3 Ways to Watch Blink Camera on PC/Laptop

Last updated on April 13th, 2024

Blink security cameras are a great way to monitor the house. With their indoor and outdoor cameras, you can keep an eye on any part of the house. But squinting your eyes to make out the face on a small mobile screen isn’t all that fun. Your eyes get strained easily.

So, you might consider seeing the videos on a PC. But can I watch Blink Camera on a computer? We all know Android phone apps cannot be readily downloaded on laptops. So how to watch Blink camera on PC? We discuss all the applicable methods in this article.

There are 3 ways to watch Blink camera on PC. You can even view videos from multiple cameras on the same PC. Let’s see how.

You might have screencast your mobile to watch a movie on a bigger screen at some point. That’s exactly what you have to do here. You’ll need a stable internet connection and a mobile and a PC, both supporting the screencast option.

The process varies depending on your devices. You’ll find there are slight tweaks for Android phones, iPhones, Windows 10 PC, Windows 11 PC, and MacBook.

Android mobile app to Windows 10 PC

Before you begin, ensure both your devices are charged and connected to the Wi-Fi.

Step 1: On your Windows 10 PC, click on the ‘Notifications’ button on the right corner of the taskbar.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Connect’ option from the available tiles. An expanded tile will open on the right side of the screen.

Step 3: Select the ‘Projecting to this PC’ option at the bottom of the tile. This will open a new tab where you have to make a few settings.

Step 4: Select ‘Available Anywhere,’ ‘Every time a connection is requested,’ and ‘Never’ for the respective three setting options presented on the screen.

Step 5: Now get your Android mobile and select the screencast option.

Note: This option is named differently for different brands of Android mobiles and is also located at different locations. Just find what it is called on your device and open it.

Step 6: Select the device that you want to cast from the presented list of available devices.

If you are not sure which is your device, check the device name from the ‘Projecting to this PC’ tab on your PC and select that device on your Android phone.

Step 7: A notification will pop up on your PC that your mobile is attempting to project. Just click on ‘OK’ to allow it.

Your mobile screen will now be visible on your PC.

Step 8: Launch the Blink Home Monitor app on your mobile.

Step 9: Open the stored videos and play the video you want to watch, and it will be automatically visible on your PC.

Android mobile app to Windows 11 PC

The ‘Connect’ tile in Windows 10 is not readily available on Windows 11 PC. You need to first install it from the settings. Here’s how you can proceed:

Step 1: Click on the ‘Windows’ button and open the ‘Settings’ app.

Step 2: Click on ‘Optional features’ from the list of tiles available in the settings.

Step 3: Click on the blue ‘View features’ button in the ‘Optional features’ window. A pop-up window will open to add an optional feature.

Step 4: Search for ‘Wireless display’ from the available features in this pop-up window and check on the checkbox on the right.

Step 5: Click on the blue ‘Next’ button at the bottom of the window and then click on ‘Install.’ The feature will start installing, and you can see the status under the ‘Recent actions’ list.

Step 6: Exit the Settings and search the ‘Connect’ app in the search bar on the taskbar. Open the app by clicking on it. A separate window will open.

Step 7: Again, go to the search bar and search for ‘Projection Settings’.

Step 8: Now, follow steps 4 to 9 exactly from the above-given procedure to connect your Android phone to a Windows 10 PC.

You’ll be able to view the video directly on your PC.

iOS mobile app to Windows PC

This is a simple procedure to screencast the Blink app from your iPhone to a Windows PC. You’ll need a third-party app to trick the iPhone into believing it is connecting with an Apple device when, in reality, you are connecting it to your Windows PC.

Step 1: On your Windows PC, download the LonelyScreen software from this link.

Step 2: Install the software by clicking on ‘Install’ in the dialogue box.

Step 3: Enter a name for your device by clicking on the name box in the newly opened window. And click on ‘Yes.’

Step 4: Select ‘Maybe later’ on the new dialogue box that says this is a trial version.

Step 5: On your iPhone, scroll down from the top of the screen and select the ‘Screen Mirroring’ button.

Step 6: Choose your PC from the list of available devices. iPhone will automatically start casting on the Windows screen.

Step 7: Open the Blink app on your iPhone and open the saved videos. Play any video, and you can view it exactly on your Windows PC/laptop screen.

Android mobile app to MacBook

To cast Blink camera videos on your MacBook, you’ll need a third party like AirDroid Cast. Here’s what you need to do.

Step 1: Download and install the AirDroid Cast on both the MacBook and your Android phone.

Step 2: Log in to AirDroid on both devices.

Step 3: Select the WLAN option on your MacBook to view a QR code.

Step 4: Scan the QR code using the AirDroid app on your Android phone or enter the code manually. Your Android screen will automatically start casting on the MacBook.

Step 5: Open the Blink app on your Android and open the saved videos. Play any video, and you can view it exactly on your MacBook screen.

iOS mobile app to MacBook

Step 1: On the MacBook, open ‘System Settings’.

Step 2: Click on ‘General’ from the list on the left of the screen.

Step 3: Select ‘Airdrop and Handoff’ from the central screen.

Step 4: Turn on the switch beside ‘AirPlay receiver’. Ignore this step if it is already on.

Step 5: For the ‘Allow AirPlay for’ option, select ‘Anyone on the same network’ from the drop-down menu.

Step 6: On your iPhone, open the Command Center by swiping down on the screen.

Step 7: Click on the ‘Screen Mirroring’ icon. This will open a list of available devices.

Step 8: Select your MacBook from the available devices.

Step 9: Click on ‘Accept’ on the notification that will appear on your MacBook. Your iPhone screen will be visible on the Mac.

Step 10: Open the Blink app on your iPhone and play the video you want to view. The video will appear on your Mac screen.

If you are wondering how to watch Blink camera on a computer without screencast, then this second way is for you.

Way 2: Connect the Sync Module USB to the PC

Note: This method will work only if you have a Sync Module.

When your camera is connected to Sync Module 2, all the recorded videos are stored on a USB connected to the module. You can remove this USB drive and connect it to your PC, laptop, or MacBook. All the saved videos on the USB can be played on the large PC screen.

You can only view the videos as it is. But if you want to control other app features as well, you should consider downloading the app on your PC.

You can download the Blink Home Monitor app on your PC and watch recorded as well as live videos. You won’t need your mobile near you like in the previous two ways. So, let’s see how to download the Blink app on MacBook, Chromebook, and PC so you can view the camera videos.

Before you begin, make sure the MacBook is connected to a stable network.

Step 1: Open ‘App Store’ on the MacBook.

Step 2: In the search bar, search for the Blink Home Monitor app.

Step 3: Locate the app and click on the ‘Download’ icon.

Step 4: Open the Blink app and log in using your Blink credentials.

Step 5: Open a live view of the camera or one of the recorded videos to watch it on your MacBook.

Ensure that the Chromebook is charged so you won’t be interrupted in the process.

Step 1: Open ‘Play Store’ from the taskbar.

Step 2: Search for the Blink Home Monitor app in the search bar.

Step 3: Click on ‘Download’ to download and install the Blink app.

Step 4: Click on ‘Open’ in the same window to open the app.

Step 5: Log in to the app using your Blink login credentials.

Step 6: Open recorded videos or live view for watching Blink videos on your MacBook.

Unfortunately, you can’t download the Blink app directly on a Windows PC. You’ll need something called an Android Emulator.

What is an Android Emulator?

An Android Emulator is a software that mimics an Android device on a computer. It will create an environment where you can use Android apps on non-Android operating systems. This is mostly used by developers to test the usability of their products on multiple device types without the need to change the device. All the tests could be carried out on the PC.

In our case, we can use an Android Emulator for using the Blink Home Monitor app on our PC. Some of the popular Android Emulators are BlueStacks, Nox Player, LDPlayer, etc.

Connect and view the Blink app using an Android Emulator

Here’s how you can download and use the Blink app on your PC without the need for your mobile.

Step 1: Download and Install an Android Emulator on your PC.

Step 2: After setup is complete, find ‘Play Store’ on the Emulator.

Step 3: Search for ‘Blink Home Monitor’ in the Play Store’s search bar.

Step 4: Download and install the Blink app.

Step 5: Open the Blink app and log in by entering your credentials.

Step 6: View the live view or recorded videos on your PC.

You must have understood by now that viewing the Blink camera on a PC is a hassle. Then why possibly would anyone go through the extensive procedure? The answer is simple – for the added benefits. What are these benefits? Let’s discuss.

Larger display

This is probably the most obvious benefit. You get to view the videos on a larger screen. It is more feasible since the picture is much enlarged than the mobile screen. You can spot things clearly that you couldn’t on your mobile. So that’s why one would want to view the Blink camera recordings on a PC.

Multiple device access

The second added benefit is access to the videos from multiple devices. If you have the app on your PC, you can access it anytime if you don’t have your mobile nearby. In case one of your devices is not accessible, you don’t have to miss out on important notifications.

Conclusion

We have given you 3 solid ways to watch Blink camera on computer. If you want, you can also connect Blink camera to TV. By following our instructions, it will become extremely easy to get the Blink Home Monitor app for PC. Whichever devices you have, we have given a way for each one of them. If you know some other way of viewing Blink camera videos on a laptop, then let us know in the comments, and we will include that in our article.

FAQs

Can I view my Blink videos online on the PC?

Yes, you can view your Blink videos online on your PC.

How do I save a Blink video to the USB?

If you have a Sync Module 2, Blink videos are automatically saved to a USB. You don’t need to do anything.

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Siddhi Gurav

She is the editor and content writer at Smart Home Bulls. Siddhi merges her passion for language with SEO expertise. With 4 years of experience as a creative writer and a passion for smart home technology, she fits in perfectly at Smart Home Bulls. Her wide experience in content marketing has been an excellent addition to our team.

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