Blink Camera Keeps Triggering: How to Fix [2022]

I have noticed one of the Blink cameras that I have set up constantly keeps triggering and pushing notification alerts.

Disabling notifications is not the best way to go about this problem, so I dug deep to get to the crux of the problem.

The time I spent on the internet for this issue gave me some insights into how widespread this problem is.

This compelled me to make this one-stop troubleshooting article on how you can fix your Blink camera if it is constantly triggering and sending you false alerts.

If your Blink camera keeps triggering, set up activity zones and a higher retrigger time from the Blink app. If the issue persists, make sure the internet connection is solid and reposition the camera to a favorable location. If none of these work, power cycle the Blink camera and sync module.

Set Activity Zones

Set Activity Zones

Zones is a feature that is tagged as a beta feature on the Blink app but works like a charm.

It divides the field of view of your Blink camera into zones and designates each zone as an active zone or a gray zone.

You can create your gray zones, and any movement that occurs in a gray zone will not trigger motion alerts.

This is a fantastic feature to avoid false triggers, especially if it occurs due to a constant movement somewhere in the viewfinder, like a flag fluttering.

To add activity zones to your Blink camera, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet and log in to your Blink account.
  2. Navigate to the Blink camera that you want to add activity zones, and tap on the settings icon beside the Blink camera thumbnail.
  3. Scroll down to the Motion detection tab and tap on Zones.
  4. Add gray zones as per your preference and save your settings before exiting the menu.

You can also switch to the advanced tab in the Zones settings to fine-tune your selection of activity zones.

Increase Retrigger Time

Increase Retrigger Time

Retrigger time for Blink cameras is the delay between two motion alerts.

In the case of constant alerts, setting up a higher retrigger time can help in limiting the number of annoying notifications you might get.

A 30-second delay between motion alerts is a decent time gap to allow the motion that triggered the initial motion alert to pass.

This gives you enough time to disarm the system if need be, and make sure that the alerts aren't false triggers.

In order to set a retrigger time for your Blink camera, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet and log in to your Blink account.
  2. Navigate to the Blink camera that you want to set a retrigger time to, and tap on the settings icon beside the Blink camera thumbnail.
  3. Scroll down to the Motion detection tab and adjust the bar beside the Retrigger time option and save the settings before exiting the menu.

The Blink app does allow you to set a value between 10 seconds and 60 seconds.

Repositioning the Blink Camera

Repositioning the Blink Camera

Relocating your Blink camera to an alternative location can seem like a last resort idea.

But slightly adjusting the position and angle of your Blink camera can help heaps when it comes to removing certain obstacles that cause false alerts.

Since Blink cameras detect motion using thermal sensors, any drastic shift in environmental temperatures in a particular area can trigger motion alerts.

Although there is nothing wrong with such an implementation, it shows that technology is still far away from a camera that can detect proper motion with 100% accuracy.

Even a shadow from a nearby tree can at times trigger enough motion to send false motion alerts.

The only thing you can do is position your camera in such a way that the trees and other constantly moving objects in its field of view are as hidden as possible.

Setting activity zones in those particular areas that stand out can also help in ensuring that the cases of false triggers are minimized.

Check Internet Connection

Check Internet Connection

The internet connection, believe it or not, can be a cause for your Blink camera unnecessarily triggering the motion alerts.

A weak connection between the Blink camera and the Blink app can result in such false triggers.

Make sure the internet is properly working and the Blink camera is properly synced with the Blink app.

A good way to ensure reliable sync between the Blink camera and the Blink app is to use a sync module, which takes up the task of syncing data.

This also helps in improving the longevity of the camera, whilst allowing it to be farther away from the internet router.

Increasing the retrigger time can also help in ensuring that a weak connection does not come in the way of constant false triggers.

Power Cycle the Blink Camera and Sync Module

Power Cycle the Blink Camera and Sync Module

A power cycle can help in solving a lot of temporary bugs in the hardware of the Blink camera.

Since the Blink cameras are plugged in at all times and perform a cornucopia of functions daily, bugs are bound to crop up.

These are mostly temporary and are mostly caused due to an uneven relaying of power across the internal components of the Blink camera or its sync module.

A power cycle, quite contrary to its intimidating name, is simply a hardware reboot and ensures that all the internal components are evenly charged.

In order to perform a power cycle on your Blink camera, follow the steps below:

  1. Unplug the Blink camera from its power source.
  2. Let the Blink camera sit idle for about a minute powered off.
  3. Plug the Blink camera back into its power source.
  4. Let the Blink camera sit idle for about a minute powered on.

In order to perform a power cycle on your Blink sync module, follow the steps below:

  1. Unplug the Blink sync module from its power source.
  2. Let the Blink sync module sit idle for about a minute powered off.
  3. Plug the Blink sync module back into its power source.
  4. Let the Blink sync module sit idle for about a minute powered on.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

If the above steps fail, then it is best to contact Blink support and seek professional help.

I hope my article on how you can fix your blink camera that keeps triggering motion alerts has been a helpful read and has aided you with the same.

Have a good day!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do Blink cameras trigger due to sound?

Blink cameras use motion sensors that detect heat signatures in the field of view, and do not detect sounds.

What is retrigger time on the Blink camera?

Retrigger time is the time between two motion triggers, from the end of a motion clip to the start of the next motion clip.

This is set up to prevent too many motion alerts in a short span of time, especially when the motion is expected in that time frame.

Do Blink cameras detect motion without Blink Plus?

Motion detection is a part of the free plan of Blink cameras and therefore it does not need a Blink Plus subscription plan.

But Blink Plus is required to trigger the recording of footage when motion is detected.

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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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