Blink Storage Options

Storage options depend on the equipment and services you have.

Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), and Mini cameras on a Blink Subscription Plan have access to the newest cloud based features. To save clips without a subscription, use Local Storage on a Sync Module 2 with USB drive (sold separately).

Subscription based Cloud storage

Blink Subscription Plans safely store your motion clips and Live View sessions on Blink's cloud servers. You view Cloud based clips in the Blink app. Cloud storage subscriptions are for all Blink cameras, but newer features are only available on newer devices. These devices are considered "eligible" for newer Blink features: Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), and Mini camera. These cameras automatically begin using a free trial of the Blink Plus Plan when you first set them up.

You can purchase a Blink Subscription Plan at any time, and cancel it if you wish.

Clip Backup on USB

(Subscription Feature) When a Sync Module 2 with recognized USB drive, joins an active Blink Subscription Plan, it begins a once-daily backup of any unsaved clips from eligible cameras. Live View sessions are never saved to USB.

Eligible cameras are Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), and Mini cameras. Clip Backups can only be viewed on the USB drive after it is safely ejected from the Sync Module 2.

You can turn off Clip Backup in the Camera Settings screen of the Blink app.

Local Storage on USB

(no subscription needed, but applies to newer cameras only) When a Sync Module 2 with a recognized USB drive is not attached to an active subscription, the USB drive stores clips from eligible cameras connected to that Sync Module. Eligible cameras are Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), and Mini cameras.

Local Storage clips are viewed in the clip list of the Blink app. Find the clip list when you tap the media icon . Click to learn about Sync Module 2 Local Storage operation.

Live View sessions can only be saved to the cloud, and only with a Blink Subscription Plan.

Existing Account Storage

Accounts that were created before April 16, 2020 continue to have the original 7200 seconds per Sync Module of cloud storage.

Alerts and Live View only without a storage option

Even without a Blink Subscription Plan or existing cloud storage, owners of Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), or Mini cameras receive Motion Alerts in the Blink app that you tap to enter the camera's Live View.


Common Questions

How does the subscription plan work?

Because subscription services are cloud-based, we can continue to develop features that enhance your security and your lifestyle. Click here to view the latest subscription details and options.

Do I get a free trial of the subscription plan?

When you create a new account after April 15, 2020, and set up your Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (2nd Generation), or Mini camera, you automatically begin a free trial of the Blink Plus Plan subscription.

What does the subscription plan include?

Your subscription plan lets you save motion clips and Live View sessions on our secure servers then access them from the Blink mobile app. Additional camera features and extended warranty are also provided. Learn more here about our subscription plan offerings and additional benefits.

What if I don’t want to subscribe to the subscription plan or use Local Storage?

Without a subscription plan or free trial, your Blink system can only send motion alerts that connect you to that camera's Live View in the Blink App. Accounts that were created before April 15, 2020, can use their existing cloud storage as normal with newer cameras, but some features are only available with a subscription (or free trial subscription).

How does Local Storage work?

You can purchase a new system that includes the Blink Sync Module 2 and insert a USB flash drive (sold separately) to allow a once-daily backup of clips in cloud storage. Clip backups do not appear in the Blink app. You must eject the USB drive from the Sync Module 2 and view the clips on your computer. To purchase, visit here.

Are my older cameras compatible with Local Storage ? 

Clips from legacy cameras, the XT2, XT, and Indoor (gen 1), are not stored on your USB drive.

Local Storage (including clip backup) with the Sync Module 2 is only compatible with Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), and Mini cameras.



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