A red light usually indicates something bad or an emergency.
That’s why it’s normal for you to worry if you see your Blink camera flashing red.
But I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t…
And I’ll help you understand why.
Read on to learn:
- Why your Blink camera flashes a red light.
- 7 easy tips to solve Blink camera flashing red.
- When you should seek help from Blink support.
- And many more…
Why is my Blink camera flashing red?
Your Blink camera is flashing red because the internet is weak. Or you need to replace the batteries. It could also mean it’s detecting movements. Otherwise, it has some hardware issues.
Blink camera flashing red: 7 fixes
#1: Turn your camera off and on
Before we try other ways…
Let’s start with the easiest method.
There are times when a camera only needs a power cycle.
In simple words…
Power cycling is turning off a device and then turning it on again.
The key is to wait for at least 30 seconds before turning it on though.
Note: This is different from a hard restart or a cold reboot. With power cycling, you’re not forcing your device to turn off.
Unlike a hard restart, you shouldn’t long press the power button.
#2: Check if your internet connection is weak
If power cycling doesn’t work…
Then maybe your internet connection is the problem.
A Blink system needs at least 2 Mbps speed to perform efficient functionality.
A red light could mean that your connection isn’t enough to suffice the needed speed of your camera.
To test your internet connection speed…
You can visit a speed test site.
So, if your internet isn’t normally weak…
You can try restarting your internet router to fix the connection.
#3: Reconnect your camera to the WiFi
If the internet is good…
Your Blink device might be troubling with the WiFi.
If so, then you have to reconnect it with the internet.
Note: Make sure the Sync Module and your phone are using the same WiFi network.
Here are the easy steps:
- Open the Blink app.
- Go to Settings.
- Tap System Settings.
- Choose your system.
- Tap Sync Module.
- Tap Change Wi-Fi Network.
- Follow the app’s instructions.
- Tap Reset.
- Sync Module should blink from blue to solid green.
- Tap Discover Device.
- Tap Join.
- Tap your home Wi-Fi network.
- Enter your Wi-Fi password.
- Tap Join.
You’ll know the device connects to the internet if “Sync Module added!” shows.
#4: Reposition your camera
“But my internet is good. What’s wrong?”
Then maybe your Blink camera isn’t in sync with the internet.
This happens when the device is placed somewhere far from the modem.
Generally, security cameras shouldn’t be farther than 9 meters from the modem.
If your camera’s installed at the right distance…
Then it must need a little repositioning.
Make sure it gets at least 3 bars of signal.
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#5: Change your batteries
You might need some Blink camera battery replacements.
Batteries tend to wear out and run low, causing that blinking red light.
“My batteries are new. I’m not sure if I should get new ones.”
But in most cases, a battery’s age doesn’t matter.
There are a few reasons that affect a battery’s life, such as:
- Weak internet connection.
- A poor signal between your camera and the internet.
- The battery itself doesn’t offer the right amount of current.
So, your Blink camera might need fresh batteries to bring out its best performance.
Note: The methods of replacing batteries will depend on the type of camera you’re using. If you’re not sure where to find the battery compartment, check your user’s manual to see your camera’s anatomy.
Important: You must use 2 fresh size AA 1.5 volt Lithium non-rechargeable batteries. So, before you purchase, make sure you’re getting the right ones.
Want a video tutorial for changing batteries? Check this out:
#6: Confirm notifications on your Blink Home Monitor app
Before we proceed…
It’s important to know how necessary it is to install the Blink Home Monitor app on your phone.
If you’re a new user of Blink camera…
Then you have to download the app as soon as possible.
This app allows you to monitor your home and control your camera.
So, let’s move forward…
As you know, one of your security camera’s vital jobs is to detect motions.
And when it does, it’ll inform you by flashing red light.
It’s as if your camera is asking you to check if that motion is suspicious or not.
When this happens…
You’ll receive a notification message on the app, which you need to confirm.
The red light will not refrain from blinking if you don’t check the footage.
“But how do I get a notification?”
If you’re not getting any notifications of motion detection, it’s best to reassess your app.
You need to make sure you’re notified.
Because this is your way to be alerted of any possible threats.
Below are some quick steps to make sure you’re receiving notifications.
For Android users:
- Go to your phone’s Settings.
- Tap on Notifications Center.
- Tap on Blink.
- Tap on Allow notifications on.
You’ll also find some alert sounds to choose from.
For iOS users:
- Go to your iPhone’s Settings.
- Tap on Notifications.
- Tap on Blink.
- Tap on Allow notifications.
You may choose the type of notifications you’d like to receive.
Whether you’re using an Android or iPhone…
You can test the app to see if it’s ready to receive notification messages.
- Open your Blink Home Monitor app.
- Go to the Home screen.
- Arm the system.
- Enable your Blink camera’s motion detection. (To know that it’s enabled, you’ll see a blue running man icon).
- Do some movements in front of the Blink camera.
Once you’re done, you have to wait a bit.
Then, you should get the notification message.
#7: Reset your Blink camera
Devices with issues that are hard to resolve might need a reset.
This is an effective step to fix background processes.
As experts say…
These processes are those that work behind the scenes.
Or run without user intervention.
These include system monitoring.
Now, these affect the functionality of your security camera.
And it’s only right to reset them at least once in a while.
“What will happen if I reset my Blink camera?”
Resetting your camera is like going back to its “clean” factory settings.
Or reverting its previous state when it had not encountered any issues.
So, to reset your device, here are the simple steps:
- Get a sharp, thin object. (paperclip, small screwdriver, etc.).
- Look for the small hole on your Blink camera. (Check the back or near the USB port).
- Use the thin object to push the internal reset button.
- Wait for 15 to 30 seconds until a red light appears.
Important: For sharp objects, don’t use safety pins or thumbtacks. These can damage the reset button.
Once you’re done, your Blink camera should now reboot.
A green or blue light will blink after you release the button.
If a red light persists after this, that’s normal.
You only need to connect it to the internet.
BONUS: Seek help from Blink support
By now, we’ve already exhausted all possible ways to resolve the problem.
But if nothing’s working…
Then it’s time to contact Blink support.
The good news is that Blink company is easy to reach out to.
If you’re in the USA or Canada, you can give them a call at 781-332-5465.
You can also send a request to let them know what you’re experiencing.
For more information, feel free to visit their Blink support page.