Ring package alerts detect and monitor your packages – here’s how to set them up
Worried about leaving your packages outside or having someone steal them from your porch? This will help.
Ring’s video doorbells finally have the most useful feature ever – package detection. That means your doorbell can tell you once those Amazon packages you keep ordering at 3 am turn up, so you can go rescue them from your porch before anyone can swipe them.
It’s a feature that the competition has already, so having the supposed industry leader playing catch-up is a little bit of a sorry affair. You’ll probably want the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 if you’re going to use this, as it’s the only camera that has a head-to-toe viewing angle so it can see the entire porch.
Here’s how to set it up for the supported Ring video doorbells.
Here’s how to set up package detection on your Ring doorbell
Before we start, package detection only works on the $249.99 Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2, and the $99 Ring Video Doorbell (2020 release). You’ll also need a Ring Protect plan.
Ring says the feature should be fully rolled out by now (they had a November 15 date), so update your app if you can’t see it.
Open up the Ring app, and tap on the gear icon on the thumbnail image of your video doorbell
Tap on Motion Settings from the grid at the bottom of your screen
Tap on Smart Alerts. You can set Smart Alerts here for Person detection, Other Motion, or Package detection. The camera icon sets it to record video when a package is detected, and the bell icon sets it to send you a notification when a package is detected.
Tap on Customize to set package detection zones and sensitivity
Tap on Package Zone, then follow the prompts to set the area the camera will scan for packages in
Now you should get a notification and a short video when your Ring Video Doorbell notices a package being delivered. You could also see package activity from watching your Timeline in the Ring app (shown above). That should give you plenty of time to get it safely inside before any porch pirates enter the picture.
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