As a homeowner, I was always worried about the safety of my family, my home, and my peace of mind while at home.
The Blink’s arm and disarm features are a great way to do so. That’s why I decided to try out the Blink Camera Disarmed Vs Armed feature.
With this feature, I could easily set up an automatic arming schedule for my cameras so they would turn on or off at certain times throughout the day.
This way, if someone tried to break into our house while we were away, the cameras would be ready and waiting to catch them in the act!
So, in this article, I’ll walk you through the steps on how to disarm or arm your Blink system in several ways.
Let’s get started!
What is Armed and Disarmed on Blink Camera
The Blink camera has several modes, and the Arm or Disarm is one of them. When your camera is armed and switched on, it will record all kinds of events and motion detections or send alerts to your phone.
In the armed mode, the Blink camera will record 5 seconds of footage while recording motion. And immediately send this clip to your phone and be stored in your cloud storage.
On the other hand, if your Blink device is disarmed, all kinds of event recording, motion detection, or notification alerts will be disabled.
You can check the below table to understand the arm and disarm on your Blink camera more correctly:
You can arm or disarm your Blink camera in several ways, such as; the Blink app, Alexa voice command, or IFTTT.
How to Arm and Disarm Blink Camera
#1. Using Blink App
When you install a Blink camera by default, it will be disarmed in the app; you can arm or disarm it anytime from the app.
Doing this is quite simple. Here is how to arm/disarm camera with Blink app:
1. Launch the Blink app on your smartphone, and log into the account if needed.
2. When you land on the app home screen, you should locate a toggle switch in the bottom right corner of the screen. It will allow you to switch between the arm and disarm cameras anytime.
Tap the toggle switch to enter your camera into armed mode.
#2. With Amazon Alexa
Here is another way to disarm or arm your Blink camera using Amazon Alexa. Because the Blink system is fully compatible with Alexa, you can control it using voice commands.
Here are a few commands you can try:
1. “Hey, Alexa, arm blink.”
Sometimes, if the command does not work, you can try it in other ways like:
2. “Alexa, ask Blink to arm.”
3. “Alexa, ask Blink to disarm my system. My pin is****
#3. Scheduling Arm/ Disarm
Here are both manual and automatic ways to arm or disarm your Blink cameras. If you want to add some automation to the system, you can try scheduling features.
It will help to automatically enter the camera in the arm or disarm mode on specific periods of the day which you’ve selected.
Here are the steps to do so:
1. Open the Blink app on your smartphone.
2. Tap on the Settings gear from the bottom right corner.
3. Now, select your Blink system from the “System menu” that you want to schedule.
4. Choose your time zone.
5. Then select “scheduling.”
6. Next, click the + plus icon from the top right corner.
7. Set the scheduled time period and click Save.
How to Arm or Disarm Individual Blink Camera
No, it’s impossible to arm or disarm an individual Blink camera without arming or disarming the entire system.
However, you can use the disarm mode feature manually by disabling the particular camera’s motion detection and motion alerts.
Here is how you can do so:
1. Open the Blink app on your phone.
2. Click on the three-line menu and go to the settings.
3. Select Motion detection.
4. Disable the motion detection here.
Snooze the motion alerts with the following steps:
1. Launch the Blink app.
2. You’ll land on the app home screen; here, you should locate the Snooze icon on each camera.
3. Tap the icon to snooze notifications.
4. When the icon is blue, it is enabled, or white means the motion alerts are enabled.
Blink Camera Arm or Disarm Problems
If you are facing some issues with your Blink camera, such as; it automatically keeps arming or disarming, not disarming, recording while disarmed, and not recording when armed.
Here is a few troubleshooting to resolve this problem:
1. Power cycle the doorbell or perform a factory reset.
2. Fix your Wi-Fi connection by power cycling or resetting.
3. Check and disable schedules in the Blink app.
4. Ensure no one has access to your camera system.
5. Uninstall and reinstall the Blink app on your phone.
Does Blink Camera Record While Disarm?
Your Blink camera keeps recording while it is disarmed, and you can check its live view anytime from the Blink app.
The only thing the disarm does is disable your camera motion detection and motion alerts.
So, it means the camera is still recording in the disarmed mode, but the detection feature or the detection alerts are only disabled.
Can you leave Blink Armed all the time?
You can always leave your Blink camera armed because it is not recording continuously. It only works when a motion is detected or you want to see your camera’s live view.
Why do cameras keep recording while disarmed?
It can be a settings issue, and also you should ensure the disarm toggle switch in the app is enabled. And then check whether motion detection is enabled. If so, you should disable it.
However, if the camera keeps recording in disarmed mode, you should perform a factory reset, power cycle the camera, or install firmware updates.
Blink Camera Keeps Disarming Itself!
While your Blink camera keeps disarming itself, there might be scheduling features enabled for this device. Firstly check to ensure you do not have scheduled disarming for your camera.
On the other hand, you should also try to fix the issue by resetting the camera and sync module and checking that nobody can access your camera.
Suppose there is no schedule; you should contact Blink customer service. They will figure out the problem and assist you with possible solutions.
We hope this article has helped you understand the “disarm” and “arm” features in your Blink app.
Also, you can easily arm or disarm your Blink system using these four methods explained in this article:
- Using the Blink App
- Using the Amazon Alexa
- With the IFTTT
- Scheduling arm/ disarm
Now I’d like to hear from you!
Do you now have a better understanding of arm/ disarm Blink cameras?
Let me know in the comment.
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