The Persistent Visitors feature on your Ring Peephole Cam can send you a notification in the Ring app when it detects people lingering near your front door.
This article includes basic information on Persistent Visitors.
Persistent Visitors and People Only Mode
People Only Mode is a special user setting in the Ring app that can notify you of the motion detected by your Ring device’s camera when it is caused by human-shaped objects. While all detected Motion Events will still be video recorded by your Ring device (if you have a Ring Protect Plan), People Only Mode can reduce the number of notifications you receive to only those caused by humans.
The Persistent Visitors setting, if enabled, will give you a different notification if people spend an extended amount of time in your camera’s field-of-view.
You have two controls for the kinds of notifications you get. Note that these controls are not mutually exclusive, you can turn on one or the other or both.
- Always: You’ll get alerts whenever humans are detected.
- If They Stay: You’ll get special notifications when humans stay in view for an extended period of time. You can set the length of time a person has to stay in view before the device sends the special notification.
Do you have to use the Persistent Visitors feature?
No. The Persistent Visitors feature is an optional additional feature you’ll see underneath the People Only Mode toggle. You can turn it on or off as you wish, however the Persistent Visitors feature will only work while People Only Mode is on.
Does everyone have access to the Persistent Visitors feature?
No. Persistent Visitors is only accessible to customers with a Ring Peephole Cam who have enabled the People Only Mode feature.
What is a Ring Protect Plan?
A Ring Protect Plan is an optional subscription plan that covers various benefits, such as professional monitoring and video recording services for Ring devices and is sold separately. With a Ring Protect Plan, you'll be able to save and share your Ring videos and will have access to the People Only Mode and Persistent Visitors features.
Enabling the Persistent Visitors feature
- Open the Ring app and tap the three lines on the top of your dashboard screen.
- Tap Devices.
- Tap the device you want to enable Persistent Visitors on.
- Tap Smart Alerts.
- Toggle on People Only Mode.
- Persistent Visitors can only be turned on if People Only Mode is in use.
- Tap Alert Preferences.
- Toggle on If They Stay to turn on Persistent Visitors.
The Persistent Visitor notification will tell you if a person or group of people have lingered around your Ring device for a certain period of time.
Is Persistent Visitors available on other Ring devices?
No. Peephole Cam is the only Ring device that has the Persistent Visitors feature. If it is added to other devices, we will inform our neighbors here and on Ring.com.