How to Set Up Blink

Blink setup is easy, but please follow these steps in order.

Installation of the Blink app and devices follows the same sequence regardless of the operating system your device is running. Now let’s get started!

Setup Sections

I. Installing the Blink app & Creating your Account
II. Setting up the Sync Module
III. Adding camera(s)



Follow these links to learn about using your Blink system, how to mount your camera, or about camera placement.



The most recent version of the Blink app is always available in your app store.

Blink supports most smartphones, tablets, and many Alexa enabled products.

Follow the link or scan the QR code to access the most recent Blink app download.


Blink version 6.2.10
for iOS 12.5 and later.

Blink version 6.4.1
for Android v5.0 (Lollipop) and later.

Blink version 6.4.1
for Fire OS v5.1 and later.



To Get Started with the Blink app, follow the instructions below:

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.
A region is pre-selected based on your IP address.

choose region


4. Enter a valid email address, and tap Next.

enter your email address


5. Create a password and tap Create Account.
    The password requirements are listed at the bottom of the screen.

enter your email address


6. Complete the multi factor account verification process.

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

New Account PIN
New Account with Expired PIN

PIN codes are valid for 40 minutes. After one minute, the "Resend PIN Code" option appears. 


Next, you are presented with a Phone number entry screen.

Tap the Phone number entry line to bring up a keypad.

Select your country code from the menu that is displayed when you tap the flag icon next to the Phone number entry line.

Enter the phone number you wish to use for device verification and tap "Next".

 

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

Note: The SMS text option should only be used with mobile phone lines and will not work with landlines. Blink ONLY uses this number to positively associate your device to the Blink app - to make sure the person making changes is you. Your information is private and will not be used for additional purposes or shared with third parties.

Click to learn why we need your phone number. Contact Customer Service if you don't have a phone number.


At this point, an SMS Text message containing the PIN code is sent to the phone number, and the PIN entry screen is opened for you.

Example SMS Text Message:

Your Blink verification code
is: <123456>


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

PIN codes are valid for 40 minutes. After one minute, the "Resend PIN Code" option is presented.

Verify SMS PIN
Verify with PIN

Once your account is verified you will be prompted to link your new Blink account to your Amazon account, by tapping on the Link Accounts button. This is necessary in order to take full advantage of subscriptions, after the initial trial period expires. You also have the option to select "Skip" which will take you to the home screen, without linking your accounts. Click here to learn how to link your Blink and Amazon accounts another time.

enter your email address


Then sign into your existing Amazon account or create a new one if needed. The link is then established between accounts and click Done.

You will then be able to proceed to the next step of setting up your sync module.


II. Setting up the Sync Module
Thanks to Blink’s wire-free design, the Sync Module is the only part of the system that will need to be plugged in!

Add a Sync Module and create a system

1. From the home screen, tap the Add Device + icon.

Add Device icon on the Blink app upper right corner


2. The Add Device screen displays your device options.

  • Blink wireless camera system - A system contains a Sync Module and Blink Outdoor, Indoor (2nd Generation), XT2, XT, or 1st Generation Indoor camera. Start here if you have these cameras.

  • Blink wireless camera - This option adds a Blink Outdoor, Indoor (2nd Generation), XT2, XT, or 1st Generation Indoor camera after you have added a Sync Module.

  • Mini camera - The Mini camera does not require a Sync Module as it manages its own system, but a Mini camera will act like other Blink cameras when it is added to a system managed by Sync Module. Your selection opens the QR code scanning screen.

add camera and device screen of Blink app


3. The serial number is also printed as a QR code. To scan a QR code, the Blink app requires permission to access the camera on your mobile device.

Tap OK to permit the Blink app to scan the QR code, automatically entering the serial number. If you prefer, you can deny access to the camera by tapping Don't Allow and enter the serial number manually.

The Blink app requests camera access to scan the QR code


To learn where the QR code and serial number are, tap your product image 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. Create a new system by tapping the text entry box and providing a name.
Tap Done to continue.

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.

When you see this pattern on your Sync Module, tap Discover Device.

Ready Sync Module light pattern blinking blue over steady green

Note: If you don't see the above blinking blue light pattern, then you may need to reset the sync module. Click here for more information.

6. The Blink app needs to connect to the Sync Module's Wi-Fi network. It is named “BLINK-" followed by four digits from the Sync Module Serial Number.

Tap Join, 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.  The Sync Module stores network information for devices that are added to its system. If you do not see your local Wi-Fi network, tap Refresh List at the bottom of the screen. You can troubleshoot Wi-Fi connections here.

add sync module to Wi-Fi internet


8. When you tap your Wi-Fi network name, you are presented with a password entry field. Ensure that your password is correct before you enter it. Incorrect password is a common cause of difficulty getting started. Tap Join to continue.

add Wi-Fi internet network password


9. When network setup is complete, you are notified on the screen. Tap Done to complete the install process and view the Blink app Welcome screen where you can now add a camera.

Adding sync module steps complete


The system name should appear at the top of the Home screen. You are notified that the Sync Module has been added, the 'cloud' icon shows a green connection line indicating that the Sync Module is communicating with the Bink servers, and you can now tap the plus symbol  +  to add a device.

home screen after system complete


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*You will be asked to provide a code before running the test. Enter in the code "BLNK".


III. Adding Camera(s)

1. To add a Blink Indoor or Outdoor camera, tap the Plus symbol  +  on the app home screen.


2. Select the Blink wireless camera option.


3. Scan the QR code sticker, found inside the back cover.
Click here for detailed instructions on removing the back cover.


4. When the serial number is recognized, you are shown the camera onboarding screen.

When the setup is complete and you are notified of success, tap Done.

Click here if you receive an error "Unable to Connect to Sync Module" when adding cameras to a system.

You will then be prompted to link your device to your Amazon account, by tapping on the Link Accounts button. This is necessary in order to take full advantage of subscriptions, after the initial trial period expires. You also have the option to select "Skip" which will take you to the home screen, without linking your accounts. Click here to learn how to link your Blink and Amazon accounts another time.

enter your email address


Then sign into your existing Amazon account or create a new one if needed. The link is then established between accounts and click Done to go to the Home screen.



If you are unable to add a camera, please click here for troubleshooting steps.


Next Steps:

When a camera is first installed, the serial number is entered for the camera name, and its thumbnail image is blank.

 

Tap the camera name to change it, enter the new name, then tap OK to save.

 

Tap the thumbnail icon to take a new thumbnail image. The thumbnail remains until you refresh it with this button.


Click here to learn more about using the Blink app.


To add more Blink cameras, tap repeat the steps in Part III. Adding camera(s)

home screen

Now that you have connected everything to your account, click to learn about Camera Placement, or check out our Using Your Blink System for an introduction to using the Blink app and all of the features of your new Blink system like using Live View, arming your system for motion alerts, and configuring notifications on your mobile device.

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