This guide will help provide in-depth information on the Blink SmartHome skill and Blink cameras compatibility with Alexa devices.
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Blink SmartHome is an Alexa skill that allows you to integrate your Alexa enabled devices such as Echo Dot, Spot, Show, Tap, Fire TV, Stick, Cube and Tablets.** With Voice Control, you can issue commands to your Blink system without even opening the App.
Below is the list of Alexa devices that are currently compatible with the Blink SmartHome skill. Depending on the Alexa enabled device you are using, there are variety of commands you can issue to your Blink System.
1st and 2nd Gen
2nd and 3rd Gen
1st and 2nd Gen
Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, Fire 7", Fire 8", Fire 10"
|Fire TV Edition:
Fire TV 1st and 2nd Gen, Element 4k, Toshiba 4k, Insignia 4k, Toshiba HD, Insignia HD
|Fire TV Stick:
Fire TV Stick 4k, Fire TV with Alexa Voice Command
|Fire TV Cube||
- Open the Alexa app, tap the curtain menu in the upper lefthand corner, and select "Skills & Games."
- Search for "Blink SmartHome", then tap into that Skill.
- Tap the Enable button. This will pull up a Sign In page. Here, we will need to enter in the email address and password that you use for your Blink account. You will also need to create a 4-digit pin that will allow you to disarm your system via voice command.
- Once linked, you'll get a message saying, "Blink SmartHome has been successfully linked."
- Close this screen by tapping the X icon in the upper righthand corner of the screen. You'll then be presented a popup reading, "Smart Home devices must be discovered before they can be used with Alexa".
- Tap the Discover Devices button. This will take about 20 seconds, and will locate all the Blink cameras and Sync Modules on your account.
What is the pin?
When you are first enabling the Blink SmartHome skill, you are asked to sign in with Blink account credentials and create a 4-digit pin. This 4-digit pin consists of numbers of your choosing, that you will use to disarm your system via Alexa voice command. This is not the same as your Blink account password nor a code provided by us. You simply want to create it during the setup process. If you forget your pin, you can disable and re-enable the Blink skill to reset it.
Please note, if the pin is more than 60 days old, you will be warned to update the pin for security purposes. This can be done by disabling and re-enabling the Blink SmartHome skill.
Additionally, if the pin is entered incorrectly in 3 consecutive attempts, the Blink SmartHome skill will be automatically disabled and require you to re-enable the skill.
Do Alexa Routines work with Blink SmartHome?
Alexa Routines do not currently work with Blink SmartHome. Please stay tuned for new feature releases on the Updates section!
How do you enable motion detection notifications for Alexa?
Currently there is no way to receive motion detection notification via Alexa. Please stay tuned for new feature releases on the Updates section!
"Sorry, cameras don't work on this device."
If you come across this error message, this may mean that the voice command you are issuing is not supported by the type of Alexa device integrated with Blink SmartHome skill.
To resolve this, verify what type of Alexa enabled device you are using to check its compatibility with the command(s) you were trying to issue.
Viewing motion clips or Live View commands are only supported on following devices: Echo Show, Spot, Fire Tablets**, Fire TV, Stick, and Cube (only sold in US)**
"Couldn't find a device name Blink."
This error message occurs when your devices are not all found on the Alexa app. Without all Blink devices discovered, Alexa will not know which device a command needs to be issued to.
- Open the Alexa app > Tap “Devices” > Tap “All Devices” > Check to ensure all of Blink devices are listed there
- If all Blink devices are not discovered, go to “Devices” > Tap “plus sign” located on upper right-hand corner > “Add Devices” > “Others” > “Discover Devices”
If you continue to experience issues with the command, please follow the below troubleshooting steps to relink your Blink SmartHome skill:
- Tap “Curtain Menu” located on top left corner of Alexa App
- Tap “Skill & Games” > “Your Skills” > locate “Blink SmartHome” and disable the skill
- Once the Blink SmartHome skill is disabled, tap “Devices”, located on bottom right corner
- Tap “All Devices” and select each one of Blink devices listed and delete by tapping on “Trash” icon
- Once Blink SmartHome skill is disabled and removed all Blink devices, follow Enabling Blink SmartHome skill steps
"Please specify a system"
If you have multiple Blink systems set up on your account and you don’t specify the system name that you’re issuing the command to, (i.e. “Alexa, ask Blink to arm”) you will receive this message. In this case, make sure to include the exact system name for Alexa to distinguish between your multi-system. Such as, “Alexa, ask Blink to arm Home”.
Disarming the system instead of disabling the skill
There is a specific voice command that must be issued to successfully disarm your Blink system. Saying the wrong phrase could result in disabling the Blink skill.
To disarm, try using:
“Alexa, ask Blink to disarm, my pin is ####”
If have more than one system associated with the account:
“Alexa, ask Blink to disarm [insert system name], my pin is ####”
If you only ask Alexa to “disarm Blink”, this will result in Alexa disabling the skill, which means you will need to re-enable it through the Alexa app.
|Arming your System||"Alexa, ask Blink to Arm"
If you have more than one system:
"Alexa, ask Blink to Arm (System Name)"
|Disarming Your System||"Alexa, ask Blink to Disarm, my pin is ####"
If you have more than one system:
"Alexa, ask Blink to Disarm (System Name), my pin is ####"
|Status||"Alexa, ask Blink to get my status"
"Alexa, ask Blink what's my status"
(Includes last motion clip occurrence from each system)
|"Alexa, ask Blink what my detailed status is"
"Alexa, ask Blink to get my detailed status"
|Schedule||"Alexa, ask Blink to list my schedule"
"Alexa, ask Blink what my schedule is"
|Motion Clip||"Alexa, ask Blink when was the last motion clip"
"Alexa, ask Blink when was my last motion alert"
|Motion Clip Count||
"Alexa, ask Blink how many motion clips do I have?"
|Live View||"Alexa, show me (Camera Name)"|
|Exiting Live View||"Alexa, hide my (Camera Name)"|
|Viewing Last Motion Clip||"Alexa, show me the last activity on (Camera Name)"|
If “ask Blink” is not included when issuing a voice command, Alexa will report back saying, “You have Blink SmartHome skill enabled, would you like me to open it”, to indicate an incomplete command.
**Supported Fire Tablets are Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, Fire (7"), Fire (8"), and Fire (10")