Use this article to troubleshoot Video Doorbell error messages in the app.
Doorbell Offline error
First, check to see if your Wi-Fi is working because the video doorbell requires Wi-Fi to communicate.
If you have verified your local Wi-Fi network is working, try the following:
- Reset your router. If your Wi-Fi network is slow or stops intermittently, it can help to reset your Wi-Fi router.
- Check your system requirements.
- Check the batteries. In Event Response mode, the batteries will deplete faster than when the doorbell is connected to powered wiring, or on a system with a Sync Module. Perform a power reset of the doorbell by removing the batteries for 5 seconds and then re-insert them. Wait for another 30 seconds to see if the doorbell connects.
If none of these tips resolve your issue, try these additional troubleshooting steps.
Tap the Doorbell Offline message and you will be given two options: Change Wi-Fi or Delete Doorbell. Use the sections below for guidance on how to to follow through with these steps.
Note: If your doorbell is currently mounted, you must remove it from its mounting plate for both of these options.
Change Wi-Fi of a Blink Video Doorbell
Use this article to connect your Blink Video Doorbell to a new Wi-Fi network or reconnect to your existing network.
If you are seeing a "Doorbell Offline" message, tap the banner and you will be guided through changing your Wi-Fi network in the app. Note: You will need to remove doorbell from the mounting plate and press the reset button on the back of the doorbell.
If you deleted the doorbell, try through the app and do the change Wi-Fi steps. If your doorbell is offline, then you will need to reset it before following these steps.
Change Doorbell Wi-Fi
Note: These directions apply to when your Doorbell is a stand alone system and not part of another system on a Sync Module.
- Locate the Doorbell camera on your Home screen. Tap More and select Device Settings .
- Tap General Settings.
- Tap Change Wi-Fi at the bottom of the screen then complete the steps.
- For safety, if you have connected powered wiring to your doorbell, you should turn off all power to the circuit. Tap Continue after you turn off power to the chime, or if you did not connect powered wiring.
- Remove the doorbell from its mounting plate with the opening key.
- When the doorbell is removed, tap Continue, and the next screen shows where to find the Reset button.
Press the reset button for your doorbell. There are two locations for the reset button, depending on your model:
On the back, batteries are open to view. On the back, there is a battery cover. Hold the reset button for 5 seconds, then turn the doorbell over to view the front face and wait for the red LED to flash at the top of the ring surrounding the button. Hold the reset button until green and blue LEDs light up followed by flashing red, at the top of the ring surround.
When the flashing LED pattern is correct, tap the Discover Device button.
Not blinking red?
If the red LED is not flashing after 30 seconds, tap the Not Blinking Red?
- Remove the batteries for ten seconds, replace them, wait for the red LED. (The red LED does not flash if the doorbell is already installed.)
- Make sure the batteries are fresh.
- Press and hold the reset button until the LED flashes red.
Tap Contact Customer Support if your doorbell still does not display the flashing red light after following the instructions above.
You are shown an alert inviting you to connect to a "BLINK-xxxx" network created by the doorbell. Tap Join.
Connect the doorbell to your Wi-Fi. Choose your network name among the list of discovered 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi networks.
Note: If you do not see your Wi-Fi network, tap Refresh List.
Tap the password entry area to open the keyboard. Type your network password and tap Continue.
The doorbell connects to the Blink servers and may have to update the system. If you see an "Updating firmware..." message, let it run to completion.
When the Wi-Fi network update is complete, you are shown a screen with a green check mark and a confirmation message. Tap Continue.
Connect the doorbell to its mounting plate, and tap Done to return to the Home screen.
Other Troubleshooting steps
Use these steps if you're having difficulty getting your video doorbell online.
What if my doorbell connects to a Sync Module?
When your doorbell is connected to a Sync Module system and it stops being detected, you receive a notification in the app or an email (if you have email notifications selected).
- Use the included key to unlock the doorbell from its mount.
- Power reset the doorbell by removing the batteries for 5 seconds and then re-insert them. Wait for another 30 seconds, then test the doorbell to see if it is connected.
- Move the Sync Module closer to the doorbell for better signal strength and communication.
- Replace the batteries with two new, AA 1.5 volt Lithium non-rechargeable batteries. Increased use and extended Live View sessions may increase battery usage.
What if my doorbell is wired to my chime but not connected to a Sync Module?
If the doorbell is no longer online, you receive a message in the app and by email, that reads: "The connection to your doorbell camera seems to have been dropped. Please check that your Wi-Fi internet and power supply are working to your Blink Doorbell."
- Check that your doorbell is correctly attached to the wall plate and that the main circuit breaker is turned back on.
- Sometimes home wiring may be old or not working. The Video Doorbell does not work with broken or low powered wiring. You may need to seek advice from a professional about the wiring in your home.
- Try replacing the batteries. When the Video Doorbell is connected to chime wiring, the doorbell's main source of power is through batteries and they must be installed at all times. Replace the existing batteries with two new, AA 1.5 volt lithium non-rechargeable batteries.
- Adding the doorbell to a Sync Module system increases average battery life up to 2 years.
Other Error Messages
If adding a Sync Module and the doorbell does not connect, the following error messages might appear.
Doorbell not found
This screen appears after an unsuccessful attempt to join the Wi-Fi network.
To make sure the doorbell is ready for connection, remove and replace the batteries to restart the blinking Red LED.
Sync Module 2 failed to connect
Sync Module 2 data is bad
This screen may appear if you have already installed your Sync Module and attempt to delete it and re-add it the doorbell system.
Since the Doorbell can work on its own system, a Sync Module can't be added to it after the fact. In other words, a Doorbell can be added to the system that the Sync Module has created, but a Sync Module cannot be added to a system that a Doorbell has created.
If you receive this error message, follow the instructions to reset your Sync Module and prepare to install it again. If you want to add the Doorbell to that system, you will need to delete the Doorbell from your account and then choose the Sync Module's system.
If all else fails, delete the doorbell from your Blink system.
- From your doorbell's thumbnail, tap More and select Device Settings.
- Tap General Settings.
- Tap Delete Device.
- A confirmation message appears. Tap DELETE to remove the doorbell.
- After you tap DELETE, you will receive an email confirming the device was deleted from your account.
After your doorbell is removed from your account, re-add it back to the account. Learn more about setting up your Blink Video Doorbell.Delete
If are still experiencing issues with your Blink Video Doorbell, contact Customer Support.