How to Install Your Ring Video Doorbell the Right Way

Do you want to learn about one of the best ways to protect your home? The Ring Video Doorbell is a great piece of smart home technology that announces visitors at your front door and deters package thieves.

The Ring app allows you to view video from your doorbell on most smartphones. Installation is easy, and we’ll go over everything you need to know.

What you’ll need before you start

The first step is to choose a video doorbell. Ringing a bell isn’t the only option, but it’s the example we’ll use in this article.

Just note, if you are not comfortable with DIY, you should consult a qualified person before starting. We will not be held responsible for any problems arising from self-installation.

1. Power off your existing doorbell

To install your Ring Video Doorbell, you will need to remove your old doorbell. First, you’ll need to turn off power to the doorbell circuit. Find the breaker box in your home, and turn off the breaker that matches your doorbell.

In this example, the breaker is labeled. If your breaker isn’t labeled, try turning off the breakers near the front door. Press the old doorbell after each breaker is turned off until you hear the chime sound.

2. Remove the old doorbell

Most regular doorbells have two Phillips screws attaching them to your home that you’ll need to remove to expose the switch wiring. You may need to pry the doorbell assembly away from the wall. Unclip both wire terminals from the old doorbell, and remove the assembly. If this wiring is damaged, you’ll need to strip the doorbell wires about 1/4 inch.

3. Install Ring Mounting Plate

There are four screws that hold the Ring Doorbell mounting plate in place, and two smaller screws for connecting the doorbell wiring. We found it easier to connect the wiring before mounting the plate.

Attach the wiring to the plate using a ring screwdriver. It doesn’t matter which wire goes to which terminal, but don’t over-tighten the screw. Use the included level to make sure the plate is straight.

Once the wires are in place, attach the plate to the wall. Do not over tighten the plate screws. After everything is installed, turn the power back on at the breaker.

A quick note on vinyl siding: If your home has vinyl siding, the ring mounting plate may not be flush with the wall. In this case, you’ll need to purchase vinyl siding mounting blocks. This block will provide the flat surface needed to mount your doorbell flush.

In our example, we’ve used a mounting block. You can find these blocks at most big-box hardware stores. Ring also sells mounting block variations on its website.

4. Setting Up Your Ring Doorbell App

You’ll need to set up the Ring app for iOS or Android before you can install the Ring device on the mounting plate. If you’ve downloaded the Ring app on your smartphone, open the app. If this is your first Ring device, you’ll be asked to create an account.

You’ll see a QR code on the back of your Ring doorbell or on the box it came in. Using your smartphone, focus the QR code on the top of your screen. A green square should appear around the QR code (If your Ring is an older model, instead of a QR code, you may have a MAC ID.)

Next, you will be asked to enable location access. It is important to provide this access, because without it, some of your Doorbell’s features will not function properly. From there, set a name for your device.

5. Connecting the Ring to Your Wi-Fi Network

If you use Android, your phone should automatically connect to the Ring Wi-Fi network. On iOS, you’ll be asked to join the Ring Wi-Fi network. If your device doesn’t connect automatically, you’ll need to connect manually.

Ring Network may appear as the last six digits of the Ring and MAC ID, or it may appear as Ring Setup followed by the last two digits of the MAC ID. Once connected, exit Settings and return to the Ring app.

The app will ask you to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Select your network, enter your Wi-Fi password, and press Continue.

Once your doorbell is set up in the app, test it by pressing the center button. You should get a notification that it is working.

6. Mounting the Doorbell to the Mounting Plate

Align the doorbell with the mounting plate slightly up, and slide down to secure. Using the Torx end of your ring tool, secure the two mounting screws at the bottom to complete the installation.

7. Setting motion zones, checking device health, and custom motion schedules

Some of the great things about the Ring Doorbell include the ability to set custom zones, monitor device health, and set schedules for notifications. We’ll briefly discuss these features to help you get started.

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