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How to Show the Ring Doorbell on an Echo Show?

May 3, 2020
Echo Show playing TV on kitchen counter

Since both Ring Doorbell and Echo Show are made by Amazon, it’s common for smart homes to have both. With integration being an essential part of an effective smart home, users will want to know if they can view their Ring doorbell feed on their Echo Show.

How to show the Ring Doorbell on an Echo Show?

  1. Enable the Ring skill in the Alexa app, and link the devices.
  2. To see a Ring doorbell camera feed, say the Echo device’s wake word, then say “show my [name of your Ring doorbell].”
  3. When someone rings the doorbell, say “answer [name of your Ring doorbell]” to view and talk. 

In the guide below, there are detailed instructions on how to enable the Ring skill, how to link your devices, and what voice commands you can use to control your video doorbell with your Echo Show

Viewing Ring Doorbell on Echo Show

All versions of Ring doorbell are compatible with Echo Show and easy to integrate.

Echo Show (Click Image to View Amazon)

Once the two devices are linked in the Alexa app, you can:

  • View the camera’s live stream any time.
  • Talk and listen through the camera any time.
  • “Answer” the door when someone rings the bell.
  • View the most recent recorded video if you have a Ring Protect subscription plan.
  • Control the playback of the most recent recorded video if you have a Ring Protect subscription plan.

Enabling the Ring Skill

Before you can link your devices, you need to enable the Ring skill in the Alexa app. 

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet. 
  2. Tap the three lines in the top-right corner. 
  3. Select “Skills & Games”.
  4. Tap on the search icon.
  5. Type “Ring” in the search box and press search.
  6. Select the Ring skill.
  7. Tap the “Enable To Use” button. 
  8. Enter your Ring log-in info, and press the “Sign in” button.
  9. Tap “Discover Devices”.
  10. Your Ring doorbell will automatically connect. 

Linking Ring Doorbell and Echo Show

If you have previously enabled the Ring skill on your Alexa app or your Ring doorbell doesn’t automatically connect, simply say “[Wake word], discover my devices” to any of your Echo devices. 

This voice command will prompt Alexa to automatically search for and connect any compatible devices in your home as long as they are on the same Wi-Fi network. 

Voice Commands for Live View

For all the Alexa voice commands listed below, make sure to say your device’s chosen wake word before the command. 

To view your doorbell camera’s live feed without 2-way audio, say “show my [Ring doorbell name]”.

To view the live feed with 2-way audio, say “talk to [Ring doorbell name]”.

To answer your doorbell with 2-way audio when it rings, say “answer [Ring doorbell name]”.

You can end the live feed and audio any time by saying one of the following commands:

  • “Hide the [Ring doorbell name].”
  • “Go home.”
  • “Stop.”

Voice Commands for Recorded Video

To view the last recorded video, say “show me the last activity from [Ring doorbell name].” 

When a recorded video is playing on your Echo Show, you can control playback with the following commands:

  • “Fast-forward __ seconds/minutes.”
  • “Rewind __ seconds/minutes.”
  • “Pause.”
  • “Play.”

Keep in mind that you can only view recorded videos if you have one of the two Ring Protect subscription plans. Click here for more info about the plans. 

Curious how long the Ring records? Check out the full details.

More Compatibility

Amazon Echo devices and Ring doorbells have even more options for integration with each other and with other smart home products. 

Ring Doorbell Chime and Notifications

You can use your Echo Show or any other Echo device as a doorbell chime and to receive motion alerts. 

Here are the steps to set up your Echo to chime and receive motion alerts:

  1. In the Alexa app, click on “Devices”.
  2. Select the Echo device that you want to announce your Ring doorbell events. If you want more than one Echo device to announce, you need to enable announcements on each device separately in the Alexa app.
  1. Tap “Communications”.
  2. Tap “Announcements”.
  3. Slide the “Enabled” bar on. 
  4. Go back to “Devices”.
  5. Select “All Devices”.
  6. Select your Ring doorbell.
  7. Turn on the “Doorbell Press” option.

Other Echo Devices 

The only two Echo devices that have screens are Echo Show and Echo Spot.The main difference between the two devices is the shape and size, with the Spot being much smaller and kind of shaped like an eight ball. Ring Doorbell works exactly the same way with the Echo Spot as it does with the Show.

If you have an Echo device without a screen such as an Echo Dot, you obviously cannot view your doorbell’s live feed on it, but you can talk and listen through the doorbell. 

Viewing Ring Doorbell on Your Smart TV

You can also view your Ring doorbell’s camera feed and talk through it on a Fire TV or a TV with a Fire Stick. The same voice commands that work with the Echo Show and Spot work on your Fire TV. 

Ring doorbells are also compatible with some Samsung smart TVs.