Battle of the Brands: Home Security Among Apple vs. Android Users

Key Takeaways

  • Homeowners with a home security system are over 125% more likely than those without one to recover stolen goods.
  • Android users are less likely than Apple users to have a home security system.
  • Both Android and Apple users have lost an average of $250 in value to porch pirates.
  • 94% of Apple users and 88% of Android users will only consider buying homes with security systems in 2023.
An Apple and an Android phone.

Security habits

You’ve seen the debate in memes, social media, and advertisements: which is better, Apple or Android? Apple’s operating system, iOS, has come out on top in terms of security features. But could this device choice tie into your home security habits as well? To find out, we surveyed users from both sides about their home security systems and motivations and tallied up their experiences with theft.

Reasons for home protection

A home security system is a great way to keep criminals away, check on your neighborhood, and protect your family. So, which brand’s users are more likely to fortify themselves with home security systems?

Information about the motivation behind getting a security system.

Android users were 10% less likely than Apple users to have a home security system. Though, they shared the same top motivation for installing it: Of those with a home security system, both parties were most interested in using it to protect their valuables.

Apple users seemed to lean into the full tech experience because they were more likely than Android users to install a home security system in order to create a smart home. One benefit of a smart home security system is having remote access to your home, which was Apple users’ second most common motivation for installing one. They were also 15% more likely than Android users to use a security smartphone app.

Meanwhile, Android users were more likely to have installed their home security system to monitor crime in their neighborhood. And while they, too, said they did it to enjoy remote home access, they also reported using it to keep an eye on their kids. That’s something Apple users seemed less interested in since that motivation didn’t make their top five.

Protection and recovery

Lax home security habits might make you more prone to porch piracy. So, who’s fallen victim to more porch pirates: Apple or Android users? Let’s see if the nasty trend of stolen packages differs by device preference.

Information about which items people care most about protecting in their homes.

It’s estimated that 260 million packages were stolen from porches in 2022. Of those who participated in our survey, 83% of Apple users have had this experience, compared to 70% of Android users. And while both sets of users lost an average of $250 in goods to porch piracy, those with a home security system were 125% more likely than those without one to retrieve what was stolen.

Not all thieves stop at the porch. Of the personal belongings Apple users wanted to protect, 38% were most worried about their money. This was of a lesser concern for Android users, landing last among their top five. They were more concerned about their laptops (36%).

The cost of deterring criminals

We’ve seen which possessions Apple and Android users most (and least) want to protect. But what do their security habits look like, and do they differ? Next, we’ll analyze the physical and financial costs of security.

Information about what actions people take to protect their homes. 

Much like their motivations for installing security systems, security practices differed between users of each device brand. Although both groups’ No. 1 habit for deterring burglars was locking their doors and windows, Android users prioritized getting to know their neighbors. They also favored setting their security alarm, keeping their home entrances well-lit, and avoiding oversharing on social media.

Apple users were more likely to protect themselves by maintaining their homes and property, securing the garage, storing valuables in a safe, and using motion detector lighting. This method of lighting your entrances might be more costly than remembering to flip a switch a couple of times each day, but it can save you the trouble of forgetting and suffering the consequences.

Apple users also paid more overall for home security than Android users: an average of $792 per year compared to the $648 spent by Android users (a 20% difference). One reason for this could be that slightly more Apple users said they feel the need to have their security cameras running 24/7 to feel secure (45% vs. 39% of Android users).

Not only can a home security system give you peace of mind, it might also boost the value of your home. It may be especially attractive to Apple users looking to buy: 94% said they would only consider a home with a security system in 2023. While most Android buyers shared this sentiment, they were slightly less likely (88%). So, if you’re looking to sell a home this year, adding a few security features might be a good idea.

Home protection for everyone

The results are in, and it seems both Apple and Android users have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to home security. Even though Apple users were more likely to run their security cameras 24/7, Android users were less likely to have fallen victim to porch pirates. Still, both sets of users have lost roughly the same value in goods to porch theft.

Fortunately for users of either brand, homeowners with a security system were more than twice as likely to retrieve their lost goods. So, regardless of your smartphone security preferences, this battle of the brands tells us one thing: The more invested you are in your home security, the safer you, your family, and your possessions are.

The Vivint Smart Home app allows Apple and Android users alike to control and monitor their home security system and smart home devices remotely from their smartphone or tablet. Its user-friendly, intuitive interface and range of features make it a must-have for anyone who wants to manage their home's security and energy usage from anywhere.

To learn more about the Vivint app, call us at 855.822.1220 for a free consultation today.

Let’s be neighbors.

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for more smart tips.


Vivint surveyed 1,000 Americans (500 Android users and 500 Apple users) regarding their home security experiences and habits in 2023. The mean age of surveyed Americans was 35 years. Among the participants, 65% were male, and 35% were female. Respondents were presented with a variety of answer options, including multiple choice and extended response. All respondents were compensated for participating in this survey.

Fair use statement

If you’re out to prove your smartphone brand is better, feel free to share this information! Just make sure you share for noncommercial purposes only and provide a link to this page to give our authors due credit.

Get a free quote today.

A Vivint Smart Home Pro will contact you within 24 hours. Or skip the form and call now: 844.481.8630.

Clicking the button below constitutes your electronic signature and consent for Vivint and its parent company NRG to use automated technology, including calls, texts and prerecorded messages, to contact you at the number provided about Vivint and NRG offers. Consent not required to make a purchase. Up to 10msg/month. Reply 'STOP' to opt-out. See Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

*Offer Details

Qualifying system purchase requires minimum $599.99 expenditure on equipment after all discounts have been applied, professional installation, and execution of Vivint monitoring services agreement. Click here for monthly service plan prices. DIY system purchases and reactivations of previously-installed systems not eligible for offer. Offer not available in all states or provinces. Equipment purchase may be financed separately subject to an agreement with one of Vivint's third-party financing partners. Monthly $1.48 cellular network maintenance fee applies. Taxes and local permit fees may apply.

Third-Party Financing Options Available

Financing eligibility and terms subject to credit approval by one of Vivint's third-party financing partners. Qualified customers may finance equipment purchase at 0% APR for up to 60 months. Month-to-month service agreement available when equipment is purchased upfront.

Vivint Systems & Services

System supports up to six cameras subject to sufficient WiFi speeds. Without a Vivint services plan, product and system functionality is limited (including loss of remote connectivity). Speak to a Vivint representative at the phone number in this offer for complete equipment, services, and package details, including pricing and financing details. Products and services in Louisiana provided by Vivint Louisiana Commercial Certificate #58280. See Vivint license numbers here.