I’m a troubleshoot-myself kind of person, from DIY furniture to troubleshooting a lot of my home gadgets. When I see something wrong with anything at, I immediately turn to my best friend, Google, to try and look for a solution. One day I found myself asking “Why is my Blink camera flashing red lights?” and decided to investigate.
If you have a Blink camera at home, you sure have one of the best in the business. Even so, they are not exempted, issue-wise.
If you constantly see that your Blink camera flashes a red light, we might have the solution you need just below!
Why is My Blink Camera Flashing Red? (+ How to Fix It!)
Though one of the best cameras and surveillance options out in the market right now, Blink cameras are no stranger to operational issues.
Lucky for many Blink camera owners, these issues often have easy-to-pinpoint causes and are more often than not very easy to troubleshoot on your own.
If you find yourself growing concerned over the flashing red light on your Blink camera, read on below for possible reasons and possible fixes!
Your Blink camera is being set up
Right from the box and when you’re setting up your Blink camera for the first time, you will notice your camera flashing a red light. Don’t be alarmed, as this is normal on initial setup. Your camera is only letting you know it’s figuring some things out and trying to find a stable internet connection to connect to.
Fix it: Give it time to finish setup
If this is the case for you and you’re only setting your Blink camera for the first time, give it some time to finish setting up.
After your Blink camera has finished setting up, found a stable connection, and adjusted all necessary configurations, the blinking and flashing red light will go away on its own.
Your Blink camera lost its WiFi connection and is trying to reconnect
Blink cameras need to be connected to the internet for it to work and have access to your cloud subscription for data storage.
Internet connectivity issues are one of the most common reasons why your camera might be flashing red.
You might be done with the initial setup of your Blink camera and you suddenly notice it flashing red light after some time of use.
A flashing red light on your Blink camera might mean your Blink camera lost connectivity to your home WiFi network and is simply letting you know.
Fix it: Check your home internet
To fix internet connectivity issues on your Blink camera, check your home internet.
Do this by first restarting your router. Unplug your internet router, wait for a few seconds, and then plug it back in. After plugging it back in, check on the lights on your internet router. Make sure all the colors are normal for your router. Watch out for warning colors on your router like red or orange as this could also pose an issue.
After doing the steps above and ensuring that your internet connection is working properly, check on your Blink camera again. The flashing red light might be gone now and if so, then congratulations, you’re good to go.
But not everyone will be successful on the first try. If your Blink camera is still flashing a red light, you might need to reset your Blink’s internet connection through the app.
To do this, your phone and Sync Module should both be on the same WiFi network.
- Open the Blink app.
- Go to Settings, then System Settings, and choose your system.
- Select Sync Module, then tap on Change WiFi Network.
- Follow the app’s instructions from there.
- Reset your Sync Module with a pointy item. It should turn to a blinking blue light and then solid green.
- Tap on Discover Device and then on Join.
- Select the WiFi network and enter your password to join.
- Once your device connects, the message “Sync Module added” will appear.
For the Blink Mini camera, it should go from a red blinking light, to a solid blue light, and then to a blinking green light as it connects to the internet.
After the steps above, check if your Blink camera is still flashing red.
Your Blink camera has low power battery
Another common reason why your Blink camera might be flashing red light is due to failing batteries. If you see five or six flashing red lights on your camera after the blue recording light goes out, this is your Blink camera telling you it needs a fresh set of batteries.
Fix it: Check battery level and replace if needed
When changing your Blink camera battery, make sure you use the right ones. Blink recommends using only AA 1.5 volt Lithium non-rechargeable batteries.
You can monitor battery levels with the Blink app so you can check when your battery needs changing.
Your Blink camera detects movement
Blink cameras have a built-in motion detection feature. It will flash a blinking red light every time it detects movement. However, the red flashing light pattern should not stay blinking even after the detected motion has passed.
Fixt it: Check if there is anything moving in its view
If the flashing red light is consistent, check your camera’s internet connection or batteries, as stated above.
Another contributing factor to this issue relating to motions detected can be that your Blink outdoor camera detects something that’s constantly moving like trees, leaves, or pets. Make sure that your camera is facing somewhere free of obstacles that can be detected as unnecessary movements.
If all else fails
When you’ve tried all the steps we’ve listed above to troubleshoot your Blink camera, there might be two more things you could try.
Fix it: Reset your Blink camera
Many Blink cameras can flash a blinking red light for undiagnosable reasons. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of figuring out where the problem lies, you can always hard reset your Blink camera.
Of course, hard resetting your Blink camera will restore its factory settings, which would mean you would have to set everything up once again.
To reset your Blink camera, press and hold the reset button on the side of your camera. Use a small item with a pointed end to do this. Push the button until a red light appears. Your Blink camera should reboot automatically and your Sync Module will enter setup mode shortly after.
For the most part, this can solve any issues you’re encountering. If the flashing red light still persists, we have one more thing you can try.
Fix it: Contact Blink support
If all else fails and your flashing red light still persists after all the troubleshooting steps above, it would be best to get in touch with Blink Support.
Blink cameras are one of the more famous security camera options in the market right now. Even though considered one of the best, they could still come with different issues you might face.
One of these issues faced by quite a few is a flashing red light on their Blink camera. What causes this and what can be done to fix it?
A flashing red light on a Blink camera can be caused by many factors including initial setup, lost WiFi connection, batteries needing replacement, or motion detection.
To resolve this issue, you can try a variety of troubleshooting steps. If you’re setting it up for the first time, give it some time to set things up. If not, try and check your camera’s internet connection or check its battery levels.
If things don’t resolve themselves even after a variety of troubleshooting attempts, reset your Blink camera back to its factory settings and set everything up again from scratch.
And if all else fails, contact Blink’s 24/7 support. Happy troubleshooting!