Ring Alarm Motion Detector - Setup and Use

The Ring Alarm Motion Detector is designed to monitor a room or area inside your home for heat and movement. When armed, the Motion detector will trigger your Ring Alarm when heat and movement are detected. 


Motion Detector Features

  • CUSTOMISABLE, PET-FRIENDLY SETTINGS: You can customize motion detection settings to help you avoid false alarms. This is important, especially if you have pets.
  • ARMED MODES: By default your Ring Alarm Motion Detectors are only armed when using Away Mode.
  • INSTALLATION:  Motion Detectors should be installed on a wall or corner inside your home, +- 17cm from the floor.
  • ENTRY DELAY: If your Motion Detector Placement is set to Entryway, you can customize an Entry Delay that gives you time to Disarm your Ring Alarm.
  • BYPASS SENSORS: If a Motion Detector is offline at the time of arming, you can bypass the Motion Detector to leave it unarmed.
  • ALEXA ROUTINES: Use your Motion Detectors to trigger Alexa routines.
  • ALERTS AND HISTORY: Get alerts when Motion is detected, and review motion detection history in the app.

Additional Motion Detector Specifications:

Motion_Detector_1.png Motion Detector 
  • Uses 1 CR123a 3V battery
  • Mounts in a corner or flat on the wall
  • 90 degree horizontal field of view
  • Uses Z-Wave to communicate with the Base Station
  • Requires the Ring Alarm Base Station
  • Should be mounted +- 17cm above the floor


Motion Detector Placement Settings

  • Room - For use in rooms that do not have or face entry doors. With this setting, Ring Alarm will sound immediately when motion is detected when armed. (No entry delay is available with this setting.)
  • Entryway - For use in rooms, hallways, and other areas where your Main Doors are within the range of view. When Arming in Away mode, you have a customisable Exit Delay that allows you to exit as well as an entry delay that gives you time to enter and disarm Ring Alarm. 

Where should you install your Motion Detectors?

  • Front and back entryways
  • Basements with outside access
  • Hallways
  • Rooms with multiple access points

Where should you avoid using a Motion Detector?

  • Don’t use it outdoors or in environments with extreme hot or cold temperatures
  • Don’t aim at heaters, furnaces, and air vents.
  • Don’t aim Motion Detectors towards windows
  • Don’t use around very large pets (learn more about pets and sensitivity)
  • Don’t use inside detached garages, warehouses or sheds. Sensors should always be used in the same building as the Base Station.


Motion Detector Setup

How to setup and install a Motion Detector:

  1. Make sure your Ring Alarm is disarmed.
  2. In the Ring app, tap Menu, then tap Set Up a Device, then tap Security Devices, then tap Sensors, and tap Motion Detector.
  3. Follow the in-app instructions to complete setup. 
  4. Install the device in your home.
    Install the included mounting bracket onto the back of the Motion Detector.
    Ensure the mounting surface is clean and dry before peeling the backing off of the adhesive strip.
  5. The Motion Detector should be installed at the correct height to provide the best coverage. 
    -- Motion Detector should be installed at 17cm high
  6. Firmly press and hold the Motion Detector into place to ensure it is securely mounted.


How do I replace my Motion Detector battery?


Motion Detector 

  1. Disarm your Ring Alarm.
  2. Remove the cover from the device by pressing down on the tab located on the top of the device.
  3. Remove the old battery, insert a new one, and then put the cover back on the device.


Having issues with your Motion Detector? 

Troubleshooting your Motion Detector (1st generation)

Ring Alarm Motion Detector Settings


Additional Resources:



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.