Using Alexa devices with the Blink Video Doorbell

The Blink Video Doorbell works well with the Alexa enabled devices from Amazon.

Use the Alexa Blink SmartHome Skill to connect your Echo device to the Blink app. If you have not set up the Blink Smarthome Skill, please visit the Alexa Setup and Troubleshooting Guide.

Alexa Notifications

Echo devices with screen, and no screen

When the ringer button of your recognized Blink Video Doorbell is pressed, your Echo device plays a chime sound, followed by: 'Someone is at your <camera name>'.

Note: Each Echo device will need the communication and Announcements setting enabled, and the Do Not Disturb feature turned off.

Tap or click the section below to see your doorbell in the Alexa mobile app and adjust settings.

How to activate the Alexa Doorbell Motion and Doorbell Press Announcements

To activate doorbell motion alerts and ringer press announcements, visit the Doorbell settings screen. Alexa announcements come from the Echo devices that you have configured to play audio.

To reach the Doorbell settings screen, tap the "Devices" button in the Alexa mobile app, then tap "Cameras". You could also tap the banner message showing how many devices were discovered.

Next, find the entry for your doorbell and tap it to view SETTINGS. In this example the doorbell is named "Front Door".

The Doorbell Settings have a toggle for Motion Announcements and for Doorbell Press Announcements. To show you Alexa notifications, Blink cameras need to have these settings 'on' (filled in with solid color).

Motion Announcements 'off'
Doorbell Press Announcements 'on'


Alexa commands for the doorbell

Here are some of the Alexa commands that work with the Blink Video Doorbell.

In these cases we assume the doorbell camera is named "Front door"

"Alexa, open Blink." - The Blink assistant appears.

"Alexa, ask Blink Help." - Blink Help responds with tips and things to say.

"Alexa, talk to the Front door." - Alexa opens up two-way talk with the "Front door" camera. (not available in Event Response)

"Alexa, show the last activity at my Front door." - The most recent motion-event or doorbell press is played.

"Alexa, ask Blink what's my schedule." - Alexa reads the existing schedules you have set in the Blink app.

"Alexa, stop." -  Alexa leaves the Blink Skill. **use this command with caution** you will have to re-enable the Blink SmartHome Skill in the Alexa app to use it again.

Alexa Motion Announcements

When you activate the Blink SmartHome Skill, Alexa can announce Motion Alerts and provide camera views for Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), Mini, and XT2 cameras.

Alexa announces Blink Video Doorbell motion alerts and ringer button presses, but does not support Live View at this time.

This feature is currently available for English language Alexa devices in the North American (US and Canada) region. Alexa motion announcements do not get triggered for the following:

  • Cameras using Local Storage to record directly to a Sync Module 2 with attached USB drive.
  • Systems that do not use Cloud Storage or Local Storage.
  • Cameras with "Motion Recording" set to "Off".
  • Indoor (gen 1) or XT cameras are not compatible.

Motion Announcements is an Alexa Routine we made to connect a Blink system with cameras to Alexa speech services. When a connected camera has the "Motion Recording" setting "On", and it is part of an "Armed" system, motion alerts are sent to Alexa. Alexa uses the camera name you set in the Blink app to announce the following: "Motion Detected at the [camera name]." 

If you tap the alert, a Live View session is started from the camera that sent it.

To receive Alexa spoken alerts as soon as motion is detected by a particular camera, tap the Camera Settings icon in the Blink app, then set "Early NotificationBeta" to "On", as shown in the image below.

The motion alert is sent after a motion clip completes recording. If Motion Recording is "Off" the clip is zero length, so the alert is sent right away. You can change the Clip Length, and the pause afterwards (Retrigger Time), in the Camera Settings screen. Click to learn more about motion sensitivity and camera settings.

Notice the following are enabled for the best experience:

  • Motion Detection
  • Early Notification
  • Motion Recording

To receive spoken alerts of camera activity:

1. Enable the Blink SmartHome Skill in the Alexa app:

  • Click here for detailed instructions.

2. Enable Motion Announcements in the Alexa app:

  • Tap the “Devices” icon on the bottom right corner of the screen to reach the Devices view, then tap the "Cameras" icon on the upper left.
    tap Alexa Devices icon tap cameras icon

  • Tap a Blink camera that you wish to use for Alexa interaction, and enable the “Motion Announcements” toggle on the settings screen. Also make sure you have an Announcement Device visible to perform spoken alerts.
    tap Alexa Devices icon tap cameras icon

    If the toggle is not visible, update camera settings by asking: "Alexa, discover my devices." This will result in a response of "No new devices discovered." but the settings should update.

Tap the back arrow "<" (upper left corner of the screen) to return to the Cameras list.

Now, when the camera system is armed, motion alerts from the selected camera activate the Alexa device to announce "Motion Detected at the [camera name]." For greater convenience, you can also say: "Alexa, ask Blink to arm the [Blink system name]." You can use the same method to disarm a system when desired. To disarm, Alexa will request the PIN that you created when the Blink SmartHome Skill was enabled and connected to your Blink app. 

How to disable Motion Announcements in the Alexa app:

  1. Tap the “Devices” icon on the bottom right corner of the screen to reach the Devices view, then tap the "Cameras" icon on the upper left.
    tap Alexa Devices icon tap cameras icon

  2. Tap a Blink camera that you are using for Alexa interaction, and disable the “Motion Announcements” toggle on the settings screen.
    tap Alexa Devices icon tap cameras icon

Tap the back arrow "<" (upper left corner of the screen) to return to the Cameras list.


Alexa Routines

Alexa Routines can be put together for custom reactions to a trigger from a connected device. For more information and to learn how to set up an Alexa Routine, visit the Alexa Routine Triggers page.

How to change the doorbell announcement sounds on your Alexa device

When Doorbell Announcement is enabled, you can change the Echo device's ringer sound.

Please open your Alexa app, and go to:
Devices > All devices > [your doorbell name]

On the Settings page (as shown below), tap "Doorbell Sound" to choose.


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