Is your Blink Camera making a clicking sound while it is operational? What is the point of having a compact camera that blends into its background if it constantly draws attention by making sounds?
I was bothered by my Blink Camera Mini, installed on the front lawn, constantly making clicking sounds while it was armed.
If your Blink Camera makes a clicking sound, turn off Night vision and disable the photo capture on your Cam. Check and replace batteries if they have dried out. Reducing motion detection sensitivity during the night could also help. Power cycle and reset the Blink Cam if you can't get over the issue.
Keep reading for instructions on how to fix your Blink camera if it is making clicking sounds.
Why does Blink Camera make Clicking Sound?
Blink Cameras are designed to make a clicking sound. Why you may ask? Well, there are multiple situations where the Blink Cameras are programmed to emit a click sound.
A mundane situation where this happens is when the Infrared (IR) cut filter fires. This usually takes place when the Camera toggles between Day and Night mode.
The reason why the Blink Camera has an IR cut filter is to minimize the exposure of the Camera’s image sensor from infrared radiation.
The filter is placed in front of the sensor and adjusted as needed to control the quantity of Infrared light reaching the image sensor.
Every time the Blink Camera makes this filter adjustment, it creates a distinctive clicking sound.
It could also be an indication from your Blink Camera that your Batteries are running low. The ideal replacements would be AA 1.5V Lithium Batteries.
These batteries should last for around 2 years.
If you have replaced the batteries with incompatible AA batteries, the clicking sound will continue, and also trigger operational issues on Blink after battery change.
So make sure you have the ideal batteries for replacement.
The photo Capture feature could also be contributing to the clicking sound as each time the Camera attempts to take a photo, the IR cut filter fires, and the sound is produced.
Damage to any internal parts of the Blink Camera could also be a reason for the consistent clicking sound.
Turn OFF Night Vision on Blink Camera
The primary for the clicking sound that you hear could very well be the IR cut filter firing.
So the obvious fix to this issue is to turn the night vision feature off on your Blink Cameras.
This is because, in night mode, the Blink Cameras use infrared light.
Though invisible, these waves are heat waves that will trigger the shutter to open and close periodically to maintain an average temperature for the Camera to be operational.
Each time the Camera opens or closes its shutter you will hear a clicking sound. This is common to Blink Cameras.
You can go ahead and disable night vision if you find this clicking sound to be too irritating.
To turn off night vision on Blink Cameras, follow the steps below:
1. Open the Blink App and access the Camera settings tab.
2. Scroll down the 'Settings' to find 'Night Vision' listed.
3. In 'Night Vision', turn the IR LED off.
4. Check if the clicking sound from your Blink Camera has ceased.
Refreshing the Night Vision feature could also help resolve issues with nighttime recording on Blink. Adjusting the IR intensity slider could also reduce the frequency of the clicking sound.
Disable the Photo Capture Feature
For the same reasons mentioned above, every time the Camera decides to turn the IR sensor on or off, a clicking sound is produced, even during photo captures.
If during a photo capture, the Blink Camera deems it necessary to change the status of the IR sensor, you will hear a clicking sound.
To turn off the Photo Capture feature in the Blink App, follow the steps given below:
- Open the Blink App
- Navigate to the Camera model that makes the clicking sound and access its 'Settings'.
- Here, you will see a 'Photo Capture' option listed. Toggle the option 'OFF'.
The clicking sound, though annoying, is a great indicator of a functional Photo Capture mechanism and Night Vision on a Blink Cam. If your Cam doesn't make the clicking sound, then Blink Photo Capture may not be working.
Check and Replace Drained Batteries
Another reason why your Blink Camera is making clicking noise could be to alert you of a low battery level.
You might be looking at your Battery signal and thinking that your batteries are good. But even if your battery signal is good, your actual battery level might be low.
You can test your Blink Camera battery level by powering your Camera using a USB cable.
While using the Blink Camera with a USB connection, if the clicking sound is absent, the issue could be the battery.
Another battery-related issue you could be facing is incompatible batteries. If you are using Alkaline based batteries or rechargeable batteries, it could be hazardous to your Blink Camera.
It is worthwhile to replace the existing batteries of your Blink Camera even if they are not in low power since power backup forms the basis of how Blink Cams work.
This fix is often overlooked and a simple change of batteries could in fact stop the clicking sound.
The ideal replacement for your Blink Camera battery is Energizer Ultimate AA 1.5V Lithium batteries or batteries of equal equivalence.
Reduce Motion Detection Sensitivity During the Night
You can also reduce motion detection sensitivity during the night to prevent your Blink Camera from detecting events that are insignificant.
Every time your Blink Camera decides to turn itself on to take a picture or capture a video at night, it ends up inevitably adjusting the IR cut filter, and thereby, making the click sound.
So if you absolutely want no more clicking sounds, you can turn down the motion detection sensitivity at night.
To get the best motion detection sensitivity on your Blink Camera, follow the instructions below:
- Open the Blink App and navigate to Camera Settings
- Under Motion Detection settings, one of the options is 'Sensitivity'.
- Slide the marker to your desired setting.
Reducing the motion sensitivity happens to also be the ideal fix for resolving detection issues such as Blink Cam keeps triggering.
Power Cycle the Blink Camera
A power cycle is something you can do to fix any issues with the Blink Camera software.
This is definitely a fix that should be attempted not only for this issue but also for several other problems like Blink Cam failed to update.
To power cycle your Blink Camera, follow these steps:
- take out the batteries of your Blink Camera
- Wait for at least 10 seconds before reinserting them back in.
- Once you place the batteries back in, power the Blink Camera back up and check to see if the clicking sound has been resolved.
Removing the batteries from the Blink Cam happens to also be a great way to disable Blink Cams without the app.
Factory Reset the Blink Camera
Factory resetting your Blink Camera restores manufacturer settings on your device and you will have to add your Blink Camera to the Blink App once you finish resetting.
You can factory reset your Blink Camera by resetting the Sync module and in the case of Blink Mini, you can factory reset using the device itself.
Sync Module enables you to pair and record multiple Blink cams simultaneously. And so, it's fitting to reset the Sync Module to reset an entire Blink system.
Resetting the Sync Module might come in handy for several other issues like Clip backup fails and speaker issues on Blink.
To reset your Sync module, follow the steps below:
- First, try a power cycle of your Sync Module. To power cycle, you can simply unplug the sync module from the power supply and plug it back in after 10 seconds. Make sure you check if functionality is restored.
- To reset your Sync module, using a small object or your fingernail, press and hold the reset button for 5 seconds.
- You should see a red flash followed by a blinking blue light and solid green light appear on the Sync Module after 15 seconds.
- Now add the Sync Module and Cams to your Blink App.
However, if you have a Blink Mini, the device has a dedicated reset button. To reset your Blink Mini, follow the steps below:
- Press and hold the reset button for at least 30 seconds.
- The Blink Mini is now in its factory default mode.
- Once the Cam indicates a RED led, press and hold the reset button for at least 5 seconds to enter the setup mode.
- Pair the cam back to the app, and check if the clicking sound has ceased.
Out of all the Blink Cam, the clicking sound is most persistent and seen on Blink Mini.
If you have any updates pending for the firmware of your Blink Camera, make sure you execute these updates.
Additionally, if you find that your device is making a clicking sound even when being powered via the USB port, it is likely that your Camera is defective and will need repairs or replacement.
In this case, it may be worthwhile to contact Blink customer support and raise a ticket as the problem could be an internal fault.
Most problems with a Blink camera may be fixed simply with a little troubleshooting. If you follow all the instructions above, you should have a working camera again in no time.
Have a good day!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can you know when Blink is recording?
When the Blink Camera is actively recording, a blue light is shown. When the Blink Camera is active and ready to use, the LED indicator shows a green light. The indicator lights are the same for Blink Mini.
Does Blink Camera record only if armed?
Blink Cameras do not offer continuous recording. However, you can arm the system to look for motion-detection events during any interval of time. A trigger is required to record a clip on Blink Cameras.
Why does Blink only record for 5 seconds?
Blink Cameras record short clips by default to avoid sending too many motion alerts during motion triggers. You can increase the clip length in the Camera settings in the Blink App.
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