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How Do You Remove Vivint Window and Door Sensors?

Last Updated Jan 24, 2022
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Sensors are a big deal when it comes to safety. This can either be for your home or business environment. Installation of these sensors is well known to people, but removing these sensors can be confusing.

There is a 100% chance of security with automated technological devices such as Vivint sensors. The nitty-gritty for the removal process of the Vivint Door and Window Sensor is the main objective of this article.

Removing Vivint Window and Door Sensors

The following steps will give you a well-defined and detailed insight into Vivint window and door sensor removal.

Disable Your Security Alarm System

Before making any move, you need to deactivate the device from the control panel. Deactivating the device can seem a little bit tricky, but it is completely easy. Start by dragging downwards, the three dots showing, on the right corner of the panel. It will pop up a platform for you to enter your four-digit PIN, enter your PIN to disarm the device.

Detach the Sensor Cap

When the sensor has been deactivated from the panel, you can physically detach the sensor device from the door or window. Doing this can be pretty simple, but you need to follow the steps carefully to get this right. Below are steps to take to detach a sensor cap.

Manually Remove the Device from the Door or Window

Remove the device from the door or window where it is installed. It is usually mounted using a screw or a foam-double-sided tape. This stage will help you comfortably and carefully detach or replace the sensor.

Pop the Cap Open with a Screwdriver

After pulling off the device from the window or the door, get a screwdriver, fix it into the screw-head beneath the device to pop the cap open. Turn the Screwdriver in the Opposite Direction. You must move the screwdriver in an anticlockwise direction to unscrew the cap. Once you’re done, gently remove the case or cover from the device.

Keep the Screws

Always remember to carefully store the screws as you may need them later to reinstall the device.

If these steps are followed to the latter, there will be no struggle with detaching the sensor cap. Also, it will help you easily onto the next stage, which is to remove the sensor without any complications.

Careful Removal of the Sensor

After uncovering the security device, the sensor is located at the back of the circuit board. Several wires will be attached to this sensor. Carefully detaching the wires from the sensor will ultimately free the sensor from the circuit without causing any further damage.

Remove Old Battery and Insert New Battery

Changing the battery is a straightforward process. You have to carefully remove the case or cover of the sensor and then remove the battery from its slot to be replaced with another one with the positive side facing upwards. The battery can last up to 8 months, but this highly depends on the activity around the device. The old battery should be disposed of appropriately.

Replacement of the Sensors

If you plan to replace the sensor, a new sensor has to be purchased and replaced after removing the old sensor from the outlet. This stage also includes having all wires connected in their proper position before removing the old sensor.

Putting Back the Slide Circuit Board

The replacement process of a circuit board into its proper position is very crucial. This is because the primary function of the circuit board is to house all electrical components in the device, thus ensuring that each electrical component is insulated and connected to its power source. In other words, electricity travels in and out of the device through the circuit board to the power source without being interrupted.

After the new sensor has been installed, carefully place the circuit board into its original position. While doing this, ensure that no wire is out of place. Also, before rounding up this stage, it is important to double-check for any loose connection.

Reactivate the Sensor

After removing the old sensor or battery, you have a choice to use a replacement sensor or continue without it. If you do not replace the sensor, you can risk possible theft without being alerted before it happens.

Finally,if you want to replace the security sensor, you need to reconnect/enable the sensor. To do this, use the Vivint application to activate the sensor and get the correct readings initially. Then, the Vivint application will indicate if it is properly working or not.


A variety of factors can influence the long lasting period of a sensor. One of which is the location where the gadget is installed.  If there is a lot of sunlight reaching the device, it can damage the sensor and require replacement.

Although there are various ways to remove your sensor, if you follow these instructions meticulously, you will be able to remove the Vivint sensor without worry.

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