Every day smart home security companies are adding more exciting features to their existing devices to allow for increased security protection for their users. Ring is no exception to this new development with the introduction of its affordable Ring Peephole camera, which offers users modern-day security features. But does that include night vision?

The Ring Peephole camera does have night vision, thanks to its high definition 1080p infrared camera that allows users to view and record activities at night. However, users with storm or screen doors covering their entrance may have the night vision feature of their camera disabled due to light reflection. 

In this article, you will learn more about the Ring Peephole’s night vision capabilities and how to enable/disable this feature on your device.

Can the Ring Peephole View/Record in the Dark?

The Ring Peephole comes with a dedicated infrared camera that can view and record activities at night. The motion sensors in the Ring Peephole allow it to detect activities up to 30 feet away at 160 degrees.

However, if you have a screen or storm door, you may have to deal with your peephole camera automatically disabling the night vision function. According to Ring, the reason this occurs is to prevent the infrared lights from reflecting off the screen and blinding the Peephole’s camera.

How Do You Enable the Ring Peephole’s Night Vision?

According to the Ring Support Center, the Ring night vision feature is automatically activated once your camera fails to detect light sources nearby. However, you should be able to activate or deactivate the color night vision feature from the Ring mobile app. To turn or off the color night vision feature, follow the steps below:

  1. Open your Ring mobile app and select your device.
  2. Select the three dots located at the top right-hand corner of the home screen to open the menu.
  3. Tap Device Settings.
  4. Select Video Settings.
  5. Select Color Night Vision.
  6. Tap on Enable/Disable Color Night Vision to either turn it on or off.

If you find that your Ring Peephole’s night vision has been disabled due to a screen door, or does not automatically trigger, you can use the above steps to enable it again.

However, with screen or storm doors, this is not a long-term solution; this is because the Ring Peephole is designed not to use its night vision feature when there is a screen or storm present. To resolve this, you will either need to keep your storm or screen door open, have it removed, or altogether disable the infrared light on your device (the final option being the least invasive).

How to Disable the Ring Peephole’s Night Vision

As previously mentioned, the Ring Peephole is designed to automatically turn its night vision feature off if it detects a screen or storm door in front of it to avoid reflecting infrared light and blocking the camera’s view. However, to avoid this entirely and prevent losing a clear view at night, you can save a step by disabling your camera’s infrared light during the setup process. To do this:

  1. In the Ring app’s main menu, select your device.
  2. Tap Device Settings.
  3. Select Video Settings.
  4. Toggle Infrared Lights for Night Vision off.

By turning this feature off, you can still obtain the same quality footage from your device without the infrared lights blocking your camera’s view.

Final Thoughts

The Ring Peephole camera uses infrared light to view and record activities at night; the device’s night vision is automatically triggered to turn on as soon as the camera cannot detect a light source nearby. However, users can manually enable or disable the night vision feature at any time through the Ring app.

Remember that the night vision feature may not be available to users with screen or storm doors at the entry; however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take advantage of the other benefits the Ring Peephole has to offer.

In addition, if being able to see at night is a deal-breaker for you, consider installing a light source near your door, so the Peephole does not have to rely on infrared light to see in the dark.

In conclusion, although the Peephole’s night vision may not be available for all users, it still makes a great contender as far as smart security devices go.