Understanding and optimising motion detection with the Motion Frequency setting

Motion Frequency is a user-accessible control that allows you to adjust your motion detection protocols to provide a balance between consistent notifications and preserving battery life.

This article will detail exactly what Motion Frequency is, and how you can best utilise it to optimise your Ring device's motion detection capabilities. 

Motion detection and the problem with traffic patterns

Your Ring device comes with a very powerful motion detection sensors that are constantly scanning the areas they've been set to monitor. Should they detect motion, they're designed to inform you by sending a motion notification to the Ring app on your mobile device. 

Problems arise, though, when the area being monitored is subject to repetitive motion within a relatively short span of time. For example, kids playing in your front yard may trigger your motion notifications over and over again as they continually criss-cross the area being monitored by your Ring device. In addition to creating an unwanted series of false notifications, too many false notifications can run down the battery in battery-operated Ring devices.

It's exactly this sort of situation that the Motion Frequency algorithm was designed to alleviate. 

The Motion Frequency algorithm

Ring's Motion Frequency 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 notifications you'll get from the same set of stimuli. The more time a repetitive pattern of motion continues, the longer the time between subsequent motion notifications. 

Motion Frequency controls

The Motion Frequency controls (found under the Motion Settings in your Ring app) are used to adjust the Motion Frequency algorithm based on the individual circumstances of your monitored area. Motion Frequency controls have three settings that can be changed at will and are useful under a variety of conditions.

  • Frequent: Your Ring device always stays active and will capture all events. This option has the shortest battery life.
  • Regularly: Captures and notifies you about motions less often, taking a short break after each motion notification. This option has standard battery life. We recommend starting here if you are unsure of which option to choose.
  • Periodically: Captures and notifies you about motion even less often, taking a longer break after each motion notification. This option has maximum battery life.


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