Will Blink Doorbell Ring on Alexa?

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If you don’t have a chime box in your home, setting your Blink Doorbell to ring on Alexa devices is a great alternative.

Does Blink Doorbell Ring on Alexa?

Blink is an Amazon company, so their cameras and doorbells integrate seamlessly with Alexa. 

Once you connect your Blink Video Doorbell to your Alexa devices through the Alexa app, you can activate Doorbell Press Notifications and use any Alexa-enabled device as your doorbell’s chime.

How to Connect Blink Doorbell to Alexa

You can do this through the Alexa app or from the Blink app. For Alexa:

  1. Open the Alexa app.
    Open the Alexa App
  2. Tap the More menu icon.
    More menu in alexa app
  3. Select “Skills and Games.”
    Skills and Games in Alexa app
  4. Type in “Blink” and select “Blink Smarthome.”
    Search for Blink
  5. Press “Enable to Use.”
    Select enable to use
  6. Log into your Blink account through the Alexa app.
  7. Press “Discover Devices” and find your Blink Doorbell.
  8. Go to “Devices” and locate your Blink Doorbell under “Cameras.”
    Find Blink doorbell in the cameras
  9. Press the settings icon in the top right corner.
    Settings in the Blink Doorbell
  10. Tap “Announcement Devices” and select your Echo device.
    Blink doorbell Announcement devices
  11. Turn on “Doorbell Press Announcements.”

From the Blink app:

  1. Open the Blink app on your smartphone.
  2. Tap “Settings” in the bottom right corner.
  3. Select “Account and Privacy.”
  4. Tap “Link to Alexa.”
  5. The Alexa app should automatically open and bring you to the “Blink SmartHome” Skill screen. Tap “Enable to Use.”
  6. Log into your Blink account on the next page and hit “Continue.”
  7. Enter your verification code.
  8. Alexa will begin looking for Blink devices. Tap your Video Doorbell.
  9. Create the four-digit code you’ll use to arm and disarm your Blink system.

What if Alexa Doesn’t Discover My Blink Video Doorbell?

If Alexa does not automatically discover your Video Doorbell after you log into your Blink account, you can connect to it manually

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Tap “Devices” and press the “+” sign.
  3. Select “Add Device” and choose “Cameras.”
  4. Tap “Blink” and “Discover Devices.”

Now, Alexa should have an easier time finding your Video Doorbell.

How to Activate Alexa Doorbell Press Notifications

Your Alexa device won’t automatically start announcing doorbell presses after you connect your Blink Doorbell to the Alexa app — you need to enable Doorbell Press Notifications first!

This is what will allow you to use the Alexa-enabled devices in your home as your doorbell’s chime.

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Tap “Devices” in the bottom right corner.
  3. Select “Cameras,” then select your Blink Doorbell.
  4. Tap the settings icon in the upper right corner.
  5. Find “Doorbell Press Notifications” and toggle it on.
  6. Press “Announcement Devices,” then select all the devices you want to use to announce doorbell presses.

You can choose just one Alexa device, or you can select every Alexa device in your home.

How to Activate Alexa Motion Announcements

While you’re turning on Doorbell Press Announcements, I recommend also turning on Motion Announcements. 

With this feature enabled, your Echo devices will tell you whenever your Blink Doorbell or other Blink Cameras detect motion. But, this will only work when your Blink system is armed.

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Tap “Devices.”
  3. Choose “Cameras” and select your Blink Doorbell or Blink Camera.
  4. Press the settings icon.
  5. Toggle “Motion Announcements” on.

With both features on, you’ll never miss any visitors, welcome or unwelcome.

What Alexa Devices Can I Use with a Blink Video Doorbell?

Most Alexa-enabled devices are compatible with Blink products, including the Blink Video Doorbell. However, different devices have different capabilities.

Device NameCompatible with Blink Voice Commands?Compatible with Blink Live View?Compatible with Doorbell Press Announcements?
Echo DotYesNoYes
Fire TVYesYesYes
Echo Show 5YesYesYes
Echo Show 10YesYesYes
Echo Show 15YesYesYes

As long as your Alexa device has a screen, you can view your Blink Doorbell’s Live View on it. 

Note that you cannot view your Blink Doorbell or Camera’s Live View through the Alexa app. You will still need to open the Blink app to view your live feed on your phone. 

Alexa Commands for Blink Doorbells

After connecting your Blink Doorbell to Alexa, you can use voice commands to operate it. Here are some commands I use to control my Blink Doorbell with Alexa:

Alexa Voice CommandWhat It Does
Alexa, show me (camera name).Opens your Blink Doorbell’s Live View. This only works if you’re using an Echo device with a screen.
Alexa, hide (camera name).Closes Live View.
Alexa, answer (camera name).Starts a two-way audio conversation between you and the person at your door. You can say, “Alexa, stop.” when you’re ready to end the conversation.
Alexa, ask Blink to arm (camera or system name).Arms your Blink Doorbell and other Blink Cameras.
Alexa, ask Blink to disarm (camera or system name). My PIN is (your PIN).Disarms your Blink Doorbell and other Blink Cameras.
Alexa, ask Blink to show the last activity on (camera name).Shows you the last doorbell press or motion detection. This will only work on Echo devices with a screen.
Alexa, show me (camera name) on TV.Opens your Doorbell’s Live View on your Fire TV.
Alexa, ask Blink what’s my schedule.Reads the schedule you set in the Blink app.
Alexa, ask Blink Help…If you’re having trouble with your Doorbell, saying this followed by a question will give you the answer.

The most important thing to remember is never to say, “Alexa, stop Blink.” This will disable the Blink SmartHome Skill on the Alexa app, and you’ll have to set everything back up again.

How to Change Your Blink Doorbell Chime on Alexa

After setting up Doorbell Press Notifications in the Alexa app, you can customize the chime it plays when someone presses your Blink Doorbell.

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Press “Devices.”
  3. Tap “Cameras.”
  4. Select your Blink Doorbell.
  5. Tap the settings icon in the top-right corner.
  6. Press “Doorbell Sound.” This is only available if Doorbell Press Notifications are on, so if it’s grayed out, go back to your settings and make sure they’re active.
  7. Select the sound you want to use.

Once you’ve selected the sound you want to use, tap the back button to save your changes.


Blink Live View isn’t Working with Alexa Device

If you can’t access Live View on your Alexa device, your Blink Doorbell might be in Event Response Mode.

The Blink Doorbell enters Event Response Mode when you don’t have a Sync Module and your Doorbell isn’t wired directly to your doorbell wires. 

This means you can only open Live View within 60 seconds of a doorbell press or motion detection

If you want to access Live View whenever you want, you’ll need to either connect your Doorbell to doorbell wiring or add a Sync Module 2 to your smart home. 

Blink Doorbell isn’t Ringing on Alexa Device

If your Blink Doorbell isn’t ringing on your Alexa device, the first thing to check is that both devices are connected to Wi-Fi

If they are, open the Alexa app and make sure Doorbell Press Notifications are turned on.

Why Are Only Some of My Alexa Devices Announcing the Blink Doorbell?

If only some of your Alexa devices are announcing the Blink Doorbell, make sure all the devices you want your Doorbell to ring on are selected as Announcement Devices.

  1. Open the Alexa app.
  2. Select “Devices.”
  3. Tap “Cameras.”
  4. Choose your Blink Doorbell.
  5. Press the settings icon.
  6. Tap “Announcement Devices.”

Check the box next to all the devices you want to announce doorbell presses.

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