If you have the original Ring Doorbell, you can view the camera and speak to someone at your front door when they ring the bell or when the doorbell camera detects motion, but I wanted to know if you can watch the camera live when no action occurs. I gathered a lot of information to find out if the original Ring Video Doorbell has Live View.

Does the Original Ring Doorbell Have Live View? The original Ring Video Doorbell has Live View which can be accessed through the Ring app on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Ring launched the Live View feature in 2016, and it is available on all versions of the Ring Doorbell as long as the doorbell is hardwired.

I have shared all the information from my research below. Read on to learn more about how Live View works with the original Ring Doorbell.

The Original Ring Doorbell Has Live View

Live View is a feature of the Ring Video Doorbell that allows you to view the doorbell camera and speak through it anytime using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Live View was added to all Ring Doorbells in 2016. Ring updates are pushed out through the app automatically, so even if your original Ring Doorbell is older than 2016, it still has Live View.

Using Live View

Live View is easy to use. Simply click on your original Ring Doorbell in the Ring app, and click on the Liew View button. The video stream takes up to ten seconds to load, and then you will see a Live View from your doorbell’s camera.

Live View also allows you to speak and listen through the camera. Press the green “talk” button to enable this feature once in Liew View. Press the red “end” button to exit Live View.

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Live View Requirements

The original Ring Doorbell must be hardwired to use the Live View feature. You can use your home’s existing doorbell wires for your Ring Doorbell.

While some of the Ring Doorbell’s functions work when the doorbell is battery operated, Live View requires a larger amount of power and will not work with a battery-operated Ring Doorbell. If you do not see the Live View button in the Ring app, make sure your doorbell is hardwired and not battery operated.

The “Motion Alerts” button must be turned on to use Live View on your original Ring Doorbell. If Motion Alerts is off, you will not see the Live View option on the app. You can turn Motion Alerts on and off as you please, but remember to switch it on when you want to use Live View.

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Ring Doorbell Compatibility

The original Ring Doorbell is compatible with Amazon Alexa products. If you have an Echo Spot or Echo Show, you can access Live View using voice control.

To set up your Ring Doorbell with your Echo:

  1. Enable the Ring Video Doorbell Skill in the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Type in your Ring account information when prompted to link your accounts.
  3. Click on “Discover Devices”, and your doorbell will be connected to your Alexa account.

To access Live View using your Echo, say “Alexa, show [Ring Device Name]”. If you want to talk through the doorbell using your Echo, unmute the microphone on your echo screen or say: “Alexa, talk to [Ring Device Name]”.

When you are ready to exit Live View, you can say:

  • “Alexa, hide [Ring Device Name]”
  • “Alexa, go home.”
  • “Alexa, stop.”

Google Home Compatibility

The original Ring Doorbell has limited compatibility with Google Home. You cannot access Live View using a Google Home Hub. However, you can turn Motion Alerts and Ring Alerts on and off. You can also ask Google about the status of your doorbell and to record a 30 second video. Click here to read more about Ring Doorbell and Google Home compatibility.

Ring Doorbell Versions

While all versions of the Ring Video Doorbell are equipped with Live View, they differ in other ways. Check out the table below to compare the various versions of the Ring Doorbell.

  Ring Video Doorbell Ring Video Doorbell 2 Ring Video Doorbell Pro Ring Video Doorbell Elite
Live View Yes Yes Yes Yes
Video Resolution 720p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD
Motion Detection Selectable motion detection areas with customizable sensitivity Selectable motion detection areas with customizable sensitivity Customizable motion detection areas Customizable motion detection areas
Field of View 180° horizontal, 110° vertical 160° horizontal, 90° vertical 160° horizontal, 90° vertical 160° horizontal, 90° vertical
Wifi Connectivity 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz
Power Source Battery or hard wired, but must be hardwired to use Live View Battery or hard wired, but must be hardwired to use Live View Hardwired only Ethernet only
Installation Self installation Self installation Self installation Professional