How Can I Arm My System for Motion Detection?

When you first set up your Blink system, your system is Disarmed by default as shown in the image. 

You arm your system by tapping Armed in the middle lower part of the Blink app. To see how this appears, tap or mouse over the image below.

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When your system is Armed, two icons appear. The Snooze icon a bell shaped grey outline with smaller letter Z to show a snoozing bell and the Running man solid color running man means the camera is active. Snooze lets you stop being alerted to new motion, but does not prevent the recording of motion activated clips. Click to learn about Snooze Motion Notifications.

Arming your system

Once you have Armed your system, the Running Man and Snooze icons display. The Running Man icon allows you to Enable or Disable Motion Detection from the Home Screen for each camera in your system. Once Motion Detection is enabled, you will receive Motion Notifications from the Blink app.

How to use

Tap the Running Man icon to enable or disable Motion Detection for that camera. A message will display at the bottom of the Home Screen confirming that Motion Detection has been enabled or disabled.

  • A blue Running Man solid color running man means the camera is active means Motion Detection is enabled and the camera is actively watching for motion.
  • A gray Running Man motion detection is not active means Motion Detection is disabled for that camera.

Why would I want to disable motion detection?

If you have more than one camera in a system, but only want to receive notifications for a specific camera (or cameras), you can Disable the camera you don't want notifications from. For example, you may want to be alerted to visitors at the front door, but not your dog running through the garage.

In the example below, there are two devices in the Home From system; Front Door and Garage. The Running Man is Enabled solid color running man means the camera is active for the Front Door camera, and Disabled motion detection is not active for the Garage. The Home Front system is Armed. If the Home Front system is Disarmed, the Running Man and Snooze icons will not display.
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Each time your system is Armed, your settings will stay the same until you change them.

Enabling or Disabling Motion Detection within Device Settings

You can also enable or disable Motion Detection within Device Settings.

Go to Device Settings  and then tap Motion Settings. The first setting is Enable Motion Detection. 

The Enable Motion Detection setting allows you to change your camera's motion detection without having to Arm your system.

  • Tap Enable Motion Detection off and that camera does not detect motion. If your system is Armed and motion occurs in front of that camera, notifications will not be sent.
  • Tap Enable Motion Detection and hat camera will detect motion.

Note: This setting is the same as tapping the Running Man icon on or off. When you tap the Enable Motion Detection toggle to the off position, the Running Man changes to gray motion detection is not active for that camera. Switching it back on will change the Running Man to blue solid color running man means the camera is active for that camera. 

Learn more about snoozing Motion Notifications.

Please see our article on viewing motion clips and Live Views.
Click for information on receiving notifications when Blink detects motion.
Click to learn about Activity Zones so you can stop motion alerts from a part of the camera view.

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