Blink security cameras are one of the best home security cameras out there. And their effortless compatibility with Echo devices is indeed a welcome addition.
I, too, use an Echo Show to watch live footage from my Blink Camera. It is pretty useful except for the fact that it times out quite a few times.
If you face the same problem with your Echo show and Blink camera, then you have come to the right place.
To keep Blink Cams on Echo Show, implement an Alexa Routine to trigger the Cam to stream again once it times out. Access the Routine tab from the Alexa app to do so. If you encounter issues with Blink Cams on Echo Show, power cycling or factory resetting the devices could help.
Keep reading to know more about how to keep your Blink Cam from timing out on Echo Show.
Using Alexa Routines
Unfortunately, Blink does not provide any feature to adjust the length of the live-streaming session. The stream length will depend upon the camera you have.
Albeit, you can adjust the recording time and the Retrigger time to record more efficiently. Configuring these options could come in handy for issues like Blink Cam recording too fast.
Once you reach the streaming limit, your feed automatically times out.
Blink currently provides you with live streaming for up to 5 minutes at a time in 30-second intervals.
Once your streaming session times out, you can just ask your Alexa to show your camera again to start a new live session. Hence, allowing you to watch the live stream again until the session expires.
You can even set up an Alexa routine as a shortcut to help you start a new session for live view.
To set up a routine:
- Navigate to the Alexa app
- Click on More and then click on Routines
- Click on the + sign and follow the on-screen instructions to choose what triggers your routine
- Select Add Action to choose what your routine should do (set it to start a new live session in this case)
- Click on Save
You can also add multiple actions for a routine. You can also add up to 200 routines to your account. Another great example would be an Action/Routine/Command to turn OFF Blink Cam without the app.
Blink Camera Not Working with Echo Show? How to Fix
It is not unheard of for modern gadgets to stop working altogether at random. It may be due to a simple bug, but figuring them out could be a painstaking task.
The same goes for Blink Cams and Echo devices. Whether from a simple bug or due to complex hardware issues, things can go south with these devices quite fast.
And so, it is imperative that you know the many troubleshooting steps to resolve such issues if you encounter them in the long run.
As with the Blink Cam sound not working issue, the network could play a decisive role in the optional working of these devices.
Or as in the case of a Blink Photo capture not working issue, a simple power cycle test could resolve issues resulting from a bug or an error.
Regardless of the reason, here are the many troubleshooting steps you should keep in mind when Blink Cams fails to work on Echo Show:
Power Cycle the Devices
More often than you ought to think, problems that may seem critical to us may only warrant a system refresh. A power cycle test may be the way to go for the issue at hand.
Power cycling your Blink camera and the Echo Show will refresh the system internals, and get rid of any bugs or glitches residing in your devices.
Doing so happens to also be an effective fix for the Blink Cam clicking sound issue.
To power cycle your Blink camera, remove the batteries (if any), and then wait for 10 seconds.
Now put the batteries back in and power ON the Cam.
If your Blink camera is powered through a wired connection, unplug the Cam from the power supply for 10 seconds, and then plug it back in. Your blink camera will restart now.
To restart your Echo Show, disconnect it from the wall socket and wait for 15 seconds.
Now plug the device back in. Your Echo Show will restart now.
Now check whether the Blink camera works on the Echo Show.
Check the Internet Connection
Contrary to popular belief, Blink Cam won't record without WiFi, unless you have local storage enabled on your Cam. Even so, you will need an active internet connection to Live Stream events.
A strong and proper internet connection is required for both your Blink camera and your Echo Show to work properly.
Make sure you have an upload speed of at least 2 Mbps to ensure smooth operation.
Ensure both your devices are in direct line of sight to your router. Thick walls might cause network hindrance and cause a drop in network speed.
In the absence of a proper network connection, even hardware issues, like the Blink cam Speakers not working issue, may pop up abruptly.
If your camera is installed in isolated places such as the attic or the basement, it is easier for it to lose connection.
Try moving the camera closer to the router or consider buying a signal booster.
Having multiple devices connected to wifi will also cause a drop in internet speed.
Try disconnecting some of the devices as sometimes there is a limit to the device connected to your wifi at a time. Disconnect any device that takes up a large amount of bandwidth.
Also, make sure that both devices are connected to the same 2.4 GHz connection. Blink Cams, like most other monitoring Cams, do not work on the 5 GHz bands.
Now check whether you are able to use your Blink camera on your echo show.
Unpair and Pair the Devices
Unpairing and re-pairing your devices will help resolve the connectivity-based issues with your Blink Cam and Echo Show.
Note: Make sure your devices’ software is up-to-date and that kids mode is disabled on all Alexa-enabled devices before you unpair.
You should have your Blink Smart Home Alexa skill enabled for you to connect your Blink camera to the Echo Show. If not, follow the steps below:
- Navigate to the Alexa app, tap on the curtain menu in the lower right corner, and select skills & games
- Search for Blink SmartHome and then select it
- Now click on Enable to use. You will be redirected to the login page
- Enter the email address and password of your Blink account. You'll be asked to create a 4-digit pin code for Alexa to provide functions requiring enhanced security. Then tap Sign In
- Now the Alexa app will communicate with the blink servers and show a message - Your Blink SmartHome has been successfully linked
- Tap on close and you will be sent to the discover devices page
- Click on Discover Devices and after about 45 seconds, you will be sent to the setup devices page
- Click on the Choose device option to set up. This will link the camera and you will be able to see the camera in the cameras section
If you have already enabled the Blink SmartHome skill, try disabling and re-enabling it.
Follow these steps to do so:
- Navigate to the Alexa app, and tap More in the bottom right-hand corner.
- Tap on skills & games
- Tap Your Skills
- Locate and tap Blink SmartHome
- Tap on Settings and then click on Disable skill
- Once the skill is disabled, click on the Devices option in the bottom right of the Alexa app
- From the device option, select the Blink cameras
- For each of your Blink cameras, Click on the gear symbol next to them and then click on the Delete option
Now try connecting the cameras to the Alexa account again and try using the Blink camera with the Echo device.
In case your blink camera doesn’t get discovered automatically, you can manually add your device. For this:
- Click on the Devices option in the bottom right of the Alexa app
- Click on the + icon in the top right corner
- Click on Add Devices
- From the list of devices, tap on Camera and then select Blink
- Tap on Discover Devices and your blink camera should be discovered now. You can now set up the device.
Two-way audio has now become a must-have feature on Monitoring Cams. And a select number of Blink Cams, too, come with this feature. Two-way audio allows you to talk through Blink Cams.
Factory Reset the Devices
If none of the above steps work, try resetting the devices. After resetting, set up the devices again and check if it resolves the issue.
And since most Blink Cams do not have a reset button, you'll have to reset the Sync Module, which in turn reset the Camera as well.
To reset the sync module:
1. On the sync module, press and hold the reset button until the status light turns red
2. Release the reset button and wait for the status light to turn blue and then green
3. The sync module is now in set-up mode and all cameras connected to it will be offline
Now delete the module from the Blink app and set it up again
In the case of Blink Cams with a reset button, like the Blink Mini, press and hold the Reset button located at the bottom of the device for about 15 seconds or until the LED flashes Red and Blue.
To reset the Echo show, press and hold the Mute and Volume buttons together for about 20 seconds. Once the amazon logo appears, follow the on-screen instructions to set up the device again.
You can also reset the echo show through UI commands. For this:
- Go to settings on the echo show device
- Click on Device options
- Click on Reset to factory defaults and then click on Reset
NOTE: Resetting your devices will delete all your saved data, settings, and passwords. You will have to set up the device as new again.
And there you have it, a comprehensive guide on how to keep your Blink Cams from timing out on Echo Show.
Provided, too, is an informative troubleshooting guide to fix issues with Blink Cam and Echo Show.
If you have any further queries about the same, feel free to get in touch with the customer support of Blink or Amazon.
Both Amazon and Blink have an active support forum where you can find answers to your several queries. Consider checking them out to find new ways to troubleshoot.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How to connect Blink camera to Echo Show?
Navigate to the Unpair and Re-pair section in this article to see the steps on how to connect your blink camera to your echo show.
Does Blink require a subscription to connect to Echo Show?
No, you can connect and view the live view tab of your Blink Cam on an Echo Show without a Blink subscription plan.
Is Blink an Amazon-owned company?
Yes, Blink is an Amazon-owned company.
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