Many homes have multiple exterior doors and smart home users may want to install a video doorbell at each door. I’m a big fan of Ring doorbells, so I, like many others, wanted to know if I could use more than one Ring doorbell at my house.
Can You Have Multiple Ring Doorbells in One House? A home can have multiple Ring video doorbells all functioning simultaneously. Each device can be given a unique name and ring sound in the Ring app so that the user knows which door a visitor is at.
If you have a large home with multiple exterior doors, there are also probably several people living in your home. You can easily share your Ring account with family and friends. You can also have multiple Ring doorbells and devices across multiple homes and properties under one Ring account.
You Can Have Multiple Ring Doorbells in One House
Any number of Ring doorbells can be used on one house at the same time. When someone rings your doorbell or motion is detected, the notification chimes and then says the name of the device it came from.
When viewing recent activity in the Ring app, the main page provides a cumulative list of alerts from all of your Ring devices. You can also view the recent activity of each individual doorbell by clicking on the doorbell and tapping Recent Activity.
You can mix-n-match different versions of Ring video doorbells at each exterior door. For example, you may want to use a Peephole Cam at your front door so that you don’t have to drill any holes on your front door frame, but you may have an original Ring Doorbell that you want to use at your side door. Use them both simultaneously and move them around to fit your needs!
Setting Up Multiple Doorbells
Before physically installing a Ring doorbell, you must set it up in the Ring app. Each doorbell must be set up individually using these steps:
- Tap “Set Up a Device”.
- Select the type of device you are setting up.
- When prompted, scan the QR code or MAC ID on the back of your Ring doorbell. The code can also be found on the box the doorbell came in and in the Quick Start Guide.
- Confirm your current address. If you have previously established locations with other Ring devices on your account, you can choose from a list of your locations or add a new one.
- Select “Custom” and give the doorbell a unique name to distinguish it from your other Ring devices.
After the set-up process in the app, follow the regular directions for physically installing your Ring doorbells. The links below provide installation instructions for each type of Ring doorbell.
- Hard-wired Video Doorbell and Doorbell 2
- Battery-charged Video Doorbell and Doorbell 2
- Video Doorbell Pro
- Video Doorbell Elite
- Peephole Cam
Changing Doorbell Settings
You can change a doorbell’s name and chime sound anytime in the Ring app.
To change the name or address of one of your doorbells, simply select the doorbell you want to change and tap the setting icons in the top-right corner. Select the settings you want to change.
You can set two different sounds for a doorbell’s ring alerts and motion alerts. Select the doorbell you want to change in the app and tap “App Alert Tones”. Choose the doorbell ring tone and volume you like. Then, click the tab at the top of the dashboard to choose your motion alert tone and volume.
If you use Alexa devices with your Ring doorbell, you may find that your doorbells’ names are too similar for Alexa to distinguish or that they are inconvenient to say out loud. You can change your doorbells’ names as often as you like until you find ones that work well for you. Remember that the names of the doorbells will also need to be updated in the Alexa app.
Additional Ring Devices
In addition to doorbells, you can have a collection of Ring devices such as a Ring Alert security system with security cameras and smart floodlights all operating simultaneously in one home on one Ring account.
Motion alert notifications will specify which device they are from by name. Make sure to give each device a unique name that you will remember. You can change the name of any Ring device anytime in the Ring app.
Ring security cameras are also Alexa compatible. If you have an Alexa-enabled device with a screen such as an Echo Show or Spot, you can view the camera’s live stream and recently recorded videos using voice commands. Click here for directions to integrate your Alexa and Ring devices and a list of voice commands for Ring doorbells and cameras.
Multiple Houses or Properties with Ring Devices
You can have Ring devices at different physical locations on the same Ring account. For example, you could have a Ring doorbell at your place of business, one at your home, and one at your vacation property. Most Ring accounts can have up to ten different locations.
If you use Ring Alarm for home security, keep in mind that the Ring Protect professional monitoring plan only applies to one physical location. If you have two Ring Alarm systems in different locations, you will need two separate monthly subscription plans for professional monitoring.
Managing Ring Locations
Locations can be viewed, renamed, changed, or deleted anytime on the Ring app.
To view the devices at a specific location, select the location from the drop-down menu at the top of the main page of the app. You can also view all your devices at once by choosing “All Cameras” from the list.
To change the name or address of a location:
- Click on the three bars icon in the top-left corner.
- Select Location Settings.
- Select Location.
- Enter the information you want to change and press the back arrow in the top-left corner to save.
Under Location Settings, tap Remove Location to delete a location from your account. All devices must be removed from a location individually before the location can be deleted. To change a specific device’s location, click on the device and tap the settings icon.
Multiple Ring Accounts in One Home
You can share your Ring account with other people who live in your home such as your significant other, kids, and roommates. Once shared, they can access the Ring devices in your home through the Ring app. However, the following actions are not available to shared users:
- Deleting devices.
- Deleting videos.
- Changing settings.
- Changing device names.
- Adding other Shared Users.
- Accessing recorded videos using an Alexa device.
- Receiving alerts through an Alexa device.
Adding Shared Users
Follow the steps below to share your Ring account with someone else. The shared user must have their own Ring account.
- Open the Ring app on your phone or tablet.
- Select one of the Ring devices that you want to share. If you want to share multiple devices, it doesn’t matter which one you choose first because you will be able to select multiple devices later.
- Tap Device Settings.
- Tap Shared Users.
- Tap Add User.
- Enter the email address of the person you want to share your account with. Make sure to use the email address associated with their Ring account.
- Select all the devices you want to share.
- Tap Send Invite.
You can also log in to a single Ring account on multiple phones and tablets. Remember that this will give the user full access to your account allowing them to change settings and delete videos.