Blink Armed vs. Disarmed – Which Mode to Choose?

Last updated on April 13th, 2024

How many times have you heard someone say that I forgot to arm my Blink camera? Not many. Because it’s not a term we commonly use in conversations, it’s kind of a jargon specific to Blink cameras. There’s armed mode and disarmed mode – both mean totally opposite things.

Now, the question is why you should know about these terms. Well, because they have everything to do with the working of your cam. How? Let’s discuss these terms thoroughly and understand how they differ from one another and affect the working of your Blink devices. Let’s dive into Blink armed vs. disarmed.

Tab to toggle between armed and disarmed mode
Selecting the armed mode

Let’s start by answering the most important question – what does armed mean on a Blink camera? Well, the arm mode on the cam asks for means to be prepared for motion triggers so it can immediately start recording when the sensor is triggered. The whole point is to eliminate the need for continuous recording and capture video only when the motion sensor is triggered.

Note: The Blink camera can only record when it is armed. The disarmed camera cannot record movement. You’ll receive a notification on your Blink Home Monitor app when a video is recorded due to motion. That leaves us with an understanding of when you would use the armed mode and when not.

When to use Blink armed mode
When to use Blink armed mode

There are instances when you need to choose between Blink-armed vs. disarmed mode. Here is when you’ll use the Blink armed mode:

Instant alerts

You need to get instant updates; if anything moves in and around your house, then you should leave the camera armed.

24/7 Surveillance

Some areas, like the main door and the room with your valuables, might require 24/7 surveillance. In that case, the Blink camera should remain armed.

Nighttime security

Suppose you are sleeping, but someone tries to break in through your back door. The cam will immediately detect motion and record the scene and also send you a notification about the same. So you can check out the live view to determine what’s exactly going on.

When you are on vacation

When you are on vacation and away from home for an extended period, you don’t want any break-ins. You told the neighbor to water your plants, but what if it’s not your neighbor? You’ll know instantly when the armed Blink camera will send you a trigger notification. You get time to take the necessary actions.

ProsCons
Active motion detectionFalse alarms due to animals or wind
Higher securityDrains battery faster
Pros and cons of Blink armed mode

You can arm individual Blink cameras using the Blink Home Monitor app. When you first set up the camera, it is in default disarmed mode. You need to change this so the cam can record videos triggered by motion.

Step 1: Open the Blink Home Monitor app.

Step 2: Select the camera you want to arm from the main screen.

Step 3: Click on the white ‘Armed’ button at the bottom of the screen. It will turn blue. Which means your camera is armed.

Step 4: Select the next camera you want to arm and follow the above steps.

And that’s how you arm individual Blink cameras. You’ll see a running man icon and a Snooze icon for each camera when they are armed. Let’s move on to understand the disarmed mode.

Selecting the disarmed mode
Selecting the disarmed mode

The Blink disarmed mode means the motion detection on the camera is off, so motion-trigged videos will not be recorded. So does that mean the Blink camera won’t record when disarmed? Yes, the Blink camera won’t at all record videos when it is disarmed. But you can still access the live view and two-way audio features.

When the cams are disarmed, you won’t receive any motion alert notifications on the app. So that leaves you kind of in a vulnerable position as you won’t know if anyone unwelcome has entered your property. And there are limitations on the number of minutes you can view the live feed.

There are instances when you need to choose between Blink-armed vs. disarmed mode. Here’s when you can use the Blink disarmed mode on the cam:

Monitoring homes with pets

We know how active pets can be. When awake, they hardly stay in a spot for long. This could trigger motion every time they move around the house. And that’s every single minute! So it’s inconvenient to have Blink in armed mode because it will just send you a lot of false triggers. So it’s better to use the disarmed mode.

You are indoors

If you are using Blink indoor cameras, then they’ll pick up motion triggers every time you are in the room. You’ll just have unnecessary videos of you in the house. So you can disarm the cam when you are home.

Privacy

Some things are better left private, let alone recorded. In such cases, you wouldn’t want the Blink cam to pick up your private moments and record them. So you can disarm the camera.

Fewer alerts

If you believe you are receiving too many alerts with no significant movement, then you can either increase the sensitivity of motion from the Blink app or turn on the disarmed mode.

ProsCons
Security VulnerabilitySecurity vulnerability
Perfect for social eventsNo motion alerts
Pros and cons of Blink disarmed mode

Now that you have understood how both modes work, it’s time to highlight the differences between the two. The table below shows a concise comparison between the Blink armed vs. disarmed mode.

FeaturesArm modeDisarm mode
Motion detectionEnabledDisabled
Video recordingRecords video when motion is sensedDoesn’t record videos
Notifications/AlertsSent to phone when motion is detectedNone
Liew viewAccess to live camera feedAccess to live camera feed
Two-way audioEnabledEnabled
Battery consumptionConsumes more powerUses less power than the arm mode
Ideal usageEmpty property, no one at home, high-risk areasHigh traffic areas, privacy, guests at home
Blink armed vs. disarmed mode

Now, considering all of this, you must be wondering when is the best time to use each mode. Let’s discuss that in more depth.

Which mode should you choose?

We have seen instances when you can use each of the modes. But just in case there’s some confusion left, we are going to clarify it a bit further.

You can use the Blink arm mode when you want to keep a watch on your compound with Blink outdoor cameras. It should be used in locations and periods when you are not expecting any motion triggers. For instance, you wouldn’t expect anyone to be in the backyard at 2 a.m. In this case, a Blink motion alert is extremely necessary because it could be a burglar.

But when you are having a party in the backyard, you can use the Blink disarm mode. Or when you are home and you don’t want to record yourself in the house. Some guests feel conscious when they are being recorded. So you can disarm the cam for their privacy.

By now, you must be saying all’s well and good, but how can I actually switch between the two modes? There are 3 ways in which you can arm and disarm your Blink cameras. We are going to discuss all three of these in detail. Let’s start.

The first and most widely used method is by using the Blink Home Monitor app. There’s no complex procedure. You just have to select the right option. Here’s how you go about it:

Step 1: Open the Blink Home Monitor app and ensure that your Blink camera is set up.

Step 2: Locate the two buttons in the middle of the base of the screen. One should be blue and the other white.

Note: The blue color indicates that that particular mode has been selected. For instance, if the arm option is blue, that means your camera is armed.

Step 3: Select the mode you want to use and confirm it by seeing if it’s blue.

And it’s done! You can either arm or disarm your cams by just selecting the particular mode. If you don’t like using the app every time, you can always use voice commands.

Using Alexa voice control

To arm the Blink camera using Alexa voice commands, you need to first integrate the Blink app with the Alexa app. Here’s a complete guide to set this up. Once the setup is complete. You can simply use voice prompts to arm and disarm the cams. Try saying, ‘Alexa, arm the Blink mini on the living room counter.’

Note: You’ll need to enter a 4-digit security pin every time you disarm the system using voice command. You set this pin while connecting Alexa to the Blink app.

Here’s a list of voice commands you can give Alexa to select the desired mode:

  1. ‘Alexa, arm all Blink cameras.’
  2. ‘Alexa, disarm all Blink cameras.’
  3. ‘Alexa, arm all Blink outdoor cameras and disarm all Blink indoor cameras.’
  4. ‘Alexa, tell me the status of my Blink cameras.’
  5. ‘Alexa, are my Blink cameras armed?’
  6. ‘Alexa, can you disarm any cameras that are left arm?’

You can even integrate Blinks and Alexa with IFTTT features for a more enhanced experience. How? Let’s discuss.

IFTTT Integration

Connect blink account to IFTTT
Connect blink account to IFTTT

A truly smart home has everything integrated with IFTTT. This takes home automation to another level. Even with Blink devices, you can customize so many smart home options. To set this up, you need to go to the IFTTT website for Blink devices and follow the prompted process. The following steps should guide you through it:

Step 1: On the above-mentioned website, sign in to your account or sign up and create a new account.

Step 2: Choose one of the tiles from the numerous available options.

These tiles are called Applets. Each applet is dedicated to the specific command and task mentioned on the tile. For instance, the applet titled ‘Automatically arm your Blink system when you leave home’ will arm your cameras without any command when you leave the house. It uses the location data from your mobile to determine when you leave the house.

Step 3: On choosing the applet, you’ll be prompted to connect the Blink account to the IFTTT account. Follow the on-screen instructions and give whatever permissions are necessary. This can include integration with other smart home devices.

Step 4: Turn on the applet once the setup is complete. And you can readily use the IFTTT integration from now on.

Unfortunately, you have to enable each of the applets separately. But when all is done, it’s much easier to navigate your smart security system.

Here are some examples of what you can do with your Blink camera when you integrate it with IFTTT:

  1. Arm Blink camera system when you leave home.
  2. Disarm cameras when you return home.
  3. Arm and disarm cameras at a particular time. (We’ll discuss this in detail in the next section.)
  4. Get an e-mail or a text message when motion is detected.
  5. Create a spreadsheet log of every time the motion sensor was triggered.
  6. Turn on lights when motion is detected at night.

Setting up the arm and disarm schedule

Steps to setup Arm and Disarm schedule
Steps to setup Arm and Disarm Schedule

Now, as promised, let’s discuss how to set up the Blink armed vs. disarmed schedule so the cameras can automatically select the mode at a particular time.

Important: Check that your mobile has the correct timezone as per your current location.

Step 1: Open the Blink Home Monitor app and select the ‘Settings’ icon at the bottom right of the screen.

Step 2: Select ‘Device and System Settings’ from the available settings.

Step 3: Select the system/camera you want to set the schedule for from the list available.

Step 4: Select the ‘Scheduling’ tab on the next screen. And you’ll find a spreadsheet with weekdays and times on the screen.

Step 5: Tap on the ‘+’ icon at the top right corner. You’ll see a click with all the days of the week below it along with an arming switch.

Step 6: Now, select the days you want to schedule.

Step 7: Select the time you want to schedule.

Step 8: Use the Arm/Disarm switch that shows up beside the schedule clock to select the time when to want to arm or disarm your Blink camera.

Step 9: Click on ‘Save’ at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 10: Move on to selecting different days and times to create a second schedule.

Note: You have to create separate schedules for armed and disarmed modes; you cannot set them in a single schedule.

Now, suppose you have set a schedule to arm your Blink camera when you leave for work at 9 a.m. from Monday to Friday and disarm the cam when you return home at 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The schedule will be automatically carried out without any interference.

Tips for effective mode selection

Here are some tips to effectively manage your Blink security system using the armed and disarmed modes:

  1. Create well-defined schedules so you don’t leave any blind spots in your security system.
  2. Do proper integration with IFTTT to get the most out of your smart home experience.
  3. Preserve the battery level by disarming the cams every now and then.
  4. Keep checking on the battery levels so they won’t run out and leave a large blind spot in your security array.
  5. Replace the batteries immediately when they run out of power.
  6. Regularly update all associated apps to keep up with all security updates.
  7. Update the firmware on your cameras and your Wi-Fi network from time to time.
  8. Personalize notification settings using IFTTT for effective mode switching.

Sometimes, even after following all these measures, Blink cameras create some kind of error that obstructs optimum performance. Let’s see what those are and how to troubleshoot them.

Although arming and disarming Blink cams is a very simple process, sometimes there’s an error that prevents you from using either mode or doesn’t record videos even if the cam is armed. These issues are not that frequent occurrence, but several Blink users have experienced them. These can be resolved by simple measures. Let’s discuss some of these errors in detail.

Cannot arm Blink camera

You are not able to arm the Blink camera for some reason. The button on the app will look faded in color, and whenever you tap on it, it won’t turn blue. It could happen because the system is offline.

The Blink camera keeps on disarming

Users have reported that their Blink camera automatically disarms when they haven’t done anything. This could be maybe because you created a disarming schedule and forgot about that. You can always confirm from the Blink app. Or you have created some IFTTT applet that is interfering with the camera performance. Turn it off once you locate it.

Blink camera armed but not recording

This is one of the most common errors with blink-armed mode. Even though you confirm that the cam is armed, it won’t record any motion-triggered videos. This could be because:

  • Motion detection is turned off.
  • Blink motion sensitivity is too low.
  • There’s no internet connection.
  • Your camera is not up-to-date on its firmware.

Solutions to Blink armed vs. disarmed errors

Solving the blink arm and disarm error
Solving the blink arm and disarm error

All of the above-mentioned problems and other problems with arming and disarming Blink cameras can be resolved with a few simple methods.

  1. Run a power cycle: Take out the batteries and reinsert them. In the case of Blink Mini, remove the power cord and reconnect it.
  2. Check internet connection: Test internet speed and Wi-Fi connectivity by using a different device.
  3. Reset the Blink camera: Soft or hard reset the camera, depending on how severe the issue is.
  4. Update firmware: Check that both the Wi-Fi router and Blink camera have updated firmware and update them if not.
  5. Contact Blink Support: If none of the above solutions worked, contact the Blink Support team and elaborate on your issue. They’ll be able to assist you further.

Conclusion

We have covered all there is to know about armed vs. disarmed mode on Blink cameras. We know how to select each of these modes and what’s the ideal scenario to use them. Leaving the camera armed is always a safe bet, but that will drain the battery faster.

So we suggest you switch between the two modes. You can even set up privacy zones for indoor cameras to protect your privacy in case you don’t want to frequently disarm the Blink cam.

FAQs

Can I always leave my Blink camera armed?

Yes, you can always leave your Blink camera on. It is totally up to you to decide when to arm or disarm your security system.

Can Blink cameras record all the time?

No, Blink cameras cannot record all the time.

How does motion detection work on Blink cameras?

Blink cameras have Passive Infrared sensors (PIR), which detect the change in infrared signals when something moves in their vicinity. When such a change is detected, the PIR sensors trigger the camera to start recording. And that’s how motion detection works in Blink cameras.

Can I arm my Blink camera away from home?

Yes, you can arm your Blink camera even when you are not present in your home by using the Blink Home Monitor app.

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