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.
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.
Check if recording is enabled
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.
Enable camera recording
If it shows Disarmed, tap on the word Armed to enable recording.
Enable motion detection
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.
Check motion detection settings
Open the Settings in the Blink app, and tap on Motion Settings.
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
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.
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.
- 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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