Allow arming countdown to start with defined entry/exit open without requiring bypass.

I’ve just installed the alarm, and been baffled why it’s not been set every time I get home. Turns out, I leave the door open whilst I set the alarm with the keypad. This is really bad and need fixing ASAP!

So to provide some logic with this request for Ring engineers if they don’t get what we desire.

Request - Ability to arm system and ‘bypass’ device with the expectation OR option for device being monitored once again when returned to closed/motionless state


  • A toggle option for device to allow ‘exit on arming’ where it gives you 30-seconds to a minute to close door or exit before keeping sensor in bypass mode for the duration of the arming. If sensor is ‘untriggered’ withing timeframe…take it out of bypass mode.

Just to clarify for developers. During mild weather (spring/summer/fall) some (many?) people might leave their door open for a variety of reasons (fresh air, pets, kids running in and out, etc.). Does make sense that when I actualy want to leave the house that I have to walk over, close the door, walk back, initiate alarm sequence then walk back, open the door and leave (closing the door)?

I understand the logic of the Bypass Sensor, to warn you about open sensors, but wouldn’t it make sense that if the sensor is closed by the time of the actual arming then it should be monitored while the system remains in Armed state? By this I mean that when you activate the Away sequence you are not actually arming the system at that time, you are initiating a countdown until the system does Arm (itself). Wouldn’t it make sense that when you initiate (with door open) that it warns of open door and allows you to bypass (confirm) and that if said door is closed at the actual point of arming (60 seconds after initiation) then it is actively monitored.

Just my two cents worth.

+1 for this feature. Annoying if your family starts to leave the house ahead of you setting the alarm.

Disappointing to not have this feature. Will be returning and buy different solution if no update before return period is up.

Having just bought this system to upgrade from an old ‘dumb’ alarm, I am staggered this isn’t a standard feature. The main door sensor should be excluded from bypass on arming the system. I’d never have bought a system that doesn’t include this key feature.

+1 for this, Yale has it, Samsung has it, all none smart alarms have it. Surely it’s an easy fix.

+1 really annoying that you have to close the door to set the alarm. All other alarm systems I’ve used allowed you to set it with your entry/exit door open!

Biggest ask is to simply give us the option of leveraging a delayed bypass in this manner. I don’t prefer to have a normal delay when arming home but would like a delay in getting the door closed if open when arming OR the ability to exit the door after arming in home mode. Likewise, not having to ‘check’ confirm bypass at keypad would be nice.

Couldn’t agree more that this is an ESSENTIAL feature. Just installed the alarm system and feel very disappointed having discovered this problem. Anyone with children and/or pets will know how long it takes to load up the car so it makes no sense having to shut the door again to arm the alarm. I’m not interested in using the app for this as that’s the reason I’ve got the keypad next to the front door.

Needs a fix ASAP! Surely it’s fairly straight forward as others have mentioned?!

Definetly need this basically useless without it.

Man, for the last month since i’ve installed it I’ve been hitting the bypass thinking that it would still arm the front door after the timer ran out. Arrived at home today through the front door and didn’t disarm the alarm because it wasn’t beeping upon entry (because the door was bypassed). I didn’t realize it was armed until i opened the back door to go to the backyard and the alarm went off. How can such a “smart” alarm lack a feature that even the dumbest of alarms all have?

I think it’s a disaster that this hasn’t been implemented yet. 90% of the time our front door sensor is disarmed when we leave the house because of it - arguably the most important sensor of the entire system.

while I personally jump through the hoops to close the door first and then arm, my kids and my wife simply won’t - and why should they? The process is counterintuitive.

Just set up my new Ring system. This feature is surely essential. How many people really arm an alarm with their door closed and then open it to exit. Please add this feature.

Please do this

Extremely annoying problem - I really hope for this feature

This is a really irritating issue. Our decades old Texecom system allowed us to arm with the front door open which is almost always what we want to do. Everyone starts leaving and whoever’s last out arms the alarm. Except now of course that means the front door sensor is inactive :slightly_frowning_face:

It is good to see I am not the only one who thinks it is ridiculous this is not a “feature”. I first posted about this Jan 2020 and after months of nothing decided to add a feature request, something I wish I had done sooner. Wondering if anything would ever be done to fix this, I recently called Ring and they would not even acknowledge this is an issue and refused to escalate it.

Black Friday has just passed, and Ring keep emailing me with offers on cameras etc. I could have added to my system but decided to hold off, as when I have researched the best alternative, I may try for a refund at Costco and invest in something smarter. A few tweaks and the Ring alarm could be brilliant, but they do not seem to want to listen to what any of their customers want.

Super disappointed that this is an issue. We have just installed a motion sensor AND a front door contact sensor in our front hall. This means I can’t arm the alarm without closing the door AND standing still! Otherwise I have to bypass the sensor.

Seems like a really obvious thing: if a sensor is set as an exit route then movement is allowed when arming the system!

Why can’t the developers simply update the sensor check code to execute AFTER the exit delay? Or have 2 rounds of check: on arming, check all the non-exit sensors, then after the exit delay has elapsed, alert the user that one of the sensors isn’t set? Remeber when we all used to stand outside our door listening for the beeping to stop?

Agree 100%. I had Simplisafe before, it would warn that the door was open and then continue the arming contdown. That is the expected bahaviour. Forcing me to keep the door closed while arming makes no sense at all.