Hi @Boone, Thank you very much indeed for your time in writing such a thoughtful, detailed, and very helpful response. But of course, you will not get Notifications of security type motions events that also occur during this "Evening Privacy" period too. I had come across this setting in my perusal of Ring's features, but was leery of it for precisely the reason you give here. This rather undercuts the more security-focused side of Ring's feature-set; but as you say, it is clearly one of the few ways available to make the Ring at least slightly more housemate-privacy-friendly during those evening periods. (Just a shame that the midnight-to-3am windows is ALSO probably the likeliest time for security-related incidents to occur! Ah, well.) If you do not have any subscription for a Ring Protect Plan and are past the "one-month free trial" period, there then will be NO stored videos for the other housemates to "paw pruriently through", since only "Live View" and 'pushed' text-type notification/App Alert-Tones sounds will be available without a subscription plan. This is an excellent point. Frankly, I hadn't realised we were 'activated' for our Ring Protect Plan trial period simply by installing the Ring. I figured we needed to, you know, tell them we wanted to try it. So it hadn't occurred to me that the non-Plan Ring doesn't actually store video AT ALL for any period of time. (Is that really the case? even video of doorbell-ring events?) In any case you're right: THAT will certainly solve much of the problem, because -- having had the conversation with my housemates -- it seems they're not that super-keen on the security side of Ring anyway, and would prefer simply to have the doorbell functions. So probably at the end of the trial period we'll just... transition quietly to a more private usage of Ring. You can use the Ring Alarm Modes to modify the behavior of your camera devices (you can use the Alarm Modes, even if you do not have a Ring Alarm system). [...] Then select "Mode Settings" and select "Disarmed" and on your Doorbell and then toggle OFF "Motion Detection", but you should leave "Live View" toggled ON (so everyone can still answer/view when any visitor pushes your doorbell button) and then click "SAVE" (upper right corner). [...] Now, because of these setting, whenever you have Dashboard's "Disarmed" selected on the App alarm modes (when you are home inside), your Doorbell will not 'push' any Notifications NOR record/save any videos to paw through. But if you want then desire/change back to the normal store/view past videos (either while you are present in the house or all three of you are gone away from the house), change the alarm mode by simply selecting either "Home" or "Away" alarm mode (since you left those on the default settings of toggled ON "Motion Detection" and "Live View". With "Home" and "Away" alarm modes selected, this will override the doorbell's OFF Record Motion toggle setting and your doorbell will indeed record/store videos. THIS is an absolutely brilliant idea. I'm only sorry not to have thought of it myself! (I confess, I had dismissed 'Modes' out of hand for the very reason that we don't have any Ring alarms or other cams in the house, as of now, so thought it a pointless feature.) I've gone ahead and done this, and it certainly goes a long way in ameliorating the privacy issue. Once again, the only real 'problem' is of course the disabling of Ring's security-focused feature-set; but again, evidently that's not really a priority for my household anyway, evidently! Again, I'm really grateful for your help. I'm sure your post will help others, too! Cheers, G.
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Hi there, Just bought and installed a 2020-edition Ring2 Video Doorbell. In general, we're very happy with its functionality. We are, however, a household of three independent adults, and on the first night the doorbell was installed one member of the household had a... nighttime visitor. Needless to say, it was viewed as something of an invasion of privacy when the doorbell (without having been rung) notified the other two members of the household that "There is a person at your front door", and, furthermore, recorded the visitor waiting and entering the house --- AND indeed, leaving the house some time later... Does anyone have any suggestions for the best way to set up the Ring to avoid such intra-household invasions of privacy? As of now, all I can determine is to use the honour system to both: (a) tell each other we have turned off push notifications for motion events; and (b) promise not to paw pruriently through the (necessarily shared) video history? Thoughts? Thanks very much! G.
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