Grouping Multiple Smart Lights in the Ring App

One of the most powerful ways to use your Ring lights and cameras is to group them together using the "Groups" function in the Ring app. Grouping your Smart Lights allows them to react intelligently to events that happen on your property. You can, for example, turn on all the lights on one side of the house when any single Smart Light device or Cam in that group detects motion. You can also turn on and off and control large numbers of Smart Lights without having to use them individually.

Note: You will need a Ring Bridge to place Smart Lights in a Group.

The remainder of this article will provide all the information you need to understand how Groups work.

Click here for information on setting up and controlling your Groups.

Can I put any Ring device into a group?

 

No. Currently, only the following Ring devices can be added to a Group:

  • Ring Spotlight Cam Wired
  • Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
  • Ring Floodlight Cam
  • Ring Steplights
  • Ring Pathlights
  • Ring Floodlight Wired
  • Ring Floodlight Battery
  • Ring Spotlight
  • Ring Motion Sensor

As this capability is extended to more Ring devices we will inform our neighbors on Ring.com

Note: You will need a Ring Bridge to place Smart Lights in a Group.

Can I add a device to multiple Groups?

 

No. Any single device can only be in one Group at a time. 

How many devices can I have in a single Group?

 

A single Smart Lights Bridge can have up to 50 Smart Lights attached to it. All of them may be placed in a single Groups

Will I need a Smart Lights Bridge to use Groups?

 

Yes. You will need a Smart Lights Bridge to connect and control Ring Smart Lighting with the Ring App. Features like Groups, Linked Devices, and other setting adjustments rely on the bridge to translate WiFi signals to the lights on their long-range network.

Note: The Bridge itself does not have to be added to a Group.

What kind of things can I set up Groups to do?

 

The ways you can use Groups are limited only by the property where you deploy them and your imagination. In terms of actual functions, you can set up Groups to:

  • Automatically activate all the Smart Lights in a Group to turn on whenever one member of the Group detects motion.
  • Manually disable specific Smart Lights in a Group to not turn on when they detect motion.
  • Automatically activate all members of a Group when a Ring Alarm is in entry delay or when the Alarm is going off.
  • Manually turn on or turn off all the Smart Lights or Cams in a Group at the same time and set how long they'll remain on.
  • Set how long the lights will remain on a device in the group detects motion from 30 seconds to two minutes.

Note: While Groups can be set to be triggered by Ring Alarms, Ring Alarms themselves cannot be placed in a Group.

Can I share control of Groups with other people on my Ring app?

 

Yes. The amount of control they have over the Group depends on their Role. The abilities each Role has are listed below:

  • Owner: In addition to being able to view cameras and view and share videos,  the Owner can also add new Users, create or eliminate Groups, add or eliminate devices from a Group, adjust Group settings, and grant access to Shared Users and Guest Users. Owners can also can also manually turn Groups on and off and determine how long they stay on as well as disabling individual lights within a Group so they don't activate when motion is detected.
  • Shared User: A Shared User cannot change Group settings, but can view cameras and view and share videos (Access to particular devices within a Group can be granted or taken away by the Owner.) Shared Users can also can also manually turn Groups on and off and determine how long they stay on as well as disabling individual lights within a Group so they don't activate when motion is detected.
  • Guest User: Guest Users cannot access Group controls.

Click here to learn more about Users and Roles.

Can I still control individual devices even after they've been added to a Group?

 

Yes for certain devices. When in a Group, however, Ring Smart Lights can only be controlled from the Group level.

If there is a problem with an individual member of a Group, will the Ring app let me know?

 

Yes. The status of each member of a Group will be available in the Group's page. The page will let you know when:

  • An individual light is on or off.
  • An individual device is offline.
  • The battery in a battery-operated device is low.
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