How to Get Package Alerts

Package Alerts are now available on select Ring Video Doorbells and can alert you when there is a package in designated areas at your device. To start using Package Alerts, you will need a Ring Protect subscription, a Ring Video Doorbell (2020) or a Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2.

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Note: Package Alerts are being rolled out to users at different times. If you don’t see the Package Alerts feature in your Ring app and your app is up-to-date, you will get this feature at a later date. Package Alerts work best with medium-to-large shipping boxes. Envelopes, tubes, small boxes, and food deliveries may not be detected. This feature also relies on Motion Detection, so make sure you have that feature turned on.

Motion Detection for battery devices

Motion Detection for hardwired devices

Turning On Package Alerts

  1. Open your Ring app.
  2. Go to Devices and select a compatible device.
  3. Select Motion Settings > Smart Alerts.
  4. Under the Package section:
    • To turn on and record your package deliveries, select the video icon.
    • Follow the instructions and create your Package Zone
  5. To start getting package alerts, make sure you select the alert icon.
  6. Customize your Package Zone by following the on-screen prompts.
  7. Customize your Package Sensitivity by following the on-screen prompts.

Your settings have been changed for this device. If you’d like to detect packages for your other devices, you must enable this feature in those device settings (repeat steps 1-4 above).

Customizing Your Package Zone

A Package Zone lets you specify where you want your doorbell to monitor for packages. For example, if your doorbell monitors your front yard and driveway for people and motion, you can set a zone specifically for packages.

If you decide to use the default Package Zone, you can customize your Package Zone later by going to Motion Settings > Smart Alerts, then selecting Customize under the Package section.

To customize your Package Zone:

  1. Open your Ring app.
  2. Go to Devices and select a compatible device.
  3. Select Motion Settings > Smart Alerts.
  4. Under the Package section, select Customize.
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to customize your zone.
  6. Select Done to save your changes.

Note:  Deliveries must be left and set down within your Package Zone to be detected. Packages are detected most reliably when left within seven feet of your Ring device.

Review Package Events in your Timeline

You can also review Package Events on your Timeline, if you miss an alert or don’t have alerts enabled. To view your Timeline, open your Ring app and select a device from your Dashboard.

Note: Usually, when a package is detected, a Package Event is added to your Timeline for you to review. However, if someone rings your Doorbell or you start a Live View just after a delivery, you’ll see a Ring or Live View Event at that time instead.

Troubleshooting

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 requires that your transformer supply 16-24VAC (50/60 Hz, 40VA) to activate or use Package Alerts. If you have a lower-power transformer, you may need to change your transformer to get Package Alerts.

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Ring Video Doorbell (2020)

Low Motion Sensitivity can influence your Package Alerts accuracy. Try adjusting your Motion Sensitivity settings to the highest sensitivity.

  1. Tap the three lines on the top left of your Ring app.
  2. Tap Devices.
  3. Tap your Ring Video Doorbell (2020).
  4. Tap to Motion Settings > Motion Sensitivity.
  5. Change your settings to maximum sensitivity.

Please note, this change can affect your device’s battery life and increase the number of notifications you receive.

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