Arlo Blue Light Blinking: How to Fix [2023]

Recently, I invested in the Arlo security ecosystem and noticed that one of my Arlo cameras was flashing a blue light using its status indication LEDs.

I was perplexed at what this meant, and having discarded the user manual like a normal person, I skimmed through the internet to find a possible explanation.

I found plenty of threads and forum posts with similar queries from a lot of folks.

This got me to write this one-stop article on what the Arlo camera flashing blue actually means and what you can do to fix this.

What Does Blinking Blue Mean for Arlo Devices?

What does blinking blue mean for Arlo devices?

Arlo cameras blinking blue are interpreted differently according to the Arlo device, with most devices signifying a change in the power state, network state, or synchronization of the device with other Arlo services.

Since different Arlo products have different signals for relaying information, here is a brief outline of what the solid blue light signifies for each Arlo product:

Arlo DeviceSolid Blue
Arlo UltraThe Arlo camera is connected to power.
Arlo Ultra 2The Arlo camera is connected to power.
Arlo Pro 3The Arlo camera is connected to power.
Arlo Pro 3 FloodlightThe Arlo camera is connected to power.
Arlo Pro 4The Arlo camera is connected to power.
Arlo Pro Nil
Arlo Pro 2Nil
Arlo EssentialNil
Arlo Wire-FreeNil
Arlo GoThe Arlo camera is connected to the mobile network.
The battery of the Arlo camera is fully charged.
Arlo Go 2The Arlo camera is powered on.
The battery of the Arlo camera is fully charged.
Arlo QThe Arlo camera is powered on.
The Arlo camera is connected to the Arlo servers.
Arlo Q PlusThe Arlo camera is powered on.
The Arlo camera is connected to the Arlo servers.
Arlo Essential IndoorThe Arlo camera is armed.
Arlo BabyThe Arlo camera is powered on.
The Arlo camera is connected to the internet.
Arlo SmartHubsThe Arlo device is connected to the internet.

Here is a brief outline on what the slow blinking of blue light signifies for each Arlo product:

Arlo DeviceSlow Blinking Blue
Arlo UltraThe Arlo camera is pairing with the Arlo Base Station or compatible SmartHub
Arlo Ultra 2The Arlo camera is pairing with the Arlo Base Station or compatible SmartHub
Arlo Pro 3The Arlo camera is pairing with the Arlo Base Station or compatible SmartHub
Arlo Pro 3 FloodlightThe Arlo camera is pairing with the Arlo Base Station or compatible SmartHub
Arlo Pro 4The Arlo camera is pairing with the Arlo Base Station or compatible SmartHub
Arlo Pro The Arlo camera is syncing with the Arlo Base Station
Arlo Pro 2The Arlo camera is syncing with the Arlo Base Station
Arlo EssentialThe Arlo camera is syncing with the Arlo Base Station
Arlo Wire-FreeThe Arlo camera is syncing with the Arlo Base Station
Arlo GoThe Arlo camera is ready to scan a QR code
If the blinking is very slow, the Arlo camera is powering on
Arlo Go 2The Arlo camera is ready to scan a QR code
The Arlo camera is trying to connect with a WiFi network
Arlo QThe Arlo camera is trying to connect with a WiFi network
Arlo Q PlusThe Arlo camera is trying to connect with a WiFi network
Arlo Essential IndoorThe Arlo camera is trying to connect with a WiFi network
Arlo BabyThe Arlo camera is trying to connect with a WiFi network
Arlo SmartHubsThe Arlo device is ready to sync with an Arlo camera
The Arlo device is connecting to an Arlo camera

Here is a brief outline on what the fast blinking of blue light signifies for each Arlo product:

Arlo DeviceFast Blinking Blue
Arlo UltraThe Arlo camera has successfully paired with the Arlo Base Station or compatible SmartHub
Arlo Ultra 2The Arlo camera has successfully paired with the Arlo Base Station or compatible SmartHub
Arlo Pro 3The Arlo camera has successfully paired with the Arlo Base Station or compatible SmartHub
Arlo Pro 3 FloodlightThe Arlo camera has successfully paired with the Arlo Base Station or compatible SmartHub
Arlo Pro 4The Arlo camera has successfully paired with the Arlo Base Station or compatible SmartHub
Arlo Pro The Arlo camera has successfully synced with the Arlo Base Station
Arlo Pro 2The Arlo camera has successfully synced with the Arlo Base Station
Arlo EssentialThe Arlo camera has successfully synced with the Arlo Base Station
Arlo Wire-FreeThe Arlo camera has successfully synced with the Arlo Base Station
Arlo GoThe Arlo camera has successfully connected to the cloud
A compatible charger has been connected to the Arlo camera
Arlo Go 2The Arlo camera is setting up a WiFi or LTE network connection
A compatible charger has been connected to the Arlo camera
The Arlo camera is connected to an Arlo Solar Panel (VMA5600)
Arlo QThe Arlo camera is trying to connect to Arlo servers
Arlo Q PlusThe Arlo camera is trying to connect to Arlo servers
Arlo Essential IndoorThe Arlo camera has successfully connected to a WiFi network
Arlo BabyA compatible charger has been connected to the Arlo camera
Arlo SmartHubsThe Arlo device has been successfully paired with an Arlo camera

Arlo Camera Blinking Blue but Not Syncing? How to Fix

Arlo Camera Blinking Blue but not syncing? How to fix

If your Arlo camera blinking blue signifies that it is syncing or successfully synced according to your model, but actually hasn't been syncing then it is a cause for concern.

This is quite a common issue in fact, with a lot of popular security camera systems, such as Blink cameras not connecting to WiFi and Wyze cameras stuck on 'Ready to Connect'.

Fortunately, this issue can be easily fixed by using some common troubleshooting steps applicable to most security cameras:

Check Your Arlo Smarthub or Base Station

If your Arlo SmartHub or Arlo Base Station is not working properly then your Arlo camera simply will not sync.

This step is important to consider, especially if your Arlo camera is required to be connected to the Arlo Base Station or Arlo SmartHub.

Make sure the connections are proper with the Arlo Base Station or SmartHub.

Do a power cycle on the device to ensure that it is working as intended. You can do the same by following the steps given below:

  1. Unplug the Arlo Base Station or SmartHub from its power source.
  2. Let the device sit idle powered off for about a minute.
  3. Plug the Arlo Base Station or SmartHub back into its power source.
  4. Let the device sit idle powered off for about a minute.

Check Your Internet Connection

Make sure that your internet connection is active and everything works fine.

If your internet router is far away from the Arlo camera or its Base Station, then try bringing it closer to each other for better connectivity.

Power cycle your internet router multiple times to ensure that the router is working as intended.

If you are facing internet connectivity issues,it is best to contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for fixing the connection.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

If the above troubleshooting steps failed to generate any meaningful result for you, then it is best to contact Arlo support.

If there are any defects in your Arlo camera, Base Station, or SmartHub unit that are hindering the synchronization process, they can help you get it fixed or replaced.

I hope my article on what your Arlo camera is trying to tell you by flashing blue using its status indicators has been a helpful read and has aided you with the same.

Have a good day!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the network requirements to use an Arlo camera?

Arlo cameras require you to have a solid internet connection in order to utilize the camera to its maximum potential.

The Arlo Ultra series works best with an internet connection that has an upload speed of 3 Mbps per camera.

The Arlo Pro series works best with an internet connection that has an upload speed of 2 Mbps per camera.

Other Arlo cameras can run with an internet connection that has an upload speed of 1 Mbps per camera.

Is there a web portal to access Arlo devices?

Besides its compatibility with iOS and Android, Arlo also has a web portal that runs on any browser.

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