Ring Alarm Panic Button (1st Generation) Information

The Ring Alarm Panic Button is a way for Ring Alarm owners to instantly request emergency dispatch through their Ring Alarm system. Using a Ring Alarm Panic Button means that a call for help is only steps away.

The following article will answer frequently asked questions about the Ring Alarm Panic Button (1st Generation).

What is the Ring Alarm Panic Button?

The Ring Alarm Panic Button (1st Generation) is a compact, wall-mountable button which, when held for three seconds or more, will send a message to the Ring Alarm or Alarm Pro Base Station that help is needed. After receiving the signal from the Panic Button, the Ring Alarm or Alarm Pro Base Station will sound Ring Alarm's sirens. If you are subscribed to professional monitoring* and a Ring Protect Pro* plan, it will alert the monitoring center to ensure that an emergency response is dispatched to your home.

Will I summon the authorities if I test my Panic Button?

YES! If you have a Panic Button and test it without turning off professional monitoring,* you will trigger a panic alarm and bring the local authorities to your home! 

To test your Panic Button without summoning authorities, please follow these instructions:

First, put your Ring Alarm in self-monitored mode:

  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Monitoring.
  • Tap Monitoring Type.
  • Choose Self Monitoring.

Next, you can test your Panic Button by pressing the button.

When you press the button, the siren will sound. To turn off the siren, open the app and tap Disarm.

Once your test is complete, change your Ring Alarm back to professional monitoring.*

  • Tap Menu.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Tap Monitoring.
  • Tap Monitoring Type.
  • Choose Professional Monitoring.*

Do not use any other method to test your Ring Alarm Panic Button (1st Generation).

Can I add multiple Panic Buttons to my Ring Alarm?

Yes. Your Ring Alarm can support and connect multiple Panic Buttons.

Can the Panic Button be installed outside?

No. The Panic Button is designed for indoor use.

How is the Panic Button powered?

The Panic Button is powered using a lithium CR123A battery. Since the Panic Button has no power cord, that means it can be placed anywhere it's needed.

How long does the battery last?

The battery should last approximately three years.

Where can I purchase a Ring Alarm Panic Button?

Click here to purchase a Panic Button at Ring.com.

What are the dimensions of the Panic Button?

The Panic Button is 2.95 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter and 1.06 inches (2.7 cm) in height.

How far can the Panic Button be from the Base Station?

Your Panic Button should be placed within 250 feet of the Base Station. If necessary, you can use the Range Extender that was provided as part of your Alarm Security Kit.

What is the operating temperature for the Panic Button?

The battery has a temperature range of 32 degrees - 104 degrees Fahrenheit (0 - 40 degrees Celsius).

Can I use the Panic Button without a Ring Alarm?

No. The Panic Button will not operate without a Ring Alarm or Alarm Pro Base Station.

Where can I place the Panic Button?

You can place the Ring Alarm Panic Button in any area of your home where you want an option to trigger an alarm. This means you can mount it to the wall next to the bed, put it on the desk in an office, or place it in any other area of the home where you might want an extra bit of peace-of-mind. In the event of an emergency, you can sound the alarm and summon help.

How do I use the Panic Button?

In the event of an emergency, you must press and hold the button for three seconds. After holding the button for three seconds, the Panic Button sends the signal to the Ring Alarm or Alarm Pro Base Station. The siren sounds and the monitoring service is notified of the alarm condition if you have a Ring Protect Pro* subscription, and are enrolled in professional monitoring*).

Is there a Panic Button function on the Ring Alarm keypad?

Yes. On the Ring Keypad, press and hold the X and buttons for three seconds to trigger the Panic alarm.

Will the Panic Button set off the alarm whether or not the Ring Alarm is armed?

Yes. The Panic Button, when used to trigger the alarm, will result in an alarm no matter what mode the Ring Alarm is in.

How do I replace my Panic Button battery?

* Always insert replacement batteries correctly, matching the + (positive) and - (negative) symbols on the battery with the symbols on your Panic Button.

  1. Disarm your Ring Alarm.
  2. Remove the cover from the device by twisting the lid counter-clockwise.
  3. Carefully remove the old battery and insert the new battery (CR123A), taking care to match + and - symbols with the markings on your sensor.
  4. Replace the cover securely, twisting the cover on clockwise until it locks in place.


Learn more about replacing your Panic Button battery


* A compatible Ring Protect subscription is required to enroll in the Ring Alarm professional monitoring service. Professional monitoring service is available only within the U.S. (all 50 states, but not U.S. territories) and in Canada (excluding Quebec). Ring does not own its own professional monitoring center. Smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring is not available for a business or commercially zoned address. See Ring alarm licenses at: ring.com/licenses.​ Additional permit or false alarm fees may apply depending on your local jurisdiction. Additional charges may apply in areas that require permits or guard response service for alarm verification.

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