- How to Connect Blink Camera To Alexa
- Step 1: Get the Alexa app and set up an account
- Step 2: Connect your Blink camera to the Alexa device
- Why would you want to connect your Blink camera to Alexa?
- Frequently asked questions regarding how do I connect my blink camera to Alexa
- What exactly is the pin?
- How do you turn on Alexa’s motion detection notifications?
- Why are Live Views being saved as clips when the Blink app’s setting for that is disabled?
- Is Auto Live View with Doorbell Press or Motion Detection supported by the Blink SmartHome Skill?
- Is it possible to use Alexa routines with older Blink devices?
- Bottomline for Connecting Blink Camera to Alexa
Connecting your Blink Camera to Alexa is quite simple and easy. All you need to do is follow the below-mentioned steps. Please check whether the Blink Camera or Alexa is already connected to a device as you proceed with the steps.
Step 1: Get the Alexa app and set up an account
The first step is to install the Alexa app on your phone. After that, go to your Amazon account and click on the menu in the lower right corner.
After that, select Skills and Games. The Alexa app is simply available on both the Playstore and the App Store for all first-time users.
Using the app’s search feature, look for the Blink Smarthome skill. Then choose Allow to Use. This will take you to the sign-in page for your Blink account.
Remember that you’ll need to register a Blink account first if you don’t already have one. To access Alexa’s smart features, you’ll need to create a four-digit pin.
This pin will provide you access to a range of smart home features, especially if you have other Blink devices installed, such as a security system that you can control with your voice.
Follow the prompts in the app to ensure that your Blink Outdoor Camera is detected and linked. If you have any issues, go to the top menu and select Discover Devices.
You may also give the gadget a name to help identify it from other cameras (if you have more than one).
You may benefit from connecting your Blink Camera to Alexa in a variety of ways:
To see a live stream from each camera, ask Alexa to “Show me,” followed by your device’s name. The live feed will appear right away.
“Show me the latest action from the (your Blink camera name),” Alexa will say, and it will show you the most current video clip.
Simply ask Alexa, “Alexa, ask Blink when my last motion alert was?” to find out when your last motion alert occurred.
What exactly is the pin?
You’ll be asked to login in with your Blink account credentials and create a personal identification number (PIN) code as you enable the Blink SmartHome skill for the very first time.
If you ask Alexa to disarm your system, she will ask you for your 4-digit PIN code.
The PIN is unrelated to the PIN codes supplied to you by the Blink app to permit account activity and is not the same as your Blink account password.
To establish a new Blink SmartHome skill PIN, simply disable and reactivate the Blink skill in the Alexa app.
Please note that if your pin has been inactive for more than 60 days, you will be prompted to update it for security reasons.
To create an updated pin, disable and re-enable the Blink SmartHome skill.
After three failed attempts to enter the pin, the Blink SmartHome skill is automatically disabled. To make a new pin, disable and enable the skill.
How do you turn on Alexa’s motion detection notifications?
As you enable the Blink SmartHome Skill, Alexa will announce Motion Alerts while providing camera views for Blink Video Doorbell, Outdoor, Indoor (gen 2), Mini, and XT2 cameras.
Please note that the feature is only available for English language Alexa devices in the North American (the US and Canada) region as of now. Besides, Alexa motion announcements don’t work in the following cases:
- Devices using Local Storage to record straight to a Sync Module 2 with an attached USB drive.
- Devices without Cloud Storage or Local Storage
- Cameras with disabled “Motion Recording”
- Indoor (gen 1) or XT cameras
The creators have designed Alexa Routine called Motion Announcements to connect a Blink camera system to Alexa speech services.
Motion alerts are provided to Alexa when a connected device has the “Motion Recording” setting “On” and is part of an “Armed” system.
Please note that cameras or devices using Local Storage to record pictures directly to a Sync Module 2 with an attached USB drive won’t get Alexa announcements.
By saying, “Alexa, show me (camera name),” you can initiate and save a Live View session from a camera that uses Cloud Storage.
Unless manually canceled, Live Views appear in the Alexa device for five minutes.
No, when the Blink Video Doorbell is pressed or motion detection is triggered, the Blink SmartHome skill does not automatically stream live view.
When you get a Doorbell push or a motion detection notification, you can ask Alexa to show you Live View by saying, “Alexa, show me [camera name].”
When the Blink Video Doorbell is in Event Response mode, Live View from an Alexa command is unavailable.
Some Alexa Built-in devices, such as newer smart TVs, the Alexa PC app, and other clients that use the Alexa web player, do not support the XT and Indoor (gen 1) cameras.
Please connect with Blink support services if you cannot achieve the desired results while following the steps mentioned above. Besides, please check if the device is connected with another app or system beforehand to ensure a smooth connection process.