Best Settings for Blink Camera: Tips & Tricks [2022]

A lot of readers have been asking me what the best settings for blink cameras are and what should they enable for the best experience.

So I decided to make this one-stop article with all the blink camera settings explained.

This is a very valid query, as Blink cameras are touted to be a very feature-rich product.

So what are the best settings for blink camera?

The best settings to enable on a Blink camera are naming the camera, setting temperature alerts, activity zones, retrigger time, motion sensitivity, clip length, and video quality, amongst many others.

Name the Blink Camera

Name the Blink Camera

Naming your camera can be the most obvious setting of the lot, and is often overlooked upon.

But when you have multiple Blink cameras set up, you might find it very hard to navigate and look up the camera you want to check out if it's unnamed.

Now, unnamed doesn't mean that the name field will stay blank, just that Blink will set a default name for it, which is not at all an obvious name for the camera.

The Blink app will usually ask you to name your camera when you initially set it up, but in case you missed it you can simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Make sure you are logged in to your Blink account.
  2. From the homepage, navigate to the Blink camera you want to rename and tap on the settings icon beside its live view thumbnail.
  3. This opens up the camera settings, where you will find the option to edit your name.

If a camera is hosted in your living room, add a tag and number on the name that specifically mentions it is in the living room, such as "Living Room Camera 1".

Naming the Blink camera specific to its use case can help you properly map out the camera layout from the Blink app itself.

Make sure to save your changes in settings by clicking on the save button on the top right menu bar.

Set Temperature Alerts

Set Temperature Alerts

Blink cameras, especially outdoor models are built to withstand harsh weather conditions.

But in the end, they are still electronic devices bound by temperature thresholds.

Having your Blink camera in a hot environment means that the camera is also bound to get hot, crippling its functionality and overall lifespan.

The same goes for temperatures that are too low, freezing internal components and ultimately causing internal damage.

The Blink Indoor and Mini cameras are rated to operate at temperatures from 32°F to 95°F, whereas the Blink Outdoor and XT series are rated from -4°F to 113°F.

Using the Blink app, you can set temperature alerts as to when your camera overheats or freezes to a temperature that you have preset.

In order to set temperature alerts for your Blink cameras, you can simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Make sure you are logged in to your Blink account.
  2. From the homepage, navigate to the Blink camera you want to set temperature alerts and tap on the settings icon beside its live view thumbnail.
  3. Tap on Temperature under the Monitoring tab.
  4. Enable the Temperature Alert option and configure the required temperatures by setting the options for Heat Alert Above and Cold Alert Above.

It is best to set it as per the recommended values that Blink provides on screen for the most optimal experience.

Make sure to save your changes in settings by clicking on the save button on the top right menu bar.

Enable Activity Zones

Enable Activity Zones

Activity zones are a beta feature(for now) that lets you manually define a specific area on your camera's view as a motion trigger zone.

This is a very useful feature, as there are bound to be certain areas where there is always constant movement, like the fluttering of a flag or bedcover.

Enabling activity zones can make sure that those areas are marked as gray areas where the camera ignores those specific areas during motion detection.

This eliminates a lot of false detection situations, and with the outdoor camera models of Blink, this can help in improving battery life too.

In order to set activity zones for your Blink cameras, you can simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Make sure you are logged in to your Blink account.
  2. From the homepage, navigate to the Blink camera you want to enable activity zones and tap on the settings icon beside its live view thumbnail.
  3. Tap on Zones under the motion detection tab.
  4. Configure the required zone areas by tapping on the live view footage divided into grids.

The grids marked gray mean that that specific zone will be ignored during motion detection.

Make sure to save your changes in settings by clicking on the save button on the top right menu bar.

Set Retrigger Time

Set Retrigger Time

Retrigger time, simply put, is the time between two recorded clips.

If an event occurs and the camera has finished recording, it will wait a preset amount of time (retrigger time) to start re-recording another event.

This can be set between 10 seconds and one minute, depending on your needs.

In order to set a retrigger time for your Blink cameras, you can simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Make sure you are logged in to your Blink account.
  2. From the homepage, navigate to the Blink camera you want to set retrigger time and tap on the settings icon beside its live view thumbnail.
  3. Scrim through the retrigger time bar to set your desired time frame.

Make sure to save your changes in settings by clicking on the save button on the top right menu bar.

Set Custom Motion Sensitivity

Set Custom Motion Sensitivity

Motion sensing is one of the most effective tools you can utilize using your Blink camera.

But its sensitivity can seem like a hit or miss in most scenarios, with cases of both random motion alerts or no motion sensing alerts at all.

In fact, the default setting can never be a perfect fit for all scenarios, considering the footage and environment that the camera shoots in.

So it is best to set your own motion sensitivity, via trial and error to gauge which value can be deemed fit for your Blink camera in that specific location.

In order to set a custom motion sensitivity for your Blink cameras, you can simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Make sure you are logged in to your Blink account.
  2. From the homepage, navigate to the Blink camera you want to configure the sensitivity bar and tap on the settings icon beside its live view thumbnail.
  3. Scrim through the sensitivity bar to set your desired motion sensitivity.
Blink Cam not Detecting Events during Nighttime

Make sure to save your changes in settings by clicking on the save button on the top right menu bar.

Set Clip Length

Set Clip Length

Clip length, as the name suggests is the length of the event clip that gets recorded.

By default, this is set to 5 seconds, but it can go up to 60 seconds depending on your needs.

Do note that increasing clip length can impact your battery life in outdoor models, as well as consume more space.

In order to set a custom clip length for your Blink cameras, you can simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Make sure you are logged in to your Blink account.
  2. From the homepage, navigate to the Blink camera you want to configure the clip length bar and tap on the settings icon beside its live view thumbnail.
  3. Scrim through the clip length bar to set your desired motion sensitivity.

If you want you can also enable the End Clip Early If Motion Stops option in order to save on some valuable battery and storage resources.

Make sure to save your changes in settings by clicking on the save button on the top right menu bar.

Set Video Quality Settings

Set Video Quality Settings

Video quality settings on Blink cameras are divided into three categories:

Video Quality CategoryResolution
Saver480p or SD quality
Standard720p or HD quality
Best1080p or Full HD quality

You can choose the quality depending on your choice.

Do note that saving footage on the Best setting can massively impact your storage, battery, and internet resources.

In order to set the video quality for your Blink cameras, you can simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Make sure you are logged in to your Blink account.
  2. From the homepage, navigate to the Blink camera you want to configure the video quality and tap on the settings icon beside its live view thumbnail.
  3. Set your desired video quality option from the setting under the Video tab.

Make sure to save your changes in settings by clicking on the save button on the top right menu bar.

Status Led Toggle

Status Led Toggle

Your Blink camera has a status LED on its body, indicating when it is recording.

This can be a hindrance in some cases, especially if it is supposed to be a hidden security camera.

Fortunately, there is an option in the settings to disable this very LED status light when your camera does go into recording.

In order to set the status led for your Blink cameras, you can simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Make sure you are logged in to your Blink account.
  2. From the homepage, navigate to the Blink camera you want to configure the status led and tap on the settings icon beside its live view thumbnail.
  3. Scroll down to the Status tab where you can toggle whether to turn on the Status LED during recording or turn it off.

Make sure to save your changes in settings by clicking on the save button on the top right menu bar.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

I hope my article on the best settings you can use for your Blink camera has been a helpful read and has aided you with the same.

Have a good day!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does Blink support Alexa?

Blink cameras can work with Alexa and its companion devices thanks to the Blink SmartHome Skill for Alexa.

What happens if the Blink camera gets too hot?

Excess heat can cause damage to the internal components of the Blink camera, rendering it even dead in some cases.

It is best to unplug the Blink camera and let it cool down naturally over time in such cases.

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I started Blinqblinq to give reliable tech advice to anyone who needs it, for free! If you have questions on anything tech-related, feel free to contact me.

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