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Blink camera not recording? Here’s what to do

Is your Blink camera not recording? We’ll show you what to check and who to talk to.

Blink outdoor camera in black and white color on the purple screen
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Your Blink Camera is turning on properly, you can watch the live view, yet you’re not getting any recorded video clips.

This uncommon situation can be from a few reasons, some of which are easier to fix than others.

The most common reason is a misconfigured setting in the app, so we’ll show you how to fix that, and troubleshoot other reasons if it still isn’t recording.

Possible fixes if your Blink camera is not recording

Most of the time, your Blink cameras will record footage without issues, and without your involvement. If you notice that they’ve stopped recording, here’s what to know.

Check the settings in the Blink app

The most common reason for Blink cameras not recording anything is inadvertently disabling motion detection in the app. Here’s how to get it working again.

  1. Check if recording is enabled
    Instructions to enable the recording on your camera

    Open the Blink Home Monitor app and look at the bottom of the home screen. It will show Disarmed and Armed, with a blue highlight over one of the words to show the state of the system.

  2. Enable camera recording

    If it shows Disarmed, tap on the word Armed to enable recording.

  3. Enable motion detection
    Iphone screen showing blink app motion detection settings

    Look at the top right corner of the home screen to see if the Running Man icon is blue or gray. If gray, tap on it to enable motion detection.

  4. Check motion detection settings
    Instructions to enable the motion recording and motion detection on iphone screen

    Open the Settings in the Blink app, and tap on Motion Settings.

  5. Tweak motion detection settings

    While on this menu, enable the following settings to get recording working again: Enable Motion Detection, Sensitivity to 7, enable Motion Recording, and finally set the Zones up for the camera.

That should get your Blink camera recording all motion events again.

Check your Blink Subscription Plan status

Iphone screen showing blink subscription plans on the screen
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The very first thing that you need to check is the status of your Blink Subscription plan. If you haven’t paid for the plan lately, recording will stop happening.

Blink cameras need a subscription plan for cloud based recording of motion events. If you have a Blink Sync Module 2, you can also record footage to an attached USB drive.

If that storage is full, the system won’t record any more detected motion. You can get it recording again by putting the USB drive into your computer and clearing some space.

To check your Blink subscription plan, visit Amazon’s subscription plan page or look in the Blink Home Monitor app.

Check whether the cameras are working or not

If storage isn’t an issue, the next thing you should check is whether the camera is working normally.

Blink camera live view showing on the iphone screen
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Open the Blink App and check the live view.

If the live feed of the camera is working perfectly fine, you can move on. However, if there is no live feed, we suggest checking the signal strength of your network.

The image shows blink app wi-fi signal strength
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  1. Open the Blink App -> Camera settings -> Status section. Here you can see the signal strength of the Wi-Fi.

If you see less than 3 bars, reduce the distance between your Blink camera and router, or consider getting a Wi-Fi extender.

If your camera still isn’t recording

If you’ve followed through this guide in its entirety and nothing made your Blink cameras start recording again, it’s time to speak to Blink support.

It’s possible that there is a hardware issue with your cameras, and they will be able to get your system working again.

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