Motion Zones allow you to select a specific area that you want your Ring doorbell or security cam to cover and greatly increase the effectiveness of your Ring device.
Ring is always working toward improving your home security experience. Beginning October 2020, we began the rollout of a new feature for battery-powered devices called Adjustable Motion Zones. This has been a standard feature on wired Ring devices for some time, but it's now also an option for your battery-powered devices.
Read on to learn how set up your Motion Zones as well as some tips on making them more effective.
Configuring Motion Detection Settings
Visit the Ring app and select the device you'd like to configure the motion detection settings for and then tap Motion Settings.
How to Turn On Motion Alerts and Recording
Tap on the zones that you'd like to receive alerts for, then adjust the slider. Make sure that the zones you'd like enabled turn blue and say 'On' before clicking Save.
Tips: Making the Most of your Motion Settings
- Reselect your Motion Zones: When selecting your motion zones, note the potential paths people take to approach and reselect your motion zones to exclude areas where you very rarely see people such as behind locked gates, hedges, or walls.
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 Ring Alerts you receive:
- Motion Record: This is the master switch that turns your motion detection functions on and off.
- Motion Scheduling: The motion scheduling control will allow you to schedule brief interruptions in alerts (though not motion detection) triggered by a regular occurrence. For example, if you know your garbage always gets picked up between 7:30 and 7:45AM on Tuesdays, you can schedule your motion detection to turn off during that time.
- Important: During the time that motion alerts are disabled due to motion scheduling, you can’t turn on motion alerts manually without canceling the motion schedule.
- Optimizing motion detection: Motion detection can sometimes trigger false alerts because of large heat sources such as cars, the rising or setting sun, or reflections off a shiny object. To reduce the number of false alerts, you need to look at your motion zone the way your Ring does. That might mean removing shiny objects or angling the Ring itself to avoid the sun. You should also try to avoid having the camera pointed at the street, as passing cars may increase the number of false alerts.