Setting up your plug-in camera

Follow these steps to install the Blink app, add your camera to a system, then mount and position your camera.

Install the Blink app

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 6.19.0*
for iOS 14 and later.

Blink version 6.19.0
for Android v6.0 and later.

Blink version 6.19.0
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:

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 preselected 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 multifactor 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.

When you have verified your email address, the app configures your SMS text phone number to send alerts and for account verification.


When 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

When the verification step is complete, you are prompted to link your new Blink account to your Amazon account, by tapping on the "Link Accounts button". This is an optional step. Click to learn how to link your accounts at a later time.

You also have the option to select "Skip" which will take you to the home screen, without linking your accounts.

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 Next.

Add to a system

If 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. Tap the Blink Mini camera as indicated by an arrow in the image below. You are taken to the Scan QR Code screen, where your camera may request permission to scan the QR code or you can enter the number manually. After the Mini is recognized, you need to add it to a system.

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

Note: If your camera does not focus correctly on the QR code, add more light to the scene, either with the camera flash or room lighting. 

3. If you want to add the Mini to a new system, give your system a name in the text entry field, and it will be created. When adding the Mini to an existing system, just tap the system name to continue.

add a system name or tap a system

4. After selecting Next, you will be instructed to connect your camera and wait for one light to flash blue and another to be solid green. If this is the case, tap Discover device, and following message appears: "Blink" would like to establish a connection to the "BLINK-XXXX" network. Learn more about the "BLINK-XXXX" network.

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

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

5. Tap Join and then choose your Wi-Fi network from the Add Mini Camera screen. If you add the camera to an existing system, make sure you choose the same WiFi network that your other devices are connected to.

6. When the Blink servers are ready, the Camera Added screen is shown. Tap Done to complete the setup and return to the app home screen.

camera added, tap done

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

NEW: WiFi issues with setup, disconnections, or quality problems? Try our new WiFi fixing app before contacting support.*

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

Next Steps

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 pic, follow these steps below.

1. From the home page, 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.

 


3. Click to learn more about using the Blink app.

Mounting your camera

The Mini camera ships with a camera mount attached in the desktop position and two screws in the box. Before using your new Mini camera, make certain to remove the clear protective film covering the lens.

The camera has two mounting points. The vertical/wall mount opening (1) is located above the USB port at the rear of the camera. The horizontal/ceiling mount opening (2) is at the bottom of the unit. Mounts from other Blink cameras also fit the Mini.

Note: If you want to mount the Mini on a ceiling or overhead surface, be aware that the image can be flipped in the Blink app camera settings.


Mounting the Blink Mini Camera

  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 where moving shadows and reflections will not interfere with the image. Then use the included screws to secure the mount to your surface.

  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 provided 5v 1A USB power supply and then plug the power supply into your wall outlet.


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

Camera Placement

Considerations for Outdoor use

When placing a Blink camera outdoors, keep in mind that random objects, like cars or blowing leaves, and even moving shadows can trigger a motion alert. To reduce unwanted alerts, use Activity Zones‍ to block off certain areas of the view. 

To preserve the privacy of others, you can use Privacy Zones‍ that stop the camera from sending anything within the two areas you set.

There are times when your camera has adjusted the white balance for darkness, then when the camera detects motion the scene has a bright area of light present, and the image is sent to you before the camera has adjusted itself. In this case, there may be a blue tint to the image. The next clip will have a corrected white balance, but you can adjust the camera view so that areas of high contrast (morning sun on a dark walkway for example) do not create this effect.

Considerations for indoor use

When placing your camera indoors, or in a garage, some surfaces can affect what you see. Flat surfaces 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 a Blink Camera Mount or Blink Camera Stand is recommended to lift the camera off of surfaces like a shelf and improve 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


Considerations for motion detection

To detect motion, cameras other than the Mini are sensitive to the size of an object's heat as it appears in the view. The Blink Mini detects visual differences between one moment and the next. For both types of camera however, a small object close to the camera would trigger a detection equal to a larger object farther away because their appearance is similar in the camera view. The best range of detection is within 5 to 20 feet (about 1.5 to 6m) from the camera. By placing your camera higher off of the ground, you can avoid smaller animals causing motion alerts.

simulated image showing a small animal close to the camera and larger animals farther away

Because motion is detected by difference in the view, a person walking toward the camera is harder to detect than when they walk across the scene.
illustration of two camera placements, one at a door looking outwards and the resulting small motion difference, and the second placement on the side of a path showing motion across the view for better motion detection

If you want to see arriving visitors and package deliveries, it may be useful to mount the camera looking towards the doorway, so random pedestrians or stray animals do not appear in the background and cause motion alerts that you are not interested in.

Follow the link to learn more about enabling motion detection and arming your system.








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