Blink Schedule Not Working: How to Fix [2022]

Being an ardent fan of how I can arm and disarm my Blink cameras by scheduling it based on time, it was a huge letdown when the feature stopped working.

The system would just refuse to arm or disarm as per schedule, and the most annoying thing was the inconsistency in its operation.

Quick research told me this issue is more prominent than I initially thought.

So I carefully curated this one-stop troubleshooting article on how you can fix your Blink Camera if its schedules are not working.

If your Blink schedule is not working, ensure that the scheduling settings are properly set up. Remove and add the Blink schedules, Blink cameras, and the Blink App to make sure that everything is working as intended. If the issue persists, power cycle the Blink cameras and sync module in the system. If none of these work, contact Blink support.

Check Blink Scheduling Settings

Check Blink Scheduling Settings

Before diving deep into the troubleshooting aspect of fixing your Blink scheduling, it is imperative to know how the feature works.

In fact, most of the cases that I came across while researching were the result of misunderstanding how the feature is actually implemented.

Common Blink Scheduling Mishaps

Here are some of the more common issues that I found users were facing:

Having AM/PM Backwards

This is a very common issue and is not to be taken lightly no matter how obvious it seems.

Users have been confusing the AM/PM aspect of the scheduling, and the issue has cropped up an embarrassing number of times.

This is most probably due to the usual scheduling of systems to arm or disarms during the night, which usually involves the use of both AM and PM time phases.

The usual human misunderstanding of AM relating to mornings and PM relating to nights is probably the key thing to blame here, but I digress.

Blink has included a 24H calendar map in the scheduling setup screen to visualize the effective time that you have set up, which you can refer to bypass this niche error.

Blink Arming and Disarming System

To be honest, the whole Blink scheduling system settings are a bit daunting and misleading, at least considering the user experience standards.

First of all, the scheduling itself exists considerably deep inside the settings page, often hard for a regular user to notice.

Then comes the whole conundrum with the arming and disarming of scheduling, which requires two different inputs for proper functioning.

You will need to set up both an arming and disarming setting in order to reflect in your scheduling settings.

Sure, the 24H calendar preview is helpful in visualizing the times of arming and disarming the Blink system, but it offers no cues for a first-time user.

Adding in the fact that the settings page for both arming and disarming are the same, and the default setting is set to arm, users tend to turn off the default settings.

This is what ultimately leads to most scheduling users facing inconsistent arming and disarming of their Blink systems.

In order to properly set up your Blink scheduling system, make sure that you properly follow the steps given below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet running iOS or Android. Make sure you have logged in with your Blink account.
  2. Tap on the settings icon on the bottom right of the Blink home screen.
  3. Tap on Device and System Settings.
  4. Tap on the Blink system that you want to access the scheduling settings on.
  5. Tap on the Scheduling option.
  6. This opens up the 24H scheduling calendar preview set to a weekly view. Tap on the Plus icon on the top right to add an arm/disarm setting.
  7. Add in your Arm settings. Make sure that all the day settings are properly set up, the Arm option is enabled, and the AM/PM setting is correct.
  8. Tap on save. This takes you back to the scheduling calendar view, and this time the input for arming your system should reflect on the calendar view.
  9. Tap on the plus icon once again to add your disarm setting.
  10. Add in your Disarm settings. Make sure that all the day settings are properly set up, the Arm option is disabled to show disarm, and the AM/PM setting is correct.
  11. Tap on save. This takes you back to the scheduling calendar view, and this time the input for disarming your system should also reflect on the calendar view.

Make sure that the Time Zone setting under the Blink system settings is set up properly and is according to your current time zone.

Delete and Add Blink Schedules

Delete and Add Blink Schedules

If there is any issue with the current schedule that you have set up on your Blink app, then you can simply delete it and add a fresh schedule for the best results.

This ensures that you will have a chance to rectify any setting issues that you might have triggered accidentally while setting the schedule.

In order to delete an existing Blink schedule, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet running iOS or Android. Make sure you have logged in with your Blink account.
  2. Tap on the settings icon on the bottom right of the Blink home screen.
  3. Tap on Device and System Settings.
  4. Tap on the Blink system that you want to access the scheduling settings on.
  5. Tap on the Scheduling option.
  6. This opens up the 24H scheduling calendar preview set to a weekly view. Tap on the Plus icon on the top right to add an arm/disarm setting.
  7. Tap on the trashbin icon on top of the calendar view.
  8. Confirm your selection to delete the schedule.

Do note that if you have set up any arm or disarm setting via IFTTT, SmartThings, or Alexa, Blink scheduling will automatically override the applet/trigger.

Unpair and Pair Blink Camera

Unpair and Pair Blink Camera

If you are sure that you have properly followed instructions for Blink scheduling and still face issues with the feature, then there is some miscommunication in the works.

This can be between your Blink account and your paired Blink camera.

In such cases, the first immediate step you should take is to simply unpair the camera from the Blink account and pair it back.

This resets any prevalent setting that might have restricted the communication for arming and disarming the Blink system according to the scheduling.

To unpair your currently paired Blink camera from your Blink account, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet running iOS or Android. Make sure you have logged in with your Blink account.
  2. Tap on the settings icon beside the Blink camera you want to unpair from the homepage.
  3. Scroll down and tap on the last setting Delete Camera highlighted in red.
  4. Confirm your selection to unpair the particular Blink camera.

To pair your Blink camera to your Blink account, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Blink app on your compatible smartphone or tablet running iOS or Android. Make sure you have logged in with your Blink account.
  2. Tap on the Plus icon on the top right corner of the homepage to add a new device.
  3. Select the category that suits your Blink camera setup on the resultant page, depending on whether you have a sync module set up or not.
  4. This opens up a QR code scanner to pair your camera to. Open the Blink camera's back cover to reveal the QR code.
  5. Follow the instructions and click on Done to complete your pairing process.

Set up scheduling after the above process and check if the arming and disarming work as intended.

Uninstall and Reinstall Blink App

Uninstall and Reinstall Blink App

Since the Scheduling feature for Blink devices runs primarily on the software front, there is a chance for the Blink app, on the whole, to be malfunctioning in some form.

This can be caused due to an ill software update or any minor bug that came to fruition during its constant operation.

Clearing the cache of the app, and checking for any updates for the Blink app is one of the best ways to rectify this.

But I recommend you simply uninstall the Blink app and reinstall the app from scratch again.

This resets everything for the application, making sure everything including the clearing of cache and update gets done in one single swoop.

This also resets the app settings that you might have set on your phone, including any battery or background management settings.

This would ensure that the application can run better in the background and relay the instructions for arming and disarming the Blink system according to the scheduling.

Of course, you will have to log in with your Blink account once again. So make sure you have your necessary credentials handy.

But you should not lose any account data, such as paired Blink devices and their settings during the process.

Power Cycle the Blink Camera and Blink Sync Module

Power Cycle the Blink camera and Blink Sync Module

When it comes to smart devices such as Blink cameras, hardware and software go hand in hand to create the perfect blend of features.

When a device like Blink stays connected to power 24x7, there are bound to be certain hardware bugs relating to internal charge distribution.

Power cycling your Blink camera and Sync module if connected can help in solving a lot of similar temporary issues with the hardware.

A power cycle is basically a hardware reboot for your Blink devices, and it helps in making sure that the internal components of your Blink device stay evenly charged.

To power cycle your Blink camera, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Unplug the Blink camera from its power source. If it runs on batteries, remove them.
  2. Let the Blink camera sit idle for about a minute powered off.
  3. Plug the Blink camera back into its power source. If it runs on batteries, try swapping the older batteries for a fresh pair for the best results.
  4. Let the Blink camera sit idle powered on for about a minute.

To power cycle your Blink sync module in case you use the device for syncing, simply 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.

Perform power cycles multiple times to get the best results.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

If the above steps fail, try contacting Blink support and seek professional help.

Blink support can help you in cases of any hardware issues with your Blink camera or any problems on their end.

I hope my article on how you can fix your Blink scheduling issues has been a worthwhile read and has aided you with the same.

Have a good day!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can I arm or disarm a single Blink camera in my Blink system?

The Blink app allows you to arm or disarms the whole system or any individual camera in that Blink system as per your preference without any issues.

Can Blink cameras record clips if it is disarmed?

Blink cameras won't record anything if it is disarmed, and will only utilize their motion sensor to capture clips when it is set to arm.

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Hey! I'm Doug, My passion for tech started by fixing phones and computers for my friends and family.

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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