How it Works: Battery Powered Video Doorbell Advanced Motion Settings


Motion settings are unique to everyone’s needs and location. However, finding the best motion settings for your battery powered Ring Video Doorbell is easiest when it is installed at the best angle and view. Please remember, that there is no perfect setting for everyone. As you adjust your motion sensor settings, you are also adjusting the level of sensitivity for the motion zones you draw, which will affect how many motion alerts you receive. Note: Even if your device is hardwired to supply a trickle charge to your Doorbell, it is still considered a battery power device as it uses the battery to operate. These doorbell options include the Peephole Cam, Video Doorbell (2020 Release), Video Doorbell 2, Video Doorbell 3/3+, and the Video Doorbell 4.

Camera View

As we dive deeper into motion settings, remember to take into consideration the view from your Doorbell camera in Live View, also known as the camera view. This is not to be confused with the field of motion, which is what your sensors cover. This is important to note because you might notice your motion zones do not extend to the full area of your Live View when you are drawing your zones. This is because the area your camera covers is slightly larger than the area your motion sensors cover.

Field of Motion

Your field of motion differs from the camera’s field of view, as it’s the area covered by your doorbell’s motion sensors that are triggered by heat signature movement. When drawing your motion zones in the app, it will only allow you to stretch the zones over areas that your motion sensors can detect motion, which is almost the entirety of what you see in the Live View.

Note: We recommend positioning the device so that the field of motion is focused on where a person’s shoulders and torso area would be in the middle as they approach. This will ensure the most accuracy in detecting the heat signatures of someone approaching your device. Especially if you can install it in a way that they approach from the side, crossing through the motion zones as they approach your doorbell.

Motion Sensitivity

Now that we understand where the field of motion falls versus the camera view, let’s look at your motion settings. Adjusting the motion sensitivity for your zones adjusts how sensitive your device will be to heat signatures. Take a look at the motion sensitivity slider in the example below. If you set it to MAX, it will be very sensitive and may send you a lot of false alerts from cars if you are close to a road. However, if you set it too close to MIN, it might miss people approaching your device and lead to you only having a video of them leaving. See the steps at the bottom of this article to test and find your preferred settings.

Motion Zones

When editing the motion zones for your device, you are able to draw up to three customized motion zones to alert you when motion passes through them. Your doorbell will trigger only for motion that occurs inside your custom zones that you’ve drawn. Below are some tips to consider when creating your zones.

  • The different colors of the zones do not impact how motion is detected, so do not worry about which color each zone is.
  • While drawing your motion zones, it’s important to remember that the camera view is different from the field of motion, as the camera view covers a slightly larger area than the motion sensors.
  • Try not to draw the zones too small or thin as this may make it harder for your device to pick up motion in those zones.
  • Keep the shapes of your motion zones simple and symmetrical, and use them to cover each area you want to be notified about motion in such as your driveway and walkway.

Now follow the steps below to test out your settings and make sure they work best for your needs.

The example below shows the motion zone settings. You can tap each zone to adjust the shape and location or delete it if needed.

Testing Your Settings

When configuring your motion zones, be sure to test your device to confirm that you have your ideal setting by following the steps below.

  • In the Ring app open the Main Menu in the top left corner and select Devices.
  • Select your Video Doorbell from the Devices list.
  • Tap Motion Settings.
  • Tap Advanced Settings then select Frequently and tap Save in the top right corner.
  • Go back to Motion Settings and confirm you have your Motion Zones drawn where you want to detect motion then tap Motion Sensitivity.
  • Adjust your motion sensitivity slider to find your ideal sensitivity, then tap Save in the top right corner.
  • Test your settings by walking toward your Doorbell and opening the motion event notification to see where you are in the camera view when it starts to capture video.
    • If there seems to be a delay, you’ll need to increase your motion sensitivity or check your wifi speeds.
    • If it records too early, you’ll need to decrease your motion sensitivity.
  • Once you like your Motion Settings and when they trigger your Doorbell, go back and select your preferred Motion Frequency setting to preserve battery life.
    • Note: Regularly is recommended for the best balance of motion detection and battery performance.
  • Now you are all set!