How Do You Disarm A Blink Camera? Can You Disarm Just One Blink Camera?


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Getting comfortable with a new home security system can be challenging, but that is why knowing the most important functions can be the best way to start. Disarming and arming a Blink camera, whether it be an Outdoor, Indoor, or Mini model, is a necessary step to familiarizing yourself with the technology you are surrounded by. 

A Blink Camera can be disarmed by disabling the motion detection for that camera. Motion detection for a single Blink Camera can be disabled in the app by either tapping the motion icon so that it turns gray, or by turning motion detection off in the camera’s settings.

The latest information from Blink regarding the topic can be found on their website by clicking here. Blink is owned by Amazon. Here are the Amazon links (affiliate) to the Blink Outdoor, Blink Indoor, and Blink Mini.

If you do not yet have the Blink app, it can be downloaded from the app store. Here are the links:

Google Play Store: Click Here
Apple App Store: Click Here

Steps To Arm Or Disarm Your Blink Security System

Here is the information listed out step by step on how you can arm or disarm your Blink Camera individually. A Blink Camera is effectively disarmed by turning off the motion detection. Inversely, the Blink Camera can be armed by enabling motion detection.

  1. Open the Blink App
  2. If you have multiple locations, select the desired location

To select the desired location, tap the arrow at the top of the screen that is displayed directly to the right of the location currently selected.

  1. There are two ways to enable or disable motion detection.
    1. Option 1: When the Blink system is armed, Tap the motion icon located to the right of the camera name. The motion icon is shaped like a running man, and will only appear when the Blink System is armed. Motion detection is enabled when the icon is blue. Motion detection is disabled when the icon is gray.
    2. Option 2: Open the Blink Camera’s settings. Under the “Motion Settings” section,  tap the toggle button next to Enable option. Motion detection is enabled when the icon is blue. Motion detection is disabled when the icon is gray.
Blink App Main Screen
Front Door camera has motion detection enabled. (It is armed.)
Garage camera has motion detection disabled. (It is disarmed.)

How Do You Disarm A Blink System?

A Blink security camera system can be armed and disarmed from within the Blink App using the “toggle” button at the bottom of the screen. The Blink camera is disarmed when the toggle button appears gray, and the word “disarmed” appears to the left of the button. Blink cameras cannot be armed or disarmed individually.

If the system is armed instead of disarmed, you will be able to tell by looking at the same area in the app. The toggle button will appear blue and the word “Armed” appears to the left of the button when the Blink system is armed.

Now let’s take a look step by step on how you can disarm or arm your Blink System

Steps to Arm or Disarm Your Blink Security System

Here is the information listed out step by step on how you can arm or disarm your Blink System.

  1. Open the Blink App
  2. If you have multiple locations, select the desired location

To select the desired location, tap the arrow at the top of the screen that is displayed directly to the right of the location currently selected.

  1. Tap the toggle button at the bottom of the screen to arm/disarm your Blink System

What Does Disarm Mean On A Blink Camera?

Knowing the definitions in the Blink world of “Disarmed” and “Armed” can come in handy too when becoming accustomed to your Blink system. Whether you purchase a Sync Module or a subscription plan or both it is good to know what you are getting. 

Now that you know how to arm and disarm your Blink security system, you may be wondering what it actually means when the camera is armed or disarmed. 

Disarmed on a Blink camera system means that the system is not recording or picking up any motion. You will not receive notifications because motion is not being detected. Live view can still be used as needed.

Motion detection is the way the Blink camera knows when to start recording and when to stop. When the system is disarmed it will not activate and you will not be able to see what is happening or know if anything is happening through your Blink camera. 

Having the Blink camera disarmed means that it is not recording, picking up, or transmitting any data. In other words, it is a fancy box for the time being unless you are using live view.. 

Can You Disarm One Blink Camera?

It is considered a flaw, by some, when it comes to disarming and arming one Blink camera at a time. Only Blink Systems can be disarmed. IIn order to disarm or arm individual cameras, you have to turn off motion detection, or add the camera to it’s own individual Sync Module. 

Individual Blink cameras can be disarmed by disabling motion detection. Each Blink Camera belongs to a system, which is location based. A Blink system can be armed or disarmed, which includes all the cameras in that system. Individual Blink cameras in that system can have motion detection enabled or disabled.

Blink offers options for its users when it comes to subscriptions or using Sync modules. One Sync module will come with your system when purchased and you will need to buy a USB flash drive separately if you would like to locally store your videos that are recorded. 

The module can record up to ten cameras at a time, but as one collective group. This makes up one Blink system.

The subscription does not help with arming or disarming individual cameras, but will help with being able record the Live View or any other perks that Blink offers once you are in the Blink family. 

Here are the current differences between Blink subscription plans (as of 2021):

Blink Subscription Comparison

In the event Amazon updates the Blink subscriptions, and I guarantee they will, here is a link to check the latest info: Amazon Blink Subscription Comparison

What does it mean when Blink is armed?

I am sure you have figured out since reading this what it means when Blink is armed, but let’s get it out just for clarity. 

When a Blink system is “Armed” it means that any motion detected in the vicinity of the Blink camera will be recorded and you will receive a notification. The recording time will depend on your preference, varying anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute of recording that can be saved. Motion detection must be enabled for each Blink camera.

If a Blink system is armed, but motion detection is disabled on a given camera, that camera will not record any motion or send you notifications. Consider this camera to be disarmed.

When the Blink system is armed, the Blink app will show a blue color over the word “Armed” on the “Armed/Disarmed” toggle button. When the system is disarmed it will show a blue color over the word “Disarmed” on the “Armed/Disarmed” toggle button. Armed cameras are capable of picking up motion through windows it is facing, but not through walls or behind the camera. 

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