Using Camera Motion Zones

Set up and customise your Camera Motion Zones for your Ring devices.

Camera Motion Zones help you detect motion in the areas that matter the most to you, and reduce the number of "false" motion alerts (such as cars driving by).  

By drawing your Camera Motion Zones to exclude high-traffic areas like public paths and roads, you can increase your Ring device's effectiveness.

Note: To get proper motion detection, cameras should not be placed facing a window or in front of a glass door.

How to add and edit Camera Motion Zones

  1. Open the Ring app.
  2. Tap the
    menu (≡)
    on the top left.
  3. Tap
  4. Tap the relevant device.
  5. Tap
    Motion Settings.
  6. At the top, tap
    Edit Zones
    or scroll down to tap
    Camera Motion Zones
    • Note:
      If you are using a battery-powered device, you may need to toggle on
      under Advanced Settings before you can add customisable Motion Zones.
  7. To adjust an existing Motion Zone: tap the Zone you want to adjust, then drag the points of the Zone to do so. Tap
  8. To add a new Motion Zone: tap
    Add Zone
    and drag the points of the Zone. Tap

Tips to optimise your Camera Motion Zones

Make your Ring device's view as clear as possible. Motion detection can sometimes trigger "false" alerts because of moving trees, lightning, the rising or setting sun, reflections off a shiny object, headlights, shadows, and more. To reduce false alerts, adjust your Motion Zones, remove shiny objects, cut back tree branches that create moving shadows, or angle your device to avoid the sun.

Look for high traffic areas. Note any high traffic areas, such as busy streets or pavements. If you receive too many motion alerts from your Ring device, you can adjust your Motion Zones to exclude these areas.

Exclude areas you don’t need to monitor. Note the potential paths people take to approach your device. Then redraw your Motion Zones to exclude areas where you rarely see people such as behind locked gates, hedges, or walls.

Learn more about optimising motion detection for Ring devices.

More Motion Settings in the Ring app

Motion Scheduling: Schedule timeframes in which you can turn off alerts. For example, if you know your garbage always gets picked up between 7:30 and 7:45AM on Tuesdays, you can schedule your motion alerts to turn off during that time.

During the time that motion alerts are turned off due to Motion Scheduling, you can’t turn on motion alerts manually without cancelling the Motion Schedule.

Note: This feature will only affect notifications coming from the Ring app, not from an Alexa-enabled device. Your Ring device will still record if motion is detected.

Motion Sensitivity Slider: Finetune the area your devices cover. Higher motion sensitivity will increase the number of alerts you get and drain battery-powered devices faster.

To adjust the Motion Sensitivity slider in the Ring app:

  1. Tap the
    menu (≡)
    on the top left of the screen.
  2. Tap
  3. Tap the device you want to view.
  4. Tap
    Motion Settings.
  5. Tap
    Motion Sensitivity
  6. Adjust the
    Motion Sensitivity Slider
  7. Tap
    in the upper right.

Note: If you only enable person detection on a plug-in or wired device, you may not be able to adjust the Motion Sensitivity slider.

Motion Frequency: Motion Frequency for battery-powered Ring devices allows you find the right balance between volume of alerts and battery life preservation. There are three settings to choose from:

  • Frequently:
    Motion detection always stays active, shortest battery life.
  • Regularly:
    Motion detection takes a short break after each motion alert. Medium battery life.
  • Periodically
    : Motion detection takes a longer break after each alert. Maximum battery life. 

Learn more about Motion Frequency.

Smart Alerts: If you have a Ring Protect subscription, Smart Alerts let you refine your motion alerts to distinguish between people and other motion.

Learn more about Smart Alerts.

Note: Changes to any of your Motion Settings will apply to all of your Camera Motion Zones.

Last updated 4 months ago