How to Turn Off Ring Camera? (6 Different Ways)

Last updated on April 13th, 2024

Ring cameras and video doorbell bells are excellent security measures for your home. They will detect will someone steps in front of them and start recording instantly. You’ll even receive a notification on the Ring app when motion motion-triggered recording takes place. This helps you keep a lookout on the entire property.

So why would you want to turn off your Ring camera? What will you get by turning off your security system? Let’s discuss that first.

Need to turn off the camera

This sounds like a bizarre query. But you’ll be surprised at how many instances you might find the need to turn off your Ring camera as well as Ring video doorbell.

  • To protect your privacy while you change clothes or during any private moments.
  • You are home, and there’s no need for the added security.
  • Your pet is alone in the room and constantly triggering the camera’s motion detection.
  • You have guests over who don’t like to be recorded.
  • To increase the battery life of wireless Ring cameras, which usually lasts for 6 to 12 months.

Now that you know why, let’s see how to turn off the Ring camera.

Ways to turn off a Ring camera

Considering all the above points, you must want a way to turn off Ring camera recording. Well, we have six! Let’s discuss the six ways to turn off the Ring camera one by one.

1. Deactivate the camera

Steps to deactivate a Ring camera
Steps to deactivate a Ring camera

Understand this – deactivating the camera is not the same as resetting the camera. Here, you don’t lose any data. You just kind of remove that particular device from the security system but keep its data. This is one of the new features of Ring cameras. So it’s not available in the older models. Only the latest models have a deactivation feature.

And how will you deactivate the Ring camera? Here’s how:

Step 1: Open the Ring app and click on the three horizontal lines icon in the top left corner.

Step 2: In this menu, click.on ‘Devices.’

Step 3: Select the device you want to deactivate and open ‘Device Settings.’

Step 4: Click on the ‘General Settings’ tile on this page.

Step 5: Select the ‘Remove this Device’ option and also click on the ‘Keep Events’ button.

Step 6: Tap ‘Deactivate Device’.

This will deactivate your Ring camera and it is as good as turning it off.

2. Disarm the camera

Steps to disarm the ring camera
Steps to disarm the ring camera

If you want to know how to stop Ring cameras from recording, then you will find this method very useful.

Just like Blink cameras, Ring cameras also have disarm mode. When disarmed mode is enabled, the camera doesn’t record even when it detects motion. But you can watch the live view of the camera. This doesn’t stop all camera activities, but at least video recording will be turned off. Here’s how you can disarm the Ring camera:

Step 1: In the Ring app, click on the three horizontal lines to open the menu.

Step 2: Select the ‘Settings’ tile and then select ‘Location Settings.’

Step 3: If you haven’t used Modes before, you will see the ‘Enable Modes’ tile. Click on it.

Step 4: Once you enable the modes, you can select the ‘Disarmed’ tile.

This will solve your question of how to turn off the Ring camera temporarily. The recording will be turned on only when you turn off the disarmed mode.

Can I use Alexa to turn off the Ring camera?

Yes, you can ask Alexa to turn off your Ring camera by giving the command to disarm the camera. You can say ‘Alexa, disarm the bedroom Ring camera.’ You might need to provide a code with this voice command to confirm that it’s you and not any unauthorized person. You can even turn it back on by saying ‘Alexa, arm Ring cameras.’

3. Turn off the motion detection

Steps to Turn off motion detection in a Ring Camera
Steps to Turn off motion- detection in a Ring Camera

If you are wondering how to turn off the Ring camera on the app, then this is the best way. If you turn off the motion detection of a Ring camera, it will stop recording even if it is triggered by motion. This doesn’t turn off the live view, but it will turn off the recording. Here’s how to turn off motion detection for a particular Ring device:

Step 1: In the Ring app, click on the icon with three horizontal lines in the top left corner.

Step 2: From the Menu, click on ‘Devices.’

Step 3: Select the Ring device you want to disable.

Step 4: You’ll see a few toggle switches on the next screen. Turn off the one beside ‘Motion Detection.’

Step 5: A pop-up box will appear to confirm your action. Click on the blue ‘Disable Motion Detection’ button.

And that’s how you successfully disable the motion detection feature on a Ring camera to turn it off.

4. Remove batteries/power cable

So far, we have been using the app to turn off the cam. But now, we’ll see how to turn off the Ring camera without the app. The answer is simple – you have to get out the power source.

Some Ring cameras are wired, while others are wireless with a battery for power. Plug out the power cable in the first case and remove the batteries in the second to turn off your Ring camera. You can learn how to remove the batteries with our detailed guide.

Now, it will neither record videos nor show the live view. You can put these back on whenever you want to turn on the cam.

5. Use a physical barrier

If you don’t prefer the hassle of doing a power cycle, you can opt for this simple yet useful method. This technically won’t turn off your Ring camera but will achieve the same effect. You can use a barrier to cover the camera lens so it blacks out and can’t see anything.

This is as good as turning it off because there won’t be a live view or any kind of recording. You can use a cardboard piece or, better, a paper tape as a barrier. Stack as many pieces of paper tape on top of one another until you achieve a complete blackout.

6. Turn off Wi-Fi

Now, before you go and just unplug the Wi-Fi router, think about the consequences. We have suggested this just as a last resort. Turning off Wi-Fi will disconnect your Ring camera from the network, so it won’t be able to send over any data to the cloud. There won’t be any recordings or live views. But all the other devices that are connected to the Wi-Fi will also get disconnected.

Most smart homes use Wi-Fi for their TVs, security systems, home assistants, smart lights, and fans. Everything will get disconnected and render them useless for the time being. That’s why we said this is a last resort and not the ideal solution.

Turn off the Ring camera (without letting your parents know)

You want to turn off one or more of the security Ring cameras but don’t want your parents to realize they are off. There are a few ways to prevent them from realizing it. These are not methods to turn off the cam, just to keep your parents from knowing they are off. So let’s discuss them in detail.

Turn off Ring app notifications

Go to the phone settings of your parents’ phones and open the app settings. Select the Ring camera app and turn off the notifications for this app. This way, your parents won’t receive the notification when the camera is turned off.

Put the phone with the Ring app on Silent mode

If you are wondering how to turn off the sound on a Ring camera, then this method is for you. You can simply put their phone on Silent mode for the time being. So they won’t hear the notification tone. But they could see the notification in their notification bar. You can also dismiss the notification while you put it on silent.

Play loud music/ Ask them to use headphones

Play loud music or ask them to use headphones so they won’t hear the Alexa notifying them that Ring cameras are off.

Turn on Do Not Disturb mode

Turn on the DND mode on their phone and your Alexa device so no notifications will come through.

Set a barely audible ringtone

Change the ringtone on your parents’ phones and keep it so low that it’s barely audible. So then they won’t hear the notification and won’t realize that the cameras are off for a while.


Ring cameras are excellent for regular home monitoring, but sometimes you need that extra privacy. As there’s no button to power off the Ring camera, you can use one of the above-mentioned alternatives.

Some of these methods might not necessarily turn off the Ring camera, but they will achieve the result you are aiming for. Do you know any other ways to turn off the cams? Let us know in the comments below.


Can I turn off my Ring camera?

Yes, you can turn off your Ring camera by removing the power source, turning off Wi-Fi, or one of the methods mentioned in this article.

Are Ring cameras always recording?

No, Ring cameras are not always recording. They record only when they detect motion.

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