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Can I remove a contact sensor and reinstall it?

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New Neighbor

Can I remove a contact sensor and reinstall it?

Is it possible to cleanly remove a contact sensor after installing it? And then can I reinstall it after? I want to install our new Alarm system, but we also have plans to replace our entry doors at some point later this year.
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Re: Can I remove a contact sensor and reinstall it?

Good question @jtd1216! If this is for a temporary solution while replacing a door, one option is to exclude this sensor from your armed modes. In the Ring app, if you open the menu and tap "settings", you'll see"Mode Settings" as an option. Tapping on a mode (home, away) will give you the option to include or exclude specific sensors for that mode. 

 

This means the Contact Sensor will remain connected to your system, but will not factor in to armed modes or emergency alerts. If you still want to completely remove that contact sensor, you can do so by visiting the Contact Sensor in your Ring app, tapping the settings cog in the top right hand corner of the page, and then selecting "Remove device" for instructions on completing removal. This Contact Sensor can certainly be added back to the system afterwards. I hope this helps! Smiley Happy 



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New Neighbor

Re: Can I remove a contact sensor and reinstall it?

I think you misunderstood the question @Marley_Ring.  Can we CLEANLY remove and reinstall the contact sensor?  I'll put it another way:  Can we move the installed contact sensor from one place to another?  If so, how do we do this?

Glad to have read your instructions for the settings during the removal process!

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New Neighbor II

Re: Can I remove a contact sensor and reinstall it?

If you are asking can you simply physically move the sensor to the new door, my recommendation is to not use the tape but screw it on.

 

That way you can just open the sensor, unscrew it and then place on the new door.  On the new door I suppose you could tape it if you desire.  I say tape, use the included sticky pad.

Grey Lancaster
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New Neighbor

Re: Can I remove a contact sensor and reinstall it?

The tape included is quite tacky (for good reason) but will likely leave a residue, or rip the paint off if peeled forcefully.  I have decided to use instead 3M Command strip tape to hold the sensor in place.  These have really good sticking power but can be more easily removed without damaging wood/paint.

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New Neighbor

Re: Can I remove a contact sensor and reinstall it?

If you used the sticky tape and now want to remove it cleanly, grab the sensor/magnet and do a twist motion instead of pulling it off. Twisting will disengage the tape, whereas pulling is much more difficult and may cause paint to peel off.
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New Neighbor

Re: Can I remove a contact sensor and reinstall it?

Good idea.  

 

Will save me from having to use a razor blade or putty knife.