Advanced Motion Detection in Ring devices

Ring devices use motion detection technology that activates when movement is detected within a certain distance of your device. Once motion is detected, you will receive a notification in your Ring app, and your device will start recording. 


All Ring devices feature Advanced Motion Detection, which lets you tailor motion detection for your home, increases accuracy and trims empty footage from recordings.

If you have a battery-powered Ring device and use Advanced Motion Detection (under Motion Settings > Advanced Settings in the Ring app), you will no longer see the option for Motion Verification in your Ring app. In addition, in battery-powered Ring devices the top 20% of the screen may not be viewable while editing/adjusting your motion zones.  

Smart Alerts

Smart Alerts let you choose whether your device records and sends notifications when it detects:

  • A person
  • Other motion

Consequently, if you choose to only be notified when a person is detected, you'll receive less unwanted notifications. This is a Ring Protect plan feature, only available to subscribers.


Motion zones in the Ring app 

Motion zones allow you to define a specific area that you want your Ring device to cover while ignoring everything outside of 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 unnecessary motion alerts, such as cars driving by. 

There are two types of motion zone:

  • Adjustable motion zones - battery-powered devices
  • Customisable Motion Zones - wired and battery-powered devices

Ring is always working toward improving your home security experience. Customisable Motion Zones have long been a standard feature on wired Ring devices, but now they're an option for all Ring customers using battery-powered devices.

To find out more about Customisable Motion Zones for battery-powered devices, click here.

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Adjustable motion zones Customisable Motion Zones


Adjustable motion zones for battery-powered devices

Adjustable motion zones are available with battery-powered Ring Video Doorbells and Security Cameras. This feature uses passive infrared (PIR) sensors to detect motion. By enabling you to adjust the sensitivity of your motion sensors, you can receive only the alerts you care about most.

Adjustable motion sensors work by identifying visitors based on a change in temperature, and sending a signal to your smart device. You can control the sensors' range and sensitivity in the Ring app which can also be optimized for low-power operations to save battery power. Each sensor detects about a third of the total coverage area, as can be seen in the image above.

Adjustable motion zones are available for all battery-powered devices:

  • Ring Video Doorbell
  • Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation)
  • Ring Video Doorbell 2
  • Ring Video Doorbell 3
  • Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
  • Ring Video Doorbell 4
  • Ring Door View Cam
  • Ring Stick Up Cam Battery and Plug-In
  • Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

For more control over your motion zones, you can switch to Customisable Motion Zones by turning on Advanced Motion Detection (under Motion Settings > Advanced Settings in the Ring app).

Customisable Motion Zones for wired and battery-powered devices

Customisable Motion Zones are available with all Ring Video Doorbells and Security Cameras, allowing you a greater degree of customisation.

This system's customisation options let you define up to three areas in the camera’s view to monitor. These motion zones allow you to define a specific area that you want your Ring to cover, while ignoring everything outside that area.

By drawing your motion zones to exclude high-frequency areas such as public paths and roads, you can reduce the number of "false positive" motion alerts (such as cars driving by) and greatly increase the effectiveness of your Ring device.

The image below depicts how custom ranges of motion detection can be drawn and selected.


My motion zones are active, but I am not receiving any alerts. What do I do?

If you are not receiving motion alerts, try the steps below:

  • Verify that your camera is picking up motion.
    • Review the ‘Event History’ on the dashboard to ensure that there is a record for motions that took place during that time.
  • If there is no record, your Ring device didn’t capture an event during that time.
    • Double-check motion settings using the above guide and ensure your motion zones are correctly set and optimised.
    • Make sure your device is connected to wifi via the Device Health option in the Ring app. 
  • Verify there is no Motion Schedule enabled during the time of the event.
    • You will see a clock icon next to your Ring device on the dashboard of the Ring app if there is an active Motion Schedule set to the current time.

If the above-mentioned solutions don't fix the problem, check the notification settings on your mobile device. 

Click here to troubleshoot alerts on iOS. 

Click here to troubleshoot alerts on Android.

I keep receiving false alerts from my Ring device when nothing is there. What can I do?

  • Check your motion zones in Motion Settings for your device to see if there is anything that may be triggering these alerts
  • Is your Ring device’s motion zone covering a busy street? You may need to customise the zone to exclude an area
  • Reduce your device’s Motion Sensitivity in Motion Settings
  • Turn on Smart Alerts in Motion Settings, and change your settings so you only get a notification when a person is detected (Note: This is a Ring Protect plan feature)

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