Getting a new device to try can be a little intimidating at first, whether you’re new to the realm of smart home technology or you’re just uneasy with the setup process. You might put off installing your equipment for weeks if you add ambiguous box instructions. We hope that our installation instructions for the Ring doorbell will help you get over the hurdle.
The top video doorbells (opens in a new tab) may have a similar appearance, but they differ amongst brands. Depending on whether a model is battery-powered or wireless, or the surface you wish to mount it on, installation details can vary even within the Ring range. Although we’ve done our best to cover everything in this guide, you can get more details by reading our article on how video doorbells operate(opens in a new tab).
Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up your new smart doorbell, whether you’re a renter trying to cause the least amount of disruption or a homeowner seeking a more long-term fix.
1. Make Ready
Get acquainted with your doorbell’s contents before opening it up; they probably comprise the primary device, a charging cord, screws and other fittings, and a small screwdriver. The specifics may vary depending on the model you own, but they will all be comparable.
To avoid rushing later, we advise setting things up beforehand and selecting a good location for your doorbell outside.
2. Use a Doorbell Battery
Thankfully, you won’t need to mess with any wiring at this point if your Ring doorbell is a battery-powered one. As an alternative, you will need to wait a little time while the internal battery charges. You can charge the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) by plugging the charger into the connector on the back, and the Ring Doorbells 3 and 4 may be charged by pressing the release on the battery pack.
When the battery is fully charged, a little light on the device’s top should turn green.
How can you tell if your doorbell is powered by batteries?
Hardwiring is an option for all Ring doorbells, but if you’d like a battery-operated variant, you have the following choices:
These doorbells have rechargeable batteries inside and can be operated wirelessly. The 3rd and 4th Gen doorbells have a removable pack that may be released and reinserted as needed, whereas the 2nd Gen device must be completely removed from the door for charging.
Should Your Ring Be Hardwired?
A hardwire connection is required for the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2, and Ring Video Doorbell Wired.
You should first turn off the power to your doorbell for safety if you’re replacing an existing wired bell. The wiring on your previous doorbell can then be carefully disconnected. Note: Read the small print of your chosen model to see if you need an additional transformer to replace an old doorbell.
What if There Is No Doorbell Wire Already in Place?
With its plug-in adaptor, Ring enables you to “hardwire” your doorbell from scratch (opens in a new tab). This operates using a standard indoor outlet with a wire leading to the doorbell. If not, you can make a call for expert installation.
3. Get the Ring App.
The Ring app is where all the activity takes place, so before mounting your smartphone, make sure you’re set up. The app can be found in the store on your phone.
You’ll need to register after downloading. You won’t have to register again if you later decide to add a security camera or chime from the company because this account can host any Ring goods.
Speaking of the chime, Ring sells these separately. If you want to use a chime instead of your phone to alert you when someone is at the door, you might want to try the Ring Chime Pro (which opens in a new tab). This is a simple link to your doorbell account and add.
When your account is prepared, choose “Set Up a Device,” then “Doorbells.” The app will then instruct you to scan the QR code on the front of the device (or if you’re having difficulties finding it, perhaps underneath the faceplate).
You should be directed to the following step after scanning the code with the camera on your smartphone. Customize the name of your device and enable location tracking (certain functions require this), so your account can see where you are.
4. Integrate Your Doorbell with Your Wi-Fi at Home
Your doorbell has an orange button on the back. When you push it, the light on the front should begin to rotate. Tap “Continue” in the app when it is. The next step is to ask you to join your home WiFi network, or if you have an Android device, it will do it automatically. Specify your password.
And you must be prepared to leave!
5. Install a Doorbell
Although it is advised that you install your new doorbell 1.2 meters above the ground, you should use your own discretion depending on factors like the size of your driveway and whether or not your front door has steps going up to it.
Place the mounting bracket in the desired location, then mark the locations of the screws. A leveling tool is also included to ensure everything is exactly aligned. The plastic anchors and drill bit in the package can be used to attach to brick, concrete, or stucco; however, you won’t need the anchors for a wooden surface.
At the initial markings, use the screws to fasten the mount to the wall at those locations. Before using the smaller screw to secure it, use the tab on the mount to slot the Ring doorbell into position and make sure it won’t move.
Depending on your model, these security screws may have slightly varied appearances, but their main purpose is to hold the faceplate in place.
When a Hardwired Ring Doorbell Is Used
Make that the existing doorbell wires have been run through the bracket’s holes before you install the mount or gadget. Connect these wires to the screws on the back of the Ring doorbell after mounting the mount to the wall. Then you can adhere to the preceding measures.