How to Tell if Blink Camera is Recording? (Solved)

Marc Ray

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All Blink camera models have a LED light indicator that lights up when they are recording. If you see a blue light while walking in front of the camera, it is recording. However, you can turn OFF the LED indicator manually. So, always keep it turned ON.

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All Blink camera models have a LED light indicator that lights up when they are recording. If you see a blue light while walking in front of the camera, it is recording. However, you can turn OFF the LED indicator manually. So, always keep it turned ON.

Are you unsure about your Blink camera? Is it recording or not? Well, you are not alone!

In today’s world of increasing crime rates and growing reliance on various security devices, knowing that your equipment works as expected is essential. That is exactly why we buy “Smart” security cameras, to achieve this inner peace!

In this article, I will guide you on determining whether or not your Blink Camera is recording. So, you can stop stressing and instead concentrate on the things that are important to you.

How to Tell if Blink Camera is Recording?

Blink cameras come with a status LED light; the location of it may vary on different camera models!

  • 1st Gen Indoor Blink Cameras has the status LED located on the center-right side, as you can see in the image below.
1st Gen Indoor Blink Cameras has the status LED located on the center-right side, as you can see in the image below.
  • XT2/XT Blink Cameras has the status LED located on the right side of the camera lens.
XT2/XT Blink Cameras has the status LED located on the right side of the camera lens.
  • 3rd gen Indoor/Outdoor Cameras has the status LED located on the center-left side of the camera lens.
3rd gen Indoor/Outdoor Cameras has the status LED located on the center-left side of the camera lens.
  • Blink mini cameras have the status LED on the center-right side of the lens.
Blink mini cameras has the status LED located on the center-right side of the camera lens.

When the camera is recording and someone walks into the camera’s activity zone, the blue LED will be displayed, clearly indicating the device’s functionality.

But you may have to go through a few settings changes for the camera to work like this.

Let’s do it step by step!

Step 1: Ensure the blue LED status light is Enabled

First of all, ensure you have enabled the status light on your Blink cameras.

Here are the steps for all of the Blink outdoor, indoor, and mini cameras (with images):

  1. Open the Blink app on your phone.
  2. Tap on the camera settings icon.
Select your desired camera and tap on its settings
  1. Under Device Settings, tap on “General Settings”
Under Device Settings, tap on General Settings
  1. Find the “Status LED” option.
Under General Settings, tap on Status LED
  1. Select “When Recording” from the available options.
Select "When Recording" from the available options.

How to control the status light on Blink XT and XT2 models?

You have to do it manually. Remove the back cover, and near the battery compartment, you will see a tiny switch saying “REC. LED” Use a tweezer or a similar tool and slide this switch toward the ON position.

Animated guide showing the steps to activate the camera LED indicator on Blink XT and XT2 models

Important

The Status LED will not indicate 24/7 but will only work once the camera detects motion. Only the Blink mini on “Always On” settings will display a “Green light” while the camera is getting ready to use and will show a “Blue light” once it detects motion.

Step 2: Arm your Blink Camera System and Turn ON the Motion Detection

Ensure your Blink camera’s motion detection feature is enabled and your system is armed.

Open the Blink app and toggle from Disarmed” to “Armed at the bottom of the screen. Then, tap on the running man icon to turn on motion detection.

Open the Blink app and toggle from "Disarmed" to "Armed" at the bottom of the screen. Then, tap on the running man icon to turn on motion detection.

Also, ensure you have properly adjusted the “Motion Sensitivity” and the “Activity Zones.”

Ensure you have properly adjusted the "Motion Sensitivity" and the "Activity Zones."

That is it! Now your Blink security system is Armed, and you have enabled the camera to record motion events.

Step 3: Walk in front of the camera to test Motion Detection

To test if motion detection is working, simply walk within your camera’s field of view and observe if the blue light comes ON.

To test if Motion Detection is working or not, simply walk within your camera's field of view and observe if the blue light comes ON.

If it does, you can rest assured that your camera is functioning correctly and recording events as intended.

You will also receive alerts and motion recordings on your mobile device.

Step 4: Check the Blink app for Recorded Footage

The last step is to check your phone for recorded video footage.

If you have a Blink subscription, you will see a cloud tab; or if you use a sync module with local storage, you will see a local storage tab.

Here are the steps (with images):

  1. Open the Blink app.
  2. Tap “Clips” at the bottom of the app screen.
Tap "Clips" at the bottom of the app screen.
  1. Simply go to the “Cloud” if you have a subscription or “Local storage” (In my case: Downstairs) if you are using a sync module to record events on local storage.
  2. The most recent recorded clip will be on the top; simply tap on it to play it.
Simply go to the "Cloud" if you have a subscription or "Local storage" (In my case: Downstairs) if you are using a sync module to record events on local storage.

If you see recent clips that match your movements or sounds detected in the camera’s surroundings, it indicates that your Blink camera is recording.

Remember that these clips are usually stored for 60 days if you have a Blink subscription, so check the app regularly to ensure your camera is recording when needed.

Understand the difference between Motion Detection vs. Continous Recording Cameras

If you are wondering why the Blink cameras only show the status light when it detects the motion and why not 24/7? Here is a simple explanation.

NOTE

Blink cameras do not record continuously, but it stores tiny clips only when it detects motion!

Understanding the differences between motion detection and continuous recording cameras is essential, so you can decide which Blink security camera best suits your needs.

Motion Detection Cameras: Blink and Ring like cameras only record when they detect movement through their Passive Infrared (PIR) sensing technology. This approach is ideal for many homeowners, as it's more cost-effective and requires less storage space compared to continuous recording cameras.

Continuous Recording Cameras: On the other hand, cameras like Nest, Arlo, and Wyze, record 24/7, which can offer some added peace of mind - but they come with higher costs and require larger cloud-storage subscription plans.
  • Motion Detection Cameras: Blink and Ring like cameras only record when they detect movement through their Passive Infrared (PIR) sensing technology. This approach is ideal for many homeowners, as it’s more cost-effective and requires less storage space compared to continuous recording cameras.
  • Continuous Recording Cameras: On the other hand, cameras like Nest, Arlo, and Wyze record 24/7, which can offer some added peace of mind – but they come with higher costs and require larger cloud-storage subscription plans.

Ultimately, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of each type of camera is crucial to determine what suits your home security needs best.

How to Stop Blink Camera from Recording Footage?

If you want to pause or stop your Blink cameras from recording, you can do it using different methods.

  • To disable all the cameras at once: The most straightforward way is to “Disarm” your Blink security system. This will disable all the cameras on a single system or sync module.
To disable all the cameras at once: The most straightforward way is to "Disarm" your Blink security system. This will disable all the cameras on a single system or sync module.
  • To disable a specific camera from the recording: Just tap the “Running man” icon on that camera tile, so the motion detection for that particular camera will be turned off.
To disable a specific camera from the recording: Just tap the "Running man" icon on that camera tile, so the motion detection for that particular camera will be turned off.

Final Thoughts on How to Tell if Blink Camera is Recording

To conclude, if you are unsure whether your Blink camera is recording, you can simply walk into its field of view and see the status light turns Blue; if it does, it is surely recording. However, you must ensure that your Blink security system is Armed and that motion detection is enabled.

The LED status light will not be on 24/7 and will only light up when it detects motion, so you must walk in front of it to see the action.

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Marc Ray

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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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