Setting up your Blink Mini camera

Use this guide for setting up your new Blink Mini Camera.

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.

Install the Blink app and create an account

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 your Mini camera to a new or existing system

adding new SM to existing systemIf you have not previously installed the Blink app and created an account, please get started here.

1. On the Blink app Home screen, tap the + icon in the top right corner.

tap the blue cross

2. On Add Device, tap the Mini Camera. You will be asked to scan a QR Code which is located on the back of your Mini camera, above the plug socket. Your camera may request permission to scan the QR code. Otherwise, you can enter the number manually.

Note: If your camera can't correctly focus to scan the QR code, add more light to the scene either with the camera flash or room lighting.

add a mini allow the camera to scan the mini QR code on its back

3. Add your camera to an existing system or create a new system name if you'd like. When adding the Mini to an existing system, tap the system name to continue.

Note: If you'd like to your Mini camera as a doorbell chime, choose the same system your Blink Video Doorbell is attached to.

add a system name or tap a system

4. You will be instructed to plug in your camera and wait for the lights on the camera's face to appear. One will blink blue and another to be solid green. When this occurs, tap Discover device, and the following message appears: "Blink" Wants to Join Wi-Fi Network"BLINK-XXXX"? Tap Join. 

Note: If you don't see a blinking blue light, you may need to reset the camera.

press discover when the lights on the mini are blinking blue and solid green tap join to connect the camera to wifi

5. On the next screen, select your Wi-Fi network name. 

If you're adding the camera to an existing system, be sure you choose the same Wi-Fi network that your other devices are connected to.

6. Once camera successfully connects to your network and reaches out to the Blink servers, your Mini is added. Tap Done to complete the setup and return to the app home screen.

camera added, tap done

Unable to Connect to Sync Module when adding cameras to a system? Learn more about what to do when you can't connect to the Sync Module when setting up devices.


Helpful tips

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

Mounting the camera

Use this article for understanding how to mount your Blink Mini camera.

How the mount attaches to the Mini

The Mini camera ships with a camera mount attached in the flat surface orientation along with two screws in the box. Be sure to remove the clear protective film covering the lens prior to using the camera.

Depending on the orientation of where the camera will live, you will use one of the two mounting points:

  1. The vertical mounting point (for walls or other vertical surfaces) is located above the USB port at the rear of the camera. 
  2. The horizontal mounting point (for flat surfaces and ceilings) is located at the bottom of the unit. 

The Mini can also fit onto other standard Blink camera mounts.

  1. Hold the camera and pull the mount from the camera.  Put the camera in a safe place where the lens will not be scratched.
  2. While holding the mount in both hands, apply pressure to the outer ring while supporting the mount with the opposite hand.

  3. Select a location to mount your camera. When you've decided where it will go, use the included screws to secure the mount to your surface. Proper camera placement is important for good image quality. Learn about camera placement.

  4. After the mount is secured, press the cable into the molded clips in the base.

  5. Thread the cable end through the retaining ring, and line up the notch with the cable. Press all sides of the retaining ring to secure it in place.

  6. Press the Mini onto the mounting point. It will click into place as the camera is secured.

  7. Plug the cable into the USB port in the back of the Mini and aim the camera.
  8. Plug other end of the cable into the power supply and then plug the power supply into your wall outlet.

You can test the camera's orientation by using Live View in the Blink app.

Note: The new Pan-Tilt Mount is designed exclusively for use with the Blink Mini camera and supports user-controlled pan-tilt functionality directly from the Blink app.

Optional: Flipping video

If you want to mount the Mini onto a ceiling or an overhead surface, you may need to flip the camera's video so it outputs properly. You can make this change in the Blink app under the camera settings settings icon located above the right top corner of the thumbnail image on your Home screen. Then select Video and Photo and tap Flip Video to turn on this setting.

Visit the Mini camera settings page for more information about settings.


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.


Camera Placement

The Blink Mini is an indoor camera that can act as a chime for the Blink Video Doorbell. The Mini is plugged in within range of your 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network and does not use batteries.

Camera placement and your motion detection settings work together to get the views you want. To avoid unwanted notifications, place your Mini camera where it will capture activity, but not have random motion in the background.

When placing your Blink Mini camera indoors, or in a garage, be aware that nearby surfaces can reflect light and create glare. Glare can also be created by momentary reflections, or a strong source of light aimed at the camera lens.

The appearance of glare can be like fog, ghosting, or a bright area of the image. Glare can also make the background appear darker. This image is from a camera sitting directly on a shelf.

camera view showing glare from being placed on a flat surface without a camera stand

Moving the camera a short distance away from a reflective surface can make a big difference. Using the mount that came in the box lifts the camera off of surfaces like a shelf and improves image clarity. The image below is from the same camera on a mount.

camera view with infra red light source shown mounted on a camera stand to avoid glare

In some cases, switching the infra red (IR) light Setting to Off can help reduce glare. If the area is lit when motion occurs, as with some garage doors or our floodlight products, your camera will provide a picture using visible light instead of IR, as shown below.

camera view with the infra red light turned off to use visible light only


Use the Mini as a Video Doorbell Chime

If you own both a Blink Mini Camera and a Blink Video Doorbell, your Blink Mini Camera can work as a chime. This is useful if you don't have a doorbell chime installed in your home.

How it works

When the doorbell's button is pressed, a chime will play from its speaker. The same chime sound plays from each Mini camera that you have connected.

Note: 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.

Add your Mini and Doorbell to the same system

As long as the cameras are added to the same system, your Mini can act as a chime for one or more doorbells, or any combination of Blink Video Doorbells and Mini cameras.

Products owned To add a Mini chime...
Sync Module 2 with a Blink Video Doorbell Purchase a Blink Mini and add it to the Sync Module system
Sync Module 2 with a Blink Mini Camera Purchase a Blink Video Doorbell and add it to the Sync Module system
Blink Video Doorbell only Purchase a Blink Mini Camera and add it to the Video Doorbell's system
Blink Mini Camera only Purchase a Blink Video Doorbell to the Mini Camera's system

Setting up a Mini as a Video Doorbell chime

  1. If you already have one or more Mini cameras on the same system as your doorbell, tap your doorbell's Device Settings and then tap Doorbell and Chime.
  2. Tap Use Blink Mini Camera as a Chime.
    • All Mini cameras that are a part of that system will be displayed. If you don't see your Mini, see the troubleshooting tip below.
    • Make sure you have added the Mini to the same system that contains your Video Doorbell.
  3. Select one or more Mini cameras by tapping the circle to the right of the camera name. Once selected, a blue checkmark displays.
  4. Tap Save and your Mini camera(s) will chime when your Video Doorbell's button is pressed.

Event Response Mode
If your doorbell is in Event Response mode, you must press the doorbell's button to save changes to your doorbell's Settings.

Mini settings for the chime

Once your Mini and Video Doorbell are on the same system, you can control the chime volume by selecting your Mini's Device Settings. Then, tap Audio Settings to adjust volume levels.

Enable Audio: To hear the chime sound from your Mini camera, the Enable Audio setting must be On.

Speaker Volume: Adjust this slider to change how loud your speaker plays audio during two-way audio.

Chime Volume: Adjust this slider to change how loud your Mini camera's speaker will play the chime.


How do I add my Mini to my Video Doorbell system?

When you add a new Mini in the Blink app, you will be prompted to select your existing system or Create a new system. Tap your existing system and select the system that contains your Video Doorbell.

If you have already added your Mini in the Blink app:

  1. Delete the Mini from its current system. Learn more about how to delete a camera.
  2. Add the Mini again and tap your existing system and select the system containing your Video Doorbell. 

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 and do not see a Mini camera that you have added, the Mini may be in a different system. If you have multiple systems, they will be separated by gray tabs at the top of the home screen. If your Mini camera displays on the Blink app home screen, the system name is located in gray tab above it.

If you have already added your Mini in the Blink app:

  1. Delete the Mini from its current system. Learn more about how to delete a camera.
  2. Add the Mini again and tap your existing system and select the system containing your Video Doorbell. 




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