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ADT Self-Setup is based on an idea that stems from self-installation of services – somewhat similar to what Blue by ADT used to offer. Self-installation is convenient for many people across the U.S., saves them the professional installation fee, and helps keep people invested in their home security. This article addresses some of the most common concerns and questions that you may have regarding the ADT Self-Setup, which is still a fairly new system. So let us begin!


What is ADT Self-Setup?

ADT Self-Setup is a simpler version of ADT and comes with self-installation. All you have to do is get the service, set it up yourself, and finalize a monitoring plan. It is perfect for tech-savvy individuals who like setting up things on their own or want to save on the pro installation fee.

How does ADT Self-Setup work?

ADT self-setup is quite easy to set up. It works in a few simple steps:

  1. Purchase the ADT self-setup system from the ADT website or call 844-343-1168
  2. Choose a professional monitoring plan to go with your system
  3. The self-install kit and ADT equipment are shipped to you for FREE on standard delivery
  4. Once it reaches you, follow the instructions and set up the system yourself
  5. Finally done, download the ADT+ app to keep an eye on your home no matter where you are!

Is ADT Self-Setup free?

The self-install or self-setup system offered by ADT is completely devoid of any installation fee. As it does not need technicians or professionals setting up your system, you do not have to pay anything. Once you purchase the system, it is shipped to your home for free and you can install it yourself.

However, do remember that it is still a system composed of equipment and you do have to pay for whatever you purchase as part of it.

ADT Self-Install Monitoring – Plans & Pricing

How much does ADT Self-setup cost?

The cost of ADT Self-setup is divided into two components: system cost and professional monitoring fee. You need to purchase the system upfront and you get to choose from 3 different plans. These are given as follows

  • Build Your Own: Base plan and fully customizable. Plans starting at $194.98
  • Starter: Base plan including a doorbell camera and motion sensors. Plans start at $479.99
  • Premium: Base plan including a Google Nest Hub. Plans start at $579.98

To learn more about these plans reach out to ADT customer service at 844-343-1168 for more information.

What are the monthly monitoring fees for ADT Self-Setup?

The monthly monitoring fees for ADT Self-setup vary from plan to plan. With more components, there has to be more detailed monitoring of all of them. This is why professional monitoring fees for ADT Self-setup range from $24.99 to $34.99 depending on your choice of system.

Is self-monitoring available with ADT?

ADT offers self-monitoring to its customers who opt for self-installation. It does not offer the same coverage and safety as ADT professionally monitored plans, but it is decent enough if you want a convenient system you can take care of on your own.


Is there a contract required for ADT Self-setup?

The ADT Self-setup comes with absolutely no term contracts, so there is nothing to hold you back. You can get ADT services with self-install and enjoy with as long as you need without having to sign any long-term contracts.

What is the contract length for ADT?

The contract length for ADT professionally installed systems can range anywhere from 3 to 5 years, depending on the financing plan you go for. However, ADT self-install plans are completely contract-free and do not need you to sign an agreement to get them. You purchase the system upfront and only pay the monitoring fee on a month-to-month basis.


What equipment is included in the ADT Self-setup kit?

The base ADT self-setup plan includes three items.

  • 1x ADT Smart home hub
  • 1x Door/window sensor
  • ADT+ App

The mid-tier and high-tier plans include everything in the base plan plus significantly more equipment such as cameras and sensors. Plus, if you want to customize a system to your liking, you can even do that – adding as many components as you like.

Does ADT Self-Setup offer video doorbells?

ADT currently offers a battery-supported Google Nest doorbell camera with some of its plans. You can also find it with ADT self-setup and enjoy HD video and two-way audio on your ADT Command and your ADT+ app, even when you are away from home.

Can I add more sensors and devices to my ADT Self-Setup system?

Although you get a base system with ADT Self Setup, you can customize it as you like. If you have a larger home and need more sensors or other smart devices for your home, you are welcome to add them. Do bear in mind, however, that the cost of your system and the monitoring fee may go up when you have more devices added to your plan.


Can I use my existing security equipment with ADT Self-Setup?

You can use your ADT security system with any existing security equipment you have from a previous provider. However, the equipment must be compatible with ADT Control to be able to work on the system. Take a look at all the ADT-compatible brands or call 844-343-1168 for more information.

Is ADT Self-Setup compatible with smart home devices like Alexa or Google Home?

All ADT systems are designed to work seamlessly with your virtual assistants – including Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Once integrated with your system, these assistants can take care of all your needs in an automated home. Just voice command and let the system take care of it.

ADT Account & App

Do I need an ADT account with self-setup plans?

Yes, you do need an ADT account with all ADT security plans including self-setup ones. An ADT account is required to activate and operate your ADT system, especially when you are away from home.

How can I create an account on ADT?

As soon as you receive the system that was shipped to you, you can download the free ADT+ mobile app. From here on, set up your account using the following simple steps:

  • Select Create Account > Enter all relevant details including your first and last names and the email address you used to order your system
  • Authenticate your email address, build a secure password, and set up your location
  • Turn on the Bluetooth on your smartphone or device you are using to set up the account
  • Turn your ADT Smart Home Hub on after plugging it in
  • Use the in-app setup guide to integrate your system with the app using an activation code found inside the package with your other system products

Can I control my ADT security system through a mobile app?

Yes, you can control your ADT security system remotely through the ADT+ App. It works for self-installed systems as well. All you need to do is set up an account and link it to your existing ADT system. Once it is set up, you can use the ADT+ app to keep an eye on your home, get intelligent alerts, arm and disarm your system, keep tabs on missed alerts, and control your smart and security devices from anywhere in the world.

Using Your ADT Security System Correctly

Can I use the panic button with ADT Self-setup?

Yes, you can use the panic button with all kinds of ADT plans – and as long as you have a professionally monitored system, you will get assistance whenever you need it. You should use this button only in case of an emergency when you are home as it alerts the authorities. Here is how you can trigger the panic or duress button on ADT.

  • Smart Home Hub Keypad: Hold down the * and the # buttons together
  • Keypad: Hold down the star * and # buttons simultaneously
  • Keychain Remote: Press the * and the STAY buttons simultaneously

If you have a self-monitored system, the panic button will only sound the alarm but not alert the emergency services or ADT centers.

How to prevent false alarms with ADT?

ADT Self Setup is designed with a set of features and practices that help cut out false alarms. There are several settings designed to help you avoid triggering a false alarm. Some of these features include:

  • Abort window time: 30 seconds of extra time to enter the passcode and shut the alarm without reaching the monitoring center.
  • Fire alarm verification: The smart hub waits for 60 seconds when a smoke detector is triggered before transmitting an alarm to the monitoring center. This is to ensure that there is actually a fire emergency.
  • Auto arm stay: If you arm the system as Away but do not leave from a monitored entryway, the system will automatically go back to Stay to prevent false alarms.

A 7-day practice period is given to new users to learn these and other ins and outs of the ADT alarm system. During this time, triggered alarms do not reach out to the authorities.

How do I arm my ADT Self-setup system?

You get three different kinds of arming modes for your ADT Self-setup. They are as follows:

  • STAY: Select the Stay button and enter your passcode to set up Stay Mode. You can use this mode when at home. It gives you an adequate Exit and Entry Delay and ignores motion sensors.
  • AWAY: Select the Away button and then enter your passcode to set up Away Mode. You should use this mode when no one is at home. Entry and exit delays are turned on as well as the motion sensors.
  • NIGHT: Select the Night button and enter your passcode to set up Night Mode. You can use this mode when you turn in for the night. Entry and exit delays as well as motion sensors are all off during this mode.

If you want to disarm your system completely, you can press off and confirm by putting in your passcode. Disarming your system will also turn off any alarms you might have caused inadvertently.


Learning a new system such as the ADT self-install is a huge commitment, but there are plenty of guides available online. In the end, however, trial and error helps you learn the best way. If you would like to experience all the good features that ADT has to offer, reach out to ADT customer service at 844-343-1168.