Understanding Privacy Zones

If your camera’s field-of-view includes areas that you’d like to exclude from Live View or video recording, such as a neighbor’s apartment door, you can use privacy zones to black out these areas.

This article will answer commonly asked questions concerning privacy zones.

What is a privacy zone?
A privacy zone is an area within your Ring device camera's field-of-view that you can define as off-limits. The Ring app won't display anything in that area in Live View and that area won't be video recorded.

Why would I use a privacy zone?
Privacy zones are designed to allow you to designate an area in your Ring device camera’s field of view as off-limits, so as to help you control what you want to see or record. You may, for example, cover your neighbor's apartment door with a privacy zone. You can also black out a neighbor’s window.

What do privacy zones look like on the Ring app or in a video recording?
Privacy zones appear as black rectangles in the Ring app and on video. As you can see in the image below, the door has a privacy zone around it.


How many privacy zones can I create?
You can create up to two (2) privacy zones.

If something happens in a privacy zone that I need to see, can those images be recovered?
No. The privacy zone is literally a dead zone in the image production process of the camera. Nothing that happens in them can be viewed or recovered.

What's the smallest privacy zone I can create?
Each privacy zone has a minimum size of approximately 15% of the screen.

Can I draw privacy zones in a particular shape?
No. Privacy zones can only be rectangular.

If I move my device, for example, change its orientation or (for a Peephole Cam) open the door, will the privacy zone stay where it is?
No. If you change your device's field of view orientation, it will change what area the privacy zone covers. Each zone can be thought of as a small piece of tape over the lens. As a result, if you move the Peephole Cam, the privacy zone will shift with the Peephole Cam while the door is opening or closing.

Will I still receive Motion Alerts from a privacy zone?
Yes. The privacy zone only prevents video and video recording, it will still detect motion within the zone.

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