Control All your Ring Cameras with Modes

As your home security system grows, you’ll be able to use Modes to control the behaviour of your Cameras and Ring Alarm. This article answers commonly asked questions about modes and teaches you how to use them to better control your system. 

If you want more general information about Ring Security Cameras, click here.

What are Modes?

Modes are settings in the Ring app that can control the behaviour of all of your Ring devices. It’s an expansion of the “Modes” concept used by Ring Alarm. The idea is to configure your cameras to protect your home in different ways, depending on your current needs. For instance, if you are 

staying in for the night you can set your indoor devices to 'Disarmed' and your outdoor devices to 'Home'. Your indoor movements won't trigger motion detection, while your Video Doorbell and Security Cameras outside will still alert you if motion is detected. Then, all of your devices, including Ring Alarm if you have one, will work as a single ecosystem with one tap of a button. 

Click here for more information on using Ring Alarm modes.

Three different modes are available to control the state of your home: Disarmed, Home and Away. Your system will start in Away Mode. 

  • Disarmed: Select Disarmed Mode when you’re at home and want the freedom to go in and out of your house easily. 
    • You can decide whether or not each of your cameras detects motion.
      • For example, you can turn off the motion detectors on all of your front yard cameras to avoid getting alerts while you’re at home.   
    • For Ring Alarm users: When Disarmed Mode is selected, no Alarm sensors in your home will be armed and no alerts will be sent to the monitoring station, but the system will still be powered on and functioning. Fire and CO sensors (if they are attached to the system) will still be monitored.
  • Home Mode: Select Home Mode when you want the outside cameras of your house activated, but want to be able to move freely around the inside of your home.
    • You can decide whether or not each of your camera detects motion. 
    • For Ring Alarm Users: In Home Mode, only certain sensors will be armed. You can control which sensors will be monitored in Home mode by visiting Mode Settings in the Ring app. 
  • Away Mode: Select Away Mode to fully secure your house when you leave. You can set all of your cameras, both inside and out, to record your home in this mode.
    • You can decide whether or not each of your cameras detects motion. 
    • For Ring Alarm users: When Away Mode is turned on, all of your sensors will be armed and an alert will be issued if any of them detect a security issue.
      • You can also control which sensors will be monitored in Away mode by visiting Mode Settings in the Ring app.

Note: You are not forced to use any default setting as-is. Each part of these settings is customisable depending on your needs and preferences. Each device also has mode controls that can be set individually, that can be accessed from the Device Dashboard.

How do I configure Modes?

There is a global control that lets you configure all of your devices at once. To get to this control, follow these instructions:

  • Open the Ring app.
  • Tap the three-lined icon in the upper-right corner to open the side menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Enable Modes.
  • Tap the mode you want to configure.
  • Set how you want your devices to behave in that mode

How do I disable Modes?

  • Open the Ring app.
  • Tap the three-lined icon in the upper-right corner to open the side menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • On the Modes page you will see Mode Settings.
  • The Disable Modes function is below Shared User Access.
    • You may have to scroll up to see the Disable Modes setting.
  • Tap the red Disable Modes button on the bottom of the screen.

 

Join Our Community

Share feature requests, get help, and discuss the latest in security with your fellow users on Ring's first community forum.

disabled_new Hi there, chat is available Monday - Sunday 7AM - 7PM BST.