Blink's limited recording time policy has marred them as inferior to its competitors like Wyze and Nest, especially when the latter offer continuous recording on their products.
Blink is known to provide superior motion-sensing Smart home monitoring systems at a price much less than most other manufacturers on the market.
Even if Blink doesn't charge you for storing clips on the clouds, their abysmal video footage length restrictions seem a bit outdated for the current day and age.
To make your Blink Camera record longer, go to the Camera Settings tab on the Blink app and select your preferred period between 5 to 60 seconds (30 seconds on Blink Mini). Also, check and disable the End Clip Early feature if your footage gets cut off early.
Here's a more detailed account of everything you need to know about recording intervals and periods on your Blink Cam.
How to Increase Recording Time on Blink Cam
If you've been using the Blink Cam for quite some time now, you may know how annoying their recording period policy is. Here's how to check if your Blink camera is recording or not.
Blink cameras can only detect and capture motion-triggered events, and that too for a couple of seconds.
In the world of Wyze and Nest Cams, Blink stands out solely for its competitive pricing. Most other manufacturers have moved on to provide continuous real-time recording, albeit at the cost of a premium subscription.
Even though Blink doesn't charge you for storing or capturing footage, its limited recording time seems justifiable enough for Blink's implicit ignorance of user satisfaction.
Blink Cams are programmed to record 5-second events with a retrigger time of 15-30 seconds by default.
Retrigger time is the period of inactivity that follows an event trigger. Think of it as a cooldown period between event recordings.
During the Retrigger interval, you can disarm the Blink Cam and stop it from detecting events.
Fortunately, Blink gives you the choice of 5-60 seconds recording time and to lower the re-trigger timer all the way down to 5 seconds.
Now, let's look at how to increase the recording period on your Blink Cam. Make sure to download and set up the Blink Home Monitor app beforehand.
Follow these steps to change the recording period:
1. Open the App and tap on the Settings (3 horizontal stripes) icon.
2. Scroll down to the Clip Length tile below the Sensitivity tile.
3. Move the slider to the right to increase the recording time to your liking.
Save and exit the Camera Settings tab.
Most Blink cameras, with the exception of Blink Mini, support a maximum clip length of 60 seconds.
Blink Mini supports a maximum of 30 seconds of clip length.
Disable the 'End Clip Early if Motion Stops' Feature on Blink Cam
Blink Cams feature a unique setting called 'End Clip Early..." which comes enabled by default.
When the End Clip Early feature is active, the Cam cuts the recording if and when the activity within the field of view ends before the actual recording period.
Sometimes, the Cam may lose the motion tracking happening in the frame and cause the recording to stop prematurely. This will result in a shorter clip than the set recording period.
Blink has facilitated this feature to conserve the battery and storage.
If you're constantly getting cut-short footage from the Cam, better disable this feature from the Blink app.
Follow these steps to disable the 'End Clip Early if Motion Stops' feature on your Blink camera:
1. Open the app and tap open the Camera Settings menu.
2. Scroll down to the Motion detection tab and locate the End Clip Early if Motion Stops tile.
3. Toggle OFF the feature and Save your changes.
Exit the menu and restart the app. Check for the issue now.
Decrease Retrigger Time on Blink Cam
Even if you can't make your Blink Cam record for more than a minute, you could adjust one significant variable to emulate somewhat extended footage of the events happening in your premise.
Blink Retrigger Time is the one to look out for if you want to capture more clips in a relatively short time span.
What Retrigger interval does is that it kicks into action every time a recording session has run its course.
During this time, the Cam remains dormant. Only after the set Retrigger time will the Cam kick back into action and start sensing motion.
Now, this intermediate cool-off acts like a double-edged blade. For once, it stops the Cam from recording insignificant motion triggers like a rustling tree or a child trotting over the picture frame.
But it also inhibits the capture time of an event that tends to last a bit more than the Cam's set recording period.
However, Blink provides its users the option to configure the Retrigger Time.
Follow these steps to modify Blink Retrigger time:
1. Open the Camera Settings tab of your Blink Cam.
2. Scroll down to the Retrigger Time tile.
3. Adjust the Slider to your preferred interval.
Save and Exit the Settings tab.
Blink has exercised a minimum of 10 seconds of Retrigger Time on all its Cameras.
You can increase the Retrigger time all the way up to 60 seconds if you wish to.
Issues with Recording on Blink Camera
Blink Cam, like any other Smart Home monitoring Cam on the market right now, is in no way devoid of issues, especially with recording.
False triggers, thwarted storing of clips, broken detection mechanisms, etc., are some of the more common issues associated with a Blink Cam.
Regardless of the problem, you can try a few troubleshooting fixes to put an end to the issue.
Blink Camera Triggering Uncalled-for Events
One of the more common issues found on a Blink Cam is that it triggers events that don't necessarily demand attention.
Blink Cam uses heat signature mapping in tandem with motion detection to trigger an event and cause the Cam to record.
But if you've set the Sensitivity of motion detection too high, the Cam starts to detect even the faintest of movements in its vicinity.
If that's the case, better lower the sensitivity of your Cam. Follow these steps to do so:
1. Open the Camera Settings tab and scroll down to the Motion Detection tab.
2. Locate the Sensitivity tile.
3. Decrease the Sensitivity.
Save and Exit the settings tab. You can also increase the sensitivity if you have issues with motion detection on Blink.
You may also increase the Retrigger Time to about 15-20 seconds to decrease the interval of clip recordings.
Blink Camera Not Recording
The absolute first thing to remember when dealing with a Blink Cam is that it requires a stable network connection to work.
If your Blink camera is not recording, check if the network connection is stable and uninterrupted.
You can check the status of your Cam by looking at the status LED:
- Green: The Cam is ready and good to go.
- Blue: Blink Cam is recording.
- Red: Not connected to a network.
You can also check the status of the Cam's network connection through the app:
- Open the Camera Settings and scroll down to the bottom of the tab.
- Tap on the Update icon to get the real-time status of the network.
A minimum of 2 bars is required for the Cam to work.
If you have issues with the internet, refresh the connection by power cycling the router. Doing so could also take care of WiFi connectivity issues on Blink.
To power cycle the router, follow these steps:
- First, remove the power supply.
- Then, press and hold the power button for a couple of seconds. Repeat this step a few times.
- Plug back in the Power supply and turn ON the Router.
And there you have it, a comprehensive guide on how to increase the recording interval on a Blink Camera.
Included, too, is a brief account of the various troubleshooting steps to help you steer clear of issues with recording on a Blink Cam.
If you have any queries about recording on your Cam, feel free to contact the customer services of Blink for further assistance.
Even if Blink skims on perhaps the most crucial aspect of a monitoring system, Blink does provide a number of viable options to countervail its shortcomings.
Also, try out every other fix mentioned here to further fine-tune the recording characteristics of your Blink Cam.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why does my Blink camera not record sometimes?
Blink Cams require an uninterrupted stable connection to a network to record and detect events. In absence of a stable network connection, the Blink Cam will fail to trigger and record events.
How long do Blink recordings last?
Blink clips have a lifespan of about 60 days in cloud storage. In the EU and UK, the storage time is limited to 30 days. Although, with the newer Sync Module 2, you can store clips to an external USB device for as long as the storage runs out.
How do I update my blink camera firmware?
Blink Cam and the Sync Module update automatically. You cannot manually update these devices.
If you want to update the Blink Home Monitor app, open the app store on your host device and search for the updates for your app.
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