Why is my Blink Camera Flashing Red? – [This Solution WORKS]

Marc Ray

by Marc Ray

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Why is my Blink Camera Flashing Red?

QUICK FIX

If you have recently noticed a flashing red light on your Blink camera, then there is a chance that your cam’s battery is low or it is having difficulty staying connected to your WiFi network. Try to replace the batteries or connect to a different, stronger wireless network to fix the issue!

If you own Blink security cameras, you’re well aware of the peace of mind it brings. This sleek, smart camera provides round-the-clock surveillance, ensuring your home remains as safe and secure as possible. But what does it mean when your Blink camera starts flashing red?

You might have observed this and wondered what it represents. Is it a signal that something is wrong with your camera? Is it about to die? Or is it just notifying you of something important? Worry not!

In this guide, I will demystify the red light issue on your Blink camera and provide all the answers you need to ensure the continued security of your home. So, sit back, relax, and unravel the mystery of the blinking red light together.

Why is my Blink Camera Flashing Red? (Main Causes)

It’s common to encounter a Blink camera flashing red, and I’ve learned that this can be due to several reasons.

  • Connectivity Issues: In my experience, the most common cause of a flashing red indicator is connectivity issues, where the Blink camera can’t establish a stable connection to the internet.
  • Initial Setup: Another common cause is the Blink camera being in the setup process. During setup, the camera will flash a red led light until it fully connects to your home network.
  • Motion Detection: Also, some Blink cameras with motion detection will flash a red light when they detect motion as an indication of working correctly.
  • Battery Issues: Low battery life can also cause the flashing red light, indicating it’s time to replace the batteries.

With that said, now let me get straight to the solutions!

1. Recharge your Blink Camera

You might face a low battery issue if you’ve noticed a red flashing light on your Blink camera.

Don’t worry! I’ve had this problem too, and here’s a simple guide on how I replaced batteries for my Blink camera.

You should know that most Blink cameras use AA batteries. Make sure to have a fresh set of Lithium non-rechargeable AA 1.5 volt Lithium batteries.

Now, let’s begin.

Replacing Blink camera batteries
  1. First, remove the older batteries from the camera by opening the back cover. (Be careful while doing this to avoid damaging any internal components.)
  2. After removing the old batteries, insert the new, fresh set of Lithium non-rechargeable AA batteries according to the indicated polarity.
  3. After doing so, close the back cover and make sure it is secure.

Your Blink camera will immediately stop flashing red and return to its normal state. Always keep an eye on the blinking red light because it usually indicates that it’s time to replace your Blink camera batteries.

And there you have it! That’s how I recharged my Blink camera!

2. Check if your WiFi Signals are strong enough?

Check if your WiFi Signals are strong enough

One of the reasons your Blink camera may be flashing red is due to a weak or inconsistent WiFi signal. It can prevent your camera from maintaining a stable connection, which is crucial for its proper functionality.

So, before panicking about a malfunctioning device, check if your WiFi signals are strong enough.

To begin with, find out how far away your camera is from your WiFi router. It’s essential to remember that various factors can affect your WiFi signal strength, such as walls, doors, or other electronic devices.

  • If your camera is too far away, try moving it closer or consider investing in a WiFi repeater or extender to strengthen your WiFi signal.
  • If feasible, you can also try to move the WiFi router to a more centralized location.

Another way to test your WiFi signals is by using a WiFi analyzer app from Apple App Store or the Google Play Store on your smartphone or tablet. It can help you determine the strength of your signals in the area where your camera is placed.

If your signal strength is low or inconsistent, you might want to consider changing your router’s channel to avoid interference with other nearby WiFi connections.

3. Fix your Home Wireless Network Issues

Fix your Home Wireless Network Issues

Other than WiFi signal strength, your home internet can also cause the issue.

To resolve this, one of the first things I did was check my home internet connection. Ensuring a stable and functioning internet connection is crucial for the seamless operation of your Blink camera.

  1. Grab your smartphone and disconnect it from your home wireless network, then reconnect it by manually entering your WiFi password.
  2. If the password works, it should also work for the Blink camera.
  3. Additionally, visit any speed testing websites and run a speed test using fast.com or speedtest.net to check the network speed and latency. If there are any issues, restart your WiFi router by unplugging it for 30 seconds before plugging it back in.

Another crucial step is to double-check your WiFi router settings. Ensure there are no blocked MAC addresses on your router, as this could prevent your Blink camera from connecting to the network.

To do this, refer to your router’s manual to find information on blocking and unblocking devices.

Remember

Older Blink devices may not connect if your network name has special characters like & or #, especially if your sync module serial number is lower than 2XX-200-200.

Lastly, deactivate any VPN during the camera setup process to prevent interference. Once you set up the camera correctly, enable the VPN again.

4. Disconnect and Reconnect the camera to your WiFi network

Disconnect and Reconnect the camera to your WiFi network

There is another solution for the camera blinking red light. You can try to disconnect and reconnect the camera to your WiFi network.

Follow these simple steps to reconnect your Blink camera to the WiFi network.

Important

Before you proceed, double-check if the WiFi router is working correctly and connected to the internet. You can test this by connecting any other device to the WiFi network and accessing the internet.

If your WiFi router has no issues, move to the next step.

  1. Open the Blink app on your smartphone and tap the settings icon next to the camera facing the issue.
Open the Blink app on your smartphone and tap the settings icon next to the camera facing the issue.
  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Delete Device.’ (It will remove the camera from your Blink account.)
  1. Next, tap on the ‘+’ icon (Add Device) on the home screen of the Blink app.
Next, tap on the '+' icon (Add Device) on the home screen of the Blink app.
  1. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your Blink Camera from scratch.
  2. During the setup, the app will ask you to select the WiFi network and input the WiFi password. (Make sure you choose a 2.4GHz network only.)

Once the camera connects to your WiFi network, the blinking light should ideally disappear.

5. Power Cycle your Blink Cam

Sometimes, despite trying all the possible solutions, your Blink camera might still flash red, making you wonder what else could be wrong.

It is when you should give power cycling a try. Power cycling refers to shutting off and restarting your electronic device to fix minor technical issues.

In the case of the Blink camera, it can be a helpful way to resolve the annoying camera flashes red light.

Start by turning off the camera.
  1. Start by turning off the camera. (If it’s a wired Blink camera, simply shut off power at the breaker box. For battery-operated cameras like the Blink Outdoor camera or Indoor camera, remove the batteries carefully.)
  2. Now, wait about a minute to ensure the device is completely shut down. (While waiting, it is a good idea to also restart your router.)
  3. After that, reconnect your camera to the power source or reinsert the batteries.

Turn your Blink camera back ON and check if the camera still flashes red. If no, congratulations! You’ve successfully fixed the issue through power cycling.

6. Check the sensors of your Blink Camera for Motion Detection

The motion detection feature also causes the flashing red light on Blink cameras, so you may have seen the light while it was encountering motion detection.

It is essential to ensure that the motion detection feature works correctly. It helps keep the home safe and secure by detecting any movement around the property.

To check the sensors of your Blink camera for motion detection, follow these simple steps:

  • Open the Blink app on your phone or tablet.
  • Select the camera you want to check for motion detection (or causing the blinking red light) from the list of available cameras in your system.

Now that you have your camera’s live view open, you can test the motion detection feature by following these steps:

  • Walk before the Blink camera or wave your hand to trigger the motion detection. Observe the camera’s LED light for a flashing red pattern. (It indicates that the motion detection has been activated and captured the movement.)
  • Check the Blink app for any newly recorded clips. If motion detection functions correctly, a new clip should be saved in the Clips section of the app, which can be easily found at the middle bottom of the screen showing the exact moment you triggered the motion detection. It confirms that your camera’s motion detection sensors are working as intended.
Checking motion detection clips on Blink app

If you have any issues or do not observe the flashing red LED or new clips in the app, you might need to adjust your camera’s motion detection settings or troubleshoot any connectivity issues.

7. Factory Reset your Blink Camera

Factory resetting (or hard resetting) your Blink camera is a straightforward process that will help you solve various issues, such as a red flashing light.

Caution

While doing the factory reset, the Blink camera will be restored to its original settings, meaning you will lose all your customizations. That is why it is crucial to try other troubleshooting techniques first. If those solutions don’t work, factory resetting your camera can be your last resort.

To factory reset your Blink camera, start by locating the reset button on the device. Depending on your camera model, you may find the reset button at the back or the bottom.

The reset button on some models will look like a tiny hole, while on others, it could look like a small and slightly protruding button. (Either way, you will need a paperclip, the end of an earring, or any thin and pointy object to access the reset button.)

Blink camera reset location

Once you identify the reset button, it’s time to perform the reset.

  1. Ensure that your camera is plugged in and powered on.
  2. Next, press and hold the reset button with your chosen object. (Keep holding it down for about ten seconds.)
  3. You will notice that the red flashing light will turn off, and the camera’s LED light will now blink blue several times, indicating that the factory reset is in progress.
  4. Once the reset is complete, the camera will reboot itself.
  5. At this point, you will have to reconfigure your camera settings since all your previous customizations are now gone.
  6. Use the original default settings as a starting point, and later adjust them to your specific needs.

Once you have reconfigured your camera settings, you can continue using it as you did before.

8. Contact Blink for Assistance

Contact Blink for Assistance

If you’ve tried all the possible fixes but found no solution, it is time to contact Blink customer care for assistance.

The support team is well-equipped to help you with any issues you might be facing with your Blink device. Feel free to contact them, as getting professional help can save you time and effort in resolving the issue.

To contact the support staff, you can either call their customer service hotline at 781-332-5465 or toll-free at 1 833-392-5465. Or submit a ticket. They can guide you through troubleshooting steps and help diagnose the exact problem your camera is experiencing.

If your Blink device is still under warranty, the support team might even arrange a repair or replacement.

Last Thoughts on Blink Camera Flashing Red

In conclusion, dealing with a flashing red light on your Blink camera can be frustrating, but it’s essential to identify the root cause of the problem to find the right solution.

Most often, it results from a weak Wi-Fi connection or low batteries, and troubleshooting these issues can usually restore the camera’s functionality. Remember, a solid internet connection and regular battery checks are crucial for maintaining a well-functioning Blink security system.

If you continue to experience issues with your Blink camera despite addressing the common causes, call Blink support for assistance. They can provide additional guidance and help you identify potential hardware or software issues.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is my Blink camera Flashing Red with new batteries?

It could be because the camera is disconnected from the Internet and trying to connect again, or the new batteries are low-quality.

How to turn OFF Red light on Blink Camera?

Find the “REC LED” switch on the bottom of your camera, close to the QR sticker. Use a tweezer or a small tool to switch it to the “OFF” position.

What do green and blue indicators on Blink Camera mean?

A solid green light means the camera is powered on and working correctly, while a solid blue light indicates that the camera is actively recording footage.

Why does my Blink Camera Blinks Red 5 Times?

It indicates that the batteries are low and need to be replaced.

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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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