Blink cameras are one of the most popular home security cameras on the market. They are easy to install, affordable, and have a wide range of features.
However, Blink camera users may occasionally encounter issues with their devices, including the camera flashing red.
In this blog, we will discuss the common reasons for Blink cameras flashing red and provide tips on how you can fix the issue.
Common reasons for Blink camera flashing red
It is possible that the flashing red light on your Blink camera is simply indicating that the initialization and setup process is still ongoing.
This particular red signal typically appears briefly at the beginning of the setup process and is then replaced by a blinking green light, followed by a solid blue recording light to indicate that everything is functioning correctly going forward.
However, if the Blink camera is not set up correctly, it may also start flashing red light. This issue can occur when the camera is not paired with the sync module or when the sync module is not connected to the Wi-Fi network.
Wi-Fi connection issues
One of the most common reasons for a blinking red light on your camera is Wi-Fi connection issues. When the camera is not connected to the Wi-Fi network, it may flash red to indicate a connection problem. This issue can occur when the Wi-Fi signal is weak or when the camera is too far away from the router.
Once the Blink camera is powered on, the red light usually flashes around four to five times. However, if the flashing persists, this indicates that the camera is attempting to establish an internet connection but has been unsuccessful in doing so.
In the case of the Blink Mini, a solid red light shows up if the camera is not connected properly to the Internet, while the Blink Video Doorbell flashes a red blinking light around the doorbell button when trying to connect to a network.
A reliable Wi-Fi connection is needed to set up a Blink camera and without a connection, your camera will not be able to function and transmit any live footage.
Another reason for Blink camera flashing red is its low battery. When the battery level is low, the camera may flash red to indicate that it needs to be charged. Blink cameras typically have a battery life of two years, but this can vary depending on usage. Also, you can enhance your Blink camera battery with different add-ons.
In battery-operated Blink devices, when the solid blue light (recording light) starts to flash, the LED indicators will start to blink red. This is an indication that the batteries are starting to lose power and need to be replaced promptly. Failing to do so may result in the camera dying sooner than expected.
The Blink camera is designed to detect motion and record videos when it senses movement. When motion is detected, some Blink cameras like the Blink Outdoor, Indoor, XT2, and XT, may display a brief red flash.
Finally, Blink camera flashing red may indicate a hardware problem. This issue can occur when the camera is damaged or malfunctioning. It is important to have the camera replaced if it is not working correctly.
How to turn off red light on Blink camera
If your Blink camera is flashing red, here are some solutions to fix the issue:
Check your internet connection & reconnect
If your Blink camera flashes red due to Wi-Fi connection issues, the first step is to check your internet connection. Make sure that your Wi-Fi network is working correctly and that your camera is within range of the router. If the connection is weak, try moving the camera closer to the router or installing a Wi-Fi range extender. If the Wi-Fi network is working correctly, try reconnecting the camera to the network through the Blink app:
Download the Blink mobile app on your device.
Open the Blink mobile app.
Choose the "Network & Connectivity" tab in the app.
Click the "Search" button to find available networks.
Select your network and enter the Wi-Fi password.
When prompted for a confirmation password, select "Confirm."
Replace the batteries
If the camera is flashing red due to a low battery, the solution is to replace the batteries. Make sure to get suitable batteries for Blink camera to avoid further issues and use high-quality ones for better performance.
Hard reset your Blink camera
Performing a hard reset may be necessary to resolve various issues with the camera and restore it to its original factory settings. To perform a hard reset:
Locate the reset button near the USB connector on the camera's right side.
Insert a thin object such as a paper clip into the reset hole and press and hold the reset button.
The red light on the camera will begin to blink while you hold down the reset button.
Continue to hold down the reset button for up to 30 seconds until the light comes on.
The Sync Module will reboot into setup mode following this process. Wait for the procedure to complete before proceeding. Troubleshooting is one of the many options available to resolve any issues or defaults with the camera.
Contact Blink support
If you have tried all of the above solutions and your Blink camera is still flashing red, it may indicate a hardware problem. In this case, it is best to contact Blink support for assistance. You can reach Blink support by visiting their website or calling their customer service number.
How do I reset my Blink camera?
To reset your Blink camera, press and hold the reset button on the back of the camera for 30 seconds. This will reset the camera to its default settings.
Why is my Blink camera blinking red and not connecting?
If your Blink camera is blinking red and not connecting, it may indicate a Wi-Fi connection problem. Try checking your internet connection and reconnecting the camera to the network. If the problem persists, try hard resetting the camera or contacting Blink support for assistance.
Why is my Blink camera flashing red 6 times?
If your Blink camera is flashing red 6 times, it may indicate a low battery level. Try replacing the batteries with high-quality AA lithium batteries.
How do I resync my Blink camera to Wi-Fi?
To resync your Blink camera to Wi-Fi, open the Blink app and go to the camera settings. Select "Change Wi-Fi network" and follow the on-screen instructions to reconnect the camera to your Wi-Fi network.