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How to Wire Video Doorbell (1st Gen) to an Existing Doorbell

Instructions on how to replace your existing doorbell with a Video Doorbell (1st Gen).

IMPORTANT: You need to begin set up for your Ring Video Doorbell in the Ring app before mounting it to your door. The app will guide you through the physical installation process. It will be more difficult to complete setup successfully if you mount your doorbell before setting it up in the app.

Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen) includes an optional diode, while other Ring doorbells do not require one. Telling the difference between Ring Video Doorbell (1st Gen) and Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen).  

Get instructions for installing your Ring Video Doorbell without an existing doorbell, or if you don't want to replace your existing doorbell.

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Remove your existing doorbell button

Shut off power to your doorbell at the breaker. Then, remove your existing doorbell button and disconnect the wires.

WARNING: Electrical shock hazard. Disconnect power to installation area at your circuit breaker or fuse box before beginning installation. Always use caution when handling electrical wiring. Installation by a qualified electrician may be required in your area. Refer to your local laws and building codes before performing electrical work. Permits plus professional installation may be required by law.

Mount the bracket

  1. Click the level tool (included in the box) into the mounting bracket.
  2. Place the mounting bracket so that you can access the wires for power.
  3. Level the mounting bracket using the level tool.
  4. Drive the screws into the holes.
    • If mounting on a masonry surface, use the mounting bracket as a template to mark pilot holes.
    • Drill holes and insert the anchors.
  5. Remove the level tool from the mounting bracket.

Connect the wires

Connect the wires to the screws on the mounting bracket. It doesn't matter which order the wires are connected, just be sure the wires don't touch each other.

For digital doorbells, install the included diode

Get instructions on how to install the diode.

Place your Ring Video Doorbell on the mounting bracket

Line up the tabs from the mounting bracket to the slots on the back of your Ring Video Doorbell. Don't be afraid to use a little force.

Tighten security screws

Use the included security screwdriver to tighten the two security screws to the bottom of the Ring Video Doorbell.