Utilising Customisable Motion Zones with your Ring Video Doorbell (1st Generation)

Available for both battery-powered and wired Ring devices, Customisable Motion Zones allow you to draw different shapes to define the areas you want your doorbell or camera to monitor.

Note: Customisable Motion Zones have been a standard feature on wired Ring devices for some time, but more recently they became available for battery-powered devices.

They replaced adjustable motion zones, which allow you to choose from pre-selected zones and adjust the motion sensitivity in them.


Customisable Motion Zones allow you to draw different shapes that are more dynamic than adjustable motion zones. You can add up to three different motion zones.


This article will help you set up your Customisable Motion Zones in the Ring Video Doorbell and give you some tips in making them more effective.

Setting up Customisable Motion Zones for your Ring Video Doorbell

In order to set up your motion zones on your Ring Video Doorbell, follow these steps:

  • Open the Ring application, and select your Ring Video Doorbell
  • Tap Motion Settings
  • Tap Edit Motion Zones
  • Create up to three zones and select the areas you want your Ring device to monitor

Note: When adjusting your motion zones, ensure that busy streets do not intersect with your zones.

Pro tips: Making the most of your motion zones

Look for high traffic areas: When adjusting your motion zones, take note of any high traffic areas, such as busy streets. If you receive too many motion alerts from your Ring device, you may have to adjust the motion zones so they don't include these areas.

Get familiar with the Motion Settings control in your Ring app: In addition to the motion zones control, there are two other tools there that can help you adjust the number of motion alerts you receive:

  • Motion Scheduling: The motion scheduling control allows you to schedule coverage to avoid receiving alerts triggered by a regular occurrence. For example, if you know your garbage always gets picked up between 7:30 AM and 7:45 AM on Tuesdays, you can schedule your motion detection to turn off during that time.
    • While you have a Motion Schedule active, you will not be able to turn on your Motion Notifications (during the time the Motion Schedule is set to turn them off). You will have to disable the Motion Schedule to enable the Motion Notifications for that time again.
    • If you set up a Motion Schedule, you will not receive an notification during your selected time frame, but the Ring device will still record.
  • Motion Frequency: Motion Frequency allows you to tweak your motion detection protocols to provide a balance between consistent alerts and preserving battery life. Ring's Smart Alert algorithm is an internal program that runs inside of your Ring device. It analyses the traffic patterns of detected motions, looking for repetitive patterns. When it detects such a pattern, it essentially "sleeps" your device for a certain period of time, cutting down the number of motion alerts you'll get from the same set of stimuli. The more times a repetitive pattern of motion continues, the longer the time between issuing motion alerts. There are three settings to choose from:
    • Frequently: Motion detection always stays active, shortest battery life.
    • Regularly: Motion detection takes a short break after each Motion Alert. Medium battery life.
    • Periodically: Motion detection takes a longer break after each alert. Maximum battery life. 

For more information on Motion Frequency, please click here.

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