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How to share Blink Camera access?

You can’t officially share access to your Blink cameras, but there’s a workaround. We’ll show you how.

The image shows blink app on the iphone screen
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If you’ve got a Blink camera system, you might find you want to share access with trusted friends or family.

Maybe you’re going on holiday and want someone to watch your place while you’re away. Or watch your pets, so they aren’t neglected.

Many security camera systems let you do this easily, by sharing a link via email, etc. The annoying thing about Blink cameras is you can’t, at least not officially.

We’re here to say that if the people you want to share with are trusted enough, the lack of official support shouldn’t stop you.

The workaround is to share your Blink account details with them. Yes, your email and password.

Still think you trust them enough? Here’s what you need to know.

Here’s how to share access to your Blink cameras

Before we go further, you’ll want to make sure you have a Blink account set up, and cameras attached to it.

  1. Set the other person’s device up
    The graphical user interface interacts with the blink camera application.

    Ask a trusted friend or family member to install the Blink Home Monitor app on their smartphone.

  2. Share your details

    Give them your email address and your Blink account password to sign in on their phone.

  3. Approve with MFA

    Blink will send a six-digit code to your phone number. Give that to your friends so they can successfully sign in.

  4. Trust the device

    Make sure they tick the Trust this Device option so they don’t need another MFA code in the future.

Now, your trusted friend’s device is treated as if it’s your own smartphone. They can see your camera feeds, and change settings if they want to.

That’s why you should only do this with someone you fully trust, as they have access to everything in your account that you can also access.

Now that someone else is using your account on their device, you’ll want to know how to remove them in the future.

Manage linked devices in your Blink account

The image is showing the settings page for a blink home security system, with options to link to amazon and alexa, customize notifications, manage mobile devices, and delete the account.
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Here is how you can unlink an unwanted device or monitor how many devices are linked to the account.

  1. Open the Blink app and go to Settings.
  1. Tap on the Account and Privacy option.
  1. Tap on Manage Mobile Devices.
  1. Enter the six-digit code, that is sent to your phone number associated with your account. 
This image shows a user verifying their blink account by entering a verification code sent to their phone number.
Image: KnowTechie
  1. Once the verification is done, you will see all the linked devices in the Manage Devices screen.

This screen shows you all the devices that are attached to your account and allows you to remove any you don’t want to have access.

Sharing your Blink account comes with a risk

There are several security risks that you must know before trying this method.

  • With this account, you are sharing access to live footage of your property and belongings. This means your privacy is already at risk, as they can watch through the cameras anytime.
  • Others can accidentally or maliciously disarm the security cameras, compromising the security of your property.
  • Shared access might lead to the misuse of captured footage or images, violating the rights and privacy of individuals captured on camera.

Given the risks involved, we recommend keeping the circle you share with small, if you share at all.

Now you know how to share access to your Blink cameras

Giving access to your Blink cameras to someone you trust can give you peace of mind when you are busy or away, as there is someone who can keep an eye on your house.

All you need is to share your Blink account email and password. You can always take away this access at any time.

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