Blink Camera Not Detecting Motion [Try this Solution FIRST]

Marc Ray

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Blink Camera Not Detecting Motion

Easy Fix

To quickly fix the issue if your Blink camera is not recording motion, ensure your camera system is armed, and WiFi is working, keep the batteries fully charged, change the camera sensitivity and activity zones settings, and you are good to go.

Are you having trouble with your Blink Camera?

Have you noticed that your camera is not detecting any motion despite the fact you have turned it on and all of the settings are correct? If yes, you are not alone, and in this guide, I will share my research with you.

I was facing the same issue, and after spending a few hours online, I found some solutions that will help you resolve the issue ASAP.

Blink camera not Detecting Motion – Causes

Based on my research and technical analysis, there are several reasons why this may occur.

  • Firstly, the placement of the camera may be unsuitable for motion detection. You should place the cam in a position that provides a clear and unobstructed view of the area.
  • Additionally, the camera may not have been armed or disarmed unknowingly, which can prevent it from detecting motion.
  • Another common cause is low battery power, as the camera requires significant energy to function correctly.
  • Lastly, a weak Wi-Fi signal or connectivity issues could be the reason for motion detection failure.

With that said, let’s get to the solutions!

1. Enable Motion Detection from the App

Let us start by enabling the motion detection feature via the mobile app. Here are the steps:

  1. Open the Blink app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Select the camera that you want to enable motion detection for.
  3. Make sure that your camera is “Armed,” as arming the camera enables the motion detection feature.
  4. You will see a “Gray running man icon” if the motion detection feature is off. Tap the icon to turn it on.
Motion Detection Enabled: Armed Camera with Blue Running Man Icon
  1. The icon should turn blue, indicating that the motion detection feature is now activated.
  2. You do not need to do anything if the motion detection feature is already enabled.

NOTE: Blink camera may not detect motion if it is placed behind glass or too far from the sync module.

2. Change the Camera Sensitivity Settings

The camera’s motion sensitivity settings might be an issue if your cam can still not detect motions and record events, especially if your Blink camera is not detecting motion far away.

  1. Open the Blink mobile app.
Change the Camera Sensitivity Settings
  1. Scroll down to the camera that is not detecting motion.
  2. Tap on the “Camera Settings icon.”
  3. Now tap on “Motion Settings,” where you’ll find the “Motion Sensitivity Bar.”
  4. Slide the sensitivity bar to the desired level.
  5. Try testing the camera by moving around in front of it to see if it detects motion.

TIP

Lower sensitivity = More movement needed to trigger the camera.

Higher sensitivity = Detects smaller movements.

Find a sensitivity level that works best for you and your needs. By adjusting the camera’s sensitivity settings, you can ensure that it detects motion correctly and efficiently.

If your Blink camera is still not picking up motion after changing the sensitivity, you might have to configure the activity zones.

3. Fix the Misconfigured Activity Zones

If you have configured your Blink camera’s activity and privacy zones incorrectly, it may affect its ability to detect motion.

Follow these steps to fix activity zones (with images):

  1. Open the Blink app on your phone.
  2. On the app’s home screen, scroll to the camera you want to select and tap the “Settings Icon.”
On the app's home screen, scroll to the camera you want to select and tap the "Settings Icon."
  1. Select “Motion Settings” and then tap “Motion Zones.”
Select "Motion Settings" and then tap "Motion Zones."
  1. Now ensure that the areas you really want to monitor are not gray. If they are, tap on them to activate them.
Ensure desired monitoring areas are not gray; activate by tapping if necessary.
  1. You can tap on advanced to zoom in and have more smaller squares to have more control over your activity detection area.
Zoomed-in view of advanced settings, providing finer control with smaller squares for activity detection area customization.
  1. Take note of any objects that may move in the inactive zones, such as trees or bushes. Adjust the positions or sizes of the zones accordingly.
  2. Finally, save your activity zone settings.
Save your activity zone settings

By fixing your camera’s misconfigured activity and privacy zones, you can ensure it detects motion accurately and avoid false alerts.

4. Make sure your Blink Camera is Armed

Ensuring your Blink camera is armed to detect motion and provide notifications and recordings is essential. If you don’t know what Armed means, read our detailed guide: Blink Armed vs. Disarmed.

Here’s how to make sure your Blink camera is armed:

Make sure your Blink Camera is Armed
  1. Open the Blink app on your phone.
  2. Select your Sync module from the top Tiles.
  3. Toggle the camera system from “Disarmed” to “Armed” at the bottom of the screen.

By ensuring that your camera is armed and properly adjusted, you can ensure that it will detect motion and provide you with the necessary notifications and recordings to keep your home or office safe.

5. Power Cycle your Wireless Router

If you are still struggling with no motion detection, power cycling your wireless router might be a solution.

Here’s how to do it:

Unplug the Wireless Router from the power  outlet and wait for 30 seconds
  1. Unplug your router from its power source.
  2. Wait for 30 seconds, and then plug the router back in.
  3. Once the router has powered up, please wait for it to connect with your internet service provider.
  4. Check your Blink app to see if the cameras are now detecting motion.

Power cycling your router resets your network connection and can sometimes fix connectivity issues.

I hope this helps resolve your Blink camera motion detection issues. If you’re still experiencing problems, check out other fixes below.

6. Power Cycle your Blink Camera

Power cycling your Blink camera can help resolve motion detection or connectivity issues. To do this, follow these simple steps:

Power Cycle your Blink Camera
  1. You can power the Blink camera either with two lithium AA batteries or a USB adapter. So, start by removing the batteries or unplugging the USB adapter to turn off the Blink camera.
  2. Wait for 10 seconds.
  3. Reinsert the batteries into the Blink camera or plug the USB adapter back into the power outlet.
  4. Wait for the Blink camera to turn on and reconnect to the network.
  5. Test the Blink camera’s motion detection by walking before it and checking if it records.

Power cycling your Blink camera can help resolve connectivity issues and refresh the camera’s system, ensuring proper functionality. If the motion detection issue persists, try to power cycle your Blink sync module as well.

7. Fix the Infrared (IR) Issues

The IR Light Emitter is located in the lower right area on the front of the camera

Another common issue with Blink cameras is when they fail to detect motion due to problems with their infrared (IR) sensors.

IR sensors detect movement by changes in heat signatures within their field of vision. It is important to remember that they require a clear, unobstructed line of sight to their intended targets.

Here are some solutions to fix IR issues with your Blink camera:

  1. Check the placement of your camera. Make sure it is not behind any glass or other materials that may block infrared light.
  2. Ensure you haven’t placed the camera too close to any heat sources, such as radiators, vents, or windows with direct sunlight.
  3. Disable the Night Vision feature in low light conditions. This feature can interfere with the IR sensors and prevent them from detecting motion accurately.
Disable the Night Vision in the Blink app

Following these fixes should improve the performance of your Blink camera’s IR sensors and help them detect motion more accurately.

8. Ensure your Camera is Connected to the Internet

It is important to make sure that you have properly connected the camera to the internet.

First, check to see if your WiFi connection is working correctly. If it is, then ensure that the camera is within 100 feet of the Sync Module, as this will help ensure that the network is strong enough to provide accessibility when you need it.

Blink Camera Signal Strength

Another critical step is to check that the camera is properly connected to the Sync Module. You can do it by looking at the LED light on the camera, which should be solid blue if it is properly connected. If not, ensure the Sync Module is powered on and within range of the camera.

If everything is properly connected and configured, your Blink camera should be able to detect motion without any problems.

9. Blink Camera Maximum Motion Detection Range

Regarding motion detection, the Blink camera has a maximum range of 20 feet. In short, any movement detected beyond this range may not trigger the camera to record.

Maximum motion detection range is approximately 20 feet for all blink cameras

It is important to keep this range in mind when positioning your Blink camera. Placing it too far from the target area may result in missed recordings.

Additionally, environmental factors such as weather conditions and objects obstructing the camera’s view may also affect the camera’s motion detection range. To maximize the camera’s performance, I recommend you place the camera in an area with an unobstructed view and within the 20 feet range.

It is also important to adjust the motion sensitivity settings according to your specific needs and to regularly check for any updates or firmware changes that may affect the camera’s performance.

Adjust motion sensitivity in the Blink app

By making these adjustments as necessary, you can ensure that your Blink camera detects motion effectively.

10. Fix the Motion Detection Issues at Night

Fix the Motion Detection Issues at Night

If your Blink cam is not detecting motion only at night, you can follow these tips to fix the issue.

  • Check your camera placement: Place your camera in an appropriate position where it can detect motion at night. Avoid placing it in areas with extreme darkness or extremely bright light, as it can confuse the camera.
  • Increase sensitivity setting: Go to the motion settings of your camera and increase the motion sensitivity setting. It will allow the camera to detect even slight motion in low-light conditions. (I have covered it in detail above.)
  • Use an IR illuminator: Use an IR illuminator to provide enough light for the camera to detect motion. It will create a well-lit area for your camera, ensuring it can capture clear footage even in low-light conditions.
  • Check the battery level: Ensure your camera has enough battery charge to function well at night. The low battery may interfere with the motion detection system.

By following these tips, you can quickly fix the motion detection issues for your Blink camera at night.

11. Low Voltage can also Hinder your Camera’s Motion Detection

When the voltage is too low, the camera may not have enough power to operate effectively. As a result, it may not detect motion accurately or at all. This issue can occur with both wired and wireless cameras, which can be frustrating and problematic for many users.

Fortunately, there are several measures you can take to prevent low voltage from affecting your camera’s motion detection capabilities. One of the most important steps is regularly checking the voltage levels of your camera’s power source. You can do it using a voltage meter or monitoring your camera’s power indicator light.

NOTE: Take necessary precautions, such as ensuring proper safety measures and following manufacturer guidelines, when checking camera power source voltage levels.

Checking the voltage levels of your camera's power source

Another helpful strategy is to ensure that you have installed the camera in a location free from interference or other sources of electrical noise. In addition, using a power supply with a higher output voltage can help to compensate for any voltage drop that may occur over time.

12. Factory Reset your Blink Camera

If nothing has worked for you to resolve this issue so far, factory resetting is the last resort you can count on.

Important

Factory resetting your Blink camera or Sync Module will erase all of its settings, so be prepared to set everything back up if you plan to add it back to your system.

Follow these simple steps to perform the factory reset:

  1. First of all, make sure your camera is powered ON. (You can’t hard reset it if the camera is OFF.)
  2. Locate the reset button on the bottom or the back side of the camera, depending on the model of your Blink camera.

Pro Tip

The exact location of the reset button may vary depending on the model of your Blink camera. Additionally, if you have a Blink Sync Module, you can reset it instead of resetting your cameras.

Factory Reset your Blink Camera
  1. Press and hold the reset button for 10-30 seconds.
  2. Release the button when the light on the camera turns off and then back on.
  3. The camera should now be back in its factory default mode.

To reset the Sync Module, locate the reset button on the module (next to the USB port), press it, and keep it down until the light turns red. It typically takes 30 seconds for the light to turn red.

Sync Module 2 Reset Button

13. Contact Blink Support

If you have tried all the basic fixes and your Blink camera is still not detecting motion, it might be time to contact Blink support.

Contact Blink Support

They are very responsive and can provide you with detailed help on how to fix the issue. You can contact Blink support in many ways, including phone, email, and live chat.

Before reaching out, ensure you have the necessary information, such as the model of your Blink camera, the firmware version, and any error codes or messages you may have received. It will help them diagnose the problem more accurately and provide you with a quicker resolution.

Keep in mind that Blink support is available 24/7, and they are always willing to help customers with any issues with their Blink cameras.

Proactive Measures for Preventing Motion Detection Issues on Blink Cameras

To prevent Blink camera motion detection issues from happening again in the future, there are a few tips for you:

  1. Ensure your Blink camera is installed correctly and positioned in a suitable location.
  2. Configure your camera’s motion sensitivity settings and activity zones.
  3. Keep your Blink camera up to date with the latest firmware updates. These updates often address issues related to motion detection and improve the camera’s overall performance.
  4. Clean the camera lens weekly to remove any dirt or debris that may affect motion detection.
  5. Avoid placing your camera in areas with extreme temperatures or directly exposed to sunlight, as this can affect its performance. Even if you are installing it outside, ensure to do it under a shade.

By following these simple actions, you can ensure that your Blink camera functions properly and detects motion accurately without any issues in the future.

Last Thoughts on Blink Camera Not Detecting Motion

In conclusion, Blink camera motion detection issues may be irritating. Still, with the appropriate troubleshooting procedures, you can quickly fix them and have your camera working correctly.

You can start by positioning the camera, arming it, changing the sensitivity, and keeping a strong WiFi connection; doing all of it will significantly enhance your camera’s motion detection.

To guarantee the best performance, update your camera’s firmware, check for obstacles in its line of sight, and monitor battery levels. If nothing works, contact Blink support.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is my Blink camera not Recording Sometimes?

Your Blink cam might be on Disarmed mode, all you have to do is to open the app, and you will find the “Armed/Disarmed toggle” at the bottom of the screen. Toggle it to “Armed,” and you are good to go.

How do I get my Blink Camera to detect Motion?

Ensure your camera system is Armed and enable motion detection by tapping the “Running man icon” on the camera tile; it will be blue when enabled.

What is the Blink camera Motion Detection Range?

According to Blink, most of their cameras have 20 feet detection range.

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Marc Ray

Marc Ray

Marc Ray, Founder of Domotics101.com. A tech enthusiast & expert in smart home technology, helping homeowners upgrade their homes with the latest smart home security & automation solutions. Marc has over 10 years of experience in smart home technology. He holds a certification in Home Automation Systems and has been featured in Hubspot. You can learn more about Marc and his work. Read his Book, Smart Home Hacks!

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  1. Thanks for this insightful article! I recently faced issues with my Blink camera not recording, and these troubleshooting tips were a lifesaver. Updating the firmware made a significant difference, and I appreciate the reminder to check the motion sensor calibration. Keep up the good work in providing helpful guides for smart home enthusiasts!

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