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New Neighbor

Turn off camera when home?

Hi!

 

I wonder if there is any way to turn-off a Spotlight camera (running on battery and outdoors)? I'm not talking about temporarilly turning off motion-notifications but rather to save battery by setting a Spotlight camera into a "suspended" mode. This would be great for some of the cameras that are getting a lot of motion when I'm at home.

 

Many thanks!

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Community Manager

Re: Turn off camera when home?

@PaddySE Exactly right! It will completely disable your cameras, inside and out if you choose to have all off. The options will let you customize this per camera. I can't wait to have the feature myself, excited to get it in the near future! 



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Re: Turn off camera when home?

Hey @PaddySE. The feature that you're interested in is something that we are slowly rolling out to all our neighbors. You can learn more about this feature, Modes, in our Ring Help Center Article here. If you do not have this feature yet, rest assured you will have it soon enough, just make sure to keep your app updated! 



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New Neighbor

Re: Turn off camera when home?

Thanks, I had a look and this sound good. I will try it soon.

 

So the "Disarmed" mode will then not start any recordings or anything else draining the batteries (and not merely stop sending notifications but still record etc) correct?

 

Many thanks!

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Re: Turn off camera when home?

@PaddySE Exactly right! It will completely disable your cameras, inside and out if you choose to have all off. The options will let you customize this per camera. I can't wait to have the feature myself, excited to get it in the near future! 



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New Neighbor

Re: Turn off camera when home?

@Chelsea_Ring so would I be able to customize an indoor camera to always record motion, even when alarm set to home/disarmed, but NOT signal the alarm when it detects motion with the alarm set to away/armed?

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Neighbor II

Re: Turn off camera when home?


@dhouston1 wrote:

@Chelsea_Ring so would I be able to customize an indoor camera to always record motion, even when alarm set to home/disarmed, but NOT signal the alarm when it detects motion with the alarm set to away/armed?


The cameras do not alert the alarm in any way. They only record and tell you about motion. Or record when an alarm is triggered.

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New Neighbor

Re: Turn off camera when home?

Thanks for clarification on that. But can the camera still record motion when the security system is in home mode?
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Neighbor II

Re: Turn off camera when home?

Yes, it can. It will record when motion is detected as per your settings. Just made sure it's in the disarm mode.
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New Neighbor

Re: Turn off camera when home?

I have tried the Modes feature.  It is still recording video on my spotlight cam, using a lot of data, just not notifying me.  I would like to be able to shut the camera off completely.  Is this possible?

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Re: Turn off camera when home?

Hey @sjelinek42. You can definitely do this! You will have to configure the settings under your Ring app > Main Menu > Settings > Modes > Disarmed/Home/Away. Under each mode you will have your devices listed under there and be able to customize each one to have motion detection and live view either disabled or enabled.

 

If you would like your Spotlight Cam to not record motion when you are home, you can configure the Disarm or Home modes to have motion detection disabled and therefore it should not record if you have changed your mode from the Dashboard of your app. I recommend toggling back and forth between the modes once you have changed the settings to make sure it is working as it should! Smiley Happy 



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