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Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?

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New Neighbor

Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?

Hi, I recently purchased a Ring Video Doorbell. I have set up the app on my devices and everything works fine.

 

My question is this. I have a dedicated Android tablet that I keep in my living room. This tab is connected to my other smart devices in the house (security cameras, plugs, switches, etc). I've got the Ring app also running in this tab and it shows the alerts on motion and ring.

 

However, is it possible to get the app to straight-away show the video when the Ring bell is rung, instead of showing the normal notification? I want the tab to directly show the video from the bell whenever it is rung, without having to go to notifications and manually having to select it. The idea is that whenever the bell is rung, the tab will show the live feed from the bell so that I can easily see who's at the door.

 

Is this possible either with the Ring app itself or with a third-party service such as IFTTT?Thanks,

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Re: Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?

Good to hear you are thoroughly enjoying your Ring Doorbell, and even taking it a step further to automate your ‘Ring of security’. An auto-populating video feed is not currently a feature of the Ring app, unless you are of course logged in and actively in the Ring application.

There are some solutions out there, some of which are recipe based like IFTTT.  I've heard many neighbors report success with a 3rd party service called Tasker. Feel free to look into those options while also keeping an eye on this thread, in hopes another neighbor might shares their experience and recommendations with this automation.



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New Neighbor

Re: Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?

Hi GehanR,

have you managed to figure this out ?

I am also trying to find a solution to get the live feed automatically opened up on ring or motion detection on my echo Show but so far I haven't found a solution. 

I just learned about tasker but haven't figured it out yet. Will look into this and share if I found anything.

If you have found a way I would be more than interested as this is  really a basic functionnality that every standard video doorbell has. Like my wife is saying, you paid a lot of money for this, you are paying every month and it doesn't even do the basic of it's purpose.

 

Cheers

 

Seb

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Community Manager

Re: Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?

Hi @GehanR and @Seb1410, I look forward to hearing about how Tasker works for both your setups. I have read other neighbors great experiences with it and am interested to learn more about how it will work for this specific use case. Clicking subscribe to keep myself updated on this!

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New Neighbor

Re: Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?

Hi Both,

I've only been able to do some research so far. Unfortunately, didn't get the time to actually play around with it yet.

All solutions I've found revolves around the Tasker app. App is also purchased and waiting Smiley Happy

 

Will have to get down to it proper one of these days soon.

 

In the meantime, these two seem to be most useful sources I've found so far.

You can have a read through and see if you can get it to work.

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/tasker/comments/6vu1x3/how_to_have_an_ontap_action_in_a_notification/

 

https://forum.xda-developers.com/u/tasker-tips-tricks/ring-doorbell-pro-integration-tablet-t3388078

 

Post back if you manage to get it working before I get to try it out reply Smiley Happy

 

Cheers,

Gehan

 

 


@Riley_Ring wrote:

Hi @GehanR and @Seb1410, I look forward to hearing about how Tasker works for both your setups. I have read other neighbors great experiences with it and am interested to learn more about how it will work for this specific use case. Clicking subscribe to keep myself updated on this!


 

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New Neighbor

Re: Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?

Sad that on the commercial they dont show the user getting a notification the fumbling though their apps to select ring to finally see what's going on at their door. This lost time easily allows someone to steal your packages before you can react. For $200 this should be standard. Shame on you ring. That being said tasker does the job. You tube has a video that walks you through step by step and it works great.
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New Neighbor

Re: Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?

Ok finally had some time to spend on this and I must say that I am fairly satisfied with the solution I came accross on this youtube video. Thanks to the poster I have now a good argument to put that tablet on my wall and add also my homeAssistant screen along. Solution is family friendly Smiley Happy until Ring comes up with the ability to do it on Echo devices.

Instruction are pretty straight forward. Skipped the begining as I have a Galaxy tab but will order right now an amazon fire tablet to have a spare screen on my upper floor.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKJVVE4T7Gg

 

Seb

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New Neighbor II

Re: Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?


@Seb1410 wrote:

Ok finally had some time to spend on this and I must say that I am fairly satisfied with the solution I came accross on this youtube video. Thanks to the poster I have now a good argument to put that tablet on my wall and add also my homeAssistant screen along. Solution is family friendly Smiley Happy until Ring comes up with the ability to do it on Echo devices.

Instruction are pretty straight forward. Skipped the begining as I have a Galaxy tab but will order right now an amazon fire tablet to have a spare screen on my upper floor.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKJVVE4T7Gg

 

Seb


This is an amazing solution to a feature that should of come as standard!  i have set this up and was pretty straight forward to follow with the help of the tutorial!  Thanks for sharing this!

 

Works Perfectly.

 

Come on Ring sort this out!

 

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New Neighbor II

Re: Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?


@Mannyshere14 wrote:

@Seb1410 wrote:

Ok finally had some time to spend on this and I must say that I am fairly satisfied with the solution I came accross on this youtube video. Thanks to the poster I have now a good argument to put that tablet on my wall and add also my homeAssistant screen along. Solution is family friendly Smiley Happy until Ring comes up with the ability to do it on Echo devices.

Instruction are pretty straight forward. Skipped the begining as I have a Galaxy tab but will order right now an amazon fire tablet to have a spare screen on my upper floor.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKJVVE4T7Gg

 

Seb


This is an amazing solution to a feature that should of come as standard!  i have set this up and was pretty straight forward to follow with the help of the tutorial!  Thanks for sharing this!

 

Works Perfectly.

 

Come on Ring sort this out!

 


By the way i dont have any doorbells i have 3 wired spotlight cams and all these work with this solotion.... without any issues.

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New Neighbor

Re: Can the app show the live-feed directly instead of going through the app notification?

Thank you for sharing this solution!

 

To be honest, I've moved away from the Amazon line of products for home automation and invested a bit around the Google Assistant. So, instead of the Android tab I had in my living room, now  I have replaced it with a 10 inch Lenovo Smart Display. So, while that does not let me do any of the custmamisations that a standard tab would allow, it works seamlessly with the rest of the equipment I have. Few months down the line, I'd most probably replace the door bell with one that fits in better with my existing eco system.

 

Again, thanks for the interest shown by all on this thread and hope the conversation will come in handy for another person that comes looking for the same thing.