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How to delete Blink camera recordings

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Iphone screen showing confirmation message for delete video on blink app
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Blink cameras are a cost-effective way to add video surveillance to your home. To store recorded video, you can subscribe to a cloud plan or use USB-attached storage.

You can manage, view, and share these videos using the Blink App. If you run out of storage, you’ll have to delete some videos so that you can record new ones.

We’ll walk you through the process, so you can clear out some storage for your Blink cameras.

A quick word before we continue–Blink doesn’t have a recycle bin so that you can restore deleted videos, once you delete them, they’re gone forever.

How to delete a Blink camera video

There are three different ways you can delete the clips recorded by your Blink Camera. Let’s explore them one by one.

Set your Blink camera recordings to auto-delete

Whenever you buy a Blink subscription for cloud storage, the company automatically deletes the videos that are recorded by their cameras after a certain number of days.

By default, Blink removes any videos after 60 days. However, you can easily change this to a shorter time if you prefer.

Here’s how.

  1. Open the app
    Iphone showing blink app on the background

    Open the Blink Home Monitor app on your smartphone.

  2. Open Settings
    The images shows a blink app on iphone screen to open settings

    Tap on the Settings icon at the bottom right.

  3. Open Device and System Settings
    Image showing the instructions to open device and system settings on blink app

    Tap on Device and System Settings.

  4. Set the cloud storage auto-delete time
    Instructions to select auto delete after settings in app

    Look for the Cloud Clip Storage section and tap on Auto Delete After.

  5. Choose the time period
    Image showing the auto delete period of your choice in blink app

    Tap on the new auto-delete time period. Choices are 60 days, 30 days, 14 days, 7 days, and 3 days.

Now that you’ve got auto-deleted videos sewn up, we’ll show you how to do it manually.

Delete Blink videos manually

If you want to delete the recorded clips manually and don’t have a subscription, you’ll have to do it one-by-one. If you have a Blink subscription, you can delete multiple clips at once.

Here’s how to do both ways.

  1. Open the Blink App and tap on Clips at the bottom of the home screen.
Open the blink app and tap on the clips from the home screen
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  1. Tap on the clip you want to delete.
Tap on the clip you want to delete
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  1. Tap on the video player to bring up the actions overlay.
Now tap on the video player to bring up the actions
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  1. In the actions overlay tap on the Trash Can or Delete Button to delete the video.
Tap on the trash can or delete button to delete the video
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  1. A popup will appear on the screen, tap on yes to confirm the deletion.
Iphone screen showing confirmation message for delete video on blink app
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Here’s how to delete more than one clip at once

  1. Open the Clips section within the Blink App to see the motion clips.
Instructions to open clips from the blink app
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  1. On iOS, tap on Edit and mark the check box. On Android, tap and hold a clip to select it.
Instruction for deleting the video from blink app on ios device
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  1. Now mark clips for deletion.
The image shows iphone 15 screen with instructions for blink video delete process
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  1. You can choose Select All to mark all clips and then tap Delete to remove all selected clips in one go.
Choose select all to mark all clips and then tap delete
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Delete a Blink video stored on your USB flash drive

You can access the videos stored on your local drive through the Blink app, and delete them one by one. To do so, follow the same process as if it was on the cloud storage above.

However, if you want to delete multiple clips from your Blink cameras stored on your local drive, you need physical access to the drive.

  1. Eject the USB flash drive from the Sync Module.
Image showing sync module powered on and the usb attached for local storage of video clips
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  1. Connect the USB drive to your computer to access the video files.
  1. Open the USB drive on your computer and delete as many clips as you want.

Now when you plug the USB drive back into the Sync Module, you’ll have plenty of storage space.

Now you know how to clear out your Blink video storage

Subscribers to Blink’s cloud storage plans get one of the best features included–the ability to auto-delete footage after a certain number of days.

Seriously, this is great. The likelihood of you needing a clip from weeks ago is low, and local storage options fill up quickly. It’s also a tedious job to clear local storage, even if you use a computer to access the drive.

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