Blink Outdoor and Indoor Camera (3rd Gen) Setup Guide

For Blink Outdoor or Blink Indoor cameras

Use this guide for setting up the Outdoor and Indoor (3rd Gen) cameras.

This article also applies to the following products:

  • Blink XT2 Camera
  • Blink XT Camera
  • Blink Indoor Camera (1st gen)

Note: All of these cameras need a Sync Module 2 to manage the system they are attached to. Learn more about the Sync Module 2.

Getting started

New to Blink? If so, welcome! To set up your new camera, you must first download the Blink app and set up a Blink Account. Otherwise, go to the next step.

Create an account with the Blink app

The latest version of the Blink app is always available in your app store. Blink supports most smartphones, tablets, and many Alexa-enabled products. 

Select the app store link or scan the QR code to download the latest version of the Blink app.

Blink version 6.23.0*
for iOS 14 and later.

Blink version 6.23.0
for Android v6.0 and later.

Blink version 6.21.0
for Fire OS v7.0 and later.

*If you can't locate the Blink app iOS 6.15.0, please refer to this article: End of Support for Android Version 5 - iOS Versions 12 and 13

To get started with the Blink app, follow the instructions below:

With Blink, you have one user account with one email and one phone number. On log in and certain other actions, a verification number is sent to the mobile number or email address of the account.

Note: If you want to share your account with other users, learn more about setting up a second phone or device.

  1. Launch the Blink App and tap Create Account at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select your country from the drop-down menu and tap Next.
  3. Confirm your region and tap OK. Your region is pre-selected based on your IP address.
  4. Enter a valid email address, and tap Next.
  5. Create a password and tap Create Account. The password requirements are listed at the bottom of the screen. Tap the eyeball icon if you want to view what you are typing.
  6. Complete the multi-factor authentication (MFA) process.

Multi-factor authentication steps

Verify your email address

Enter the PIN from the email we sent you and tap Verify.

  • PIN codes are valid for 40 minutes. 
  • If you haven't received the code after 90 seconds, tap Resend PIN Code.


Verify your phone number

Tap the phone number entry line to bring up a keypad.
Enter the phone number you wish to use for device verification and tap Next.

Optional: Select your country code by tapping the flag icon next to the phone number entry line.

If you prefer to not use SMS, the PIN code can be read to you by an automated voice call.
To choose this option, under Receive code by: select Voice call and tap Next.



The SMS text option is for use with mobile phones and will not work with landline phone numbers. Blink uses this number to positively associate your device to the Blink app to ensure the person making changes is you. Your information is private and will not be used for any additional purposes or shared with third parties.

Learn more why we need your phone number. Contact Customer Service if you don't have a phone number.


A SMS text message containing the PIN code is sent to the phone number, and you are shown another PIN entry screen.

  • Example SMS text Message:
Your Blink verification code

Enter the PIN from the SMS text message we sent you and tap Verify.

  • PIN codes are valid for 40 minutes. 
  • If you haven't received the code after 90 seconds, tap Resend PIN Code.

When the phone verification step is complete, you are prompted to link your new Blink account to your Amazon account by tapping Link Accounts. If you don't want to link your account, select Skip to be sent to the Home screen without linking your accounts.

Note: This is an optional step, but we highly recommend linking your accounts at this time. Learn more about the benefits of linking your accounts.

Sign into your existing Amazon account. You will need to know your Amazon login email address and password. Once the link is established between accounts, tap Next.




Setting up your camera

Add a Sync Module and create a system

Make sure that you download the most recent version of the Blink mobile app and have an account set up. This video quickly walks you through the in-app setup of your Sync Module 2. For detailed instructions, see the step-by-step process below.

Add a Sync Module and create a system

1. From the home screen, tap the + icon to add a device.

Add Device icon on the Blink app upper right corner

2. The Add Device screen displays all of your device options and tap Sync Module.

add camera and device screen of Blink app

3. Next, enter your Sync Module's serial number. Within the Blink app you can scan the QR code printed on the bottom of your device, or in the Quick Start Guide. You can also manually enter the serial number. 

Note: The Blink app may require permission to access the camera on your mobile device in order to scan the QR code.

To learn where the QR code and serial number are located, tap Help me find my QR code and serial number at the bottom of the Scan QR Code screen.

put the QR code into the Blink app viewscreen. You can tap the camera image below to locate the serial number QR code.

4. Once the serial number is recognized, you are asked to create a new system by tapping the text entry box and providing a unique name. This name must be different from other system names you may have in your Blink account. Tap Continue after your new system name is entered.

Select or create a System

5. The Add Sync Module screen will instruct you to plug in your Sync Module and then wait for the light pattern of blinking blue and steady green.
Tap Discover Device when you see this pattern on your Sync Module.

Ready Sync Module light pattern blinking blue over steady green

Note: If you don't see the blinking blue light pattern, then you may need to reset the Sync Module. Learn more about how to reset the Sync Module.

6. Next, the Blink app needs to connect to the Sync Module's Wi-Fi network. It's named “BLINK-" followed by four digits from the Sync Module serial number. Tap Join and then you are asked to join your local Wi-Fi network.

join Blink network app dialog

7. The Add Sync Module screen displays 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks within range. If you do not see your local Wi-Fi network, tap Refresh List at the bottom of the screen. The Sync Module stores network information for devices that are added to its system. Learn more about how to troubleshoot Wi-Fi connections.

add sync module to Wi-Fi internet

8. After you tap your Wi-Fi network name, you will see a password entry field. It is important to ensure your password is correct before entering it. Then tap Join to continue.

add Wi-Fi internet network password

9. You are then notified when your Sync Module has been added to your new system. Tap Done to complete the process and view the Welcome screen where you can add a new camera.

Adding sync module steps complete

The new system name displays at the top of your Home screen and you will also see the Sync Module is added. A cloud icon settings icon shows a green connection line showing the Sync Module is communicating with the Blink servers. You can now tap the plus symbol +  to add a device.

home screen after system complete


Add one or more cameras


Install the batteries

If your camera requires batteries to function, install them before following these steps.

  1. From the home screen, tap Add Device +.
    add a device screen
  2. The Add Device screen displays the devices you can add to your system. Note: The Wired Floodlight, Mini, and Video Doorbell do not require a Sync Module; however, they can be added to a Sync Module system. Tap your device to continue the setup process. 
    add camera and device screen of Blink app
  3. On the Scan QR Code screen, use your mobile phone or device's camera to scan the QR code. You may be prompted to allow the Blink app to access your mobile phone or device's camera. Scanning the QR code is the only time Blink will access the camera on your mobile device.

    If you prefer to not use your device camera, or if your camera is unable capture the QR code, tap Enter Serial Manually and manually enter the DSN. Where's my serial number?

  4. When the serial number is accepted as valid, the setup process begins and you are shown the Camera Added screen with tips on camera placement. When setup is complete, a notification appears and you can tap Done. 
    Camera Added screen


Setup error

If you receive an error "Unable to Connect to Sync Module" when adding cameras to a system, learn more about troubleshooting this error.

Optional: Linking accounts

If your Blink and Amazon accounts are not already linked, you are asked to link them by tapping on the Link Accounts button. You should link accounts to take full advantage of subscription features. 

Note: You also have the option to select Skip which sends you to the home screen without linking your accounts. Learn how to link your Blink and Amazon accounts later.

The Link Accounts screen asks you to sign into your Amazon account, or create a new one if needed. When the "Success! Accounts linked." message appears, tap Next to go to the Home screen.


  1. Congratulations, your camera has been added to the account. The Home screen shows a blank thumbnail and the serial number as its camera name.
    thumbnail will update with a new color image


Helpful tips

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

Mounting the camera

Blink lightweight wireless cameras are easy to mount securely.

Your Blink Outdoor, and Indoor (3rd Gen), camera comes with a right-angle adapter/opening tool and "volcano" cone-shaped camera mount matching the color of your camera body.

Mounting screws are included in the box.

camera mounts and screws

Extra mounts and other accessories are easily found at

You can verify the camera view and check placement simply by holding your camera in the desired location, and using the Blink app to refresh the camera thumbnail, or enter Live View. Ensure that your preferred location has three bars of connectivity with both the Sync Module and your Wi-Fi network. Verify connectivity from the camera settings   screen of the Blink app.

Keep in mind that the best motion detection occurs when movement goes across the field of view. Motion directly toward or away from the camera can be harder to detect. Camera placement helps your camera settings be most effective. Learn more about tuning your camera here, and about camera placement here.

When you have determined the best location for your camera, secure the mount to a surface. If it is appropriate, use the included screws. The mount and screws are non-corrosive, but some moisture buildup may occur underneath the mount base.

How do I mount horizontally?

In horizontal locations such as a ceiling, or shelf, use the Right-angle adapter (pictured). This adapter snaps into the opening on the back of the camera, as shown with dashed lines below. Remove the silicone disc if it is present, to access the mount opening.

mounting options

Now, press-fit the adapter onto the connecting point of the mount. You should detect a 'snap' indicating a secure attachment. Your placement may require that you attach the adapter to the camera before attaching both to the mount.

press the adapter to the mount 3 main mounting options

Vertical Mounting

In vertical mounting locations such as a wall or post, the camera can connect directly to the volcano mount. The camera opening snaps directly onto the mount as shown in the image.

mounting options

When your camera is mounted, go to the Blink app and create a thumbnail or enter Live View, to know if the camera view is right, or needs to be adjusted.


Learn more about motion detection.

Learn more about Activity Zones.


Name your camera and set the thumbnail

When a camera is first installed, its serial number (DSN) is the default camera name, and the thumbnail image is blank. If you want to change the name of your camera or add a thumbnail picture, follow the steps below.

1. From the Home screen, tap the camera name to change it, enter the new name, then tap OK to save.


2. Tap the thumbnail icon to take a new thumbnail image. The thumbnail remains until you refresh it with this button. The Blink Video Doorbell refreshes the thumbnail image each time the ringer button is pressed.


Learn more about using the Blink app.


Add an accessory

Blink accessories automatically add to existing accounts when an Outdoor camera is plugged into them. When you tap the Plus symbol + on the app home screen, you can select the "Camera Accessories" option at the bottom of the Add Device screen.

You will then see the "Accessory Set Up" screen which provides instructions on how to connect your Outdoor camera to your accessory. Tap the Done button once you have plugged the USB cable into the port on your camera.

  • Click here for additional Blink Floodlight setup instructions.
  • Click here for additional Blink Solar Panel setup instructions.


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