Will Blink Doorbell Ring on Alexa?
By Trae Jacobs,
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It can not be overstated how crucial it is that your smart home devices be compatible with the home system you are using, be it Alexa or Google Home.
Ring Video Doorbell rings on your Alexa device. You can also change how your Alexa notifications will be with motion announcements and doorbell press announcements.
Keep reading as we discuss how you can activate and change your Alexa notifications. Also, we’ll look at Alexa commands for the doorbell, motion announcement, and routine triggers.
Does Blink Doorbell Ring on Alexa?
Blink Doorbells are compatible with many Alexa-run devices like Echo Dot. With Live view on Alexa, you get notifications from your doorbell to your Alexa ecosystem. There are two notification types that Blink Doorbell sends to your Alexa—motion announcements and doorbell press notifications.
As the names imply, motion announcements let Alexa tell you when there is movement in the range covered by your Blink doorbell, while doorbell press notifications let Alexa announce that someone is pressing the bell.
How to Connect Blink Doorbell to Alexa
The best way to enjoy your Blink Doorbell is by connecting it to your Alexa ecosystem. This allows you to give voice commands, control your doorbell and get notifications on Alexa. To connect your Blink doorbell to Alexa, follow the steps below:
- Open the Blink app on your mobile and tap the Accounts icon.
- Tap Link to Alexa and tap “Open Alexa App,” where you’ll be taken to the Blink Smarthome Skill page.
- Click on Enable to Use and input your Alexa login details. Follow the authentication process to complete the login. After the verification, you’ll see a notification that Blink is successfully linked to Alexa.
- Close the page and go to the Devices page of your Alexa device.
- Click on your newly added doorbell and tap Set up device. You can change the device name, and you’ll be good to go.
After this is done, you still have to activate both doorbell press and motion announcements, and this will be the focus of the next section.
Alexa Commands for Blink Doorbells
When you connect your Blink doorbell to Alexa, you can use commands to operate the device.
Some of these commands are:
Alexa, open Blink: In response to this, Alexa will tell you what Blink can do.
Alexa, show the last activity at my Front door: This command will show the most recent doorbell press or detected motion by the doorbell camera.
Alexa, ask Blink what’s my schedule: This will read out the schedule you scheduled on the Blink app
Alexa, stop Blink: This shuts down the Blink skill on Alexa. You should be careful with this command as it will deactivate Blink Smarthome Skill, and you’ll lose all your settings. You’ll then have to re-enable Blink Smarthome Skill in your Alexa app to use it again.
Alexa, ask blink help: Blink help will respond with the answer to your question
Alexa, talk to the Door: This opens two-way communication with the “Door” camera.
Alexa, arm my door: This arms your doorbell for motion detection. However, it only works if the doorbell is on Event response mode rather than the Alexa live view mode.
This is a great feature to have as it reduces the need to control the doorbell from its application or other media.
How to Activate Alexa Doorbell Press Notification and Motion Announcement
After you’ve connected your doorbell to your Alexa ecosystem, you have to activate both the motion announcement and the doorbell ring notification if you want those on any Alexa-run speaker.
To do this, follow these steps:
- Go to the Alexa app
- Tap Devices
- Tap Cameras
- Click on your doorbell
- Go to settings
Here, you’ll see the option to toggle on both Motion announcements and Doorbell Press announcements. After doing this, you should test both the doorbell and the motion announcements to ensure that it’s all done.
How to Configure Blink Doorbell Ring on Alexa
After connecting your Blink Doorbell to Alexa, you can change the sound that will be made when the doorbell is pressed. To do this, follow the steps below.
- Go to the Alexa app on your mobile device
- Tap Cameras
- Select your doorbell in the list of connected Camera devices
- If your doorbell is in live view mode, go to the settings page by clicking the settings icon in the top right corner.
- If it’s in Event response mode, it will automatically take you to this page.
- In Settings, tap Doorbell Sound
- Select the option you like
After doing this, Alexa will make the sound you set it to on every doorbell press before making the regular “Someone is at your door” announcement.
As Blink doorbells are Amazon-owned, they can easily be added to the Alexa ecosystem. This allows you to get notifications on your Alexa-enabled speaker or the Alexa app.