Doorbell chime options

The Blink Video Doorbell plays a chime sound when the ringer button is pressed.

If you have a mechanical or digital chime system already installed, you can connect the powered wiring to also activate your chime when the ringer button is pressed.

To have the chime sound played through our Mini cameras or through an Alexa enabled device, click the appropriate section below.


Mini as a chime

Now, one or more Blink Mini cameras can act as a chime for your Blink Video Doorbell !

When they are on the same system, a Mini camera can chime for one or more individual doorbells, or any combination of doorbell and Mini cameras.

Pressing the doorbell button makes its chime sound, and the same sound plays from each Mini camera that you have connected.

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.

Blink Mini cameras are plugged into any electrical outlet within range of your Wi-Fi network, to provide motion-activated video with Live View and two-way talk.

Click to learn more about the Blink Mini.


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How do I set a Mini to sound a doorbell chime?

If you already have one or more Mini cameras on the same system as your doorbell, tap the "settings" icon for your doorbell on the Blink app home screen.


On the Doorbell Settings screen, tap "Use Blink Mini Camera as a Chime" to open the Mini camera selector. All Mini cameras on the system will be displayed.


Select one or more Mini cameras by tapping the circle to the right of the camera name.

Tap "Save" to configure the cameras and return to the Doorbell Settings screen.


When the Doorbell Settings screen appears, any selected Mini is now active and you may tap "Save" to record any other Doorbell settings changes and return to the home screen.

Event Response
If your doorbell is in Event Response, any doorbell Settings change must be confirmed by pressing the doorbell ringer button. This wakes the doorbell up to check-in and download any new settings. After you save the settings and return to the home screen, an alert reminds you to press the doorbell.

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If no Mini camera is detected by the doorbell, an alert is shown in the selection screen: "Requires a Blink Mini Camera". If you have already installed a Mini camera to a different system, it will not be recognized here.
 


To add a new Mini camera:

  1. Tap Blink app home screen icon, house shape, bottom left corner of the Blink app to open the home screen.
  2. Tap the Add a device icon + and add your Mini camera to the system your doorbell is on.


If you have already set up a Mini camera on a different system from the doorbell:

  1.  Delete the Mini camera (instructions below).
  2.  Add the Mini to the system your doorbell is on.


How do I add my Mini to a doorbell system?

The Blink Video Doorbell can support its own system, or be part of another. When you install the Mini, you are offered a choice to create a new system or add to an existing system.

If you have a doorbell installed, it is already part of a system. Make a note of the system name that the doorbell is on, and then when you add your Mini camera, choose the system with the doorbell.


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Mini settings for the chime

In the Settings screen for the Mini camera, under the "Audio" section, the "Enable Audio" switch controls whether any sound comes from the Mini camera. To hear the chime sound from your Mini camera, the "Enable Audio" setting must be On as shown in the image below.

A "Chime Volume" slider controls how loudly the chime sound is played by the Mini camera.



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 Settings > Chime Settings screen and do not see a Mini camera that you have already set up, check the system it is connected to.

If you can see your Mini camera on the Blink app home screen, the text at the top will tell you which system it is on. In the image below, you are looking at the system named "Front" and both the Doorbell and Mini cameras are visible. You may have to scroll down if you have more than three cameras, but when the Mini camera is visible in the same view as the doorbell, they are on the same system.

If necessary, delete the Mini camera and add it to the system that the doorbell is on.

For example, if you have a Mini camera set up on the system named "Garage" and a doorbell set up on the system named "Front", you would not see the Mini camera available as a doorbell chime. "Garage" and "Front" are different systems, as shown in the Blink app under their own tabs.

In this case, to use the Mini as a chime for the doorbell, you delete it from the "Garage" system, and then add it to the system named "Front".

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How do I delete a Mini camera?

There may come a time that you need to remove a camera from your account either temporarily or permanently. This can be done in just a few steps, depending on if your camera is online or offline. When Mini cameras are offline, they will display a "Camera Offline" message on the Home screen.


The following explains how to delete your camera when it's online.

1. From the Home screen, tap on the settings icon camera settings iconnext to the camera you want to delete.

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2. Scroll to the bottom of this screen and tap on the red Delete Camera button. You will be prompted to verify that you want to remove the camera.

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3. Tap DELETE to remove the camera and be brought back to the home screen.

If you plan on adding the camera again to this system or another system, be sure that you remove the batteries for at least 15 seconds before attempting to add the camera.


The following explains how to delete your camera when it's offline.

1. On the Home screen, tap on the "Camera Offline" notification button.


2. Tap on the red "Delete" button at the bottom of this screen. You will be prompted to verify that you want to remove the camera.


3. Tap DELETE to remove the camera and be brought back to the home screen.


4. If you are deleting a Mini camera, unplug the power cord to clear any old settings.

After your camera is successfully deleted, you will receive an email confirmation with the camera's name and serial number.

To reactivate a deleted camera, you may use the normal process of adding a camera, the instructions are here.


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Alexa as a chime

The Blink Video Doorbell works well with 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 configured, pressing the ringer button of your Blink Video Doorbell makes your Echo device play a chime sound, followed by the announcement "Someone is at your <doorbell name>."

Alexa's chime sound can be changed, see below for instructions.

Configuring Alexa to announce Blink devices

  • Settings on your Echo device: 
    • Communication and Announcements setting turned on.
    • Do Not Disturb setting turned off.

  • Blink Doorbell options in the Alexa app:
    • Motion Announcements setting turned on.
    • Doorbell Press Announcements setting turned on.


Tap or click the section below to see how to adjust Blink Video Doorbell settings in the Alexa app.


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

Motion Announcements are 'off'
Doorbell Press Announcements are 'on'
The Doorbell Sound is "Page"



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How to change the doorbell announcement sounds on your Alexa device

When the Alexa setting "Doorbell Press Announcements" is active, you can change the sound that plays before Alexa announces "Someone is at your <doorbell name>."

In your Alexa app, tap "Cameras".


Select your doorbell from the list of available cameras. In this example the doorbell is named "Front Door".



If your doorbell is in Event Response mode, you see the settings screen as shown below. If you see a Live View screen instead, tap the Settings gear icon  in the upper right corner of the screen.

On the doorbell page, tap "Doorbell Sound" to see the choices.


On the "Doorbell Sound" screen, you can select a sound, then tap the Back arrow " < " to save and return to the SETTINGS screen.


Now, when the doorbell ringer button is pressed, Alexa plays the sound you chose, before the Alexa announcement.

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Alexa commands for the doorbell

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

In the examples the doorbell camera is named "Front door".

"Alexa, open Blink." - Alexa announces what Blink can do.

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

"Alexa, arm my Front door." - Arms your doorbell for motion detection if it is on its own system.

"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 Blink." -  Alexa shuts down the Blink Skill. **use this command with caution** because it deactivates the Blink SmartHome Skill and you settings are lost. You must "Launch" (re-enable) the Blink SmartHome Skill in the Alexa app and configure devices to use it again.


Motion Announcements and Routine triggers

Alexa enabled devices can announce when a Blink Motion Notification happens, and respond to Routines that you create in the Alexa app.

Learn more information about using Alexa with the Blink Video Doorbell.

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Why is Alexa announcing my old device's name?

Occasionally, If you change or update your camera or doorbell name from the Blink app, Alexa will continue to announce using the previous name. To resolve this issue, please follow the following troubleshooting steps in this support article.


Motion Announcements

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

This feature is currently available for English language Alexa devices.

Alexa motion announcements are not triggered for the following:

  • Cameras recording directly to Local Storage‍ (Sync Module 2 with USB drive).
  • Systems that do not use Cloud Storage or Local Storage.
  • Cameras with "Motion Recording" set to "Off".
  • Indoor (gen 1) and XT camera events.


Motion Announcements is an Alexa Routine we made to connect a Blink system to Alexa speech services. When a system is armed, and cameras have the "Motion Recording" setting "On", any 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>." 

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

By default, the motion alert is sent after a motion clip completes recording. If "Motion Recording" is "Off" the clip is zero length, and 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 how motion detection works‍.

Notice the following are enabled for the best experience:

  • Motion Detection
  • Early Notification
  • Motion Recording


To receive spoken alerts of camera activity from Alexa

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

2. Enable Motion Announcements in the Alexa app:

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

  • On the CAMERAS screen, tap the Blink camera 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.

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Alexa Routines

Alexa devices now support Routine Triggers for the Blink SmartHome skill when used with Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), Mini, and XT2 cameras.

Routine Triggers are currently available for English language Alexa devices in the North American (US and Canada) region.

A Routine Trigger connects your Blink device to Alexa so that motion alerts can start a Routine. Routines consist of an event, and an action to be performed. You choose the device supplying the event (in this case a Blink device), the action to be performed like "Turn on Walkway Lights", a schedule when the action is available ("Today until 11pm"), and the device where the result of the action is sent ("Walkway Lights"). In this way, when motion is detected by a Blink camera, Alexa will turn on the SmartHome lights on the walkway, and it is active until 11pm.

Blink cameras supply the Trigger event through the Blink SmartHome Skill, which must be enabled before you create a Routine. Enable the Blink SmartHome Skill in your Alexa app by following these instructions. Be aware that trigger events are not provided to Alexa when you use Local Storage to record clips directly from camera, or when you have no storage option active.

Blink has already created a useful Routine to announce camera activity. When motion is detected on a properly configured camera, your Alexa device says "Motion detected on the _______ camera." filling in the name of your camera using text to speech. The Motion Announcement Routine is available on the Camera Settings screen of the Alexa app. Learn how to enable Alexa Motion Announcements.

To receive Alexa spoken alerts as soon as motion is detected, rather than after the motion clip recording is complete, set Early Notification to "Enabled" in the Blink app - for each camera that interacts with Alexa.

Note: The Blink Video Doorbell always has Early Notification active.

Attention: To receive motion announcements from Alexa, your Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), and Mini cameras must have the "Motion Recording" Camera Setting in the "On" position. Click to learn about the Motion Recording setting.

To create a Routine Trigger from Blink device activity:

  1. Within the Alexa app, tap the Curtain Menu at lower right, then select "Routines".
    tap to view the curtain menu tap routines

  2. Tap a Plus sign to create a new Routine.
    tap a plus sign to create a new routine

  3. Tap "Enter Routine Name", provide a name, and tap "Next".
    tap Enter routine name to name the new routine enter a name and tap next

  4. Tap "When this happens" to view the available triggers screen, then tap "Smart Home".
    tap when this happens tap smart home

  5. On the Choose Device screen, when you select a Blink camera to provide the motion alert triggers, you are sent to the choose a trigger action screen.
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  6. Choose whether the trigger is an action being "Detected", or "Not Detected" - for a set amount of time after an initial event. If "Not Detected" is chosen, select an amount of time to wait after the initial event, to send the Trigger. If no new alert arrives within that time, the Trigger is sent.
    Tap "Next".
    detected not detected

  7. The New Routine screen displays the name you entered, and describes the trigger action.
    You can tap "Anytime" to create a schedule for when the Routine is active.
    If you do create a schedule, save and complete the schedule by tapping "Next".
    tap to set a schedule save and continue when you tap next

  8. Tap "Add Action" and select which supported action you wish to trigger.
    tap to add an action

    An example would be to tap "Alexa says" then create a customized response by tapping "Customised" and then provide a phrase to be spoken when the Routine is triggered, such as "Someone is at the front door."
    tap to add the alexa says action tap to add a custom message

    After you enter the phrase, tap "Next" to save and continue to a confirmation screen where you tap "Next" to return to the New Routine screen.
    add a custom phrase and tap next to save confirm your custom phrase and tap next to continue

  9. Tap "Choose Device" to select which Alexa device will make the announcement.
    Choosing a device returns you to the New Routine screen.
    tap choose device to select the blink camera that will be used tap choose device to select which alexa device to speaks the alert

  10. From the New Routine screen, tap Save to complete the procedure, and you are sent to the main Routines screen where the new routine is visible.
    tap save to complete the routine creation and go to the routines screen the routines screen

You should see a temporary confirmation banner at the top of the screen confirming actions taken on Routines.

If you followed the example procedure in Step 8, the result of a motion detection is that your chosen Alexa device emits a chime and announces "Someone has entered the front door."

If you instead hear: "Motion Detected at the Mini, Someone has entered the front door." you can deduce that the Motion Announcements feature is active for the camera named "Mini" in addition to the routine that was just created.
Learn more about Motion Announcements here.


How to edit a Routine:

  1. Within the Alexa app, tap the Curtain Menu at lower right, and select "Routines".
    tap to view the curtain menu tap routines

  2. Tap the Routine that you wish to edit, make changes from the Edit Routine screen then tap the back arrow "<" (upper left corner) to save and return.
    tap a routine to edit tap the back arrow to save changes



How to disable a Routine:

  1. Within the Alexa app, tap the Curtain Menu at lower right, then select "Routines".
    tap to view the curtain menu tap routines

  2. Select the Routine you wish to disable, then tap the Enabled toggle at the upper right of the Edit Routines screen.
    tap the routine you want to disable tap the enabled toggle to disable

  3. Return to the Cameras list when you tap the back arrow "<" (upper left corner).
    tap the back arrow to save this setting and return to the home screen

You should see a confirmation banner at the top of the screen confirming actions taken on Routines.


How to delete a Routine:

  1. Within the Alexa app, tap the Curtain Menu at lower right, then select "Routines".
    tap to view the curtain menu tap routines

  2. Select the Routine you wish to delete and enter the Edit Routine screen.
    tap the routine you want to delete

  3. Tap the three dot menu icon at the upper right of the screen, then tap Delete Routine.
    tap the three dot menu icon tap delete Routine


You should see a confirmation banner at the top of the screen and be returned to the Routines screen.


Example Routines:

Here are four basic examples of possible Routines to get you thinking about how you would like to use this feature.

  1. A custom Motion Announcement for the camera named "Front Door".
    Trigger: Motion is detected by the camera
    When: Any time (unscheduled)
    Action: Alexa could say: "intruder detected at the front door"

  2. Turn on Front Porch smart light when motion is detected.
    Trigger: Motion is Detected by the Front Door camera
    When: All days of the week, between 7pm and 5am
    Action: Front Porch smart light is turned on (it remains on until turned off)

  3. Turn off Front Door smart lights when no motion is detected for 30 minutes.
    Trigger: Motion Not Detected for 30 minutes on Front Door camera
    When: Any time (unscheduled)
    Action: Front Door smart light is turned off

  4. Alert me if no activity on Dad's kitchen camera by 10am.
    Trigger: Motion Not Detected on Dad's Kitchen camera for 10 hours.
    When: All days between 8pm and 10am
    Action: Alexa says: "Check on Dad."



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Powered chimes

A powered chime makes a noise when its doorbell button is pressed.

When you install a Blink Video Doorbell, you can connect the wiring from your existing doorbell, so the house chime will sound when the Blink doorbell button is pressed.

 If the available current falls below 16 VAC, your doorbell enters Event Response‍ mode.

Wiring for external doorbell buttons often has significant corrosion that can prevent enough current from being available. Be sure to connect only bare wires to the doorbell terminal posts, and remove corrosion if present.

Blink Mini cameras can be chimes for one or more Blink Video Doorbell when they are on the same system. How do I use my Mini camera as a chime?


Types of Powered Chime

There are two main types of chime systems. A Mechanical chime uses a solenoid to move a striker that physically hits a piece of metal to make the "Ding Dong" sound. A Digital chime plays a file when the circuit is closed.

Blink products do not support third party Bluetooth or wireless accessories at this time. To have a convenient indoor chime, click to learn how to use your Mini camera as a chime, or click to learn about using Alexa Doorbell Announcements‍.

Mechanical chimes in the US offer 16 VAC - 24 VAC that the doorbell uses for some features.

Digital chimes usually provide insufficient power.


Mechanical Chime example Digital Chime example


Calibration

In the Blink app you can change how the doorbell sends signal to the chime. In a Mechanical chime, you control how much force the strikers use. In a Digital chime, you control how long the signal is sent, giving the file enough time to play. Click the following links to learn more.

Mechanical Chime Calibration‍ 

Digital Chime Calibration


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