Blink Camera Armed vs Disarmed – Everything you need to know

Blink cameras are smart wireless security cameras that let you monitor your home from anywhere. They are easy to set up and use, and they offer a lot of features to customize your security system.

One of the most important features is the ability to arm or disarm your cameras, which affects how they record and alert you when they detect motion.

In this blog post, we will explain everything you need to know about Blink camera armed vs disarmed modes, how to switch between them, and some tips and tricks to make the most of your Blink cameras.

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Blink Armed vs. Disarmed (What are these modes?)

Blink cameras have two main modes: armed and disarmed. These modes determine whether your cameras will record video clips and send notifications when they detect motion.

You can control these modes from the Blink app on your smartphone or tablet, or by using voice commands with Alexa.

What does Armed mean on Blink Camera?

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When your Blink camera is armed, it means that it is ready to record and alert you when it senses motion.

You will see a blue LED light on the front of the camera when it is armed. When the camera detects motion, it will start recording a video clip (up to 60 seconds) and send it to the cloud storage.

You will also receive a notification on your phone or tablet, and you can view the clip from the app or the web portal. You can also watch live video from the camera at any time.

What does Disarmed mean on Blink Camera?

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When your Blink camera is disarmed, it means that it is not recording or alerting you when it detects motion. You will see a green LED light on the front of the camera when it is disarmed.

When the camera senses motion, it will not record or send any notification. However, you can still watch live video from the camera at any time.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Each Mode

Each mode has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on your needs and preferences. Here are some of them:

  • Armed mode:
    • Advantages: You can capture any activity in your home and get notified immediately. You can also review the recorded clips later and download or share them if needed. This mode is ideal for when you are away from home or want to monitor a specific area.
    • Disadvantages: You may receive too many notifications if there is a lot of motion in your camera’s view. This can drain your battery life and use up your cloud storage space. You may also miss some events if your camera’s motion detection settings are not optimal.
  • Disarmed mode:
    • Advantages: You can save battery life and cloud storage space by not recording or sending notifications. You can also avoid false alarms or unwanted alerts from pets, insects, or other sources of motion. This mode is ideal for when you are at home or do not want to be disturbed by notifications.
    • Disadvantages: You may miss some important events or suspicious activity in your home if you do not record or get notified. You may also lose evidence or proof if something happens while your camera is disarmed.
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When to use each mode?

There is no right or wrong answer to when to use each mode, as it depends on your personal situation and preference. However, here are some general guidelines that may help you decide:

  • Use armed mode when:
    • You are away from home for a long time or traveling.
    • You want to monitor a specific area or room in your home, such as the front door, garage, backyard, etc.
    • You want to keep an eye on your pets, kids, elderly parents, etc.
    • You want to deter intruders or catch them in the act.
  • Use disarmed mode when:
    • You are at home and do not want to be bothered by notifications.
    • You have guests or visitors in your home who may trigger the motion detection.
    • You have other security devices or systems in place that can alert you of any activity.
    • You want to save battery life and cloud storage space.

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Tips and tricks for Switching Between Modes

Switching between modes is very easy with Blink cameras. Here are some tips and tricks that can make it even easier:

  • Use the app: The simplest way to switch between modes is to use the Blink app on your phone or tablet. Just open the app and tap on the system icon at the top left corner. Then tap on the arm/disarm toggle button to change the mode for all cameras in that system. You can also tap on each camera individually and change its mode separately.
  • Use Alexa: If you have an Alexa device, such as an Echo Dot or an Echo Show, you can use voice commands to switch between modes. Just say “Alexa, arm Blink” or “Alexa, disarm Blink” to change the mode for all cameras in your system. You can also say “Alexa, arm/disarm [camera name]” to change the mode for a specific camera. For example, “Alexa, arm front door camera”.
  • Use IFTTT: If you want to automate the switching between modes based on certain triggers or conditions, you can use IFTTT (If This Then That), a free online service that connects different apps and devices.
    For example, you can create an applet that arms your Blink cameras when you leave home, and disarms them when you arrive home. You can also create applets that arm or disarm your cameras based on the time of day, the weather, your location, etc.

How to Arm Your Blink Camera? (Step-by-Step Guide)

Arming your Blink camera is very easy and can be done in a few steps. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

  1. Open the Blink app on your phone or tablet and log in to your account.
  2. Tap on the system icon at the top left corner of the app screen. You will see a list of all your cameras in that system.
  3. Tap on the arm/disarm toggle button at the top right corner of the screen. You will see a blue check mark next to it when it is armed.
  4. Alternatively, you can tap on each camera individually and change its mode separately. You will see a blue shield icon next to the camera name when it is armed.

That’s it! Your Blink camera is now armed and ready to record and alert you when it detects motion.

Motion Detection when the Camera is Armed

When your Blink camera is armed, it will use its built-in motion sensor to detect any movement in its field of view. When it does, it will start recording a video clip (up to 60 seconds) and send it to the cloud storage. You will also receive a notification on your phone or tablet, and you can view the clip from the app or the web portal.

You can adjust the motion detection settings of your camera from the app to suit your needs and preferences. Here are some of the settings you can change:

  • Sensitivity: This setting determines how sensitive your camera is to motion. You can choose from five levels: low, medium-low, medium, medium-high, and high. The higher the sensitivity, the more likely your camera will record and alert you of any motion.
    However, this may also result in more false alarms or unwanted notifications from pets, insects, or other sources of motion. The lower the sensitivity, the less likely your camera will record and alert you of any motion. However, this may also result in missing some important events or suspicious activity in your home.
  • Activity Zones: This setting allows you to select specific areas in your camera’s view that you want to monitor for motion.
    You can create up to three activity zones by drawing rectangles on the screen. Your camera will only record and alert you of motion that occurs within these zones. This can help you reduce false alarms or unwanted notifications from areas that are not relevant to your security, such as trees, roads, etc.
  • Clip Length: This setting determines how long your camera will record when it detects motion. You can choose from 5 seconds to 60 seconds. The longer the clip length, the more video footage you will have of any event or activity in your home. However, this may also use up more battery life and cloud storage space.
    The shorter the clip length, the less video footage you will have of any event or activity in your home. However, this may also save battery life and cloud storage space.
  • Retrigger Time: This setting determines how long your camera will wait before it can record another clip after detecting motion. You can choose from 10 seconds to 60 seconds. The longer the retrigger time, the less likely your camera will record multiple clips of the same event or activity in your home.
    However, this may also result in missing some parts of an event or activity that lasts longer than the retrigger time. The shorter the retrigger time, the more likely your camera will record multiple clips of the same event or activity in your home. However, this may also result in more battery drain and cloud storage usage.

You can change these settings for each camera individually or for all cameras in your system at once.

Scheduling Arming and Disarming of Your Blink Cameras

If you want to arm or disarm your Blink cameras automatically at certain times of the day or week, you can use the scheduling feature in the app. This feature allows you to create schedules for each camera or for all cameras in your system at once.

To create a schedule for your cameras, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Blink app on your phone or tablet and log in to your account.
  2. Tap on the system icon at the top left corner of the app screen. You will see a list of all your cameras in that system.
  3. Tap on the schedule icon at the bottom right corner of the screen. You will see a calendar view of the current week.
  4. Tap on the + icon at the top right corner of the screen to create a new schedule. You will see a screen where you can name your schedule, choose which cameras to include, and set the start and end time and days for arming or disarming your cameras.
  5. Enter a name for your schedule, such as “Weekdays” or “Nighttime”.
  6. Tap on the cameras icon to select which cameras you want to include in your schedule. You can select all cameras or individual cameras by tapping on their names.
  7. Tap on the arm/disarm icon to choose whether you want to arm or disarm your cameras during this schedule.
  8. Tap on the time icon to set the start and end time for arming or disarming your cameras. You can use the sliders to adjust the hours and minutes, or tap on the clock icon to enter the time manually.
  9. Tap on the days icon to select which days of the week you want to apply this schedule. You can tap on each day to toggle it on or off, or tap on “Everyday” to select all days.
  10. Tap on the save icon at the top right corner of the screen to save your schedule. You will see it appear on the calendar view with a color code indicating whether it is arming or disarming your cameras.
  11. Repeat steps 4 to 10 to create more schedules if needed. You can create up to 10 schedules per system.
  12. To edit or delete a schedule, tap on it from the calendar view and then tap on the edit or delete icon at the top right corner of the screen.

Once you have created your schedules, your Blink cameras will automatically arm or disarm according to them. You can also override them manually at any time by using the app, Alexa, or IFTTT.

How to Arm/Disarm Blink with Alexa?

If you have an Alexa device, such as an Echo Dot or an Echo Show, you can use voice commands to arm or disarm your Blink cameras. This can be very convenient and hands-free, especially when you are leaving or entering your home.

To arm or disarm your Blink cameras with Alexa, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that your Alexa device and your Blink system are connected and synced. You can do this by using the Alexa app on your phone or tablet, and following the instructions to link your Blink account with your Alexa account.
  2. Say “Alexa, discover my devices” to let Alexa find and recognize your Blink cameras.
  3. Once Alexa has discovered your Blink cameras, you can use voice commands to arm or disarm them. Here are some examples of what you can say:
    • “Alexa, arm Blink” or “Alexa, disarm Blink” to change the mode for all cameras in your system.
    • “Alexa, arm/disarm [camera name]” to change the mode for a specific camera. For example, “Alexa, arm front door camera”.
    • “Alexa, show me [camera name]” to watch live video from a specific camera on your Echo Show or other compatible device. For example, “Alexa, show me backyard camera”.
    • “Alexa, stop” to end the live video stream.

You can also create routines with Alexa that can trigger arming or disarming of your Blink cameras based on certain events or conditions, such as when you say a phrase, when you arrive home or leave home, when an alarm goes off, etc.

Arm or Disarm your Blink System using IFTTT

If you want to automate the arming or disarming of your Blink system based on certain triggers or conditions, you can use IFTTT (If This Then That), a free online service that connects different apps and devices.

To arm or disarm your Blink system using IFTTT, follow these steps:

  1. Create an account on IFTTT.com and log in.
  2. Click on “Create” at the top right corner of the website.
  3. Click on “+ This” to choose a trigger service that will activate your action. You can choose from hundreds of services, such as location, weather, calendar, email, etc.
  4. Choose a trigger that suits your needs and preferences. For example, if you want to arm your Blink system when you leave home, you can choose “Location” as the trigger service and then select “You exit an area” as the trigger.
  5. Configure the trigger settings according to your needs and preferences. For example, if you chose “You exit an area” as the trigger, you can enter your home address and radius as the area that you want to monitor.
  6. Click on “+ That” to choose an action service that will perform your action. You can choose from hundreds of services, such as notification, email, social media, etc.
  7. Choose “Blink” as the action service and then select “Arm system” as the action.
  8. Configure the action settings according to your needs and preferences. For example, you can choose which system you want to arm and whether you want to receive a notification when the action is performed.
  9. Click on “Create action” to finish creating your applet.
  10. Repeat steps 3 to 9 to create more applets if needed. You can create up to 50 applets per account.

Once you have created your applets, your Blink system will automatically arm or disarm according to them. You can also turn them on or off manually at any time by using the IFTTT website or app.

How to Troubleshoot Blink Camera Arming/Disarming Issues

Sometimes, you may encounter some issues with arming or disarming your Blink cameras, such as:

  • The system is armed but still not recording or sending notifications.
  • The system is disarmed but still recording or sending notifications.
  • The system is not following the schedules or routines that you have set up.
  • The system is not responding to the app, Alexa, or IFTTT commands.

If you face any of these issues, here are some possible solutions that may help you fix them:

  • Check the battery level and Wi-Fi signal strength of your cameras. Low battery or weak Wi-Fi can affect the performance and functionality of your cameras. You can check these indicators from the app by tapping on each camera and looking at the icons at the bottom of the screen. If the battery level is low, replace the batteries with new ones. If the Wi-Fi signal is weak, move your camera or router closer to each other or use a Wi-Fi extender.
  • Check the motion detection settings of your cameras. Make sure that the sensitivity, activity zones, clip length, and retrigger time are set according to your needs and preferences. You can adjust these settings from the app by tapping on each camera and then tapping on the gear icon at the top right corner of the screen.
  • Check the arming/disarming status of your cameras. Make sure that they are in the correct mode that you want them to be. You can check this from the app by tapping on the system icon at the top left corner of the screen and looking at the arm/disarm toggle button and the icons next to each camera name. You can also use Alexa or IFTTT to check or change the mode of your cameras.
  • Check the schedules or routines that you have set up for your cameras. Make sure that they are active and configured correctly. You can check this from the app by tapping on the schedule icon at the bottom right corner of the screen and looking at the calendar view and the details of each schedule. You can also use Alexa or IFTTT to check or edit your schedules or routines.
  • Restart your cameras, router, and devices. Sometimes, a simple reboot can solve many problems. You can restart your cameras by removing and reinserting their batteries. You can restart your router by unplugging and plugging it back in. You can restart your devices by turning them off and on again.

If none of these solutions work, you can contact Blink customer support for further assistance. You can reach them by phone, email, chat, or social media.

What to do if the System is Armed but still not Recording?

If your Blink system is armed but still not recording or sending notifications when it detects motion, there may be several reasons for this issue, such as:

  • Your camera’s motion sensor is blocked or obstructed by something, such as a curtain, a plant, a wall, etc.
  • Your camera’s view is too dark or too bright, which affects its ability to detect motion.
  • Your camera’s motion detection settings are too low or too high, which affects its sensitivity to motion.
  • Your camera’s battery level is too low, which affects its performance and functionality.
  • Your camera’s Wi-Fi signal is too weak, which affects its connection and communication with the cloud server.

To fix this issue, you can try these possible solutions:

  • Check and clear any obstructions from your camera’s motion sensor and view. Make sure that nothing is blocking or covering its lens or sensor. Also make sure that there is enough light in its view, but not too much that it causes glare or reflection.
  • Adjust your camera’s motion detection settings according to your needs and preferences. You can change the sensitivity, activity zones, clip length, and retrigger time from the app by tapping on each camera and then tapping on the gear icon at the top right corner of the screen.
  • Replace your camera’s batteries with new ones if they are low. You can check the battery level from the app by tapping on each camera and looking at the battery icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • Move your camera or router closer to each other or use a Wi-Fi extender if the signal is weak. You can check the Wi-Fi signal strength from the app by tapping on each camera and looking at the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom of the screen.

If none of these solutions work, you can contact Blink customer support for further assistance. You can reach them by phone, email, chat, or social media.

Last Thoughts on Blink Armed vs. Disarmed

Blink armed vs disarmed modes are one of the most important features of your Blink cameras, as they affect how they record and alert you when they detect motion. By understanding how these modes work and how to switch between them, you can customize your security system to suit your needs and preferences.

You can use the app, Alexa, or IFTTT to control these modes manually or automatically, and you can also adjust the motion detection settings of your cameras to optimize their performance and functionality. You can also use the scheduling feature in the app to create schedules for arming or disarming your cameras at certain times of the day or week.

By following these tips and tricks, you can make the most of your Blink cameras and enjoy a smart and secure home.

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