Trying out a new piece of technology for the first time can be intimidating, especially if you are unfamiliar with the realm of smart home technology or simply lack confidence in the first setup. When you factor in the unclear installation instructions, you can put off setting up your new gadget for weeks. If you’re having trouble setting up your Ring doorbell, hopefully, this article will be of assistance.
The top video doorbells(opens in a new tab) may have similar designs, but each one has its own set of features. The installation process for each Ring model varies slightly, even throughout the Ring lineup, because of factors like battery life, wireless connectivity, and the type of surface you plan to attach it to. Although we have attempted to cover all bases in this manual, for more information on how video doorbells function, please refer to our dedicated article.
In this article, we will show you, step by step, how to install your new smart doorbell, whether you are a renter who wants to avoid any permanent changes or a homeowner who wants to make the most of your new investment.
1. Get in Shape First
Examine the doorbell’s components—the main unit, a charging cord, screws, and other fittings—and the small screwdriver that came with it. Model-specific details aside, all models will share the same general structure.
The best way to avoid rushing at the last minute is to plan everything out ahead of time, down to the general location outside where the doorbell will be installed.
2. Activate the Doorbell’s Power
If you’ve purchased a battery-operated doorbell from Ring, you won’t have to worry about running any wires just yet. Rather, you’ll need to wait around for a while so the built-in battery can recharge. Plug the charger into the port on the back of the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen), or push the release button on the battery pack of a Ring Doorbell 3 or 4 to charge it. A little light should be on top of the gadget that turns green once the battery has been fully charged.
If Your Doorbell Operates on Batteries, How Do You Tell?
A hardwired connection is available for all Ring doorbells, but if you’d rather have a wireless system, you can choose from the following wireless doorbells:
- Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)
- New Ring Video Doorbell 3 (opens in new tab)
- Ring Video Doorbell 4(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)
3. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
There is a rechargeable battery inside of these doorbells, allowing you to use them wirelessly. However, the third and fourth-generation doorbells contain a removable pack that may be released and reinserted when necessary, but the second-generation device must be removed from the door altogether for charging. There is no wireless option for the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2, or Ring Video Doorbell Wired(opens in a new tab).
To avoid electrocution, unplug your doorbell from the wall outlet before replacing the wires. Once that’s done, you may remove the old doorbell and gently cut the wires. Keep in mind that the replacement of an older doorbell may necessitate the purchase of a separate transformer; read the product description carefully before making a purchase.
How Do You Install a Doorbell if There Is No Preexisting Wiring?
Ring’s plug-in adapter makes it possible to “hard-wire” a doorbell from the ground up (opens in a new tab). Simply plug it into a standard indoor outlet and run a wire to the doorbell to get this working. A professional installation service is available if needed.
Download the Ring app.
Fully the activity takes place in the Ring app, so make sure you’re all set up before you mount your smartphone. The app can be downloaded through your device’s app store. After installing, you’ll be asked to register. You won’t have to re-register if you decide to add a Ring security camera or chime to your home later on; they can all be managed from the same account.
If you don’t want to rely on your phone to notify you when someone is at the door, you can purchase a separate chime from Ring called the Ring Chime Pro (which opens in a new tab). Connecting this to your doorbell is simple and will add a new level of convenience to your account.
After you’ve set up your account, go to “Set Up a Device,” then “Doorbells.” If you have problems finding the QR code on the front of the device, the app may urge you to scan the one underneath the faceplate.
If you have a smartphone with a camera, you can use it to scan the code and proceed. Enable location tracking (needed for some functions), so your account knows where you are and personalize your device’s name.
4. Connect Your Doorbell to Your Home Wi-Fi
The doorbell on the rear of your house has an orange button. If you push it, the front light will rotate. Once it is, tap ‘Continue’ on the app. The next step is for it to ask permission to join your home WiFi network, or if you’re using Android, it’ll do it automatically. Type in the code that you were given. And at this point, you should be all set.
5. Install the Doorbell
The standard height for a doorbell is 1.25 meters, but this might vary depending on factors like your driveway’s slope and whether or not your front door has steps. Mark the screw holes after placing the mounting bracket in the desired location. The package also includes a level to help with alignment. Plastic anchors and a drill bit are included in the package for mounting to masonry materials like brick or concrete, or stucco, but a wooden surface does not require them.
Next, screw the mount to the wall at the predetermined anchor positions. There’s a tab on the mount that you can use to slot the Ring doorbell into place before using the smaller screw to make sure it doesn’t budge. The design of the security screws used to fasten the faceplate into place may vary from model to model.
The Ring Doorbell Is Hardwired
Make sure the doorbell wires are routed through the bracket’s openings before you connect the mount or device. After fastening the mount to the wall, connect these wires to the screws on the back of the Ring doorbell. If so, just repeat what you just read. To help you decide between wired variants, read our comparison of the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2(opens in a new tab).
Is It Because You Don’t Want to Or Are Unable to Make Holes?
There are additional, fully reversible, ways to mount your Ring doorbell if you’re a tenant and would prefer not to drill holes in the exterior of your property. The key is to secure the doorbell with high-quality mounting tape that won’t wear out rapidly. While this strategy has been effective for us, we can’t promise you the same outcomes. For that reason, we advise you to use the standard method of attaching it.