Blink Mini 2 Setup Guide

Two black and white Blink Mini 2 cameras sitting side-by-side

Getting Started

To set up your new Mini 2 camera, you must first have the Blink app installed and a Blink Account. Learn more about how to create a new account in the Blink app.

Add your Mini 2 camera to a new or existing system

Your Mini 2 first needs to be powered to be added to a system. Plug your supplied cable into the USB port in the back of the camera and the other end into your power supply. Then plug the power supply into your wall outlet. Once your Mini 2 is receiving power, proceed with the following steps.
1. On the Blink app Home screen, tap the + icon in the top right corner.
2. On Add Device, tap Mini Cameras. You will be asked to scan a QR Code which is located on the back of your Mini camera, above the plug socket. Your camera may request permission to scan the QR code. Otherwise, you can enter the number manually.

Note: If your camera can't correctly focus to scan the QR code, add more light to the scene either with the camera flash or room lighting.

add a mini       allow the camera to scan the mini QR code on its back

3. Add your camera to an existing system or create a new system name if you'd like. When adding Mini to an existing system, tap the system name to continue.

Note: If you want to use your Mini camera as a doorbell chime, make sure it's added to the same system as your Blink Video Doorbell.

add a system name or tap a system

4. You will be instructed to plug in your camera and wait for the lights on the camera's face to appear. One will blink blue and another to be solid green. When this occurs, tap Discover device, and the following message appears: "Blink" Wants to Join Wi-Fi Network"BLINK-XXXX"? Tap Join.  Learn more about the Blink Wi-Fi network.

Note: If you don't see a blinking blue light, you may need to reset the camera.

press discover when the lights on the mini are blinking blue and solid green      tap join to connect the camera to wifi

5. On the next screen, select your Wi-Fi network name. 

If you're adding the camera to an existing system, be sure you choose the same Wi-Fi network that your other devices are connected to.

6. Once camera successfully connects to your network and reaches out to the Blink servers, your Mini is added. Tap Done to complete the setup and return to the app home screen.

Unable to Connect to Sync Module when adding cameras to a system? Learn more about what to do when you can't connect to the Sync Module when setting up devices.

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Helpful tips

The following articles can guide you to enhance your Blink experience.

Mounting the camera

Mini 2 camera ships with a camera mount, along with two screws and an indoor power adapter in the box. Be sure to remove its protective covering prior to using the camera.

Note: Make sure the cable reaches to your Mini 2 camera without being stretched and refer to the following installation instructions. 

Depending on the orientation of where the camera will be located, you will use one of the two mounting points:

  1. The vertical mounting point (for walls or other vertical surfaces) is located below the USB port at the rear of the camera. 
  2. The horizontal mounting point (for flat surfaces and ceilings) is located at the bottom of the unit. 


  1. Select a location to mount your camera. When you've decided where it will go, remove the top cover from the mount and use the included screws to secure the mount to your surface. Then reattach the top cover by rotating it to align with the keyed slot and notches on the mount, until it can be securely connected down into place without resistance.


    Proper camera placement is important for good image quality. Mini 2 cameras have been used to detect motion through glass. Remember, this is not the most accurate way to detect motion. When using your Mini 2 through glass, be sure to turn off the Recording LED and the Night Vision IR LED to prevent glare from reflected light. Learn about camera placement.

  2. After the mount is secured, press your Mini 2 onto the mounting point. It will click into place as the camera is secured.
  3. Plug the included indoor, or Blink Weather Resistant Power Adapter (sold separately) cable into the USB port in the back of Mini 2 and aim the camera.

  4. If using the included indoor power cable, plug the other end into the power supply and then plug the power supply into your wall outlet.

    When using the Blink Weather Resistant Power Adapter (sold separately), you can use the included mounting kit which comes with screws, anchors and cable clips to attach it to a wall. Then plug the other end directly into an outlet.


You can test the camera's orientation by using Live View in the Blink app.

Optional: Flipping video

If you want to mount Mini 2 onto a ceiling or an overhead surface, you may need to flip the camera's video so it outputs properly.

You can make this change in the Blink app by tapping Moresettings icon at the bottom right of the device's thumbnail image. Then select Device Settings > Video and Photo and tap Flip Video to turn on this setting.

Visit the camera settings page for more information about settings.


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Name your camera and set the thumbnail

This articles describes how to change your camera name and refresh the thumbnail image.

When you add a new camera, the camera name and image are not set up. Your camera's device serial number (DSN) displays as the camera name. The thumbnail image (your camera's view) will be blue. To change the name of your camera or add a thumbnail picture, follow the steps below.

Change the camera name

  • To find Device Settings, tap the More buttonsettings icon at the bottom right of the device's thumbnail image.
  • From the Device Setting screen, select General Settings.
  • Next, tap the camera's name to enter the new name (for example, back porch). Once you enter the new camera name, tap Save.

Note: When you update the name of your camera, clips recorded prior to the name change will appear in your Clip List as that previous name.

Refresh thumbnail

From the Home Screen, tap the More buttonsettings icon and select Refresh Thumbnail. The camera takes a screenshot of the current live view and replaces the blue image with this screenshot. The thumbnail remains the same until you refresh it using Refresh Thumbnail. Learn more about using the Blink app. 

Note: This process doesn't apply to the Video Doorbell when it's in Event Response Mode, since the thumbnail is updated automatically each time the doorbell ringer button is pressed or a motion event occurs. Learn more about Event Response Mode.
 


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Camera placement

Considerations for outdoor use

When placing a Blink camera outdoors, keep in mind that random objects, like cars or blowing leaves, and even moving shadows can trigger a motion alert. To reduce unwanted alerts, adjust the Sensitivity setting or use Motion Zones‍ to block off certain areas of the view.

To preserve the privacy of others, you can use Privacy Zones‍ that stop the camera from sending anything within the two areas you set.

When your camera has adjusted the white balance for darkness and motion has occurred, the scene may have an area of bright light. This image may be sent to you before the camera has adjusted itself. In this case, there may be a blue tint to the image; however, the next clip will have a corrected white balance. You can adjust the camera view to avoid areas of high contrast (morning sun on a dark walkway).

Considerations for indoor use

When placing your camera indoors, or in a garage, some surfaces can affect what you see. Flat surfaces reflect light and create glare. Momentary reflections, or a strong source of light aimed at the camera lens can also create a glare.

The appearance of glare will appear as fog or bright area of the image. Glare can also make the background appear darker. This image is from a camera sitting directly on a shelf.

camera view showing glare from being placed on a flat surface without a camera stand

Moving the camera a short distance away from a reflective surface can make a big difference. Using a Blink Camera Mount or Blink Camera Stand lifts the camera off of flat surfaces and improves image clarity. The image below is from the same camera on a mount.

camera view with infra red light source shown mounted on a camera stand to avoid glare

In some cases, switching the infra red (IR) light Setting to Off can help reduce glare. If the area is lit when motion occurs, as with some garage doors or our floodlight products, your camera will provide a picture using visible light instead of IR, as shown below.

camera view with the infra red light turned off to use visible light only


Considerations for motion detection

To detect motion, cameras other than the Mini are sensitive to the size of an object's heat as it appears in the view. The Blink Mini detects visual differences between one moment and the next. For both types of camera however, a small object close to the camera would trigger a detection equal to a larger object farther away because their appearance is similar in the camera view. The best range of detection is within 5 to 20 feet (about 1.5 to 6m) from the camera. By placing your camera higher off of the ground, you can avoid smaller animals causing motion alerts.

Mini cameras have been used to detect motion through glass. Remember, this is not the most accurate way to detect motion. When using your Mini through glass, be sure to turn off the Recording LED and the Night Vision IR LED to prevent glare from reflected light.

simulated image showing a small animal close to the camera and larger animals farther away

Because motion is detected by difference in the view, a person walking toward the camera is harder to detect than when they walk across the scene.
illustration of two camera placements, one at a door looking outwards and the resulting small motion difference, and the second placement on the side of a path showing motion across the view for better motion detection

If you want to see arriving visitors and package deliveries, it may be useful to mount the camera looking towards the doorway, so random pedestrians or stray animals do not appear in the background and cause motion alerts that you are not interested in.

Placing your camera near hard surfaces may produce unwanted sounds. Placing the camera on a shelf, near a wall, or set back from the edge, may create a "boxed-in" environment. Because a hard surface reflects sound, the camera microphone may pick up the original sound and the reflected sound.

For ideal placement, please avoid placing your camera:

  • Near dense materials like brick, stone, concrete, metals
  • Near other electronic devices
  • In confined spaces


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Use the Mini 2 as a Video Doorbell Chime

If you use both a Blink Mini or Mini 2 cameras and a Blink Video Doorbell, your Mini can work as a chime. This is useful if you don't have a doorbell chime installed in your home.

How it works

When the doorbell's button is pressed, a chime will play from its speaker. The same chime sound plays from each Mini camera that you have connected.

Note: When your Mini is playing the chime sound, it will stop playing for any Mini-based event like recording a motion clip, or entering Live View.

Add your Mini and Doorbell to the same system

As long as the cameras are added to the same system, your Mini can act as a chime for one or more Blink Video Doorbells, or any combination of Blink Video Doorbells and Mini cameras.

Blink device How to add a Mini as a Chime
Sync Module 2 with a Blink Video Doorbell Add a Blink Mini to the Sync Module system
Sync Module 2 with a Blink Mini Camera Add a Blink Video Doorbell to the Sync Module system
Blink Video Doorbell only Add a Blink Mini Camera to the Video Doorbell's system
Blink Mini Camera only Add a Blink Video Doorbell to the Mini Camera's system

Setting up a Mini as a Video Doorbell chime

  1. If you already have one or more Mini cameras on the same system as your doorbell, tap the More  button located at the bottom-right corner of the doorbell's thumbnail to access Device Settings and select Doorbell and Chime Settings.
  2. Tap Use Blink Mini Camera as Chime.
    • All Mini cameras that are on the same system as your doorbell will be displayed. If you don't see your Mini, see the troubleshooting tip below.
  3. Select one or more Mini cameras by tapping the circle to the right of the camera name. Once selected, a blue checkmark displays.
  4. Tap Save and your Mini camera(s) will chime when your Video Doorbell's button is pressed.

Event Response Mode
If your doorbell is in Event Response mode, you must press the doorbell's button to save changes to your doorbell's Settings.

Mini settings for the chime

Once your Mini and Video Doorbell are on the same system, you can control the chime volume by selecting the More  button located at the bottom-right corner of the doorbell's thumbnail to access Device Settings. Then tap Audio Settings to adjust volume levels.

Speaker Volume: Adjust this slider to change the speaker volume of your camera.

Mini as a Chime Volume: Adjust this slider to change how loud your Mini camera's speaker will play the chime.


Troubleshooting

How do I add my Mini to my Video Doorbell system?

When you add a new Mini in the Blink app, you will be prompted to select your existing system or Create a new system. Tap your existing system and select the system that contains your Video Doorbell.

If you have already added your Mini in the Blink app:

  1. Delete the Mini from its current system. Learn more about how to delete a camera.
  2. Add the Mini again and tap your existing system and select the system containing your Video Doorbell. 
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What if I don't see my Mini?

Each Mini camera used as a chime must be on the same system as the doorbell. If you open the Doorbell and Chime Settings and do not see a Mini camera that you have added, the Mini may be in a different system. If you have multiple systems, they will be separated by gray tabs at the top of the home screen. If your Mini camera displays on the Blink app home screen, the system name is located in gray tab above it.

If you have already added your Mini in the Blink app:

  1. Delete the Mini from its current system. Learn more about how to delete a camera.
  2. Add the Mini again and tap your existing system and select the system containing your Video Doorbell. 
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