Arming and Disarming Your Ring Devices with Alexa

If you are a Ring Alarm owner or camera-only user (including doorbells), you can change modes to arm or disarm with Alexa by using your voice. The following instructions will help you connect your compatible Echo device to your Ring Alarm or doorbell/camera and set up Alexa to arm and disarm your system with voice commands.

NOTE: You will need to select a 4-digit code in order to disarm your Ring Alarm and Ring doorbells or cameras using your voice. Once selected, the system can be voice-armed or disarmed by anyone who gives the command to Alexa with the four-digit code.

Use Alexa to Arm and Disarm Your Ring Devices

If you are new to Alexa, you must download and install the Amazon Alexa app onto your mobile device before you can arm and disarm with Alexa using your voice. Follow these steps for changing modes for your Ring Alarm or Ring doorbells and cameras with Alexa using your voice.

How to Arm and Disarm Your Ring Alarm with Alexa Using Your Voice

You can arm and disarm your Ring Alarm system by using your voice with your Alexa-enabled device. Follow these steps:

NOTE: By default, Ring Alarm users have modes (armed and disarmed) enabled.

  • Open the Alexa app.
  • Enable the Ring Alexa skill:
    • Check if your device is already set up.
    • Tap Try Discovery Again.
    • Ask, "Alexa, discover my devices."
    • Choose the option to get help connecting or contact customer service.
    • Tap Skills & Games on the main menu.
    • On the next screen, search for Ring in the search box. After you've found Ring, tap the Enable button.
    • Next, Alexa will ask you to sign into your Ring account. Doing so will link your Ring account to your Alexa account.
    • After signing in, Alexa will look for devices to connect. All of your Ring devices should appear and be connected to Alexa automatically. If you don't want Alexa to integrate with a particular Ring device, simply tap “Forget."
    • If none of your Ring devices appear automatically, you can:
  • After discovery, your device should appear as "<location> Ring" in the Alexa app. Next, you’ll need to set a passcode to disarm your device:
    • In the Alexa app, tap Devices then All Devices to view the list of your devices.
    • Select the device that you want to arm and disarm using your voice.
    • Under Settings toggle on "Disarm by Voice."
    • You will be prompted to setup a 4-digit passcode.

Once your Ring account is linked to Alexa per above steps, you can arm the Alarm by saying:
“Alexa, arm Ring.”

Once armed Alexa will respond with:
“Ring is armed in home/away mode.”

To check the status of your Alarm, say:
“Alexa, is Ring armed?”

To disarm your Ring Alarm, ask Alexa:
“Alexa, disarm Ring.”

Alexa will ask for your four-digit voice code. Once properly said, your Ring Alarm will disarm.

How to Arm and Disarm Your Doorbells or Cameras with Alexa Using Your Voice

If you are a Ring doorbell or camera-only user, you can also change modes with Alexa using your voice. This feature requires that you set a 4-digit passcode, just like the one you use to disarm your Ring Alarm with Alexa or when using the Ring Keypad.

Set Your Doorbell or Camera's Mode to Arm or Disarm Using Alexa Voice

  • Enable mode settings for your Ring doorbell or camera:
    • Open your Ring app and tap the main menu (three-lined icon).
    • Tap Settings, then Modes.
    • Scroll down and tap Enable Mode Settings for Cameras.
    • Tap Default Mode Settings or choose the option to Customize Mode Settings.
  • Next, open the Alexa app.
  • Enable the Ring Alexa skill:
    • Check if your device is already set up.
    • Tap Try Discovery Again.
    • Ask, "Alexa, discover my devices."
    • Choose the option to get help connecting or contact customer service.
    • Tap Skills & Games on the main menu.
    • On the next screen, search for Ring in the search box. After you've found Ring, tap the Enable button.
    • Next, Alexa will ask you to sign into your Ring account. Doing so will link your Ring account to your Alexa account.
    • After signing in, you'll be asked to discover devices. Tap the Discover Devices button. All of your Ring devices should appear and be connected to Alexa automatically. If you don't want Alexa to integrate with a particular Ring device, simply tap Forget on the right side.
    • If none of your Ring devices appear automatically, you can:
  • After discovery, your device should appear in the Alexa app. Next, you’ll need to set a passcode to disarm your device:
    • In the Alexa app, tap Devices then All Devices to view the list of your devices.
    • Select the device that you want to arm and disarm using your voice.
    • Under Settings toggle on "Disarm by Voice."
    • You will be prompted to set up a 4-digit passcode.
  • Say "Alexa, arm Ring" or "Alexa, disarm Ring" to change the mode for your doorbell or camera.
    • When disarming, you must say your voice passcode.
    • You can also say "Alexa, I'm leaving" or "Alexa, I'm home."

To learn more about using modes, click here.

Can I Track When My Alarm Is Armed and Disarmed?
Yes. Arming or disarming the Alarm will be registered as an event in the History screen in your Ring and Alexa apps.

Having Trouble with Ring Alarm and Alexa Guard?
Make sure Ring Alarm is linked in the Alexa Guard settings. Choose the Alexa Guard cell and then proceed to Alexa Guard settings. Select the Security System option and choose the Ring option to link.

How to Arm Ring Alarm Using an Alexa Routine

Follow these steps for setting up a routine.

  • Open the Alexa app on your mobile device.
  • Tap More in the bottom right corner.
  • Tap Routines.
  • Tap the plus sign in the top right corner to create a New Routine.
  • On the next screen, tap Enter Routine Name.
  • Type out a new Routine Name (Example- Arm Ring Alarm) and then tap Next.
  • Tap When This Happens and then tap Voice.
  • Type out the phrase that you’d like to use (Example- Alexa, Goodnight), and then tap Next.
  • On the next screen, tap Action in the top right corner.
  • Tap Add Action.
  • Tap Guard and then tap Next.
  • Test the routine by tapping the play button icon next to the routine name, or try using the Alexa phrase that you chose for the routine (Example- Say, “Alexa, goodnight”).

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