Control All of Your Ring Devices with Modes

With a Ring Protect subscription, you can use Modes* to control the behavior of your security cameras, doorbells and Ring Alarm.

*Ring Alarm and all Ring Alarm accessories require a subscription for digital notifications, in-app features, digital arming/disarming, and integration with other Ring, Echo, and third party products. Subscription sold separately. View for pricing and details.


What are Modes?

Modes are settings in the Ring app that can control the behavior of all of your Ring devices. The idea is to configure your cameras and doorbells to protect your home in different ways, depending on your current needs. For instance, if you are staying in for the night you can set your indoor devices to 'Disarmed' and your outdoor devices to 'Home'. Your indoor movements won't trigger motion detection, while your video doorbell and security cameras outside will still alert you if motion is detected. Then, all of your devices, including Ring Alarm if you have one, will work as a single ecosystem with one tap of a button. 

Click here for more information on using Ring Alarm modes.

Three different modes are available to control the state of your home: Disarmed, Home and Away. Your system will start in Away Mode. 

  • Disarmed: Select Disarmed Mode when you’re at home and want the freedom to go in and out of your house easily. 
    • You can decide whether or not each of your cameras or doorbells detects motion.
      • For example, you can turn off the motion detectors on all of your front yard cameras to avoid getting alerts while you’re at home.   
    • For Ring Alarm users: When Disarmed Mode is selected, no Alarm sensors in your home will be armed and no alerts will be sent to the monitoring station1, but the system will still be powered on and functioning. Fire and CO sensors1 (if they are attached to the system) will still be monitored.
  • Home Mode: Select Home Mode when you want the outside cameras or doorbells of your house activated, but want to be able to move freely around the inside of your home.
    • You can decide whether or not each of your camera detects motion. 
    • For Ring Alarm Users: In Home Mode, only certain sensors will be armed. You can control which sensors will be monitored1 in Home mode by visiting Mode Settings in the Ring app. 
  • Away Mode: Select Away Mode to fully secure your house when you leave. You can set all of your cameras, both inside and out, to record your home in this mode.
    • You can decide whether or not each of your cameras or doorbells detects motion. 
    • For Ring Alarm users: When Away Mode is turned on, all of your sensors will be armed and an alert will be issued if any of them detect a security issue.
      • You can also control which sensors will be monitored1 in Away mode by visiting Mode Settings in the Ring app.

Note: Each part of these settings is customizable depending on your needs and preferences. Each device also has mode controls that can be set individually, that can be accessed from the Device Dashboard.

How do I configure Modes?

There is a global control that lets you configure all of your devices at once. A Ring Protect subscription is required to use Modes.

Activate Modes

  1. Go to the Menu (≡) and tap Settings.
  2. Tap Enable Modes.
  3. Tap the mode you want to configure.
  4. Set how you want your devices to behave in that mode.

How do I deactivate Modes?

  1. Go to the Menu (≡) and tap Settings.
  2. On the Modes page you will see Mode Settings
  3. The Disable Modes function is below Shared User Access
    • You may have to scroll up to see the Disable Modes setting.
  4. Tap the red Disable Modes button on the bottom of the screen.

How do I individually adjust Modes?

To access devices individually and adjust modes in the Ring app:

  • Go to the Menu (≡) and tap Settings.
  • Tap Device and select the device you want to adjust
  • Tap the Modes Settings tile
    • Customize device setting according to your home needs.


1 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 commercial properties. See Ring Alarm licenses at:

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