How to Fix Blink Not Recording to USB (Troubleshoot Guide)

Have you ever experienced the frustration of missing out on important moments captured by your Blink camera because it was not recording to USB? If you have, you are not alone. Many Blink users have reported this problem and wondered why their Blink camera is not saving clips to USB.

Blink is a smart home security system that allows you to monitor your home with wireless or wired cameras and doorbells. One of the features of Blink is that it lets you save your video clips to a USB flash drive connected to the Sync Module, which is the hub of the system. This way, you can have a local backup of your footage and avoid paying for cloud storage.

However, sometimes Blink fails to record to USB or save the clips properly. This can be a serious issue, especially if you need to access the footage for evidence or personal reasons. Fortunately, some possible solutions can help you fix Blink not recording to USB and restore your local storage functionality.

In this article, we will show you 9 fixes to troubleshoot Blink not saving to USB and explain the causes of this problem. By following this guide, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of local storage and never miss a clip again. Let’s get started!

What Causes Blink Not Recording to USB?

Before we dive into the solutions, let’s first understand what causes Blink not recording to USB. Several possible factors can affect the local storage functionality, such as:

  • USB connection issues
  • Sync Module glitches
  • Camera or doorbell firmware errors
  • USB format or storage space problems
  • Blink app settings or cloud storage conflicts
  • Internet connection or firmware update issues

As you can see, there are many possible causes of Blink not recording to USB. That’s why it’s important to troubleshoot the problem and find the best fix for your situation.

Solution 1: Refresh the Flash Drive Connection

The first and easiest solution to try is to refresh the flash drive connection. Sometimes, the Sync Module might lose its connection to the flash drive due to physical damage, loose connection, or power outage. This can cause Blink not saving to USB or recording the clips properly.

To refresh the flash drive connection, you need to:

  • Safely eject the USB flash drive from the Sync Module by using the Blink app. Go to Settings > Local Storage > Eject USB Drive and tap on Eject.
  • Wait for a few seconds and then reinsert the USB flash drive into the Sync Module. Make sure it is firmly connected and not damaged.
  • Check the Blink app to see if the flash drive is recognized and the local storage option is enabled. Go to Settings > Local Storage and look for the USB icon and the Local Storage Only toggle.

If this solution works, you should see the flash drive icon and the local storage option on the Blink app. You should also be able to view your clips on the USB drive by using the Blink app or a computer.

If this solution doesn’t work, don’t worry. There are more solutions to try. Read on to find out!

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Solution 2: Restart the Sync Module

The next solution to try is to restart the Sync Module. Sometimes, the Sync Module might have minor software or hardware glitches that prevent it from communicating with the flash drive or the camera. This can cause Blink not recording to USB or saving the clips properly.

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To restart the Sync Module, you need to:

  • Unplug the power cord from the Sync Module and wait for about 10 seconds.
  • Replug the power cord into the Sync Module and wait for it to boot up. The blue LED light should blink and then turn solid.
  • Check the Blink app to see if the Sync Module is online and the local storage option is enabled. Go to Settings > Sync Module and look for the green dot and the Local Storage Only toggle.

If this solution works, you should see the Sync Module online and the local storage option on the Blink app. You should also be able to view your clips on the USB drive by using the Blink app or a computer.

If this solution doesn’t work, don’t give up. There are more solutions to try. Keep reading to find out!

Solution 3: Reset the Camera and Doorbell

The third solution to try is to reset the Blink camera and doorbell.

Sometimes, the camera or doorbell might have internal firmware errors that prevent it from sending the video clips to the Sync Module or the flash drive. This can cause Blink not saving to USB or recording the clips properly.

Reset Blink Camera

To reset the camera and doorbell, you need to:

  • Remove the battery cover from the camera or doorbell and locate the reset button. It is a small hole with a white dot inside.
Blink doorbell battery
  • Use a paper clip or a similar tool to press and hold the reset button for about 10 seconds. The blue LED light should flash rapidly and then turn off.
  • Wait for the camera or doorbell to reboot and reconnect to the Sync Module. The blue LED light should blink and then turn solid.
  • Check the Blink app to see if the camera or doorbell is online and if the local storage option is enabled. Go to Devices > Camera or Doorbell and look for the green dot and the Local Storage Only toggle.

If this solution works, you should see the camera or doorbell online and the local storage option on the Blink app. You should also be able to view your clips on the USB drive by using the Blink app or a computer.

If this solution doesn’t work, don’t lose hope. There are more solutions to try. Continue reading to find out!

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Solution 4: Check the USB Format

The fourth solution to try is to check the USB format. Sometimes, the flash drive might have an incompatible format that prevents it from storing the video clips properly. This can cause Blink not saving to USB or recording the clips properly.

check usb format

To check the USB format, you need to:

  • Safely eject the USB flash drive from the Sync Module by using the Blink app. Go to Settings > Local Storage > Eject USB Drive and tap on Eject.
  • Connect the USB flash drive to a computer and open the file explorer. Right-click on the flash drive and select Properties. Look for the File System field and see what format it has.
  • If the flash drive has a format other than FAT32 or exFAT, you need to change it to one of these formats. To do so, right-click on the flash drive and select Format. Choose FAT32 or exFAT from the drop-down menu and click on Start. Note that this will erase all the data on the flash drive, so make sure you back up your files before formatting.
  • Wait for the formatting process to finish and then safely eject the flash drive from the computer. Reinsert the flash drive into the Sync Module and check the Blink app to see if the local storage option is enabled. Go to Settings > Local Storage and look for the USB icon and the Local Storage Only toggle.

If this solution works, you should see the flash drive icon and the local storage option on the Blink app. You should also be able to view your clips on the USB drive by using the Blink app or a computer.

If this solution doesn’t work, don’t panic. There are more solutions to try. Keep reading to find out!

Solution 5: Check the Available USB Storage Space

The fifth solution to try is to check the available USB storage space. Sometimes, the flash drive might have insufficient storage space that prevents it from storing the video clips properly. This can cause Blink not saving to USB or recording the clips properly.

check usb storage

To check the available USB storage space, you need to:

  • Safely eject the USB flash drive from the Sync Module by using the Blink app. Go to Settings > Local Storage > Eject USB Drive and tap on Eject.
  • Connect the USB flash drive to a computer and open the file explorer. Right-click on the flash drive and select Properties. Look for the Used Space and Free Space fields and see how much space is left on the flash drive.
  • If the flash drive has less than 10% of free space, you need to clear some space by deleting some files or transferring them to another device. To do so, open the flash drive folder and select the files you want to delete or move. Right-click on them and choose Delete or Cut. If you choose Cut, paste them to another folder or device. Empty the recycle bin after deleting the files.
  • Safely eject the flash drive from the computer and reinsert it into the Sync Module. Check the Blink app to see if the local storage option is enabled. Go to Settings > Local Storage and look for the USB icon and the Local Storage Only toggle.

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Solution 6: Check the Blink App Settings

The sixth solution to try is to check the Blink app settings. Sometimes, the Blink app settings might be configured incorrectly or conflict with the cloud storage option, which might override the local storage option. This can cause Blink not saving to USB or recording the clips properly.

blink local storage settings

To check the Blink app settings, you need to:

  • Open the Blink app and go to Settings > Local Storage. Make sure the Local Storage Only toggle is turned on. This will disable the cloud storage option and enable the local storage option.
  • If the Local Storage Only toggle is off, turn it on and confirm your choice. You will see a warning message that says “You will no longer be able to access your clips from the cloud. Are you sure you want to continue?” Tap on Yes to proceed.
  • Check the Blink app to see if the local storage option is enabled and the cloud storage option is disabled. Go to Settings > Local Storage and look for the Local Storage Only toggle and the Cloud Storage Disabled message.

If this solution works, you should see the local storage option enabled and the cloud storage option disabled on the Blink app. You should also be able to view your clips on the USB drive by using the Blink app or a computer. Learn how to use Blink Camera on PC.

If this solution doesn’t work, don’t stress. There are more solutions to try. Keep reading to find out!

Solution 7: Check the Internet Connection

The seventh solution to try is to check the internet connection. Sometimes, the internet connection might be unstable or offline, which might affect the Sync Module’s functionality or prevent it from receiving the latest firmware update. This can cause Blink not saving to USB or recording the clips properly.

slow wifi

To check the internet connection, you need to:

  • Check the status of your router and modem and make sure they are working properly. If they are not, try to reboot them by unplugging and replugging the power cords.
  • Check the status of your Sync Module and make sure it is online. If it is not, try to move it closer to the router or modem and avoid any possible interference sources, such as metal objects, walls, or other devices.
  • Check the status of your camera or doorbell and make sure they are online. If they are not, try to move them closer to the Sync Module and avoid any possible interference sources, such as metal objects, walls, or other devices.
  • Check the Blink app to see if the Sync Module, the camera, and the doorbell are online and the local storage option is enabled. Go to Settings > Sync Module and Devices > Camera or Doorbell and look for the green dots and the Local Storage Only toggle.

If this solution works, you should see the Sync Module, the camera, the doorbell online, and the local storage option on the Blink app. You should also be able to view your clips on the USB drive by using the Blink app or a computer.

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If this solution doesn’t work, don’t fret. There are more solutions to try. Keep reading to find out!

Solution 8: Check the Blink Firmware Version

The eighth solution to try is to check the Blink firmware version. Sometimes, the Blink firmware version might be outdated or corrupted, which might affect the local storage functionality. This can cause Blink not saving to USB or recording the clips properly.

blink update firmware

To check the Blink firmware version, you need to:

  • Open the Blink app and go to Settings > Sync Module. Look for the Firmware Version field and see what version it has.
  • Compare the firmware version with the latest version available on the Blink website or the Blink app. If the firmware version is lower than the latest version, you need to update it.
  • To update the firmware version, tap on the Update Firmware button and follow the instructions on the screen. Wait for the update process to finish and do not disconnect the Sync Module from the power source or the internet.
  • Check the Blink app to see if the firmware version is updated and the local storage option is enabled. Go to Settings > Sync Module and look for the Firmware Version field and the Local Storage Only toggle.

If this solution works, you should see the firmware version updated and the local storage option on the Blink app. You should also be able to view your clips on the USB drive by using the Blink app or a computer.

If this solution doesn’t work, don’t despair. There is one more solution to try. Keep reading to find out!

Solution 9: Contact Blink Customer Support

The ninth and final solution to try is to contact Blink customer support. Sometimes, the problem might be beyond your control and require professional assistance. This can happen if there is a hardware defect, a software bug, or a compatibility issue that prevents Blink from saving to USB or recording the clips properly.

To contact Blink customer support, you need to:

  • Prepare some information before calling or emailing, such as:
    • Your Blink account email and password
    • Your Sync Module serial number and firmware version
    • Your camera or doorbell serial number and firmware version
    • Your USB flash drive brand, model, and format
    • A description of the problem and the solutions you have tried
  • Call or email Blink customer support using the contact details below:
    • Phone: 1-781-332-5465 (US), 44 1158 384189 (UK), 49 3222 109 6490 (DE)
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Website: https://support.blinkforhome.com/
  • Follow the instructions from the customer support agent and provide the information they request. They might ask you to perform some troubleshooting steps or send them some screenshots or videos.
  • Wait for the customer support agent to resolve the issue or provide you with a replacement or a refund.

If this solution works, you should be able to fix Blink not saving to USB or recording the clips properly with the help of the customer support agent. You should also be able to view your clips on the USB drive by using the Blink app or a computer.

If this solution doesn’t work, we are sorry to hear that. We hope you can find another way to enjoy your Blink camera and its features.

Conclusion | Blink Camera Not Recording to USB

We hope this article has helped you fix Blink not recording to USB and restore your local storage functionality. By following this guide, you should be able to enjoy the benefits of local storage and never miss a clip again.

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FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions.

How do I know if my Blink camera is recording to USB?

You can know if your Blink camera is recording to USB by checking the Blink app.

Go to Settings > Local Storage and look for the USB icon and the Local Storage Only toggle. If they are both on, your Blink camera is recording to USB. You can also view your clips on the USB drive by using the Blink app or a computer.

How do I view my Blink clips on USB?

You can view your Blink clips on USB by using the Blink app or a computer.

To use the Blink app, go to the Home screen and tap on the USB icon at the bottom. You will see a list of your clips sorted by date and time.

To use a computer, safely eject the USB flash drive from the Sync Module and connect it to a computer. Open the flash drive folder and look for the Blink folder. You will see a subfolder for each camera or doorbell with the clips inside.

How do I delete Blink clips from USB?

You can delete Blink clips from USB by using the Blink app or a computer.

To use the Blink app, go to the Home screen and tap on the USB icon at the bottom. You will see a list of your clips sorted by date and time. Tap on the clip you want to delete and then tap on the trash icon at the top.

To use a computer, safely eject the USB flash drive from the Sync Module and connect it to a computer. Open the flash drive folder and look for the Blink folder. You will see a subfolder for each camera or doorbell with the clips inside. Right-click on the clip you want to delete and choose Delete.

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