To share access to your Blink camera system, first establish a Blink account and complete the setup of all cameras and sync modules within that account. Sharing Blink camera access is simple: provide the same Blink account login credentials to any other device. For optimal security and ease of camera access sharing, remember that one Blink account can support up to 100 devices.
Do you want to share your Blink camera access with your trusted friends and family, so they can also keep an eye on your house?
Well, using the Blink mobile app, doing so is not so easy, and it is pretty annoying. The Blink team has not worked on it, so I had to find a workaround.
In this guide, I will walk you through the ins and outs of sharing Blink camera access, ensuring that your home and loved ones are always under the watchful eye of people who genuinely care.
Sharing the camera access with your loved ones is always necessary so more eyes will monitor your home.
And unfortunately, Blink has not allowed its consumers the opportunity to add multiple users.
I found that there is only one way you can share the access.
I have six Blink cameras, and I have connected all of them to a single Sync module in my account; you have to do the same.
Follow these steps:
- Install the Blink app and create an account using an email address and password. (Let’s call this the Primary account.)
- Once you have made the primary account, set up the Blink sync module in that account.
- Add all the Cameras to that account and then connect them to the Sync module.
Now that you have created the primary account and all cameras and sync modules are connected, you are good to go to the next step.
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Grab other phones you want to share the Blink camera access with. For example, grab your wife’s or children’s phones and install the Blink app on them.
Once the app asks for login, simply use the primary account credentials and log in with the same account. You won’t have to go through all the setting up procedures again.
Upon the initial sign-in, Blink will send an SMS verification code to the primary account’s linked phone number for security purposes.
Once you enter the code on the secondary device, you will be granted access to the Blink cameras. Now this secondary device can also view and manage all connected devices via Blink account settings.
This verification procedure ensures that only those you trust can access and monitor your cameras, giving you peace of mind about the security of your home.
That way, all the phones you log in to the primary account will have access to all the Blink Cameras. They can access all Blink features, like live viewing, adding/removing cameras, arming/disarming, etc.
When you log in to the primary account on multiple devices, you can easily grant them permanent access by checking the “Trust this device” box while logging in. Doing so will give the device permanent access to your Blink cameras without asking for re-verification in the future.
It is handy if multiple users access the cameras daily, allowing seamless entry without requiring manual intervention every time.
In case you change the password of your primary Blink account, the “Trust this device” option will appear again at the next login, requiring the user to trust the device again.
This added layer of security helps maintain privacy and control over who can access your Blink cameras while allowing trusted devices to have seamless access.
By trusting a device for future access, you can maintain efficient monitoring and management of your Blink cameras, creating a secure and convenient setup for your home security system.
Another important thing you need to consider while sharing your Blink access with others is the limitations the Blink company provides.
The Blink app allows users to log in to a single account on a maximum of 100 devices.
Although I am sure you will never share your login to 100 different devices, if you do so in any weird situation, you will be facing issues if you want to share access to more than 100 devices.
Keep these device limitations in mind as you manage your Blink Camera access and decide on sharing access with others.
Unfortunately, this isn’t possible through the Blink system
If you want to share the access for only one camera, you can do that with a workaround, but it is a bit technical.
Pre-Requisite: Deleting Camera from Old Blink Account
You must first delete the camera from the old Blink account. This is because you cannot add a camera to a new account if it is already linked to an existing account.
You will be required another phone number to create a new account, so follow these steps:
- Log out of your current Blink account, and create a new one.
- Add the camera/cameras you want to share in this account with a sync module.
- Now you can share the login credentials of this new account with only the cameras you want to share.
But the issue is you will have to log in and log out between both of your Blink accounts to access different cameras, which can be quite frustrating.
So the solution is to download an app cloner that can clone your Blink app so that you can log in to both accounts simultaneously. Follow these steps:
- Download and Install: Get an App Cloner from Android or iPhone.
- Open and Add: Open the Cloner app, look for “Add” or “Clone,” then select the Blink app.
- Log In: Use your new account’s login details to access the Blink app within the cloner.
This method works on both iOS and Android devices, allowing you to manage accounts and access the shared camera conveniently.
That is it, and now you can use the original Blink app to monitor your main cameras and use the cloned version inside the parallel app to access the shared camera.
I know this process is quite confusing, but this is the only workaround I have found after researching!
As the primary account holder, when you share your email and password with a new user, it is essential to verify their mobile device.
As I have mentioned before, to allow a new user to access your Blink camera system, you must provide them with the PIN code sent to my phone. Once they have entered the code in the Blink app, Blink will verify their device, and they will gain full access to the camera system.
This way, they can all monitor your property and receive instant alerts about any security concerns while maintaining the flexibility to add or remove authorized users as needed.
You can manage all the devices and view the devices’ names from the primary account. To do that, follow these steps:
- Open the Blink mobile app.
- Go to “Settings” from the bottom right corner of the app.
- Go to “Account and Privacy.”
- Tap on “Manage Mobile Devices” from the “Privacy Settings” section.
- Blink will send a 6-digit code to the primary account’s attached phone number. Enter the code, and you can access the Manage Mobile Devices section.
- From there, you can see all the devices logged in to your Blink account.
This feature allows you (the primary account holder) to manage all devices with your login credentials.
As the primary account owner of Blink security system, there comes a time when you may need to revoke someone’s access to my cameras.
It could be due to a change in circumstances or simply a desire for more privacy.
Thankfully, doing so is an easy process that you can handle right from the Blink app on your mobile device.
- Open the Blink app and go to “Manage Mobile Devices,” as I have discussed above.
- Blink will send you the verification code to ensure you are the primary account’s original owner.
- After inputting the verification code, you will see a list of all devices with access to your Blink account.
- You can also see which devices have used your cameras in the last 30 days and which devices didn’t.
- Simply find the device you wish to remove access from and tap on “Delete Icon” next to its name.
- The user of the removed device will then be logged out of your account and will need to go through the multi-factor authentication process if they would like to regain access in the future.
This feature allows Blink camera owners to control who can view their Blink cameras while keeping their accounts secure.
You must understand the potential risks associated with sharing our Blink camera access.
There might be privacy concerns or unintended misuse of the access by the person you share it with.
- They may accidentally change settings or compromise the security of your account.
- They may accidentally disarm the security system. (To understand the importance of Arming or Disarming the camera, read our guide here: What is Blink Arming and Disarming?)
- They may remove the camera or sync module from the app without you knowing.
- Someone with wrong intentions might have eyes on you 24/7.
- A person might access your accounts on other websites if you are using the same credentials for different platforms, such as Facebook, Gmail, etc.
That is why you should be careful in selecting the people you trust with your Blink camera access and ensure they understand the importance of maintaining the security and privacy of your home.
By being cautious and vigilantly monitoring the access you share, you can ensure a safer and more secure environment for your home through our Blink cameras.
This sharing method of Blink security system comes with numerous disadvantages, so I prioritize Wyze or Ring security systems over Blink.
Here are a few of the cons of Blink account sharing:
- One potential drawback of adding your primary account credentials to someone else’s phone is the risk of unauthorized access and potential privacy breaches.
- By providing your login information, you might unknowingly make yourself vulnerable to someone else’s misuse of your account or access to your personal information.
- It could lead to unwanted consequences, such as unauthorized changes to your camera settings or even the deletion of important footage.
- Another concern is the possibility of the other person’s device being compromised or lost. (In that case, you must quickly act and delete the device from the device management section of the app.)
- If their phone falls into the wrong hands or is infected with malware, your account could also be at risk. It may result in a higher likelihood of exposing sensitive data, which can be especially problematic if your Blink cameras monitor areas with high privacy expectations, such as the inside of your home.
- In essence, granting access to your primary account through someone else’s device could negate the security benefits of your Blink camera system.
Now you know it is your responsibility to share your account credentials with only those you trust.
“Can you share Blink camera access?” is a frequently asked question by users looking to grant others access to their Blink security cameras.
In conclusion, sharing your Blink camera with family and friends may provide security and peace of mind. I have discussed the only possible way to share Blink camera access.
Blink will likely provide additional sharing methods in the future, but for now, this is the only way you can do so. It comes with its own risks and cons, which you must keep in mind while sharing your account credentials.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, you can do it with the help of 3rd party apps on the Android platform. I found the app called 2Accounts helpful with that. Simply install the app from Play Store, open it, and enable the Blink app to have its clone installed on your phone. Now you can log in to 2 Blink accounts on a single phone.
Open the Blink app and select the video clip you want to share. Tap the share icon in the top-left corner and select the platform you want to share it on.
Simply log in to the other phone with the same credentials you use on your current phone, and your account will be linked to the new phone.
If you have logged in to your primary account on multiple devices, you can live view the cameras on either device. But you can only live view on a single device at a time for some reason.