Feature Update: Schedule your Ring Alarm to Arm and Disarm Automatically

“Slow roll out” eh? I’ve been waiting for this feature since I purchased my ring products. Any updates? Haven’t seen many, if any, software improvements from Ring.

Hi @RapidCity. What version of the Ring app do you have installed? This feature should have made its way to all users by now. This Help Center article here will have more information on Mode Scheduling.

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When will the Mode Schedule capability be available? Under Settings I just have Modes with no Mode Schedule option??

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The version is 5.47.0

Hi @grotvold7. Which Ring devices do you have? You’ll need to have the Ring Alarm system to use the Modes Scheduling feature, which will allow you to create custom mode schedules that will arm and disarm your Ring Alarm whenever you want. You can read more about Mode Schedules in our Help Center Article here.

This was a welcome feature. That said, make an Alexa Routine trigger for when the alarm is sounding. I have a rudimentary understanding of code and it couldn’t be more than a 15 minute task.

I have a Ring Video Doorbell 2 but still not seeing the new feature on scheduling modes under Setting

Hi @user8291. The Modes Scheduling feature is for the Ring Alarm system, not for your Ring Doorbell or Security Camera. I hope this clears things up. :slight_smile:

Like many of us, I have a lot of stick up cams and floodlights with a (PAID) subscription to Ring Protect and you tell us that to access such a BASIC feature as modes scheduling, we would still have to invest the Ring Alarm.

It is however obvious that your developers could correct this huge gap in just a few minutes while reassuring us that we have chosen a serious brand that does not neglect some of its customers…

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Automatically turn off motion alerts when I’m home, please! Everything is already in place to make this happen. I’d like to receive motion alerts if I’m away from home, but not when I am home. I have geofencing turned on - it seems like there should be a way to turn off alerts if I’m within the geofence and on when outside of the circle.
When I had Ring integrated into SmartThings it worked the way I wanted it to - the only thing was that SmartThings would notify that Ring sensed motion and I would have to open the Ring app to see what it was. After dropping SmartThings, now my only option are to open the app and change modes, or set a schedule. My schedule isn’t routine enough to be an effective way to handle this, and having to open the app to change the mode is a bit inconvenient, especially when notifications could be tied to the geofence.
I love everything else about the product and I’m fine with the app otherwise. I’ll have my airpods in and step outside to walk the dog and get the loudest chime in my ear because I’m getting notified that I’m stepping in front of the doorbell - I’m aware that I’m in front of the doorbell because I just stepped outside to walk the dog. So that goes on for a while and eventually I turn off the sound on my notifications, but then I miss things when I am away from the house.
Please allow motion alerts based on geofence location. Thanks!

When will the Mode Schedule capability be available? Under Settings I just have Modes with no Mode Schedule option??

Hi @Queenslander. The Modes Scheduling feature is already available for the Ring Alarm system. If you do not have a Ring Alarm system, you will not have the option to set a schedule for the Modes on your system.

I use a primary and secondary nightly HOME setting to activate.

Was surprised that an manual AWAY activation going vacation was overrode by the nightly HOME activation. Huge safety concern bc my home was not secure like I thought. Switched from a 10 year old ATT system where this never happens

Can this feature be made to NOT override manual Away arming in some intuitive way?

It is a right PITA to have to remember to disable the Mode Schedules when going away.

Why hasn’t this become available yet!!! It is now middle of 2022 and this feature (supposedly) was written up in early 2021? Why is there still documentation on the Ring website that says how to enable this mode when it is not even available in the App?! No software company does this sort of “release” plan and says features are in the software when they are not … oh, opps Ring does, by the looks of it. This is a really important safety feature that should be in the product so you can set monitoring automatically at night (if you changed mode in day) without forgetting. Set and forget! So Ring, please bring this feature to us ASAP!

Hi @ringbell. What region are you located in and what version of the Ring app do you have installed on your phone? Do you have a Ring Alarm system? This feature should be rolled out to all users.

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Tom - Instead of repeatedly asking people if they have a Ring Alarm system, could someone PLEASE update the help file to explain clearly that this does not work for video cameras?

Your support document is not sufficient. Modes are supported by all devices. Mode switching is supported by all devices. But mysteriously, scheduled mode switching is only available if you buy the Ring Alarm hardware.

That is not obvious, and if you want to block this software feature behind a hardware purchase, that’s your choice. You should at least update your help files.

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Hi @DaveA123. The article you shared, “How to Arm and Disarm Ring Alarm with Mode Schedules”, is specifically for the Ring Alarm system. Yes, other devices like Ring Doorbells and Security Cameras can also have Modes, but articles that pertain to those devices will specifically call out Modes for Cameras. This Help Center article here will give you more information about Modes for Cameras, with specific information about the Ring Alarm Modes as well. I hope this helps clear things up for you. :slightly_smiling_face:

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So, I’m headed to a six week vacation. My backyard has an automated sprinkler in three zones that come on individually from 0700-0745 four days a week. I can set my floodlight cam so I’m not notified of motion detection for those day/time period, but all these detections are being recorded and stored? If the “Ring Alarm System” has the on-off schedule capability, why doesn’t the floodlight system have that capability?

We have this too - and have been out a couple of times to find that the AWAY we’d set had been changed to HOME.

Even worse, we were away for a few days and came back to find the AWAY had been switched to DISARMED.

There need to be rules so that you can only over-ride the schedules without switching off if needed. (E.g. if AWAY then only a manual change will switch it off - that makes sense anyway as most people only use HOME when they are HOME and that can be automatic. AWAY is more important and should only be changable manually).