By Trae Jacobs,
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The Ring Doorbell can send doorbell button notifications straight to your phone. But even if you’re not by your phone, you still need to know when someone’s at your door!
Can the Ring Doorbell Ring Inside?
The Ring Doorbell can ring inside your home. Depending on how your Ring Doorbell is set up, you can use:
- Digital or mechanical in-home chime
- Ring Chime or Ring Chime Pro
- An Alexa device
In-Home Chime System
The most complicated (but the most reliable way) to get your Ring Doorbell to ring inside your home is by connecting it to your existing doorbell system.
All Ring Doorbells can be hardwired. However, they only work with AC-powered chimes that output between 8-24 volts of power.
Ring Chime or Ring Chime Pro
These are a great choice for battery-powered Ring Doorbells. They plug directly into a wall outlet, then connect to your Ring device through Wi-Fi and send you real-time notifications whenever someone rings your doorbell.
Both devices are made by Ring. The main difference is that the Ring Chime Pro can act as a Wi-Fi extender for your Ring Doorbell, while the Ring Chime is just a chime box.
See the table below for help deciding which is best for you:
|Ring Chime Pro
|Increased Volume Ringtones
|2.4GHz and 5GHz
|Built-In Wi-Fi Extender
|LED Alert for Hearing Impaired
Follow the steps below to set your Ring Doorbell to ring on a Ring Chime or Chime Pro:
- Open the Ring app.
- Tap the three horizontal lines in the top-left corner, then select “Set Up a Device.”
- Press “Chimes.”
- Select “I’m Ready to Scan,” then use your phone’s camera to scan the QR code on the Chime.
- Plug your Chime into a wall outlet. The light should start flashing blue.
- Name your Chime, then follow the on-screen steps to complete the setup.
Once the Chime is set up, you can link it to your Ring Doorbell:
- Tap the Menu icon in the Ring app.
- Select “Devices,” then choose your Ring Doorbell.
- Press “Linked Chimes.”
- Select your notification preferences.
Another way you can hear your doorbell inside your home is by connecting it to an Amazon Echo device through the Alexa app.
Ring is completely compatible with Alexa, and connecting it to an Echo device will allow the speaker to act as a chime — no wiring needed.
First, you’ll need to connect your Ring and Alexa accounts. Then, follow the steps below to enable Doorbell Press Announcements:
- Open the Alexa app.
- Tap “Devices” at the bottom of the screen.
- Select “All Devices,” then tap your Ring Doorbell.
- Toggle “Doorbell Press Announcements” on.
- Select the Alexa device you want to announce your Ring Doorbell.
Will Ring Doorbell Ring on Google Home?
While Ring offered some compatibility with Google Home in the past, the integrations have pulled. There is currently no way for your Ring Doorbell to ring on Google Home.
Why Isn’t My Ring Doorbell Ringing Inside?
There are several reasons your Ring Doorbell won’t chime inside your home, from mechanical to connection issues.
The first thing you should do is ensure your batteries are charged and your doorbell is connected to Wi-Fi. Here’s how you can check both:
- Open the Ring app and tap the Settings icon above your doorbell’s Live View.
- Select “Device Health.”
- Check your battery level and signal strength.
If your battery level is 10% or lower, take it out and charge it fully. If your signal strength indicator number is any color other than green, take some steps to improve your signal.
If you can rule out both issues, troubleshooting the issue further will depend on the device you’re using as a chime.
Ring Doorbell Doesn’t Ring on In-Home Chime
There are a few reasons a hardwired Ring Doorbell may not ring on a chime box. Before looking into anything else, make sure everything’s setup properly in the Ring app:
- Open the Ring app.
- Tap the Settings icon next to your Ring Doorbell’s Live View.
- Select “Device Settings.”
- Tap “In-home Chime Settings.”
- Select your chime type (Mechanical or Digital), then toggle “Ring in-home Chime” on.
If it’s still not working, it could mean:
- You have a weak Wi-Fi connection. Check your signal strength in the Ring app.
- Alexa is interfering. If you previously set your doorbell to ring on Alexa, you’ll need to disconnect it.
- Your chime isn’t compatible with the Ring Doorbell.
- You didn’t properly follow the wiring process.
- Your transformer is not providing sufficient power. Ring Doorbells are only compatible with AC-powered transformers between 8-24 volts.
- Your Ring Doorbell needs to be reset.
- Your doorbell transformer is worn out and needs to be replaced.
Ring Chime isn’t Working
If your Ring Chime is not working at all, check all the following items before reaching out to Ring Support:
- Make sure both devices have a strong Wi-Fi signal.
- Verify that you’ve connected your Ring Doorbell to your Ring Chime.
- Reboot your Ring Chime. Unplug it from the power outlet, wait a minute or two, then plug it back in.
- Reset your Ring Doorbell and Ring Chime to factory settings. You will need to set both up in the Ring app afterward.
Ring Doorbell isn’t Ringing on Alexa
If your Ring Doorbell isn’t ringing on your Echo device, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you’ve set everything up properly:
- Open the Alexa app and tap the “Devices” tab.
- Select “Cameras,” then choose your Ring Doorbell.
- Press “Settings.”
- Make sure “Doorbell Press Notifications” are toggled on.
If everything’s set up correctly, make sure both devices are connected to Wi-Fi. Still having trouble? Try disabling and re-enabling the Ring Skill:
- Open the Alexa app and tap “More” in the bottom-right corner.
- Select “Skills & Games.”
- Scroll to the bottom and select “Your Skills.”
- Select “Ring.”
- Tap “Disable Skill,” then confirm your choice.
- Press “Enable to Use” and reconnect your Ring account.
After this, you may need to toggle Doorbell Press Notifications on again. No luck? It’s time to reach out to Ring Support.