Utilising Customisable Motion Zones with your Ring Video Doorbell 4

Available for both battery-powered and wired Ring devices, Customisable Motion Zones allow you to define a specific area you want your Ring device to cover while ignoring everything outside that area. By selecting motion zones to cover only areas you want the Ring device to monitor, you can effectively monitor the area you want as well as reduce the number of “false positive” motion alerts (such as cars driving past).

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 4 and give you some tips in making them more effective.

Setting up Customisable Motion Zones for your Ring Video Doorbell 4

In order to set up your motion zones on your Ring Video Doorbell 4, follow these steps:

  • Tap the three lines on the top left of the screen
  • Tap Devices
  • Select your Ring Video Doorbell 4
  • Once you’re on the screen with the image of your device, tap Motion Settings
  • Then tap Edit Motion Zones
  • Tap Default Zone and adjust zone
  • Tap Done, then add up to 3 motion zones in total
  • Tap Save once finished



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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