Understanding Ring Video Recordings

Learn about video recordings, storage, access and deleting videos and security.

Video recording and storage

If you do not have a Ring Protect plan, Ring does not record or store your videos, but you can still see view your device's live video stream. More information on Ring Protect plans.

If you do have a Ring Protect plan (including a trial), Ring records and stores videos when motion is detected by your device (including devices linked to cameras such as a Ring Alarm system’s Motion Detector), the video doorbell button is pressed, or you initiate your device's live video stream (Live View). Video recordings in your account are automatically deleted following the expiration of your account’s applicable storage period under the Ring Protect plan. More information on Ring’s video storage.

Accessing and deleting videos

If you subscribe to a Ring Protect plan (including a trial), you can access your stored recordings, download them, or manually delete them one by one or all at once in the Ring app or by logging into your account on Ring.com. Video recordings in your account are automatically deleted following the expiration of your account’s applicable storage period under the Ring Protect plan.

If you do not subscribe to a Ring Protect plan, the raw video files are automatically deleted unless you posted the video to the Neighbors app while the Live View event was occurring. Videos posted to the Neighbors app will be publicly available.

Note: If you do not have a Ring Protect Plan, recordings will not be stored. Purchase of a Ring Protect Plan will not give you access to recordings from before the plan takes effect. Any lapse in coverage makes previous recordings you may have had inaccessible and removes them.


We have taken measures to help secure Ring devices from unauthorized access. These measures include preventing the installation of third-party applications on the device, rigorous security reviews, secure software development requirements, and encryption of communication between Ring devices with services such as AWS servers. Ring secures video recordings in transit and stores them on secure AWS servers. We use a combination of AES encryption (Advanced Encryption Standard) and TLS (Transport Layer Security) to secure data between Ring devices and AWS, and we encrypt data between Ring devices using AES encryption, TLS and SRTP (Secure Real Time Protocol).

Nobody can view your video recordings unless you allow it or you share them. You can add users to your account, who will then be able to view and download video recordings on the account.  You can also share video recordings via text or email by creating a share link to the recording. After a share link has been created, the video recording may be viewed and downloaded by anyone with the share link ID.  Additionally, you can make your videos publicly available by posting them on the internet (including by posting them to the public social media app Neighbors by Ring). 

If you are having issues with your device or video recordings, you can request assistance from Ring Customer Support. Depending on the issue, they may request permission from you to view your video recordings in connection with troubleshooting the issues.  You choose whether to provide Ring with limited, short-term access to view your video recordings, solely to troubleshoot the issues. These video recordings are not viewed, shared, or used by Ring for any other purpose. 

A small number of video recordings are viewed by our research and development team to improve Ring’s products, services, and technology. These video recordings are either from customers who have made them publicly available (by posting them on the Neighbors app or otherwise on the internet), or from customers, team members and their friends and family who have given us explicit permission to use them for this purpose (which they may revoke at any time).

Additionally, Ring team members cannot activate and view live streams from your Ring device.

Third party access

We do not sell your video recordings. We share video recordings with other parties only in accordance with our privacy notice

In response to legal proceedings or requests from government agencies, we will not, without the customer’s consent, disclose video recordings unless necessary to comply with the law or, in the case of government requests, there is an emergency involving danger of death or serious injury. We object to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course. 

See our privacy notice.


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