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Why is My Blink Outdoor Camera Flashing Red?

Last Updated Dec 17, 2022
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Your Blink Outdoor Camera helps keep your home protected, but it must be set up properly to do so. With that said, sometimes, with the Blink Outdoor Camera, you may see different flashing lights that could indicate a few different things, such as a flashing red light.

If your Blink Outdoor Camera is flashing red, it could mean your camera is not connected to the internet or that your battery should be replaced. 

Typically, a red blinking light could be a cause for concern when it comes to technology. However, in this case, it probably is an easy fix. To figure out why your Blink Outdoor Camera is flashing red and how to fix it, continue reading.

If you are more of a video person, we got you covered:

As mentioned, there could be two separate reasons your Blink Outdoor Camera is flashing red. It could either be due to a loss of connection to the internet or because your battery needs to be replaced. Luckily, there are easy solutions to these problems, and it should be no cause for concern if you begin to see a flashing red light come from your camera.

Loss of Internet Connection

During the initial setup of your Blink Outdoor Camera, you will need to establish an internet connection. Your outdoor camera will not work without a Wi-Fi connection and, in turn, will not stream any live video.

You will most likely be able to determine if the internet connection is an issue during the Blink Outdoor Camera’s setup process. According to Blink Support, when first setting up your camera, the camera’s red light will flash 3-4 times followed by repeating soft red blinks, and will continue to do so until there is an established internet connection. Therefore, keep an eye on this pattern to determine if no internet is the cause of your issue.

However, if your camera has already been connected to Wi-Fi for a while and is now flashing red, you can still rely on this specific flashing red light pattern to determine if the internet connection is the issue. You can also check any other devices in your home that use the same Wi-Fi and see if they have disconnected.

Reconnecting your Blink Outdoor Camera to Wi-Fi is simple and should soon make the flashing red light disappear. Here is how to get an internet connection with your Blink Outdoor Camera:

  1. First, connect the Blink Outdoor Camera to the Sync Module’s Wi-Fi network (it should be named “BLINK-” and you should have a serial number that you can use to connect).
  2. Tap Join to secure connection.
  3. Now, add your personal Wi-Fi network (select your Wi-Fi name from the list of detected Wi-Fi networks).
  4. Enter your password.
  5. The network setup should now be successfully completed, and a Done button should appear on the screen.

If this process does not work for you after trying it at least three times, you should contact support as there may be a deeper problem.

You might also receive a notification stating that the Blink Outdoor camera is busy, here’s how to fix it.

Low Battery

A blinking red light can also indicate your device has a low battery. Blink Support claims that the camera will flash a red light 5 or 6 times after the blue recording light goes out. After that, no light will appear on your camera at all, indicating the batteries have failed.

This red flashing light pattern is different than the loss of internet light pattern, as the red light will be short, quick, and continuous if the internet has been lost. The camera will flash a solid red a bit slower a couple of times and then die out if it is a battery issue.

Here are a few ways to avoid battery failure issues with your Blink Outdoor Camera:

  • Keep track of how often you replace the battery and make a mental note of when you should put fresh ones in.
  • Make sure you are using the right batteries (AA Lithium non-rechargeable batteries).
  • Make sure you are installing the batteries the right way.

In Summary

The Blink Outdoor Camera may be sending you signals that something needs to be fixed by flashing different colors. If you see your camera flashing red, that can mean one of two things: either your device is not connected to the internet, or your battery is running low.

Keep an eye on the flashing patterns to determine which issue you are dealing with. Luckily, once you determine the problem, it’s easily fixable.  

Do you see other lights on your Blink Outdoor Camera, such as a blue LED light? Check out this article to learn more about what it means!