Linked Devices - Automatically Record on Cameras when Alarm is Triggered

When your Ring Alarm or Ring Alarm Pro system is triggered, every second counts and there’s no guarantee that an intruder will be in front of a camera when the time comes.

That’s why you can set any Ring device with a camera to start recording1 the instant your Alarm is triggered. To set up your Ring Camera devices to begin recording automatically, follow these instructions.

Note: You need a Ring Protect subscription to record videos.

If you’ve replaced your existing Base Station or Alarm Pro Base Station with a new one, you must re-establish links with your new device.

How to Set Linked Devices to Start Recording when Alarm is Triggered:

  1. Open your Ring App.
  2. Open the side menu by tapping the three-lined icon in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  3. Tap Devices.
  4. Tap Alarm Base Station.
  5. Tap Base Station or Alarm Pro Base Station.
  6. Tap Linked Devices.
  7. Press “Tap here to link devices’ to adjust what happens when the alarm sounds.
  8. Select the devices you wish to begin recording video when an alarm is triggered or begins entry delay.

Note: Live View must be enabled in order to set a device for simultaneous recording. Turning Live View off on a device will supersede an order for the simultaneous record.


1 Your Ring videos stored in the cloud are stored temporarily, up to 180 days. Changing your video storage time will only affect videos that are recorded after you adjust your storage time setting. Check Ring Protect Subscription Plans for more information. 

Ring takes recurring photo snapshots throughout the day so you can see what is happening between motion-activated events (videos) in your Event History Timeline. These photos are stored in your account for up to 7 days. To keep important photos beyond 7 days, download them to your PC or mobile device. 

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